Wednesday, October 4, 2017

windshield hinges

I have been working diligently on the windshields.  Well, one of them anyhow.  The passenger side windshield I had installed the new rubber seal a while back, but was waiting to install the windshield on the truck until we had paint around the openings.  Figuring out how those darn hinges went was a puzzle.  I had no previous pics, had completely disassembled them to paint them, and it was all a guessing game in the beginning.  I finally came up with this:


I sent the picture to a couple of my ebay Diamond T customers and I got it RIGHT!  Woohoo!  Getting those top hinge bolts secured was a complete PIA!  Now, I have to finish the driver side (needs the new rubber seal installed first).  Not looking forward to it!!!

I also got the window garnish molding, the door panel, and the door pull (custom ordered from Etsy) installed on the drivers door.  I would love some sort of detail added to the door panel at some point.



I have gotten a few new goodies for the interior lately - a new dome light.  I fabricated up a mount and Brian installed/wired it in.  And, it works with a twist of the headlight switch!  I didn't want the same oval one everybody uses in their hot rods, so I went with a round marine light (LED so hopefully will never burn out!)


We also got a new GPS speedometer.  Now, to figure out where to mount the antenna.....



Monday, September 18, 2017

Wiring and woodwork

We have officially started wiring.  It is messy before it gets neat.



relays wired under the hood

12v power block on the firewall (which has a nice cover)

oh, and a custom bead-rolled panel (by Metal Meagan) I made into the front cover for the heater box.

Beige leather I made into shift boots:

And, I started making the rubber bumpers for the doors.  It was cheaper for me to make them (and have enough to make a bunch more), than to buy them and wait a month or more from another source.  They are just right too!

I am selling them on eBay now too, just do a ''Diamond T door bumper'' search.

Underneath is looking pretty darn tidy now.  Brian is doing a great job here.

I made a purchased switch panel into a custom one with more of the maple veneer stained with ''dark walnut'' (and the beige paint).  It has the epoxy glaze on it, same as the gauge panels.

And, I decided to go ahead and put the maple veneer in the cubby on the center console as well.  I still might put some material of some sort on the sides, but it will probably stay this way for a while.


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.

Karin

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.