In order to properly fit the door handles,
new mounting pads were made by Ken. However, to properly do the
fitting, these two doors were removed and taken to his shop so
he could machine the parts to make a perfect fit. Fred and Ken
worked together on this and removed the doors for shipping to Ken's
shop. Fred also did paint touch up work around the front areas as
well as the sides.
Ed, John, Wayne and Wes completed all of the
ribbed aluminum trim on the Futurliner today. It looks great,
The actual windshield won't be in for the Eyes On Design showing but it will move under
it's own power.
This is a picture of the stage doors about to open.
Don Mayton checks the clearance on door closing.
Today Wally and Jeff completed the final
wiring connections on the engine. Next, with Tom also helping, they
hooked up the Hydramatic Transmission selector cables.
Unfortunately, they found that one cable had a broken end. Wally
took it home to repair it meanwhile Del, Don and
Stan worked at the final items on the engine itself.
The radiator was filled with water, the belts were
all checked again, the accelerator spring was installed. At
2 PM the battery cables were attached, Wally turned on the electric
fuel pump, the engine was cranked and after no more than ten
revolutions, it started and ran great. All engine systems worked.
The engine was run long enough to check all engine gages. Del wanted
to see if the air compressor would build pressure but even though
the pump was running no pressure built. A quick call went to Steve
Cordes and he had Del switch some air lines. The engine was
restarted and the tanks started filling with air. Del and his crew
found a few more air leaks and will take care of them with new
fittings next week. Hats go off to those that have worked so hard
getting this engine in place and it starting right up. Our hat also
goes off to Bill Bicknell that restored the engine and to Dean Tryon
who restored the carburetor.
Ryan DeVries made new rear lower trim for the rear
doors. He machined these out of flat aluminum. These pieces were
originally cast but Ryan was able to duplicate them by machining
them out of flat aluminum stock. However, to create the body curve,
Ryan constructed a manual roller mounted on a stand. He then shaped
these trim pieces to follow the body curvature. Next, he drilled and
tapped the fastening holes. Today Ron buffed these pieces to a high
gloss. The same operation was performed on the two front pieces that
house the front turn signal lights.
Trim added to one of the doors.