Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Final Steps

Roger loaded Daisy onto the dolly a few days ago and they headed out to Abilene.  In Abilene, he dropped her off at A Touch of Color for a couple of paint touchups and body tweaks.

A Touch of Color is the body shop that gave Daisy her beautiful coat of yellow paint. 

Needless to say, Daisy was excited about going back and staying with Don and Cooter for a few days. 

When Daisy got finished at the body shop she went to be pinstriped, but not before making a stop along the way.  She's such a show off!   link:  Miss Daisy Visits Ford House in Abilene

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Greetings!

Daisy still hasn't been to the body shop for her final touch-ups and she's still waiting in line to be pin striped, but those minor details haven't kept her from kicking up her wheels! 

When Roger and I decided to put together this little Christmas video last week there was no question, it had to feature Miss Daisy.  Hope you enjoy it.....

Monday, November 7, 2011

Daisy's Debut

After Daisy got her permanent muffler installed a couple of weeks ago, she was chomping at the bit to get out and about.

So, even though she's not 100% complete, Roger took her to a "Show and Shine" our car club was having at one of the retirement centers.

There were lots of pretty, vintage cars there, but for some reason, the photographer (that would be me!), kept focusing in on Daisy.

A few days after the Show and Shine was the Veteran's Day Parade.  Daisy donned her American Flags and got in line for the parade.

And, mercy me, she strutted her stuff!  Roger and I felt like rock stars with all the picture-taking going on!

Later that evening, everyone in our Model A club met at our friend Leroy's house for cake and ice cream.  It was a fun day.  Miss Daisy was a good girl!

Monday, October 17, 2011

NOW The End Is In Sight!

Roger came home from the shop one day back in June and announced "the end is in sight!" Here's the link if you want to read it again:  End in Sight?

I was totally skeptical when he made that announcement and considering here it is four months later and Daisy's restoration still isn't complete, my skepticism was justified!

However, I'm here to tell you, as of today, the END really is in sight!

Roger got to a point in Daisy's restoration where he thought he could finish working on her in our garage.  It was great having our friend's big, nice shop to use over the past year, but it is also nice to be able to walk out into our garage at any time of day and see the fruit of our labor.

There are still a couple of big steps to finish.  Later this week, Daisy has an appointment to get her muffler installed.  When that's complete she has to go back to the body shop in Abilene for a few minor adjustments and some pin striping.

But Roger is just about to get everything done that he needs to do to her.  Over the weekend, he worked on Daisy's brakes.

After he got her brakes set, we gave her a much needed bath. (Whitewalls by Joy!)

She looked so much better after her bath that Roger decided to go ahead and put a coat of wax on her!

Now she is so bright and shiny we practically have to wear shades to look at her!

Sha-zam!  Is that Model A saying "let's roll" or what?



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Set Backs

Just wanted to let y'all know we are still alive and kickin' and still working on Daisy.  We've had a couple of set backs with her over the past couple of weeks and so it seems like nothing's been accompolished......nothing real exciting, anyway.

As you all know, almost every part in Daisy has been replaced, rebuilt or redone in some shape or fashion.  Well, wouldn't cha know it, two of the parts that weren't replaced, rebuilt or redone turned out to be bad after Roger made a little test drive in Daisy the other day.  

One of the bad parts was Daisy's oil pump.  And get this.... apparently, there's been a run on 1931 Ford oil pumps here lately, so, no replacements were to be found.  I know.  Hard to believe.

After days of internet searching, Roger was finally able to locate a rebuilt one in Denver. While waiting for it to be delivered, Roger has been busy removing the oil pan (I'm told this is a nasty, dirty, yucky job) and cleaning it up.  I think he's about got that finished, so, hopefully, he can get the old oil pump removed and the new one put in this weekend.

In case y'all have ever wondered what happens to old, worn out Model A parts, take a look at the picture above.  That's Roger and me with our friends, the Casey's, in Fredericksburg, Texas trying to unload sell some of those parts.  At the Casey's invitation, we went to something called a "swap meet" and that's a whole 'nother story........

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Installing a Windshield

Installing a windshield..........
         all it takes is a tin can, two rolls of duct tape, four clamps, some glue, a long piece of wood and the help of a good friend.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

My bad.

In my last post I mentioned Roger installed these wooden rails on the pickup bed.  I kind of gave Roger a hard time about completing a step that wasn't listed on "The Plan."

Guess I figured there were already so many steps (83 to be exact), he didn't need to be working on a step that wasn't listed!

Truthfully,  I wasn't really thinking that.  I was just trying to give Roger a hard time about leaving a step off and as it turns out, I should have never have mentioned it.

When Roger finished reading my blog update, he picked up our print out of "The Plan" and politely pointed to an item toward the end of the list.  And there it was.... step #66.  Cut and install bed rails.

Whoops.  My bad.  Sorry Roger.  I quickly drew a line through it to show it had been completed.

