Work Party at Larry’s Garage (August 15, 2015)

Visiting Larry’s Garage for the first time was Gary House.  Gary was interested in Model T’s and though he would check out the Tin Lizzies activities at Larry and Lorna’s house in Corrales, NM.  Gary isn’t new to antique cars, he owns a 1912 Brush runabout that was previously owned by his grandfather, Otto Zorn of Las Vegas, NM.  This car has been in Gary’s family over 65 years!

Nick Serna had been working on the engine and transmission for his 1926 Tudor project for quite some time.  On this work party at Larry’s garage, he trailered the car to the work party in preparation for the engine/transmission installation.  Before this could be done, his drive shaft housing had to be modified (3/8″ of material removed) to accommodate a ball bearing 4th main bearing.  In addition, the drive shaft assembly had to be repaired with a new driveshaft bushing and the installation of one of Larry’s customized universal joints.  Larry’s father (George Azevedo) had developed the technique of taking a stock, but worn, universal joint and machining it to accept modern needle bearing parts.  This improved version retains the grease in a cup whereas the conventional design slings the lubricants out of the bearing surfaces, especially when hot.  Also needing attention on Nick’s engine was a malfunctioning magneto contact.  The contact was loose enough that the spring loaded pin was missing the solder contact on the field coil.  Some minor adjustments and it was working again.  The actual engine installation will have to wait until the next work party.

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Bob Ross brought his 1926 roadster for front bushing replacement.  Although the steering seemed OK while driving, closer inspection revealed that the bushings were quite worn.  With the tour to Chama, NM coming up in a week, Bob wanted to make sure this problem was corrected now.

Paul and Marilyn Duncan were showing a newly installed “Giant Power Head” that had been removed from their 1918 Model T farm truck for installation on their 1920 Model T touring car.  This vintage accessory should add a few more horsepower with it’s higher-than-stock compression ratio.

Thank you Larry for an enjoyable and productive work party!