My New Speedster
As some of you may not know, Adriana and I Purchased a 1929 Speedster in April 2018. The speedster had been sitting for quite a few years and was in need of the normal repairs from a long sleep. Since the purchase, I have been busy sorting out the sleep issues one at a time. I started with rebuilding the carb and replacing the float. I did a tune up with new plugs, cap, rotor and wires. Now that the engine started and would run, I could continue with some of the other issues the car had. The water pump needed replacing, the fuel tank needed to be cleaned. The tires need replacing and some wiring needed to be cleaned up. The next thing I did was replace the water pump with a leak-less water pump. This job turned out to be a little more than a thought it would be. Removing the radiator and front end to get at the water pump was an all day job. While I had the headlights and turn signals off the car, I cleaned and painted both up, the headlights along with the front turn signals. While I was doing these repairs I ordered new tires and tubes and had to wait for them to come in. I moved on to cleaning the gas tank. This also turned into a job. I started by doing research on the best and most environmental way to clean the tank. There are many hazardous chemicals I could have used to do this. But, some of these chemicals would have removed the paint on the gas tank. So, I was looking for something safe for the paint. What I found, that was a good cleaner and safe on the paint along with being environmentally safe was vinegar. I found a vinegar that was 11% and cleaned very well. I picked up some swimming noodles and laid a blanket over them. I removed the tank, and poured eight gallons of vinegar into the tank and sloshed it around. I would let it set for about 30 to 45 minutes and then slosh it around again. After eight hours I poured out the vinegar and added a baking soda mixture to neutralize the vinegar. I then flush the tank with water. I then put a funnel in the tank inlet. So I could put a small fan on the funnel to blow air into the tank to dry it out. After drying the tank for a couple days, I poured a quart of sealer into the tank and swirled it around inside the tank. I then set the fan up so I could dry the sealer inside the tank. After a couple days I was able to reinstall the fuel tank and install a new fuel pump. The car now had fuel to the carburetor. I just needed to fix the running issue. My tires came in and I pulled the tires and took them to get the tires mounted. I decided I would pull all four drums and check the brakes. I went on line and watched a couple videos on how to put the brakes together and how to adjust the brakes properly.