So what else better to do with my kids besides put them to work, and they fought who got to clean the wheel first. They did a good job. they had fun removing grease before sandblasting. I have been a bit busy so I took the rims and wheels to Owens sandblasting in Lebanon, Mo they did a great job on the frame, and they did the same for my rims. So now on to a little more clean up on the rims AKA welding up holes and thin spots. Then on to primer and filler, then more sanding.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
I got back to work on the truck this week. I definitely have a renewed vigor. The ATHS show made me definitely want to bring it to Kentucky in June next year. I started buy putting the carrier bearing back together. Worked out a couple side plates I had bought some a while back they were good just not the quality I was going for. So with nothing left to loose I reworked the set off the Texas truck just for fun, they turned out so good I think I will use them.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
|I like the sign on the windshield.|
Thursday, June 1, 2017
ATHS I can't say enough is such a great organization. They put on one heck of a truck show. I believe the final count was 1297 total trucks 25years and older at the show! I had a great time I didn't get to meet or talk to very many people. I fell down on my part and didn't keep people in the loop where I was at. But all turned out wonderful. I got to see lots of great International's a few speed six and a lot of K and KB's and a few D models. And one C model in the mid 30's. So the most spectacular thing was the swap meet. There were only three vendors selling there on Saturday morning. I walked around and didn't see much at first. I found John Geidl that had some IH parts laying there. As I picked up a IH box he asked me if I was looking for IH fenders. I said "no" ( thinking I would never find a new finder for a design only made for four years in the height of the depression. ) So john came around the table and pointed out a 1935 right side C model fender and another fender behind me. Okay the 1935 peaked my interest. As I turn around I see another fender laying there. As we talk about the 35 fender and I describe that the cut out on the back part was for the battery box. While I am looking over the fender behind it. It looks close to my 33. As I keep looking at it I kept trying to come up with reasons that it couldn't be my finder. I walked away trying to look at all of the pictures I had on my phone and compare bolt hole to bolt hole. After 10 minutes I decided to take the chance on the fender. I picked up my fender had one last word with John saying that if it was the correct fender I would E-mail him. I got more questions and looks hauling that fender threw the show! Lots of people stopped me asking if I identified what the fender was off of. And several people saying they almost bought the fenders. Of coarse once I get back to the car I spot the numbers under the fender. I don't know how I didn't see it earlier. My guess is not believing I had found a NOS 1933 fender for my truck. So after I loaded the fender in my wife's car that we took to Iowa. I checked the part number and then after smacking myself and a couple of pinches to make sure I wasn't dreaming. So I have found a NOS replacement fender! I am still in shock. So a special thanks goes out to John Geidl firstname.lastname@example.org Door latch repair, LLC He still had the 1935 IH NOS fender last I saw as of 5/27/17. WOW what a week! The only phrase I can use to describe finding the fender is "It's a miracle!" Goes back to my thought that Granddaddy is helping me out some how. Now with renewed vigor I shall get back to work on the truck! More photos of the ATHS truck show to come!
Sunday, May 7, 2017
I finally fixed my mig welder it just needed some tune up parts, new wire sheath, tip, fill co2 bottle. After that I got some advice on fixing the holes in the rims, and some of the really rusted spots. With a little practice I got the hang of it. Welding around the out side and working my way in. I burnt through in a couple of thin places. I cleaned them up after welding them. So far I think it looks pretty good. I looked at all of my rims and decided only three needed fixing. Time to get a move on. And for my goal of taking the truck to Iowa for the ATHS meet is not going to happen. I will still go just not with my truck. I hope to see some good Internationals there. And to meet some good contacts.
Friday, April 7, 2017
I have been sorting more bolts for the wheels. I wanted to find new bolts for the wheels but nobody I found could come up with full shank grade eight bolt for a decent price. So went out and took every wheel bolt off of the Texas truck. I came up with just enough to get by. Some of the old bolts were too rusted to save a couple broke taking them off. The next issue I have is the Texas truck had two good rear rims but they are wider then the rims I have for the rest of the truck. So know I have another set of rims at my grandfathers to look at if they are the same as the ones off the Texas truck I will probable use them, they are all off Internationals just a few years apart. Why the search for rims I have a few holes in the originals and some integrity issues. I really wanted to keep the original rims, but time, money, effort and safety are big influences. Especially safety I don't want a rim and wheel to come apart. I will probably look to restoring the original wheels at a later time. So for now I will look to use the wider rims on the rear duels and the original rims on the front. I wanted to get the rims sandblasted last year but I never got the chance. So hopefully here soon I can get that done.
Monday, March 20, 2017
So one of my biggest worries is over. The distributor is driven off of the back of the generator. So there is a small gear in the generator that turns the distributor. With out this gear the distributor will not turn, so the truck cant run. That is a lot of relying on one little gear. My original New Mexico truck had 62,xxx miles on the odometer that was not hooked up for???? So this little gear is a bit worn out. The Texas truck had 26,000 on the odometer that was still connected. And the gear in the back of it was a bit better but still worn. I look for automotive parts all day, that is my job. So I all so have access to some fairly old parts books. And I came up with a complete listing on my generator. Periodically I search for part numbers that I might need down the road. And I punched in the gear again and got a hit! So I was jumping for joy everyone around me looking at me like I have lost my marbles. I retrieved my book made sure the numbers were correct and they were. American Vintage Parts on Ebay had posted the old delco remy part number. I didn't hesitate and got one. I once had contacted a company that would recreate the gear but the cost was more than I wanted to take on. No more wondering if the gear will hold up.