Wednesday, June 08, 2005

O'Keefe and Merrit Vintage Gas Range - Done?

As these things tend to do, the O'Keefe and Merritt gas range project took a little longer to complete than originally anticipated. Naturally, the range had sat almost done for about 4 months and I finished it today. The impetus for the final push was the dramatic arrival of Model A components.

Automobiles take up a lot of space. I know this better than perhaps anybody. But, disassembled cars, now that takes up even more space. One would think that like a box of cereal, the individual components could be shaken up to ever more compact space requirements, but it just isn't true. Even with the loosey goosey tolerances of a Model A flathead four, packing the pistons, rods, crank and cam inside the block is damn efficient storage. My Model A is like a bomb went off and the parts are spread over a country mile. I should be so lucky to have a country quarter mile.

So is the O'Keefe and Merritt done? Nope. It needs pinstriping.