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!