A few other things were completed this week, too.  Roger got the wooden floor board and rubber mat cut and fitted into place.  Looking at the picture above, I think I see the new gear shift knob.  It's got Ford written in the blue area with a circle of silver around it....Bling!!

Not only are Daisy's headlights wired up and ready to go, so are her sexy, little cowl lights.

Her tail lights are working and the back license plate is on!

Her blinkers are back in business again, too, and this time, they've been wired up with this nifty little noise maker on them.

For those of you who own Model A's, you know how hard it is to hear the blinker.  And since you can't hear it, you can't remember to turn it off.  I can't tell you the number of times we've turned into a restaurant parking lot, got out and walked in only to have the other club members, who were already seated and watching our arrival out the window, stand up and yell "blinkers!" 

Anyway, now that Daisy's blinkers make a lot of noise, maybe we can remember to turn them off and save ourselves some embarrassment upon restaurant arrivals.  See what you think....

Blinkers! from Joy Banks on Vimeo.

Monday, September 5, 2011

According to Plan

Things are getting done according to our "83 Step Plan on How to Reassemble Daisy."

A few days ago, Roger and Dave got together and installed Daisy's rear fenders.

That's Dave applying the welting that goes on the side of the pickup bed before the fender is attached to it. That welting is tricky stuff.  Dave had to hold his mouth just right to get it to lay down correctly.  It was hard work. It required wearing a sweat band.

I'm not quite sure what Roger is doing in this picture. I'm not sure I even want to know. Suffice it to say, the rear fenders got installed.  Step #49 can be marked off the plan!

Roger also spent some time getting the wooden rails installed on the pickup bed.

Unless these fall under step #44 to "Install Wood in Bed," this step wasn't listed on the plan. Just sayin'.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Plan

It was in April when I first wrote about Daisy being back in our shop.  After months of waiting on the local body shop to get her painted and then giving up and finding a body shop in Abilene that actually got the job done (Thanks, Touch of Color!), it was in April that she got her final coat of yellow paint and came home.

After almost 12 months of waiting, the ball was back in our court.

And Roger was ready.  Over the months, he had devised a step by step plan on how to put Daisy back together.  I'm not sure if he came up with the plan to help keep him focused and on track or if he came up with it just to reassure me he knew what he was doing.  Either way, what started out as a 60 step plan to put Daisy back together grew into the 83 step plan that it is today.

By looking at the lines Roger has drawn through some of the steps, I'd say we are over half way finished.  That's the good news.

The bad news is Roger made a point to inform me all of those steps highlighted in yellow are going to take extra time.

We've learned on this journey that some most things just don't go according to plan. Every step has taken longer than what we thought it would and some steps, well, in my opinion, have taken an insane amount of time.

Roger thinks, and there are some that might agree, that I have a tendency to expect the completion of at least one step for every hour he spends at the shop.   He's hoping by letting me know in advance which steps are going to be more time consuming I won't panic.

It could work.

The next time he is spending like forever on one step, I'll get out this plan and take a look.  If the step he's working on is one of those highlighted in yellow, no doubt, I'll breathe a sigh of relief.

The Plan

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Signs of Life!

Slowly but surely things are getting done.  After more than a year of complete stillness and utter silence, Daisy is showing signs of life.

She now has two big ole chrome headlights wired up and ready to light the way!

Lights! from Joy Banks on Vimeo.

And when she gets to where she is going, she can let everyone know she's arrived!

Aahoooga! from Joy Banks on Vimeo.

Friday, August 19, 2011

This Week

Last week the three amigos got Daisy's bed securely bolted onto her frame.  But, as you can see from that gaping hole in the bottom of it, that pickup bed needed a floor!  So.......

This week Roger worked at installing the red oak panels that make up the floor. 

He put shiny stainless steel strips between each panel of wood.

And he polished over 40 stainless steel bolts and used them to secure the wood panels and the stainless steel strips down.  That floor is pretty enough to dance on!

This week, with my help, he got Daisy's cute, little tailgate put on.  

If I may say so myself, Miss Daisy is lookin' good!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Three Amigos Ride Again

Even though this next step in Daisy's restoration/put-back-together process is a very important and much anticipated one, I had a really hard time coming up with a title for the video we put together about it.

The title could have easily been:

Basic PickUp Bed Installation


PickUp Bed installation 101


How to Install a '31 Ford PickUp Bed

But the title I like the best and the one I'm going to go with is:

The Three Amigos Ride Again!

Here it is!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Still at it......

Man, I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted.  No wonder a lot of folks have been asking, "What's up?  Is Daisy finished?"

Unfortunately, no, Daisy is not finished.  I know it is hard to believe, but there are times when other things take priority over Daisy.  The past couple of weeks have been one of those times.  But, hopefully, we are back on track and nothing else is going to distract us until we get this job done!

Tonight Roger and Dave are going to work on Daisy's brakes and clutch.  Roger has them installed, but the brakes have got to be "set."  Not sure what that involves, but I'm pretty sure it is important!

