Ford Model A Pickup Restoration January 2018

In January, I just did a few small things, since the temperature in the garage was pretty cold.

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

I wanted to replace the fender pad by a self made version which should cover the whole fender and not only parts of them. I used artificial leather. You can discuss about the color but after some years it will become black anyway :-)

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

The sewing of the leather was a torture … the leather was a bit too soft and I have only a normal sewing machine - I still managed it, not sooooo nice but functional.

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

Anyway, the fenders are covered and will not become scratches when I'm working on the engine.

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

This winter I also want to mount the wheel covers and I will also use such intermediate rings, so that the cover is a little bit protected.

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

The rings do not fit yet, but I will do that now.

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

I already used this tool for the holes of the wheel cover.

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

Put the ring in between and give some pressure …

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

… and the ring will fit

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

Everything fits on the outside too. I'll mount the wheel covers later.

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

Another construction site this month were my 2 mobile columns I bought some time ago. First, I can not recommend this because of the Farm Jack mechanism which is not 100% reliable.

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

The quality of the Farm Jack part is really bad. Letting down a weight did not work because of bent parts. It was not damaged during transport. Based on the tracks, the installation was made with the hammer $!!###@@!!

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

The Farm Jack mechanism is basically a very robust principle, but from my point of view has a big problem if something get stuck when lowering or the load is not heavy enough. When lifting the principle is safe, there is always at least one bolt engaged. When lowered, it's different. Here, the locking bolt is held in position only by the weight of the load. Release this one before the second engages, e.g. when the gripper carriage is slightly jammed, the bolt is pushed out due to a preloaded spring and pang … everything crashes to the ground … and where is my car :-(

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

I have dismantled the part several times and put it together until the lowering worked and at least one bolt was engaged. It is now kind of safe and I have learned a lot regarding Farm Jack mechanism.

Ford Model A Restoration Project January 2018

Finally, the Farm Jack mechanism works and I can reassemble everything. Conclusion is that I have started working on my old self-built jack that I've made 10 years ago. I will make several modifications there. When it's working, I can forget the 2 wheel grippers.




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