Got all of the hinges and final details in place and a coat of primer on it. Then I promptly broke the entire front drum pivot yoke off and had to do a major reconstruction. Oh well! Got the repairs done and final bodywork touch ups done and hit it with a coat of paint which I also screwed up, resulting in a swim in the purple pond. Just got done with a redo of the paint job, and it will suffice. As always we are our own worst critic, but it will pass the fifty foot test! Final assembly, decals and lettering, minor weathering, detail painting, and finishing up the lowboy and pony winch and MAYBE, just maybe, I'll be able to stick a fork in this one!
Got the fuel lines, exhaust and air intakes all done..............got the steering roll scraper and sprinkler pad all done, roller axle hubs, and a few other small items. Have been busy doing other "stuff" while weather is good. Will get some more pics up soon.
I will certainly try that! Yeah, having the engine in place will be a pain, but it is also all painted the same color as the roller. But, I appreciate the advice...............never thought of that! Thank you sir!
I wish! It took me longer to figure out HOW & WHAT I was going to do than it took to do it. I gathered all sorts of pieces and parts, and sat and planned for days.........................and finally just said the heck with it and threw them all together. The hardest part is due to the way this thing is built, all of the detailing is being done through the actual access panels of the roller, and was not done before the sheet metal was put on, VERY difficult for someone whose thumbs don't work very well, but great therapy. Thanks for the good words! Now I just have to find a tiny little painter guy to crawl inside this thing to paint it! Thanks Mike! And thanks for the good words about our gun shop......it was a total surprise to us, but much appreciated. And totally owed to our fantastic customers and friends!
Just a bit more done.......all the sheet metal, operators platform, external control levers and pedals, all internal hydraulic hoses and control rods and brake, clutch and shifting linkages, engine installed, seat, and a few other engine control details. Still have fine details, hinges, grab handles, batteries, tow hooks, water system and about 25 punch list items to do before it's ready for paint. Aside from kit parts used for the seat, radiator, and the kit bashed 6 cylinder flat head engine, this is totally scratch built, a first for me. Closer every day!
Thanks, Mike. The lettering is actually from a company called Kit Kraft. Here is the link: Don't remember seeing a brand name..........https://kitkraft.com/products/3-16-plastic-letters They are easy to use and come in several different sizes................perfect for the cast name plates these old machines commonly had. Actually, the steering was the easiest part of this whole build so far!