Objects in mirrors are closer than they appear.

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Tin Can Tourists, Vintage trucks
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DSC04265 (1024x768)You know a project is getting close to completion when an entire day is spent working on it, and you can’t see what you’ve done.  I worked on the Diamond T today, all day, and it looks pretty much like it did when I went out, the only obvious change is the West Coast mirror is now mounted on the driver’s side.  That’s all you can SEE that I did, the list is long.   More about big mirrors later…

The lights are all connected, and blinkers too.  The horn is mounted on the firewall, and most importantly, the hood latches and prop rods are mounted.  The cooling fan is wired in (permanently on “High”) and I took the left front suspension apart, cut 1/4 turn off the spring, and re-installed that.  Before, it sat about an inch higher on the left, which was not good.  Now, its dead level.

Here are some photos of todays work:

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As for big West Coast mirrors on pickup trucks, a fellow on the HAMB message board building a late 40’s Ford COE opined he didn’t like them, and was going to use the wobbly, goofy looking little round  mirror on long wiggley stalk on his trucks door hinges, as original.  I offered that I like the looks of WC mirrors, and want to be able to see what’s behind me.  Not that I always look, because I backed right into the garage the other day plowing, and knocked the center wall between the doors off the foundation.  It twisted the garage door tracks enough neither one would open, and was a bugger to get back together.  I need to get some new brick molding, but other than that, no harm no foul.

Objects in mirrors are closer than they appear, indeed.  Even a house…

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  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you for sharing. And no detail is too small. A blinker here, a light connection there. Sometimes I feel silly when I dry the inside of my gas cap door, but then I think it’s one step taken in the fight against that tiny rust that might sneak up on me. Cars and trucks are cool.

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