Friday, April 24, 2009

08 Brush Repairs

April 24 2009
1908 Brush model BC
Upon doing a full service on this little car, which included tightening all the bolts that tend to come loose from the shaking and rattling, I found that the gas tank was wet underneath. After removing the oiler and oil tank for access to getting the gas tank out, I discovered that the oil tank also had a wet spot under it. After steaming out the gas tank and soldering the holes up, which tend to grow when you really clean the tank out, it was ready to reinstall. The oil tank had to be cleaned inside and it too seemed to grow holes as it was cleaned. After repairing the oil tank I decided that the oiler should be cleaned and rebuilt as well, so after making a new seat for the needle and making gaskets it was assembled and checked for leaks. The car is now back on line and running like it should.

The hard part of making these repairs on a preservation class car is to keep it looking unrestored and maintain its “unmolested look.” So as you can see it still looks like a 100 year-old car.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bakersfield Swap Meet

Willy Vinton and I spent last weekend at the Bakersfield Swap Meet in California. I was looking for old literature, books and vintage clothing, while Willy was after parts for some of our cars. Alas, he couldn't find the door handles he needed, even after spending 40 minutes digging through the pile at right.

It was great to finally meet some of people with whom we’ve corresponded over the past year, or who have sold us cars or done restoration work for us. We had fun promoting the museum and met quite a few folks who hope to drive their old cars to Alaska in the near future. If you are thinking of touring Alaska with an antique car, you’ll definitely want to motor up to Fairbanks for a visit to our museum. And let us know if you have questions about touring in Alaska--Willy has a lot of helpful hints to share! Nancy DeWitt

Docent Training

Excitement (and, admittedly, some anxiety) is building as the June 1 opening date for the new museum draws near. Our flooring shipment is a mere one month late—just one example of the typical challenges facing construction projects in Alaska—but other tasks are progressing full-speed ahead. This includes preparation for our docent training, which will run on Wednesday nights from April 29 to May 13 (and probably a 4th session on May 20). The sessions will take place in the Wedgewood Resort Visitor Center from 7 – 9 pm. If you are interested in becoming one of our elite “charter” docents, please submit an application ASAP or call me at 458-6112 to register for the training. Nancy DeWitt