Ford Model A Pickup Restoration July 2014

The assembly of the car is making progress and a first ride around the block I already made. It was the first time with mounted cabin and wooden flatbed.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The running boards are ready to mount. It still requires some work to make the fender welts fit, which are located between running board and sheet metal.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The running boards are mounted.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

Now it's time for the windshield.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

After painting the cabin, I have never verified if everything fits and the windshield can be easily moved forward (substitution for the not existing air condition …)

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

Two important parts which is the nameplate of company Peter & Co from Liestal.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The second one will get the best place on my dashboard. It represents the company Wilhelm Frey also from Liestal, which has made the entire wooden structure (cabin and flatbed). The nameplate is a little older than the Ford and it is a present from Mr. Wilhelm Frey, the son of the builder of he car. He visited me some years ago.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

Now the thick starter cable can be fixed in the final position.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

This is a view from under the car. In order to get a good connection between the engine and the frame, I installed another cable between the crossmember and the transmission.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The main fuse which is bolted to the starter is slightly modified. I have rounded the corners and painted it black. This way it is more subtle beside the black starter.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The transmission between drive shaft and speedo cable was not mounted yet.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

Unfortunately, I have an unplanned issue because the main shaft of the speedometer dos hardly rotate, so this unplanned work has to be done later …

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

All door parts do already fit, they only must be mounted.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The aluminum plate is now bolted to the door.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The side panels are made from 3 mm hardboard and will now be covered with my dyed leather. When cutting the edges you will get a clean finish when you first cut at a 45 degree angle. Keep a distance to the corner, slightly less than the plate thickness. Then cut out the small corner as it is done on the picture.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

After gluing it looks like this from below …

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

… and from the top it is clean too.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The side panels will be mounted later.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

Fortunately, the new hinge bolts are 0.3 mm larger in diameter than my old ones, so I could dill out the worn hinges and now everything fits.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The fuel line to the carburetor is in place.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

The wiring of the ignition is also made.

Ford Model A Restoration July 2014

Now it is time for a little drive, but first I had to fix a small ignition problem. I do not want to go into details, but it turned out that the ignition wire between coil and distributor was slightly loose …

I can see the end but I still have some work to do.

This month I also have a new video from the 'Indianapolis' Oerlikon 2014 .
In fact it is not comparable with the real Indianapolis it is more like a tiny Bristol racetrack …




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