Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Early V8 (1932-53)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-27-2012, 10:14 PM   #41
TonyM
Senior Member
 
TonyM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Hammond, Illinois
Posts: 2,666
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brendan View Post
looks like you are haveing fun!
It's fun learning about old Fords. I could have saved for another year, spent another $10K and purchased an old Ford that didn't need much but I am learning so much about old Fords by doing a lot of this work myself.

I found these Acorn Nuts in the engine compartment; they don't appear in the Ford Chassis Parts and Accessories Catalogue.

This mouse skeleton fell out of the back of the front seat recently. I did find an intact dead mouse the first day. It was a white/brown mouse--freshly dead. The tramatic flatbed ride probably stressed him to death. Wish I had a photo--I never had seen a brown and white mouse before.

I feel like I am starting to get somewhere. I have been rewiring the car little by little. Getting my Optima 6V battery soon for the first start up. Those tires look good, but in reality they need to be replaced. They are old. Rolled the car down my friend's driveway and stepped on the brakes--the car stopped. That is good.

Learning something new about old Fords nearly every day.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCF6540.jpg (82.7 KB, 122 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6503.jpg (42.6 KB, 136 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6524.jpg (57.8 KB, 139 views)

Last edited by TonyM; 10-27-2012 at 09:18 PM.
TonyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 10:42 PM   #42
Chris in MA
Senior Member
 
Chris in MA's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Newburyport, MA
Posts: 110
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Tony, Nice car! Glad you are keeping it original. I think those nuts were optional in 37. Found a handful of them in my 2011 Pilot recently, mine are definately repops, yours might be NORS (Nuts, Old Rodent Supplied)...
Chris in MA is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 08-27-2012, 10:47 PM   #43
TonyM
Senior Member
 
TonyM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Hammond, Illinois
Posts: 2,666
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Back to the original questions: The sender unit mechanism looks good--should I treat the sender unit with anything or just leave it alone? Also, what should I use to cover the sender hole when I treat the tank with the solution and sealer? I was thinking of making something. Any ideas?

Thanks.


Quote:
Originally Posted by TonyM View Post
A couple Fridays ago I was able to get the 1937 Ford Fuel Filler Neck to break loose from the fuel tank with a spanner. Took six months of Liquid Wrench and PB Blaster and cleaning the void between neck and tank. Could not get the the threaded sleeve to break loose of the fuel filler neck. So I cut it off.

I disconnected the exhaust brackets and I moved the tail pipe out of the way. Took the fuel tank bolts off--which were still safety wired to the frame-- then I slid the tank a few inches to the passenger side and it came out of the frame rails easy. The tank is in excellent shape on the inside. Couldn't believe it. Probably could have been used it as is. But how was I to know until I took a look? The sender looks to be in very good shape. I put it back on for now.

I am going to restore the tank with the POR15 kit. Should I treat the sender mechanism with anything? Or just leave it alone? How should I cover the sender hole when I use the solutions and sealer? I was thinking of making something. Any ideas?

Here are some recent photos.
TonyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2012, 10:56 PM   #44
tierod
Senior Member
 
tierod's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: KILLINGWORTH, CT
Posts: 145
Thumbs up Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

You gotta love the banjo wheel and the radio. Good luck with it.
tierod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 03:56 AM   #45
FlatheadTed
Senior Member
 
FlatheadTed's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Auckland
Posts: 4,262
Send a message via AIM to FlatheadTed
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

If the tanks in good shape then don't add any pour 15 just run it .Fit a filter for the first few 100 miles .
__________________
http://www.flatheadted.com
FlatheadTed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 07:58 PM   #46
Older'n dirt
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Roodhouse, IL
Posts: 16
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Quote:
Originally Posted by TonyM View Post
I recently changed the headlights on my 1937 Ford Fordor, replacing the sealed beam gear with original style teardrop lense.
Excellent choice!!!!!

