'34 Dodge Brothers, double build.

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Mac, I find flat black paint covers a lot of sins. Don’t want something to stand out, flat black it, it’ll blend into the landscape!
I agree, Bob.
Today, I finished up the bushings in the pedals and mounting pedestal, but slowed down on building an arm to drive the pushrod to the clutch master cylinder. You know how sometimes you make some complicated do-hickey and then realize that that won't work so you have to throw it away and start over. Well, there's nothing in there that's picture worthy, so no pictures.
Bama, I have been using Ultra Flat Camouflage Dark brown hide the rough stuff.
I've now got the little actuating arm made and fine tuned and mounted. Pics one and two are the little arm and pic three is the pedal system completed, filled with brake fluid and bench bled.
I sold an old truck to my grandson today. He wanted it running and so did I. That was a pipe dream, it turns out.


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The picture is of the afore mentioned bent wrench holding a bolt head and working.
I have the pedal assembly bolted in there and most of the things worked out. But, when I climbed up into the cab and went to step on each of the pedals, Whoooboy, they both hit the wide old motor partway down. The clutch needed to be bent a wee bit and realigned at the pivot, so I've got it sorted out now. The brake pedal will need some more persuasion.

My grandson's new pick-up, [1996 Ford] is now running and the clutch is also freed up. The starter solenoid was corroded internally, I guess. So a new starter fixed the situation. Then we realized the clutch was rusted onto the flywheel. A quick little trick worked, you just start the vehicle up, in gear with your foot on the clutch. It broke free right away.


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Well done MM. I have a drawe full of awful looking homemade tools, bent wrenches, box ends with rods welded to them, etc. I smile everytime I look in there, then think I should scrap them but can't bring myself to!
I might need that custom bent tool, it might work someplace else. Maybe it just needs a bit more bend to work on something else. Most of the hard work is already done.

Then, all I have to do is figure out where I kept it so I could find it if I needed it...

It will show up after I no longer need it. But then, instead of scrapping it, I will put it someplace else, that I'm sure I'll remember where it is then.

I have a drawer full of them someplace, I think...
Since the mess in my head is huge all the time, I really need my surroundings to be nice & tidy.... That said, my wheelbarrow and I go through every drawer ,box and cabinet in my shop about once a year to clean up. That usually is when custom one time use tools go. I used to keep everything I could but it soon became a mess where I could not find anything when needed. One year no use? Away it goes.
Dutch, I'm retired now. Based on the amount of work I've done in my shop over the last year, if I got rid of everything I haven't used in a year, I wouldn't have much of anything left.
I have cleared out a bunch of junk, but someday I might get ambitious again. I better keep some of that stuff, couldn't afford to buy it all again.
I seem to find a use for those items I toss after no use for a while....right after I toss them! So T guess I'm a hoarder.
I can add to the spam; I have a place in my tool chest for my homemade stuff. There are quite a few bent wrenches and I use them once in a while, so NO throwing things away.

Anyway, Here's a picture of my pedal setup, bolted in for [hopefully] the last time. It might not be wise to say exactly how I adjusted my pedal trajectory on the internet, so use your imagination.


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