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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2010, 06:39:42 pm »

   I was down to Mike's today & got a few pics of how he's coming along with his bomber. He has the front section of the inside floor cut out along with part of the belly pan.
   Here you see him busy building a frame for his hatch out of 1" square tubing. He's trying to keep it low to the roof. And in the last pic you'll see his will to be bombardier trailer.

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  In the last 2 pics you'll see what fell into his lap when he tore open the belly pan. It was dated 1981.

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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2010, 06:16:15 pm »
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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2010, 04:32:08 pm »

  MIKE IS AT IT AGAIN!!

   I was down to Mike's today doing an inspection on his progress on his bomber. He isn't pleased with how his roof hatch turned out. He said it looked too high, ( over 2 in",the piece in the pic is only 1" high) & stuck out like a sore thumb. I showed him a pic of an original one & I think he may go that way. I think he is going to see if he can incorporate a piece of lexan inside the perimeter of it.
   He is having another problem also. When he was pushing her out side to sand out the inside she would sort of bind up. He said it felt like a soft spongy bind feel to it. He could push her back a foot & go on again OK. He has fairly new sprockets put on also. Could it be the track is too tight, cause there don't seem to be much slack in it. Here's a few pics.

  Here are a couple of shots of an original hatch cover.

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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2010, 09:23:55 am »
 I see the type of sprockets you have are called "speed sprockets" identifiable with the pointed tips. All that they are supposed to do is let the sprocket enter and exit the cleats more cleanly than the rounded end type sprockets. The bottom of the sprocket where the cleats sit will be the same size no matter which type you use and will not effect the "soft spongy" feeling that you say you have. If anything, I would guess a loose track would be your problem, however you say it seems tight. Other than a loose track, I can not hazard a guess as the why it would bind when you push it. There are alot of other members out there that can probably suggest a cure, as thre are many out there that know a heck of a lot more than me (except The Old Trucker).
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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2010, 05:50:48 am »
  I guess that means I'll soon be caught up to you then, Grfishmaker. ha ha ha            OT.
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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2010, 06:50:55 pm »
Took you long enough to respond there old man.

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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2010, 08:32:36 am »
Took you long enough to respond there old man.

  I know Grfishmaker. Been too busy trying to keep those young fellers straightened out. It's taking the good outta me.

ANYWAY HERE'S MIKE'S 57 UPDATE

   I was down to Paul's & Mike's yesterday to check on they're progress. He is not painting around the engine bay area. He has a couple of sheets of polished aluminum safety plate to cover it up. ( Just like the crow... he likes everything "SHINY" )

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    I must say she's starting to look good.

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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #22 on: October 20, 2010, 05:30:03 am »

   Mike was hoping to get his bomber in his garage last month & start at it again, but things got busy for him. He is planning to start again by month's end. He has the engine ready to go in, then I think he will go at the interior. I think the motor doors are next. There is a fellow here that says he can make louvered doors. We will see what happens. 
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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2010, 08:34:51 pm »

  Well he finally got her in the garage last weekend. I was down today to check on his progress. Here are a couple of pics of his latest. He put the engine in today & almost got everything hooked up again.
 
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  You can see that he has the shiny checkered aluminum plate all around the engine. He's like the crow.... likes everything shiny.  
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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2010, 09:51:22 am »

HERE'S 1 PIC THAT I FORGOT.

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  He bought an old truck box just so he could get these 6 stainless steel hinges for his bomber doors. While sizing it up, he come to discover that his machine fit inside just right. Now she has her own summer home.
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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2011, 09:39:48 am »

   HERE'S AN UPDATE OF MIKE'S 57 REBUILD

   She breathes again. After a couple of hrs. of rewiring & head scratching she fired up at the turn of the key. After awhile running he had a couple of leaks that required a simple turn of the screwdriver to fix.
  When he half covers the carb with his hand she smoothes out pretty good. He thinks with a few adjustments at the carb & timing she will purrr like a kitten.

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  In the pic below he has the wiring roughed in to get her running again. Mike will clean all this up with a bit of wire loom & clamps...

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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #26 on: February 12, 2011, 09:07:19 pm »
She's looking great there Mike. Nice job in the motor cubby, looks good with the checker plating. The only suggestion that I would have is to keep the garage door locked to keep Claude out. lol

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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2011, 08:35:46 am »

   What's all this about ?? Listen here Mr. Grfishmaker.... I can see I'm gonna have to come up your way & straighten things out. And besides Mike still needs me to bring him his TIMMIES "N" DONUTS for awhile yet.
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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2011, 09:32:28 am »
Hey that sounds like a good TV show.  There used to be the 'A-team' with Mr. T, now we have the 'B-Team (for bombardier) with Mr. OT.  You gonna get a different hair cut?
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Re: Mike's 57 Rebuild
« Reply #29 on: February 13, 2011, 10:51:08 am »

    WHAT HAIR ??? ??? ??? I make Kojak look like a hippie....
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