I just bought a '37 Tudor in May. Same sealed beam conversion on mine. I unloaded the car from the trailer, pushed it into the garage, ..... and tore those SB conversions off.
Within a week I had the stock lenses and rings back on the car. (Probably going with H4 conversions since I plan to DRIVE this car.)
I understand why they added the SBs back then, but the teardrop headlights define the face of a '37.

Great car you have there. I'll be watching your progress.
Older'n dirt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 08:33 PM   #47
34billct
Senior Member
 
34billct's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: westport ct.
Posts: 166
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

I rode in a 37 slant back std. 60 for the first 7 years of my life. My Dad drove it during the war said it got good gas mileage but as soon as the war was over (blacked out lights) he put on sealed beams.
34billct is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 08:53 PM   #48
APDAVE
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 191
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Great looking Ford Glad you plan to keep it original . Dave
APDAVE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2012, 05:25 PM   #49
TonyM
Senior Member
 
TonyM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Hammond, Illinois
Posts: 2,666
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Optima 6V Battery has been ordered and is on the way for the Gas Can Start Up next week.
First start (hopefully) since 1990/1991. We'll see.
Thanks to all for the great comments.
Thanks DavidJ and Alan for your help.
TonyM
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCF6541.jpg (89.5 KB, 73 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6544.jpg (88.6 KB, 72 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6538.jpg (102.5 KB, 64 views)

Last edited by TonyM; 08-29-2012 at 05:34 PM.
TonyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2012, 08:29 PM   #50
TonyM
Senior Member
 
TonyM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Hammond, Illinois
Posts: 2,666
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

My friend Mitch and I tried to start this 1937 Fordor today. The engine turned over nice, compression in all eight cylinders, the oil looked good (it was drained and replaced), the starter turned strong, the fuel pump pumped, but there was no spark from the spark plug wires. Took off the coil and will get it checked out and go from there.

I have new spark plugs and spark plug wires which I will install; I have replaced the battery wires, ground wires, solenoid/starter wiring. I will continue to replace the wiring all the way back to the tail lights as all of it is very deteriorated and waiting to cause trouble.

Looking forward to finding the problems and solving them.

TM
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCF6551.jpg (71.8 KB, 82 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6227.jpg (76.7 KB, 76 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6232.jpg (76.7 KB, 83 views)
TonyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2012, 10:31 PM   #51
Ken Arms
Senior Member
 
Ken Arms's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Essex Vermont
Posts: 547
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

WOW, what a sweetheart! I love 37s Ken
Ken Arms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 06:07 AM   #52
Rebel Sympathy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: North Alabama
Posts: 159
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Sweet little V-8 Ford. Lucky too..... it got a good "daddy".
Mike
__________________
"There is no 'normal life'; there's just life." - Doc Holliday from the film Tombstone
Rebel Sympathy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 07:10 AM   #53
41ford1
Senior Member
 
41ford1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: ManchVegas, New Hampshah
Posts: 1,570
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Back to your sending unit and tank questions. I made a disk the same size hole pattern as the fuel sender flange of 1/8" hardboard. It was mounted in the same way as the sender, gasketed and screwed down. In my case it was put there only for a clean out process. I did not coat the inside of the tank.
If you wire up the sender and power the gauges you should see the gauge move with the position of the sender arm. Be sure to ground the sender flange. Check the float for leaks. Put it in hot water and look for bubbles. If bubbles are seen replace it. Floats are available as well as complete senders.
41ford1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2012, 02:35 PM   #54
TonyM
Senior Member
 
TonyM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Hammond, Illinois
Posts: 2,666
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Finally getting around to cleaning this fuel tank using the POR 15 method. Real life interferes sometimes.

Check out my Fuel Tank Agitation Machine.

I thought that I was a genius and invented this method myself but I am told that others had used the two tires in this fashion. I'll bet the guy who threw the tires away had no idea that they had some more miles left on them. Looking forward to getting this done.

