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Cleaning the rims for painting.

Cleaning the rims for painting. The last one!.

Rear painting rear bumper.

The nut and bolt wall of painting.

Paint some inside dash parts.

Front wheel spindels. Before painting.

Paint wheel spindels, before painting.

Paint wheel spindels, before painting.

Everything is from 1962.

Doing the front wheels.

Ready to paint.

Ready to go on.

Ready to Go on.

Ready to go on.

Replacing rear bearings.

Driveway build, little by little.

A dinner I stopped in.

ByStander, camera phone a photo.

Cold springs museum, a kid get's a seat.

Cold springs museum. LQQkers.

Setting the timing.

Driving in Cape May on a summer day.

Pointing to the sticker.

Diana, in offical 60's.

Headlight switch replacement.

Backing in, first time.

Removing the door handels.

Painting the engine.

More engine work.

More engine painting.

New freeze plugs.

Dealing with the headliner.

Overspray on windows removal.

Dash stuff, back in.

New carper Install.

New trunk pocket cover install.

Cleaning up the door panels.

Cleaning up the original 62's hub caps.

The new covering for the rear shelf.

Winter time inside buffing.

Clean for painting.

Masking for painting.

More masking for painting.

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  Today, I was browsing a thrift store in my area. Came across a commercial sewing machine. Something I was looking for. Be good for re doing (upholstering) the 62's seats, and possibly the dash. Well, they had it on the sales floor. I looked at it for a while, and asked the guy if it worked and all. He pluged it in and it spun for about 60 seconds, then, the motor started smoking. Now, the smoke, diden't smell like electric smoke. Rather, it smelled like burning dust and oil.

  Anyway, he said he coulden't sell it because of that and he gave me the machine. This store helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I think I can get it running. I thanked him and gave them a donation anyway. I will be working on it tomorrow. My daughter, also wanted a sewing machine to learn on, and what better machine than this. She also plans to do the car's seats. WOW!, should be really cool!. But, my daughter will need some practice.

  The machine is a Singer Model 95-1. This one, was made somewhere around 1934. It was re-built by a Singer company named Con-Sew's. Who knows when?. This is a commercial machine used mainly by taylors. This machine was converted to electric. When?. I have no idea. It was, as I understand, originally a foot pump machine, converted to electric.

  I will be working on this tomorrow. It does need re-wireing, and the motor I think needs to be taken apart and spray cleaned with some kind of cleaner. Don't know yet. But, more on this tomorrow night... If all works out with this machine, my seats will also be re done by us here. That would be really cool because I can say with pride: "Even the seats were re upholstered by us too, and the sewing machine was also a antique". More on this tomorrow....

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  The Singer Model: 95-1 Sewing Machine. Nothing was repaired, or done to this machine yet.

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  The Singer Model: 95-1 Sewing Machine. Look at the motorized mechanism of this machine. Old, old time technology, and made from real brass and stanless steel. Made in the USA. Even the motor is a General Electric made in the USA... Research on this machine indicates many, many, many, many years of perfect use. I bet the motor just needs a good cleaning.

  I worked on this sewing machine for quite some time. Diden't get a chance to enter anything in this LogBook, but, I am now happy to report the machine is working, but not without my share of trouble shooting.

  First, I removed the motor and took it apart. The waxed string, holding together the top and bottom of the winding was so dry rotted it fell apart and loose. One thing that was burning was this loose string. I don't think by heat, but by friction. They were all loose and the windings stayed in place. I used brake cleaner, and sprayed all around the windings and the houseing. Used the compressor to dry. Brake cleaner is flammable. I waited for the cleaner to dry before turning it on. I thought, if it flashes. It's only a second and the string will fry to smoke. That is what happened after I let the motor dry for a hour or so. I used wire tyes to take the place of the waxed string.

