Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This and That

The Flat Head Ted floater kit has been installed.  The brakes are completed.

As of yesterday, Daisy's chassis is back in Abilene.

The design faux pas on Daisy's upholstery has been corrected.

More pieces have been painted.

We are hoping the body shop finishes up with Daisy this week.  We are tentatively planning on bringing her home this weekend.  If we get to bring her home that is probably the last I will see of Roger for awhile.  I doubt he will come up for air until he get this girl put completely back together.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Back on Task

Roger was back on task today after our quick trip to Abilene yesterday. He's got to get Daisy's brakes finished this week. The body shop is just about to the point where they need Daisy's chassis back so they can set the cab on it.  

Hopefully, everything will go smoothly with the brake installation this time. The above picture is of Roger installing a new chrome emergency brake. We like chrome.  It's shiny.  Shiny is good.

Yesterday in Abilene, Roger explained to Joe, our upholstery guy, what we wanted him to redo on the trim.  After Joe finished crying and stomping his feet and telling us it was his birthday and that we had just ruined his whole day, he said,  "not a problem."  That Joe, he's a nice guy!

We did come home from Abilene with a few goodies.  We brought home two of these beautifully upholstered door panels.......

and five new yellow wheels.

We also got a sneak peak while we were there of what Daisy's bench seat will look like once it is installed in the cab.  We were already anxious to get this project completed but now we are chomping at the bit!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


We are off to Abilene this morning to see Joe, the upholstery guy.  We thought we had this cool idea for trimming out Daisy's doors.  After seeing the real life results of our cool idea, we've decided it wasn't so cool after all.  

Granted, we've only seen it in pictures, but we don't think that is going to make any difference.  Not cool.

Joe has done a great job executing all of our ideas, but this is one idea that, well....needs executed!  We hate to cause another delay, but, in the long run, Daisy will thank us for it!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Men at Work

A couple of Roger's friends were out at the shop helping him this past Sunday.  That's Leroy Palmer (shop owner) on the left and Dave Casey on the right.  

There is a wealth of Model A know-how between the two of those guys and it's a good thing because it took more than a little studying and head scratching for all three of them to figure out the proper way to install something called a "Flat Head Ted."

See these? These are the newly rebuilt brakes that just came back from Snyder's last week.  Apparently, "Flat Head Ted" is a floater kit and a floater kit is something that goes on these brakes to make them operate more like modern day brakes. (Note: this is the condensed "girl" version of what a "Flat Head Ted" is.)

The guys worked on this for literally hours on Sunday. And I don't think they quite got finished but as it turns out that might have been a good thing.  See that picture above?  That's a Flat Head Ted floater kit.  See those two parts circled in black? They were missing from Roger's kit and the guys might never have known if Dave hadn't of ordered one just like it and opened his up and discovered two parts in his kit that weren't in Roger's!  

Bless their hearts, now they have to re-do some of the work they've already done! The missing parts are being over-nighted from Georgia. The guys are anxious for them to get here so they can get the brake job completed.  I bet it goes a lot smoother this time!

I'd like to give a special shout out to Dave.  He worked like a trojan on Sunday and that was just after having surgery on his hand!  He's redeemed himself.  I no longer feel like punching him in the eye for getting Roger involved in all of this.........for now, anyway........

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Behind the Scenes

It seems like lately all I've been posting about is Daisy's...... um...... what should I call it..... cosmetic surgery?  

You know, that little nip and tuck she's having done in another town?   The botox job she'll deny she ever had?

Well, besides getting all of that fresh paint and new upholstery, Roger has been taking care of a few details back here in San Angelo out at the shop. He's scrubbed Daisy's frame and painted it a nice glossy black.  He's cleaned her engine and painted it a real pretty green....Ford green, I was told!

He worked on cutting tiny holes in this webbing so that it would line up with the holes in Daisy's frame.  This stuff separates the cab and bed from the frame....... who knew?

After spending a couple of tedious hours cutting the holes in the webbing on one side, he discovered he could finish the other side in mere minutes by using his soldering iron and burning the holes in.  Again......who knew?

Last Saturday, he had to call in the reinforcements (that would be Dave) to help him install this new spring.  They had to muster up every ounce of strength they had to get it on, but they did it.  They got her done.

Daisy's brakes should be back from Snyder's in Ohio maybe by the end of this week.  Roger will have to call on Dave, again, to help him reinstall those.  We're moving right along!

Friday, March 4, 2011


After almost 8 months of sitting and gathering dust at a body shop here in San Angelo,  I was beginning to believe this day would never come.  I had almost resigned myself to the fact that Daisy would forever be school bus yellow.

Thankfully, a friend of a friend recommended A Touch of Color in Abilene.  And thankfully, they were able to get started on her shortly after Roger dropped her off there.

As of today, goodbye school bus yellow!  Miss Daisy is officially rally yellow!  And doesn't she look good!

What a difference a good body shop makes!  Here's a before shot of Daisy's firewall.

And here is the after shot of her firewall.......Sweet!!

The next step is for Daisy's cab and doors to be sent to Joe's upholstery shop in Abilene.  After that's complete,  she'll be ready to come back to San Angelo where she'll keep Roger busy for the next couple of months with the task of putting her back together.  Progress feels good.

Hang in there, Daisy!  I promise, we'll get you put completely back together real soon!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


It's March 1st and Daisy continues to sport more Rally Yellow!

At this point in the game, there's nothing prettier than seeing freshly painted pieces of Henry Ford steel hanging from a wire.

I'm not sure what part of Daisy that boxy looking thing is, but I like it!!

Looks like more work is being done on Daisy's cab.

Hopefully, these are some final touches before it gets painted.

A Rally Yellow cab.  I can hardly wait to see it!  I think the day may be getting close!!

Cooter is looking mighty protective in this picture.  He's making sure everyone knows he takes his body guard duties serious!