Saturday, May 14, 2011

One Reason

One reason it is taking "like forever" to put Miss Daisy back together is because almost every time Roger goes to install a new piece or replace a part something has to be repaired first!

Remember the brakes?  They had to be sent back east for some repair before the new floater kits could be put on them and reinstalled.

This broken spindle is the reason Daisy still has her old, orangey colored wheels on.  We sent it to Mike's Affordable Model A Parts in Georgia to be repaired.  It's back now, so, maybe Roger can get Daisy's new wheels put on soon.

Ah, yes.  The header strips.  Such little pieces that required so much time to get them back into place.  Drilling out stripped screws and plugging all the holes with oak dowels is a bit tedious.

These little things are the window channels for each side door.  They were bent so they had to be straightened.   They were also given a fresh coat of paint.

That black thing next to the knife is a dilapidated window gasket.  It had to be scraped off both pieces of window glass before the new gaskets could be put on.

This little piece of yellow trim goes next to the windshield.  When it was removed so it could be painted, all but two of these little things called "cage nuts" broke off.  I think there might have been about eight of them altogether.  Apparently you can't get "cage nuts" like that any more so Roger had to come up with another plan to replace them.

On the advice of a few folks, he used this stuff called J B Weld.  It took a couple of days to set up, but the resulting bond is super strong!

It's lots of fun when we get to put a new part or a freshly painted piece of steel back on Daisy and don't have to make some kind of repair first, but that doesn't happen very often.  I guess that is why this is called a total restoration.  

One by one, Roger is working his way through all the repairs.  He's actually saying he may have her finished in a couple more months!  In the meantime, I have to keep reminding myself Daisy is 80 years old this year.  She's entitled to some pampering!

Get some rest,  Daisy.
We'll be back at it again tomorrow!

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