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Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
27/09/2014 18:28:19
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 26/09/2014 18:27:33:
Posted by HobbyNut on 26/09/2014 15:51:08:

I did a little work on this prior to fall setting in.


That's nice !! ... Tell us all about it.


It is a 1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet. The body is all stock 1930 sheet metal except for the hood and grille, which are repro 1932 Ford items. The frame was built by me, the diff was shortened by me, every nut and bolt in the car was put there by my 18 y.o grandson or myself. We did everything except paint.

It is powered by a ,67 Chev 305 V8, Auto trans, to the 3.55 geared 9" Ford rear end. The upholstery is repro 1930 on original springs. Brakes are Chrysler discs, Chevy Calipers on '48 Ford spindles up front, 10" Ford drums on rear. Chevy Vega cross steering, with a 1932 Ford steering column and a '36 ford steering wheel. the dash is a '38 Ford item scavenged from a wreck found in the bush.

Engine mods are a CC 268 Cam, 1.6 ratio rockers, Hi volume oil pump, roller timing chain, Electronic ignition, Victor Jr. intake manifold with Edelbrock 650 carby. hedman extractors into 2.5" dia. exhaust pipes and SS mufflers.

Paint colour is Porsche Guards Red. (or as they call it over here, resale red!) No it is not for sale !

Obtained body in 2005, finished car in March 2014.

26/09/2014 15:51:08

 latest pic.jpgI did a little work on this prior to fall setting in.

Edited By HobbyNut on 26/09/2014 15:52:37

10/09/2014 15:40:42
Posted by Four stroke Fred on 09/09/2014 09:43:29:

Good Day HobbyNut,

The Lister con rod looks good as does the rest of the engine. Keep up the good work.


Thanks George. This is for the cast version that I am machining up.

08/09/2014 06:52:58

I made a Con rod for a Lister

rod finished.jpg

Thread: Emma Victoria
10/08/2014 15:11:16

Bill D, I am still here, and I have moved in the last 6 months, so everything took a back seat for a while. I have now sorted all my workshop stuff and projects, and set up my new mill and lathe. I will be getting back to Emma very soon I expect.

Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
24/01/2014 18:39:05

"Then said the magic words and the waste material dropped out"

Sure Jason, you want to share those words?cheeky

20/01/2014 21:50:07

The Ford Diff was shortened by 37mm each side, it is a 9" with 3.55 gears.

9in ford 3.55 shortened.jpg

This is how the car looked at 9.00pm last night. The body came back from the paint shop at midday yesterday. I have to get this finished so I can get back to smaller engineering projects!!

assembly sunday night.jpg

20/01/2014 21:40:26

chassis.jpgThis is what I have been up to the last few months.first stage of assy.jpg

20/01/2014 16:58:46

Nigel, you can use that as an English wheel too. Good job on an essential piece of machinery in the custom fab business.

Thread: Water pump piping on Emma Voctoria
15/01/2014 20:26:26

I had no problem with the 3/8 size threads. I used 3/8-32, but that was just because I misplaced the -40.

Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
02/01/2014 18:03:03

Happy New year to all.

My days have been filled with auto body work on my 1930 Model A Ford. 83 year old metal can get gnarled up over the years!! It is all now ready to go to the painters for some Guards Red.(A Porsche Colour)Then comes assembly onto the finished chassis, some wiring, then driving....Then back to model engines, along with a change of houses in the next few months.

I will not have a separate garage at my new address, but there is a large basement. I am thinking of selling my Hercus and the mill-drill and getting a couple of newer/smaller footprint machines. I was considering a Lathe/mill combo, but I have my reservations about them.

Any comments or suggestions?

Thread: Lister 6/1
29/11/2013 15:52:57
Posted by Ennech on 28/11/2013 20:24:02:

I think that an increase in fuel viscosity could well improve the pump performance.

Not to mention compression and ring life!!

28/11/2013 18:01:17

I was reading some info on a MotorBoys site about diesel fuel. Apparently oil is a major part of the fuel for model engines to the tune of 25% oil, 25-30% ether and the rest is parrafin or kero. I have conciously left out the oil because the Lister is a 4 stroke and has its own lubrication system. I am going to mix some new fuel up soon, fit some new rings(again!) and try again to start this thing.

Fingers are crossed.

Thread: Emma Victoria axle
05/11/2013 23:13:08
Posted by Stovepipe on 05/11/2013 21:42:41:

Since when did using the best technique (laser profiling) constitute cheating ? I can't pretend to know much about this topic, but using the best technique surely would probably save trouble further down the line.


I agree, I waterjet cut mine, holes and all!!!. I also made a "spider" to set them on so that they were aligned too! I would bet that if lasers, CNC and welding were as advanced as now, back in the late 1800's early 1900's, the rivet manufacturers and iron foundries would have gone out of business.

Just my opinion of course.

Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
05/11/2013 17:25:13

Jason, you do nice work...I strive to imitate it.

All I did yesterday was get rid of the Model"A" chassis out of the workshop and into a storage unit, and then clean up the lathe, mill and drill and started sorting out all the drills and bits of stock that had accumulated on the bench, and dropped thru' the foot board.

Thread: Lister Diesel Engine
31/10/2013 19:54:38

Those drawings look good. I would like to check them with some I have done also. Looking forward to going further with this with you.

Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
25/10/2013 16:52:00

[quote]you're both quite right, I also have had a couple of cars lowered by cutting the springs, and the ride is much harder. This was all the rage in Queensland when the ink on my license was fresh, even though it wrecked the ride of the (street) car by any sensible standards. It was a cheap modification you could do to have your car stand out and look a bit different, hence the appeal at the time![quote/]

Wow, back in '68 I too in NQ lowered my '52 FX like that... the traps were all over me again.

I worked on my 1930 Ford street Rod last night, and removed the fuel pump from my Lister Diesel project...again!

Edited By HobbyNut on 25/10/2013 16:53:19

Thread: Vickers 8" howitzer complete
04/10/2013 20:54:37

It is a nice metal model. Jason is right tho' it isn't an accurate "fine"scale model of the real thing. Still impressive. Good job to whomever did it.

Thread: Lister 6/1
04/10/2013 18:31:38


I have been picking away on the Lister. The Engine is complete except for 1 Flywheel. It has not run yet because,

  1. I could not get the detailed pump and injector to work
  2. My cam lobe separation was out by 30d..(has been fixed)
  3. the aluminum head , contra piston arrangement wasn't sealing well

I designed and built a new injector and fuel pump as per the "DUX" design. They are built and fitted. The pump needs tweaking still as far as the inlet/outlet ball valves are concerned. A new steel head was made c/w new valves and seat-guide cages. I machined a squish chamber into the head , and eliminated the contra piston idea.

It is all back together and I will work on getting it to run over the winter. I also have my EMMA Victoria to work on, as well as a '30 Ford Cabriolet Rod with my grandson.comb. chamber.jpgassembled pump.jpg

I may fit a glow plug to the head to see if that assists in starting.

Edited By HobbyNut on 04/10/2013 18:36:02

Thread: Fiat 702 Tractor
29/09/2013 17:35:10

This is being built in an amazing fashion. Graham you are a true craftsman and I wish you great success with this. Are you making the drawings available?

I too have grandkids that keep me going on my projects, they are true gifts to us.

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