The "L" Shaped Garage

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NEO Trailer

I took delivery of a new enclosed car trailer from Becker Custom Trailers early last year. The auction of my dad’s collection of antique automobiles required moving many vehicles and helped to inform us about what to look for in a new trailer. The Becker trailer I purchased was built by NEO Manufacturing in Michigan and sold by a Becker dealership in Wisconsin.

The trailer is a 20’ plus 5’ Aluminum Wedge Deluxe. It is 25’ long, 8.5’ wide, rated for 7,000 lbs. and fitted with a 5,000 lb. winch and interior lights. It is a welcome addition to our fleet of car moving equipment.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mid-rise Scissors Lift in Action

The Atlas Scissors Lift comes in very handy for servicing lawnmowers and snow blowers. I built a 4’ x 8’ platform that sits on the lift and becomes an adjustable height work surface. This allows a snow blower oil change to take place at waist level.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

1936 Cord Engine… It’s Alive!

Eric started the Cord engine on our running stand early this afternoon. He’s spent the last few weeks replacing gaskets, assembling parts and readying the stand for this first running. The engine started right up and sounds great.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

1936 Cord Engine (update)

A couple more weeks of work on the 1936 Cord engine finds us nearly ready to fire it up for the first time. The photos below show many of the multitude of little details we’ve attended to as the engine is readied to run. Eric has completely rebuilt the water pump, constructed a set of vintage plug wires, fitted the engine and stand with mufflers, and is nearly ready to connect the engine to the radiator. It is going to be really fun to fire this up for the first time!



Saturday, June 7, 2014

Lotus Exige Mirrors…

The Lotus arrived with a pair of mirrors designed and built by Mark Brandt of Luftkraft Fabricating in Colorado. Mark did an excellent job of fabricating the mirrors and they look great on the Exige.

But… The actual glass surface on the Luftkraft mirrors is about 1/2 the size of the original equipment set. The visibility out the rear of an Exige is already extremely limited because the intercooler completely any view from inside the car. The small sized Luftkraft mirrors make it very difficult to see what is going on behind the car as you zoom down the road.


Mark sent the original mirrors along with the car. I decided to put them back on the Exige to see whether or not they provide better rear visibility. The Luftkraft mirrors were attached using rivet nuts. Re-attaching the original mirrors required drilling out the nuts and adding a larger diameter washers under the bolt inside the door. Neither of these tasks were simple or easy… but after a lot of hand wringing and only one washer lost inside the door it is done!


The original mirrors extend much further out and the additional glass makes for a vastly improved view out the back. While it could be argued Mark’s mirrors are sleeker and more stylish I cannot imagine going back to them after driving with these!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lycoming/Cord V-8

A cut-away drawing of the Lycoming/Cord and description from Josh Malks.

Lycoming Manufacturing, makers of engines for many makes of automobiles and aircraft, was a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Auburn Automobile Company. The Cord engine was the only V-8 Lycoming ever built.

It was a very modern powerplant, with almost 'square' bore and stroke and nearly-horizontal valves operated by roller-equipped rocker arms. Even the earliest engines were designed to accomodate the centrifugal supercharger that was offered as an option on 1937 models.




Cord Transmission (Inspection)

With work well under way on the Cord engine we are turning our attention toward the transmission that came along with the “Hatch” engine. A close inspection of the gearbox revealed enough wear on the gear train to force a rebuild of the shafting and gears. Installing new bearings and generally cleaning things up cannot be a bad idea.



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