Ford Model A Pickup Restoration February 2010

Now I will continue with carpentry.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

The dashboard looks bad with (too much) holes, so I decided to make a new one. I started with this 30 mm thick board made of ash wood.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

Then I planed the board to a thickness of 7.5 mm.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

To choose the best part optically, I made a stencil.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

Now just saw it and ready is the blank dashboard.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

Next follows the wood paneling on the inside of the cabin. The paneling is made from tropical timber plywood veneer. Not that you think I would create some kind of luxury car - the same veneer was already installed in the car 80 years ago.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

Now, the sawing and fitting follows.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

I cannot glue them now because of the low temperatures but this is how it looks like.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

I have also fitted two access panels at the bottom of the doors.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

Not everything is straight on that car and so I had to reduce the thickness of the plate with a router.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

The wooden parts are now ready for further processing but that needs warmer weather.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

For the following work on cold metal parts, I have cut off the fingertips of these gloves.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

Now I will continue the work on my 'scrap' commodity Houdaille damper. I bought them years ago and I wanted to restore them now so I can use them.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

Here again, the O-rings as they came to light after the disassembly. The reason for this were sharp edges, not removed metal chips, wrong O-ring sizes, and a gigantic portion of botched …

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

The task now is to make the best out of this situation and that's the reason why I bought new O-rings in the correct size.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

Pieces stuck together, so some reworking and polishing was needed to fit the parts.

Ford Model A Restoration February 2010

I am working on a test facility for the dampers to make the test and adjustment before the installation. One damper I've already assembled and filled with oil and I must say that it's like night and day compared to the original state.




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