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    collecting artifacts of the Great War. Especially interested in aviation. Recently restored D
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  1. Thanks for checking we are making one as we speak. . 3 out of 4 U joints came apart easily. that left one that was seized and we had to drill out the locking pin. We then redrilled the holes to 5/16 inch. It had been 1/4 inch before the drill out. We replaced the pin with a 5/16th one. As you know plenty of material there to work with .
  2. Thanks Jim we actually we intended to make the original tubes functional but they were so compromised that we plugged them and they are for appearance only
  3. Well to update my repair attempt on the radiator was unsuccessful. Still leaked badly Pulled it out again and brought it to a professional. I wanted to keep the appearance of the core as original as possible. New spiral fin tubes were quoted at $6500 USD for the tubes only.....Not going to do that so we used the best looking original tubes on the sides and front and put a modern tube and fin design behind it. Had to repaint the shroud as the paint I gave the radiator shop was off in color the last picture is the repainted shroud.
  4. A little research found that the owner of this truck Bill Leuer, passed away in 2017. The truck is a Kissel built FWD as is mine. It also has the Machine shop body although I cannot tell which type as there were at least 2 varieties.
  5. Thanks a great looking truck that I was not aware of. Name looks like Bill Carver but I cannot be certain. Yes there is data plate on the body but I dont recall the makers name . Somewhere there is a picture of it. It is about 80 miles from here so cannot easily snap a new foto.
  6. FWD update. We have dissasembled the radiator and repaired 2 leaking tubes. One leaking tube was interior and opted to simply plug it. Reaasembled and installed it. Had a new step cast from a pattern taken from another FWD. Used cast bronze for strength. Have nearly completed reassembly of engine components but a bit baffled by the accelerator linkage. I hope to get some pictures from other vehicles in the US and UK for comparison. We have good spark and compression and expect to have it running soon. I am at the three year mark. The body is ready to be straightened in spots and then resandblasted and painted
  7. Rather than fabricate a new step I had the opportunity to borrow an original step . Used as a pattern I had a had a new step cast in bronze (for strength) using an existing the original as pattern. Cylinder jugs installed Pistons in Rod bearings honed, upper water manifold installed, valve shrouds and clips one side done (Thanks to Terry Harper and Tim Gosling), Radiator apart and to be pressure tested soon the tanks were caked solid with mouse nest but the cooling tubes look good. Exhaust manifold,pipe and muffler have been installed. Good news is I have compression and good spark!!!
  8. went to visit my parts chassis and body today. Removed what was left of the step bracket as my FWD has none. I will fabricate the step with welded steel and not have a casting made.
  9. And they removed the governor!!
  10. Mike it is in new york a bit far for you mate! I could use the spotlight bracket but i am not buying a another truck for a bracket. I told a friend of mine about it a few weeks ago he has a liberty that needs something and the tank would be perfect. Not sure if he ever followed up The seller had no idea how much he wanted for it last I heard
  11. Received the new Carb glass from a Glass company. I will leave the patina as you see it. Also checked the water pump which I bought 18 months ago.Lucky me it was a winner.Shaft and bearing were in excellent condition. You just never know what you are getting and these FWD water pumps are very scarce. Temporarily installed it so I could measure the gap for the rag joint. Used a reamer to refurbish the rod bearings. Did two bearings the other two are at the machine shop while the sleeves are installed in two of the cylinders. Moving along very well. IMG_6721.MOV
  12. Here is a Liberty that surfaced in the States
  13. Hi Jim Some night the dream is more like a nightmare but I am sure when I finally awake, and it is completed , the dream will have been quite pleasurable!
  14. The FWD engine tear down has begun. After stripping down all the pipes manifolds and other components the heads were removed today. I installed a vintage chain hoist which I had purchased a few years ago at the local flea market. Cost me maybe 20 bucks. System worked fine to lift the two heads off the block. realized quickly why it was hard to crank. one of the two heads had been damaged by water freezing and causing one cylinder to bulge internally and the other to crack externally. The bulge was binding the piston. These issues will be addressed by my engine repair shop. One cylinder will need a sleeve the crack will have to be "stitched " back together .The second head with cylinders 1 and 2 was fine. Good news was the original pistons are in wonderful condition as are the valves , guides and seats . These will require a simple resurfacing and lapping. Will also look for a set of rod bearing inserts as the originals show a good deal of wear. They are dated 4-18 and the original pistons are clearly stamped P-1 through P-4. May also need new rings made
  15. Another day in the books for the FWD project. Today the ultra rare Stromberg model G carburetor (patented in 1909) was disassembled and all components are now free and working as they should The glass bowl is cracked and a replacement will need to be found. Removed the brass drain plus from the heads and out poured a pile of sand and rust. OUCH. The water system will need to be flushed out. The brass plugs on the top of the heads were removed and the carbon buildup was heavy. A few minutes at the end of the day we fitted the newly made water manifold (original was unrepairable) and the water pump (which was missing) to the engine just to see and greatly pleased as they mated up perfectly. Not at all ready for this but when the time comes I know they fit. These parts were sourced through restorers/collectors of Stutz Bearcat cars. These sporty classics from the 1920s share the same engine as the FWD . The Stutz however has no governor and weighs about 1/3 of the truck and were very quick for their day. Lot of cleanup next few days. I thought the float was cracked viewing through the glass but what I saw was gasket sealer dripping down the side. It cleaned up perfectly well.
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