Friday, February 13, 2009

Slow Going (and Cold !!!)

Well, it's Friday and I haven't got as much accomplished as I had hoped, but I am making progress. The weather has turned cold with lows in the single digits and teens, but yesterday and today were clear and sunny, so it warmed up enough that I could work in the afternoons. I bought a light fixture when we were in Farmington Wednesday, and installed it yesterday in the sandblasting cabinet. It made it a lot easier to see what's going on in there. I've mostly been cleaning and painting parts again. It takes the paint a long time to dry with such cold weather. I bolted most of the engine parts on, but I'm going to have to wait until I get some parts to complete it. The gas tank is in place, as are the firewall and steering column. I received a rebuilt carburetor from Mac's, but it had been handled pretty rough. The choke lever and the mixture adjusting screw were bent, and the throttle was really hard to open and close. I'm sending it back to see if they can't do better.

Here's what progress so far looks like.....

I'm aiming to have the body on early next week, and then can work on it while I'm waiting on the next parts order to get here.

So, that's it for this week. Happy Valentine's Day to all.


  1. Earl and Lois sure enjoy hearing of your progress and pictures of the growing T.
    You have probably read Bob's blog by now and it was sure a scary accident but we are very thankful it wasn't any worse and are praying that it all heals up soon.
    We got a call Thursday night from Victoria Jo (McGee) that her mother Betty had passed away from pancreatic cancer and other complications that Betty had alerted us about in her Christmas card. Lois and I went to Wichita yesterday to a motel and went to the ten o'clock funeral service this morning and made it back home about 5 o'clock this evening. It was in the low thirties yesterday with a hard north wind and some better today but sure was cold to gas up the car with not enough coats and not heavy enough pants on.

  2. From Earl and Lois
    I get to thinking after the above comment that maybe somebody that reads it won't know Betty (Wiles) McGee was my first cousin.
    After some research it is possible she is my last living cousin. There are four names that I haven't found birthdates and death dates of yet but think they are probably dead.
    A nice day here cold and dry. Somebody send us gentle moisture please.
    Love to all from Dad.

  3. Your garage looks about as warm as mine. I'm thinking about insulating mine and putting in a heater of some sort this year. I don't miss sandblasting. I've done quite a bit of blasting on my bronco project. I bet it's nice having that lift in the garage. Carrie and I are both excited to watch the progress on the Model T. Drew