MY FRIEND JOHN ROSS and I yanked the motor and transmission out of the old Ford Friday.
I bought a quarter-sheet of plywood and a couple of two-bys on Thursday, knocked up an engine stand. Now I can run the flatmotor this winter while the truck is down for rust repair and a fresh paint job.
Kinda loud with open pipes when the revs are up. Sounds nice at idle, though. In the next few days I’ll figure out how the video function works on my camera, upload a file of the engine running out here in my little sand lot/open-air garage.
With the engine out of the way it’ll be easier to get in there and tack weld the new floor pan and forward cab mounts; seems the surest way of getting the cab geometry right, in relation to the chassis. With the rusty parts cut out and new parts tacked in, nothing ought to change when I take the cab off to complete the welds and shoot a coat of paint on the underside. The rockers on both sides have rusted free of the pillars, letting the old floor sag and rest on top of the chassis. Not good.
There’s John after we hooked up the engine hoist. John’s a Navy vet, served aboard a fast-attack sub, spent years in the briny deep sneaking up on Soviet boomers. He spent his Veterans Day working on this other bomb. We borrowed the hoist from our friend Mike Connelly, in Warwick.
An enjoyable day ends, in long winter light. I must say, a 62-year-old flatmotor running in the front yard gives the humble manse a touch of class. Despite that, I hope to have a garage in my next life.
Tony DePaul, Cranston, RI, November 12, 2011