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Topic: Info on Jerry Gilbert #19 T Roadster -KC Area Email this topic to a friend | Subscribe to this TopicReport this Topic to Moderator
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KCRaceFan42
August 04, 2016 at 10:19:29 PM
Joined: 10/13/2008
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Time for an update. I have been able to restore nearly all the vintage parts needed for Gilbert #19 replication. I recently located a 12 spline spool so I will finally be able to assemble the Halibrand 201 and the back axle. I have all the brake hubs restored ( including three Michigan Safety Racing hubs and a 1939 ford hub for the left front). The hubs/axle snouts have new bearings and races and they are ready to install (including the backing plates and axle snouts).The 12 spline truck axles are restored and includes the fasteners and conical washers. I located a complete 1958 283 corvette engine in eastern North Carolina. I restored it between April-June this year. I am doing a light polish to the Weiand 4x2 intake manifold. I need to rebuild the Stromberg 97s, but they are complete including linkages. So I now pretty much have everything from the radiator to the back axle, including the fuel tank. What I have left to complete for the driveline is fairly easy to locate. After eight years of searching, I am pleased that I now have most of the difficult-to-find  vintage parts. I located a fiberglass 1923 body in Decatur, Illinois this spring. I already had the 1923 turtle deck trunk (metal).  I still need to fabricate the hood and nose. I will focus on getting the car rolling in the next 6-12 months. I have some work to do on the 1929 Chevy frame, but things ought to start moving along much faster now. Other parts I have are the Franklin steering gear, front axle and spindles, original military seat belts and shoulder harness (NOS 1957). CAE in/out box, wide five wheels, vintage dirt track tires, two bucron tires, inner tubes and an assortment of smaller parts. This will be pure vintage when complete, built just like Jerry Gilbert himself would have done. Besides the hours invested in restoring parts, I have spent a countless number of hours researching, thinking and, of course, correcting mistakes I have made. I still have a ton of work and fabrication to do, but I think this is where the fun begins. At the risk missing some names, I offer my thanks to George Austin, John Layne, Bob Winston, Curt Grogan (for this forum), Ed Fitzgerald, Gordon Woolley, Luther Brewer (RIP), Earl Yamada, Vickie (Gilbert) Lahey  and Jeff Gilbert for their technical knowledge, photos or recollections. Earl Yamada is Gordon Woolley's son-in-law. He recently sent me some fantastic color photos of the car from Gordon's personal collection. These were immensely helpful in helping to answer some questions I had. The color and clarity of these photos were amazing, especially considering there were taken over 50 years ago. If Curt or someone can help, I'd like to post these to this forum. Anyway, I'll provide further updates as it begins to really look like a race car and not just a collection of restored parts and a frame.

God bless,

Brian





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