Saturday, June 17, 2017

21.5 Miles Today

I drove to Santa Clara this morning to attend the monthly technical seminar hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America (Phew, that's a mouthful!).

Good tech tips were shared and I now know what it's like to install windows in a Model A Ford Tudor! :)

After taking the "long way" home, I ended up with 21.5 trouble free miles for the round trip drive.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Coffee Run

Made a quick run to Starbucks this morning. The Woody fired right up without issue and ran great. I stopped at the gas station and put four gallons in the tank and it fired right back up.

I think the brakes are bedding in nicely and are about due for an adjustment again. Fronts were at ~160 degrees rears at about ~115 degrees. Still a little coolant coming out of the radiator cap, but it's not overheating. Measuring the radiator it's at about ~130, and the block isn't over 165, even at #4. Going to continue to keep an eye on it, and plan on re-torquing the head soon.

Two other things I need to investigate.

  1. The speedometer is 5mph off. Not sure if it's the rebuilt speedo, or the drive gear.
  2. The brakes are not completely returning after applying moderate pressure. My plan is to replace the return springs with the 1931 style and see if it makes a difference.
All in all a nice uneventful ride!

Zigzagging my way back and forth I was able to rack up ~14 miles driving to a coffee shop 2 miles away :)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Serendipity on a Saturday Drive

Took the woody on a little longer shakedown drive this morning, and was able to put on a few event-free miles. We took the back roads from Sunnyvale to Alviso, and made a quick stop at the old Bayside Canning Co. to check the temperature of the brakes. There we noticed a historic landmark plaque stating that the Bayside was the 3rd largest canning operation in the US in 1931... the same year the Woody was built.

The ride home was good, as well. We got up to 55mph for a short while, and the car ran great. We did have a little mist from the radiator at one point, but I believe it was from being slightly overfilled vs. overheating. The block and radiator temps were right in line with what I have experienced in the past.

51.9 miles since the rebirth of the woody!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Muffler and Tail Pipe

I installed a new Aries muffler and Station Wagon tail pipe extension on the woody this evening. It took about an hour to install once we got everything laid out. No major issues, it just took time to get everything laid out and we were being extra careful not to scratch anything.

I think it looks and sounds fantastic!

Here is what the exhaust sounded like before:

And here it is after the install was complete:

I need to re-torque everything after I run it a few more times and have a small leak to attend to between the muffler and tail pipe extension. But all in all I think it sounds great. The Aries clamp was so much better than the one that was on the car to begin with.

I think the boys will appreciate the tail pipe extension... especially when we are stopped at lights.

Big thanks to Joe for a top notch product and support!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The latest Maiden Voyage!

Five months later and we're back on the road. I still have a laundry list of things to button up and the brakes are still dicey, but the old orange crate is off jack stands and on the road!

After a small false start, where I stalled and then flooded the engine while driving down the ramp from our upper garage area, we were on the road. The car ran strong, and was purring like a kitten for over 20 minutes. We only drove 1.6 miles, but had a ball. 

Once I get the brake adjustments squared away, we'll go out on a longer shake down cruise.