It’s all about the WRENCHIN’!

OCTOBER 22, 2010 – Wow, have we been busy with our darling beasts! And man! Are we learnin’ a lot…

Rosa’s Falcon got a new thermostat (hers didn’t have one, which probably contributed to the over-heating issue) and we also put in a new fuel pump and fuel line to the carburetor. None of us had ever put in a thermostat–not that it’s a big job or anything–but thanks to a couple of phone calls, we figured it out and got the job done. The fuel pump was a bit easier since Kristin had replaced one in her Falcon, but it was still a learning process bending the fuel line to wrap around the block to the carb. That’s the fun of what we’re doing: learning, exploring, and yes… making mistakes. We had some gasket issues with the thermostat, and a result, had a leak. No problem. New gasket and the morning light, and all got fixed, and now Callejera is running better than ever!

With the added moisture of fall, Becky Sue seriously needed a defroster in her Comet (and a little warmth, too!), so while Kristin, Rosa, and Lori tackled Rosa’s Falcon, Becky Sue replaced the heater core all by her little lonesome, which meant removing the old unit from under the dash behind the glove box. There were some difficult clamps on the heater box next to the kick panels, and some pesky vintage hose clamps holding the original hoses in place, but after Becky Sue got those off it was a piece of cake! She put the new unit in place, attached new heater hose coming from the engine, snapped the cover back on and put the glove box back together. She also replaced a blown out collector gasket and now the Comet’s engine runs much quieter and smoother.

Because Kristin’s Studebaker had to be parked to await suspension work, she focused on Davey the Falcon replacing the power valve on the carb and adding a “real” temp gauge to accurately monitor operating temp and hopefully help diagnose its shutting off issue. In the couple months it sat, it may have developed another issue, quite possibly the head gasket… but that’s a project for another day.

Stude didn’t sit for long, though! Saturday, Kristin dug in and got greasy and rebuilt the front suspension: replacing the nearly gone bushings and shocks, cleaning up the a-arms and spindles, and inspecting/greasing all parts in the process. In Kristin’s words, “Stude is driving better then ever! I fear I’ll have a harder time staying within the speed limit now 😉Ahhh… Spoken like the true Grease Girl she is.

Lori’s Bondorella is in her final stretch to becoming a road-worthy beast. A couple weeks ago, the Gasoline Girls disassembled Lori’s truck and gave the entire thing a good grinding to get rid of the surface rust that had accumulated

since stripping the metal of Bondo and paint. Matt of Department of Customz did the final texturizing and sprayed the clear… with a really, really fun element. When Bondorella hits the light, she’ll sparkle like the road-princess she is… with her new green and gold metal-flake-laced-clear! Putting her back together had it’s challenges (like Lori unbolting a fender brace that probably should not have been) but it was worth it. We now know how to take apart and put together a ’48 Ford truck… not that we want to do it again anytime soon. Oh! And we discovered the greatest tool ever invented: an alignment tool. It saved the day twice (like fixing the fender brace issue…whew!… and aligning the bumper bolts).

So why the push to get all of our cars roadworthy? Because this weekend, we’re goin’ on a road trip!!! That’s right, it’s the Winfield and Watson Custom Car Event in Mojave! Saturday morning, we’ll roll out of bed bright and early and first head to Mission Hills for the start of The Mojave Mile, a huge gathering of vintage cars that will make the trek to Mojave together, “110 cars per rolling mile!” How amazing is that? The goal is to get to Mojave by 10:14… yes, 10:14… and enjoy the day at Gene’s place. We might even head to El Mirage on Sunday for the last meet of the year. (Uh oh… Cancel that. Because of the rain, El Mirage is actually a lake right now, like full of water, not just cool cracked dirt…)

And of course… we’ll update with plenty of pictures after our adventurous weekend. If you head out that way, be sure to look for our logo on shirts and plaques and come say hi! We love makin’ new friends!

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2 thoughts on “It’s all about the WRENCHIN’!

  1. Awe you gals could have called me for the thermostat! I replaced the one in the Comet in January of last year. One of my favorite things about being a part of a car club is being able to learn from each others previous experiences! I am looking forward to having Kristin share her suspension knowledge with me when we take care of it on the Comet!

  2. Sweet Studebaker.

    Another detail, never let brake assemblies hang by the rubber hoses. Wire’em up to something with mechanic’s wire. The weight of the assemblies strains the crimp where the rubber is attached to the fitiing nipple. And on any ride that’s old, you know, like all of ours, good idea to replace the rubber hoses anyway. The crimps allow moisture to migrate in, brake fluid attracts water. Also will get corrosion inside rubber hose that will cause brakes to hang. Disc brake circuits go to zero pressure when pedal released, drum brake circuits hold some small residual pressure to keep wheel cylinder cups out against shoe contacts, usually via a spring loaded check valve in the master. Collapsed rubber hoses screw that all up. Braided steel lines from race cars give a harder pedal feel, but not always right for classics.

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