  My other concern was the brake cleaner harming the windings varnish. But, that was a chance and it worked out allright. The cleaner flash was a second, but not too bad. It DID NOT SMOKE anymore. I did have a problem putting the motor back together. One of the winding centrifical springs broke putting the armature back in the houseing. I had to stretch a 1/2 spring to fit. It works but you have to manually spin the motor before turning it on. If not, it will sit there and hum. I will see if I can find a replacement spring, if that is the problem. But, it does run. I re wired the complete system. Modern switch box, new SJ rubber wire and re wired the desk lamp. The original wireing was cracking and crumbeling in my hands as I worked with this.

  Okay, now on to the machine. After blowing the dust out of everywhere with the compressor. I sprayed brake cleaner on most (but not all) parts. Stayed away from the flat belt inside the thick right side houseing. Then used the air gun to dry. Oiled the moving parts, cam, and needle mechanics.

  The machine ran but had trouble with the bobbin. Seems, bobbins are all trouble no matter the machine. We have three home machines and I still to this day can not get them working. The machine however, I discovered places in the bobbin houseing that had dryed cleaner with dirt and that was factor one with it not working.

  By playing with this area, the thread wrapped around a metal arm part, that was pointy. Because of the several wraps, it made the thread stronger and bent the little arm. Now, it was way out of alignment. Discovered the houseing had too much play. I re-bent the arm back, and discovered more dirt buildup, and used windex and a Q tip to clean those thread paths.

  Okay. Noticed at this point some bobbin holders worked while others screwed up the process. On the bobbin holder, there is a tiny straight spring. There is a tension screw. Tiny, tiny, tiny screw that presses the spring to the thread. I played with this, and found the right tension. I suppose, all of the bobbin holders will need to be adjusted. There are several that came with this machine. I can assume, differant size thread requireres different tension on the spring.

  Now, this machine works good. Diana (my daughter) is planning on re doing the 62's car seats. I have no dought this sewing machine is strong enough to do at least the cloth part of the original seats. Replacing a little bit of the torn vinyl may be a problem, but we will experminent with that when the time comes. I found a place that sells vinyl material by the yard, but it's a trip to the place. That is another day.

  My daughter, is just learning sewing. She has been wanting to get a machine, and she perfers a older machine. Se loves this machine. My other daughter too. Seems I started a trend here. Diana, will need to practice, practice sewing on this machine before she tackels the 62's seats. The seats, are a project in it's self. That is going to be her project. More on this, when the time comes.

  If your here to this page from a search "Con-Sew's, Rebuilt Singer Machine". Model 95-1. The above is for you. Take care on the motor part. If you choose to do the repairs yourself, it is of your own risk. Do be careful, and do the motor outside. They don't make the motors anymore. That dosen't mean they can't be changed out to a more modern motor..... It is estimated, this machine was made in 1934. Here's some pictures, and a short video of the machine in action. Later all. Have a happy.....

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  The sewing machine with new wiring and switches. Nice. Model number 95-1. S/N G5298930.

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  Closer look. Note: Con-Sew's "Rebuilt Singer Machine". I did find out there were 2000 of these made. The brass lable:

Patented U.S.A. Jul 13, 1915, Jan 19, 1915, May 27, 1913, Aug 6, 1907. It is estimated rebuilt around 1932-34.

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  I had a chance to use the buffing machine I made from a washer machine. It works good. I diden't have any brass polishing compound, so I used the aluminum compound. bright. real brass... The buffer works....

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  Con-Sew's "Rebuilt Singer machine". Internet told me what the first word is. It matched with the writing. There was a pin holder around the machine, thats why it's scratched all around there... I wonder how many garments this made in it's life time?.

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  The brass patent lable. Geez, first patent 1907. I assume all the rest of the dates are up grades. I still can't understand one thing: The commercial threads they use are 1300 foot spools. Why coulden't they make a bobbin that can handle those large spools?.
You Tube Nav ID The antique Singer 95-1 Sewing machine.

The antique Singer 95-1 Sewing machine. Running, working, and sewing.

