Sunday, May 6, 2018

OLDS STEERING WHEEL MOCKUP









In keeping with the early to mid-sixties theme, I mocked up a 1962 Oldsmobile Steering wheel that came from the same model as the taillights mocked up yesterday.

I figure I should try to nail down these elements and then build to integrate them, with capturing an overall consistency to the look. The Oldsmobile steering wheel has a deep pitch that strikes me as kind of gothic, which is in keeping with Lily's overall aesthetic.

It becomes immediately apparent how little real estate is available for interiors gauges, once the wheel is in place. That's leaning me in the direction of running ancillary gauges in the T' header panel with only the speedometer being integrated into the dash.

I need to dig out my Riviera speedo and mock that up next.

More details later.




Saturday, May 5, 2018

TAILLIGHT OPTION (62 OLDS STARFIRE)

And so it begins. Mock-up. 62 Oldsmobile Starfire taillights on the T. Something different for Lily. Thoughts? Looking at heights.










T SWEET T.


"Lily",  our 1926/1927 Tall T couple has come home. That right. After years being stored in my pal's secret bunker -- out of sight and mind -- she's back home. Which is both good and bad. Yes, she's safe and sound. Let's mark that in the plus column. But bad because it's back top of mind, a constant reminder that if it isn't moving forward, it just taking up space and atrophying. 

Therein lies the age-old cliche. So many projects, so little time. So it's time to warm this up again. 

A clean spot. 


The garage clean-up is complete, and yesterday, we rolled her into a garage that is cleaner than it has been in years. A thorough clean-up of Lily is commencing. WD-40, soapy waters, steel wool and soapy water is being pressed into service and soon we'll have the bits of surface rust under control and we'll be back to chasing down parts. 

So what does it need? 

  • WIRING (BRAND TBD)
  • INTERIOR (BENCH OF BUCKET SEATS)
  • DRIVESHAFT 
  • BRAKE LINES
  • COOLING SYSTEM
  • INTERIOR
  • LIGHT BODYWORK
  • PAINT
  • GRILL AND GRILL SHELL
  • HEADLIGHTS

What's done?


  • CUSTOM FRAME (MERCURY CHARLIE Z FRAME) 
  • REAR SUSPENSION (BUGGY SPRING, SHOCKS, 9" FORD REAREND)
  • ENGINE/TRANS (66 425 Nailhead, Turbo 400

In progress:

  • FLOORS STARTED BY MERCURY CHARLIE 
  • ARE IN PROGRESS
  • SOCAL SPEED SHOP FRONT END (STILL NEED INSTALLATION)








in my garage 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

PERFECT BENCH SEAT FOR T

Today at the Lone Star Round Up, I came across a Turtle deck Model T running a Dodge Caravan center bench seat. The owner was nice enough to share details when I told him I had a 26/27 model.





I cross referenced the info on the HAMB and found a post on that confirmed it. This is the ideal set-up. Low in profile, fold-down lever on the passenger side, and a perfect width.

In addition, I met an upholsterer, Stitch in Time, who works with Mercury Charlie and is interested in helping me create a seat similar but not the exact same as the bench in Mercury Charlie's original Tall T, now owned by John Tullis of Dripping Springs, TX.

A quick Google image search revealed the exact seat to be third-generation Dodge Caravan seat, available from 1996-2000.

I'm posting it here for my own reference and will be on the hunt for one. A good day of sleuthing was had by your truly.


Friday, March 9, 2018

EXTERIOR COLOR (HONDA MILLENNIAL HAVASU BLUE c.2004) AND PONTIAC ENGINE PAINT

Came across this 66 Impala for sale and had to share it as it's the color I have in mind for my roadster. It's a much silver as it is turquoise. And it sure looks nice with a light interior color. I'm thinking silver or white would be the perfect interior color.

My thought is to use a Pontiac engine color for the 327 to stay in the same neighborhood and to contrast it with a silver or pearl white paint for the frame and other components.

ADDENDUM: Just cruised the Barnes & Noble newsstand and saw a great car in Street Rodder magazine. A 1964 Mercury Marauder owned by Dick Uhlenkott. The paint color it used is 2004 Honda Millenial Lake Havasu blue. IT looks like its a color they used in 2004. The only problem is, the color looked varied on the different pages of the article. Doh. If it's this color, I'm all in:







Wednesday, February 14, 2018

THE HOMECOMING


The return to our garage begins at my buddy's secret hill country bunker in Cypress Mills, just outside of Austin.  I've had one of my hobby cars, a Ford Model T coupe, stashed for six years. 
Wheeling the car into position to be put on the flatbed, we removed the skates. 

The engine and Turbo 400 Trans came from a '66 Buick. The frame is a Mercury Charlie "Zee Frame" and the rea rend was made to order form John's Industries. Mercury Charlie was well into fabricating the floorboards when progress halted.

The Wheels and tries were chosen to reflect an early sixties aesthetic and to come from the Herman Munster school of hot rodding. If I had to site a couple of references, Mercury Charlie's T would be high on my list. Which is why he has done much of the work to date on this car. 

Someday, this sucker will be back on the road with the name "Lily". 

Next stop, home sweet home. No longer out of sight or mind. 





Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A TEMPORARY SETBACK

We've had a little setback on the T.  My buddy Charlie, who was going to get bust building it was involved in a serious car accident. The good news is, although he's got a lot of healing and medical bills to pay for, he's up and around and feeling a bit better. The bad news is, our plan to get busy on the T is on the back burner heals up. In the meantime, we'll focus on the roadster.  To be continued.