Monday, September 18, 2017


We have officially started wiring.

Relay box for headlights, high beams, fog lights, and the fuel shutoff.

Instead of having several wires on the power terminal on the starter, we decided to have a power block on the lower firewall for the wires (not finalized here, and it has a cover you might be able to see in the preceding video)

We had a custom panel made.  I cut the panel and bent the edges for make a custom heater box face (it is painted now and isn't really seen very well after install since it is under the dash, but the detail is there!).  

We got the second door final painted on the inside - and the new run channel and door glass installed.  My back was not happy about leaning over that door for so long and I paid for it that night.

I also made custom boots for the shifters (beige leather matches the beige paint on the dash face and doors really well - you will see in the preceding video. 

And, I decided that paying almost 10 bucks each for door bumpers was too much, so I made my own:

I am also selling them on eBay now.

And, we now have a keyed ignition/shut-off!  (you can also see the second shifter boot in the video that I made the bezel for it as well that we painted beige).

You can see the video here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Doors stripped

We worked on stripping doors today.  These doors came from  1940 parts truck we got a few years ago.  It looks like that truck was originally mostly cream/ivory with dark green on top and red pinstriping.  The passenger door had a couple spots where there was lead filler.  (Shows in first pic).  Tomorrow is epoxy primer day!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

defroster and interior paint choice

Well, we have finally ordered interior paint.  It will be cream for the doors and dash front:

And dark brown for the dash top, upper console, and possibly door panels?  Maybe the interior trim?  That we haven't decided on for sure.

The paint (and 2K urethane primer) won't be here until next week (we ordered 'Hot Rod Gloss' from TCP Global - which is rebranded PPG)

I also ordered a dark brown One Shot lettering enamel to add some pinstriping to the cream parts of the interior..  It looks like it will match the paint color well - but I can adjust it with other colors if necessary.  I will wait to see the cream in person before I decide if I need to order a One Shot to match it.

So, as far as the dash top goes - I worked on it last weekend and got the oval holes cut for the defroster.  The original 36 didn't come with a heater or defroster.  It was apparently an option in 37, but the parts truck didn't have it either.  If it WAS installed, there would have been a large punched area cut from the dash top and the vent was screwed to the top of the dash.  I didn't want that vent to show, so I made it so it mounts underneath the dash.  I marked and cut oval holes (plasma cutter, made a template)

Keeping it real here - I had a mishap with the plasma on one hole (I slipped off the template) and Brian had to fix one with some welding.  One turned out great though with just a little cleanup with a file.  In the end, it won't show because it will have some bezels over the edge of the holes anyhow.  But, I did do some file work and body putty to clean up the factory punch marks:

I used a scrap of the wire mesh we used for behind the grill and sandwiched between the vent and the underside of the dash top.  I drilled out the mounting holes and Brian welded 3 studs on the back of the dash top for affixing the vent.

After bodywork and cutting a 2'' hole in the top of the cowl for the vent.
Dash top is now ready for the 2K primer and paint!

Here it is from the underside of the cowl where the hose will attach from the heater.  There is a couple inches of space between the dash top and the top of the cowl, so most of the vent splitter his hidden in this space.

(you can also see where we used a small turnbuckle to tension the wire in the hood lacing).

So, hopefully it will be prep for painting this weekend - and then interior paint the next weekend?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Independence Day weekend progress

This last long weekend, we got quite a bit accomplished.  The weekend before, we got an 'air dam' made for the bottom of the grill shell:

And then we got wire mesh cut to go behind the grill (and supporting rod for middle - the wood that is horizontal was just temporary until the grill was back in place)

I made steel wedges like original to install the grill:

The wedges worked great!  They seemed rather rudimentary, but they worked!  You can see the new steer tires and freshly powdercoated rims here :)

We also got the freshly sandblasted and epoxy primered hood in place:

And Brian even gave it a wash (mostly engine bay and frame)

I posted a couple videos on youtube.  Brian driving it again 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bodywork time

I thought we were going to get away with sanding the nose cone smooth and doing a little bodywork... but when I put primer over this, there was some cracked body filler that showed up that I hadn't noticed.  So, off to the sandblasters it went.

This will be a bit of a challenge for amateurs

Brian had to do some welding in the bottoms to repair rust.  Turned out good!  There were a few cuss words though!

And then, I started on the body filler.  

Wish me luck, haha.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bullet headlight buckets

The headlight buckets for the Diamond T have been ignored thus far.  The first ones on the 36 are just way too far gone to use.  The ones on the 37 parts truck were better.  One was usable with just rust removal and primer/paint (the inside got 2 good coats of POR15).

A while ago, I got a conversion kit on ebay... to eliminate the faded reflectors in the buckets and the separate glass lenses to 7" sealed beams available at any parts store.  
It was a little bit of a challenge to figure out how to install it as there were no instructions, but I got it figured out!  I think this one looks amazing!  The second one will be a bigger challenge since now I am left with 3 rotted buckets to make into one.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Epoxy primer for the interior

Southern Poly epoxy primer in white for the interior (will be painted cream/ivory)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tool box

Today, Brian worked on the plumbing of the air tanks a bit, then we both worked on the tool box.  We didn't use the original one because it was originally framed in wood and we wanted it all steel.  So, we started with a frame:
Then, I cut the inside "skins', punched holes for rosette welds, and Brian welded them in:
Very happy with the results!!!

Now we just have to hang the door and make a 'catch' for the latch.