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Sewing Machine

  Hello everyone. I haven't been updating because I was in the hospital. My meds for diabetes inflamed my pancreas. I am just getting back. I can't do much for a little while. It's still a little inflamed. Sitting here at my computer, I noticed the prints came in for the radio. Having a look. The resistor in question is a 1.4 Ohm resistor at 2 Watts. I have to see my regular Doc tomorrow, and if time allows I'll stop into RS and see if it's available. That's it for now... Take care and have a happy New Year.

  Stopped into RS. Ordered: Humph, I can remember the days when RS had almost everything like this in stock. The part cost 1.30. The shipping is a staggering 6.40. I asked: "Why can't you guys throw it in a envolope and send it first class"?. Received a strange look. I guess my shipping cost paind their lunch for that day. Humph. Anyway, it's on the way. But, I don't think thats the real problem. I know I will need to dig a but deeper with the radio.

  We cleaned out the laundry room and made a area for the sewing machine. Both my daughters are using it. Matter of fact, my youngest has allready made a couple of things with it. Tomorrow, if my new meds are okay, me and my daughter is heading to Jo Ann Fabrics. I also need to stop at HF for a few things on sale. But for now, Chow everyone!.

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  The sewing area. All ready and waiting. Will be ordering some special sewing supplies for the seats.

One reason to head to Jo Ann fabrics tomorrow. Found a place on line that has parts for this machine and more. The needles are 88x1 series. The biggest is the #14. Looking tomorrow, and possibly the diamond head needle for upholstery. But we know, it's mostly vinyl, and cloth.

  Happy Birthday to me....... Yes, it is really my birthday... Yesterday, me and my daughter took a ride to Jo Ann Farics. We purchased thread, and I think I found a really close, if not a match thread to the blue color of the car. I will check tomorrow, if I remember... There are vinyl's there, and I did find a almost matching color that I am interested in. We did find out that the other Jo Ann Fabrics in Maple Shade is what they call a "Super Store" and they are supposed to have many, many more vinyl sheets, and thread colors. There is pleanty of time to plan a trip there. But, we now know there are replacements available.

  Now, as for the seat cloth replacements: I still think the meterial I took off that couch last year would be a better replacement because of a few factors:

  We need to wash that material, but we are thinking about how to go about that. It has some dog hair, and it needs to be washed in the washing machine. We need to figure a way to wash without the material peices fraying. Like I said. The seats are a project in it's self.

  On the way to Jo Ann's, we stopped at HF and I picked up some supplies and a few tools for the car. Although I don't like the route 322 store. Tax is 7.5 percent while the Vineland store is 3.5 percent. I suppose some of you are saying big deal, a few more dollars. I don't like to give more to the state if I don't have to. They get enough of my money. But, politics is another different subject all together. Besides that, The Parkway charges to use the road. I thought my TAXES pay for such a thing... So, I treated myself to several birthday presents....
  • 4 Quick Drying Epoxy.
  • 1 Funnel Set of 4.
  • 1 Face shield.
  • Hook & Pick Set.
  • 17 pc air blow kit.
  • 40 pc Socket set. (lost a few sockets)
  • 1 Osc tool sander.
  • 1 detail paint spray gun 4oz.
  • 1 pk triangle sand paper (for tool above)
  • 4 8 inch buffing pads.
  • 1 20 oz air paint spray gun.
  • 1 Hose clamp assortment.

  I had a coupon for all except 2 things. I saved a lot using the coupon. We were out for just about the whole day. I have been wanting to get these tools. And what a good excuse. "it's my birthday". That justify's the purchase. LOL..... So, spring time. We are waiting...... Chow.

  The radio in the 62 has been worked on. It is now ready to go back into the car. I am looking for some information on the correct way to replace the frequency face lighting bulb. So far, I can not find anything on replacing this bulb. The Sams Photofacts sheets lists the number of the bulb, but does not explain how to replace it. I think I know how but the face plastic is so old I fear the plastic will break and crack. So until I know for sure, I will not touch this area.

  It has been rather blah out side. I have not worked on any of the car or any parts for quite a while. Still waiting for those nice days. I thought we may have a few days of nice weather, but I had to work on those days. So, we still wait. Here's a few pictures of the radio part, and also a You Tube video on the repair. See ya next time. Chow!

