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Old 11-01-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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Well, I got a bit more done this last weekend. Not as much as I had hoped, but still plenty.

Saturday morning I went down and helped cut the nuts off a frog. That's railroad speak I guess for part of the rail switching mechanism. I volunteer down at the Abilene and Smokey Valley Railroad, and we were laying another track and switch to the barn.




Back home I started to put the chassis together.



Sunday morning I rolled it into the shop to clean up the frame rails some:




Then my little helper and I set the motor in:



I still need to move the front crossmember ahead a scosh and get a set of rear u-bolts.



That's all for now.
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:00 AM   #2
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Looks good, your making some fast progress...brakes and everything.
Good feeling to have helper, definite bonding moment.

I think it would be hard to know where to spend my time, car or the train.
Maybe a train race?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIB6b...eature=channel

Keep up the good work.

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Old 11-01-2010, 11:08 AM   #3
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neat, jay. really neat.
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:24 PM   #4
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wow.

91 views and only 2 comments from my close friends.

no love on the fordbarn for me.
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:47 PM   #5
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What do you have in mind for a body?
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:16 PM   #6
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LOL I'm still drooling over that steam engine. I think you should design a steam engine body to go on your frame! You could have the best of both worlds!
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:34 PM   #7
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Jay... I think your setting us up for a surprise, a riveted body from railroad boilerplate? Or building one of those Ford powered rail service car.

Cow catcher's are cool.
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:38 PM   #8
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Maybe something like this:
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:40 PM   #9
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Nice locomotive. My Dad's currently restoring a 1928 Pullman car. Back in the 1930's both of my Grandfathers worked in a N & W owned coal mine. They were good friends and they worked in different sections back in the handloading days. They had to lay their own track to their section. They could only get 6 inch frog bolts to bolt the track together which was hard to do being so short. Eight inch frog bolts were a luxury. My paternal GF sent my maternal GF a bag of 8" bolts that he had hidden in the mine, thoroughly upsetting his own brother in law and cementing a friendship that lasted a lifetime.

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Old 11-01-2010, 08:07 PM   #10
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What goodies are you planning on for the motor? -YB
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:37 AM   #11
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Feel the love, 90 people are interested and I am sure would like you to keep posting and show photos of your progress.. The quality time between you and your helper is something to cherish as it can not be bought at any price, from your avatar her face says it all! From your sketch the rear looks like a pickup box? I like the concept of an "open cab" pickup...do you plan any engine mods or just a light weight speedster... Make sure your seat can adjust so a certain helper's legs can reach the pedals!!! Kool start, keep updates coming most people will not respond unless they have something to say , that has never stopped me or a politician! My dad always said " the way to tell if a canidate is lying, is to see if his lips are moving" LOL
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:06 AM   #12
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Nice locomotive. My Dad's currently restoring a 1928 Pullman car.
Cool story. We laid the track to get a Pullman into the barn to restore it this winter.

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Right now, just keep it running. But eventually I'd like a higher compression head, cam. Just mild stuff.

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Make sure your seat can adjust so a certain helper's legs can reach the pedals!!! LOL
Yep. That's the plan also, make the seat very adjustable so the girls can bop around the yard with it.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:16 AM   #13
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Ok. I got it running and driving this weekend:



It runs great. Starts right up.



I need a leather bomber hat and some goggles. Maybe some brakes too. and a seat.
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:02 PM   #14
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Congrats - looks like fun!
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:56 PM   #15
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brakes are a good thing . The seat looks comfortable. Does it have a muffler or straight pipe? headers?

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Old 11-08-2010, 06:53 PM   #16
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Put plywood floors in for safty! Then build a wooden bench with a back rest and drive the heck out of it!!!
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:15 PM   #17
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Its like a really fun project. Have a great time with your helper!
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:04 AM   #18
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This past weekend I made a go at building a speedster seat. I wanted a bench style so I could squeeze a third person in front if needed. All week I pored over pics of vintage style speedster seats. I did some measuring and drew up a plan in cadd, and then plotted it 1:1 scale.




I had a sheet of 1/2" plywood left over from some other project.




Next, for the back, I had this old bent up round bale feeder in my scrap pile.



The sheet bottom was 16" and heavy enough gauge to work.

Here it is attached to the seat bottom:



Next I drew out the curves to trim it and cut one side. Then I used the scrap piece to transfer to the other side so they would be somewhat similar. Then I found a few pieces of nice thick welding rod to use as a edge. I clamped it and tacked that on.




Here it is:




"Dad!! can I try!!"





"I wanna drive!!"





Well- that was Saturday. Yesterday I started on the wooden pickup bed.




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I need to buy some bolts today.

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Old 11-22-2010, 10:28 AM   #19
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Looks great and the helpers are happy all anyone could ask for.
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:15 PM   #20
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I see ya got that third person in the front seat. Will this be a points car?? LOL. Looks like everyone's having fun, even the dog!
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