TM.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCF6669.jpg (121.8 KB, 55 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6670.jpg (128.3 KB, 44 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6671.jpg (60.6 KB, 43 views)
TonyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2012, 04:37 PM   #55
itsa52
Senior Member
 
itsa52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 603
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Great find and glad things are coming along so well for you..
Back to some of the original comments about hot rodders,hot rodding such a survivor and then selling off the parts..

A lot of us are very thankful for those parts.. Just like an organ donor they help bring life to many an old timer..

Still glad to see you have it and fixing what needs to be fixed.
itsa52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 09:19 PM   #56
Model A Fan
Senior Member
 
Model A Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Posts: 356
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Quote:
Originally Posted by itsa52 View Post
Great find and glad things are coming along so well for you..
Back to some of the original comments about hot rodders,hot rodding such a survivor and then selling off the parts..

A lot of us are very thankful for those parts.. Just like an organ donor they help bring life to many an old timer..

Still glad to see you have it and fixing what needs to be fixed.
Any further progress on this car? I love the survivor look. Can't get better than that. Just buff it to shiny and go!

As for the "organ donor" parts...something this complete and in such a good shape should be preserved. It should not be parted out just to turn it into another ridiculously colored "kustom". These are nice looking cars and turning them some wild tropical color, putting the "oh so common" Chevy 350 in it and nasty chrome wheels is awful. There are plenty in worse shape to do that to. Don't take something this nice and ruin it.

I would love to find a 36-39 Tudor (or Fordor) without a hump back! They're awesome!
Model A Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 05:45 PM   #57
TonyM
Senior Member
 
TonyM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Hammond, Illinois
Posts: 2,666
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Quote:
Originally Posted by Model A Fan View Post
Any further progress on this car?
Waiting for my distributor from Bubba's; just got my coil back from Skip; my new wiring harness came today from Narragansette Reproductions; and my new hoses and exhaust pieces came from Joe's the other day. Looking forward to putting all the new stuff on and getting the car going.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCF6678.jpg (56.8 KB, 86 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6684.jpg (48.4 KB, 81 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6686.jpg (45.4 KB, 81 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6687.jpg (65.5 KB, 79 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6688.jpg (42.2 KB, 77 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6712.jpg (60.9 KB, 47 views)

Last edited by TonyM; 11-25-2012 at 10:38 PM.
TonyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2012, 09:15 PM   #58
TonyM
Senior Member
 
TonyM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Hammond, Illinois
Posts: 2,666
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

I had not looked at this key wallet since the day I purchased this 1937 Ford and had removed the Hurd keys. Recently I opened the wallet up and discovered the original key code tabs that came with the car in 1937. Wow.

On a related note: I locked my right hand door with the key but to my horror I could not unlock the door. After about 20 minutes of gentle jiggling, I managed to get the key to work. I won't be trying that again.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCF6730.jpg (51.5 KB, 62 views)
File Type: jpg DSCF6731.jpg (49.0 KB, 57 views)
TonyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2012, 04:54 PM   #59
1937pickup
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 586
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

I have never seen "original" spark plug wires on an early engine-they appear to be color coded-is that correct?
1937pickup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2012, 10:11 PM   #60
TonyM
Senior Member
 
TonyM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Hammond, Illinois
Posts: 2,666
Default Re: 1937 Ford Fordor Survivor

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1937pickup View Post
I have never seen "original" spark plug wires on an early engine-they appear to be color coded-is that correct?
I have not seen "original" 1937 spark plug wires either but an illustration in the November 1936 Ford Service Bulletin indicate that they were color coded: Cylinders 1 & 5 = Black/Red; Cylinders 2 & 6 = Black/Blue; Cylinders 3 & 7 = Black/Green; Cylinders 4 & 8 = Black/Yellow. Good Luck. TM
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCF6678.jpg (56.8 KB, 26 views)
TonyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:10 PM.