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  Replaced the 1.4 Ohm resistor with a 1.5 2 watt resistor. Had to order the resistor. Took a few days. It's now in.

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  Cleaned up the board, Variable Caps, linkage, and the chassey. Had to re solder all the component connections on the board and mechanical wired connections.

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  Nice and clean inside. There was so much dust and dirt. The speaker is trash, I should be able to get a new one from the internet.
You Tube Nav ID Video of the actual AM radio repair to this car.

Video 1962 Fairlane AM Radio repair.

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Bendix Radio repair

  Well everyone!. I am happy to announce the radio has a new pilot bulb!... Do you know how long it took me to figure out HOW to change that stupid bulb?. Thought about it for 2 days. Diden't want to break the plastic front. Turns out, that don't come out at all... I asked around, used the internet... Some people diden't even remember what the radio looks like. One guy said "The inside plate has to come off". But, he diden't remember any more. Nothing!. Nothing on replacing this bulb. It wasen't even in the Sams Photofact sheet....

  Before, I started to remove the front plate. Then, the power transistor needed to come off. I thought: "No component parts should be removed just to replace the bulb".... Well, I was wrong. The power transistor DOES need to be removed.... I figured it out from there... Here's a You Tube Video of the complete process.... Not a easy task.... So now, the radio is just about ready to re-install in the dash. I have the broken knob, and that is a easy fix. All ready have the insert peice to put the knob back on. Don't want to put it on yet until it's in the dash..

  Still, bad, wet, damp, cold outside... We are supposed to get another freezing snap. But, as time goes by we are getting closer to the nice days. The winter time is good though. Gives me a chance to catch up on my data stuff, improve and add to the web site, work on things for the car on the kitchen table. Just one less step when it all comes together.... See ya next time everyone...

You Tube Nav ID Changing the radio's "pilot light".

Instructional video on how to change this radio's pilot light bulb. A real chore.

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Bendix Radio Bulb

  Hi ya everybody... It's been a while... I was working on my data files, getting better organized. I was looking in the shed. I have some old computers out there, was thinking of a network storage computer. I have a network with several computers on it, plus a couple WIFI lap tops. The kids, etc. I wanted to have a bunch of data gigs for "building" storage. That is, a place to keep the videos I am working on in case of a catastrophic failure where I don't loose months, weeks video builds.

  I put together a P4, 2 gig machine, networked with 3 drives. Now, I can copy and paste build copies through the network, and not worry about loosing any data. Some of the videos I do about the car takes hours to edit and produce. Audio is edited seperatly.. But anyway, that is all running and has data on it of the next pictural progress video. I can even change hard drives without opening the cpmputers cabinet. Yes, I can fit a hard drive in one of the cases. That is also the plan. I have many older IDE hard drives that will work perfect for storage. 10, 20, 40, 80 gig drives. Can't put that much on a DVD!.. So, why not just use the drive as "On the shelf storage".

  I have been purchasing these CD/DVD cases from the dollar store. Removing the plastic cd sleeves, and using them for my DVD/CD data discs... After I copy the data, 62 pictures, raw video etc, completed AVI's they go in a paper sleeve with the contents written on the paper, and placed in these properly marked, catagory CD/DVD cases. Usually, about 30 to a case. My "Archives". Never know when you need them. Maybe the speed channel would want to re-produce them some day. LOL... Yea!. That would be cool.

  I have some thin plastic I cut into 1 1/2 by 4 inches and using the sewing machine sewing these on to the spline of the cases. Now, I can slide paper lables behind the plastic with the comtants listed, catorigy etc. No more messy tapeing labels etc. I have to order some diamond needles to complete them, and also for the upholstery of the car... Doing the cases should be a good test before the upholstery.

  It's really, freezing.. Been cold for a while. Not like last year. It was nice most of the time last year. Last winter was spent getting the engine running top notch... This year, slowing me down. Did get some "behind the sceens" things done for preperation of nicer day ahead. Not too long to go before spring... Okay, so thats it for this entry. See ya next time.

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