Roger got these gauges installed a few days ago.  I'm sure they are a vital part to Daisy's operation, but it's the chrome on them that I like.  Like the old saying goes, "you can't ever be too thin or too rich.......or have too much chrome!"

I personally picked these new step plates out.  Notice that hunk of chrome with the Ford logo in the middle of it.  Now that's what I'm talking about!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More Stuff

Roger got Daisy's bumper put back on a couple of days ago along with this cool, new tool box.  (a gift from Leroy)  It's sitting right behind the chrome bumper.  Any experienced Model A'er knows it is a must to carry tools and spare parts with you at all times.  Sooner or later, you are going to need them.

Roger has also been working at getting a new floor in.  Looks like he's about finished.  It just needs paint and a mat put over it.  By the way, this is going to be Daisy's every day floor. She's going to have another floor for shows.  My brother-in-law made it for Daisy out of solid oak!  It'll be stained real pretty, too!

Roger continues to put more stuff back on Daisy.  The shelves at the shop are no longer overflowing with pieces of her and I can actually walk out into our garage without tripping over yellow body parts!

I know at this point y'all must be wondering, "how much more stuff is there to put back on Daisy?" All I can say is there is less now than there was...... 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Fenders

Nothing says "Ford Model A" more than those distinctive black fenders.

And, hallelujah,  Miss Daisy has front fenders on both sides now!

Her running boards have been installed, too!

I'm guessing, but maybe the back fenders will be installed next?  And then, hopefully, the pickup bed??  Wow, can't wait to see that!

Until then, those front fenders are sweet!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Big Bang

It was a year ago this month when we first drove Daisy from our house out to the shop.  It was touch and go all the way and she actually died on us before we could raise the shop door and get her completely inside.  Roger ended up pushing her the last few feet.  If you want to refresh your memory, here's the link:   http://vimeo.com/13034930

Miss Daisy has been a busy girl since then.  She's been mechanically overhauled and cosmetically renewed.  While her restoration is still not complete a huge milestone was reached last Sunday and let me tell you, it was a nail biter.

All of the new parts necessary for Daisy's engine to run were in position.  Fresh oil and engine fluid had been added.  After a year of sitting there unused and lifeless, it was time to turn the key.  With Roger's pampering and Dave's fine tuning, that Ford Model A engine came back to life.

Take a look.........

The Big Bang from Joy Banks on Vimeo.

Monday, July 4, 2011


This is a picture of Daisy with her old wheels still on. Daisy has been painted Rally Yellow for so long now, it is hard to believe she used to be the color of those orange wheels!

Those wheels looked awful.  Even our friend Leroy, who is in Colorado for the summer, left strict instructions for us to "get those orange wheels off Daisy" before he gets back! 

I thought one of the first things we would do after getting Daisy back from the body shop would be to put her new wheels on.  I was wrong.  Other things took priority.

Well, some of those things are complete now and so last weekend Roger took the old wheels off Daisy and carted them plus the new wheels over to Dave's shop.  They worked for almost a full day taking the tires and tubes off the old wheels and putting them on the new ones.

After that was completed, Roger hauled all the new ones back to our shop (a.k.a. Leroy's shop) and one by one put them on Daisy.

And, wow!  What a difference!  The shiny, new hub caps don't hurt either!

Another big step is complete!!

I think Leroy will be pleased.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Working Together

Our friend, Dave Casey, has had some health issues over the past few months, but he's doing much better now.  He's still not 100% but he's getting there and I'll be honest, we are happy about that for two reasons:

Reason #1 - We don't like to see anybody feeling bad especially someone who is such a good friend.

Reason #2 - Mr. Casey knows how to get things done when it comes to overhauling Model A's!

Here's a list of things Roger and Dave have accomplished together over the past couple of days.  

Daisy now has steering!  Woo hoo!

A steering box has been installed........I'm assuming this is necessary for the steering wheel to work.  :~)

A wiring harness.......something to do with the electrical stuff????

New exhaust manifold........I'm clueless.

A new Weber downdraft carburetor and that means more power, baby!!!  (the plastic wrap will come off later......we want to keep that thing sparkling for as long as possible!)

A new fuel line, customized for Miss Daisy.

Gotta have a fuel pump and a filter to go with that new fuel line!

No Model A is complete without using a little bailing wire on it somewhere.......just kidding!  The boys used bailing wire to install a temporary tailpipe....

And a temporary muffler so when the time comes, Daisy can be driven to the muffler shop.

I don't know about you, but I think that is a pretty impressive list of things.  

We are always appreciative of Dave's help.  And, Dave, if you are reading this, we're so glad you are feeling better!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Big Shim

This little piece of black rubber is called a shim.  Shims are used as levelers between the body and the frame of Model A's. 

It took 12 shims to get Daisy's body level on her frame.

It also took lots of time and lots of hard work on Roger and Dave's part.  But once they got finished, a big, important step of Daisy's restoration was complete. 

Here's how it was done.........

The Big Shim from Joy Banks on Vimeo.