20: Knobs Galore!

Knobs. Vintage vehicles (of any make) are often missing them.
Why? Because they are made of plastic or rubber, and both products decay.
So our recent parts list included all the missing ones inside the cab. 

When you work on a vintage vehicle, you more often than not have many simultaneous projects going on. While we worked (and waited) on the heat riser valve, we also replaced miscellaneous knobs; this way, there was an immediate feeling of accomplishment.

Even though Abbey’s interior could use a fresh update on paint, and most definitely needs a good cleaning, it was lovely to see her knobs again.

Wait, that sounds so very, very wrong.

What I mean to say is that it is great to see the dashboard sporting all the knobs again.

Here are some photos.

This gives you heat in the cab.
Probably a moot point as I don't plan on taking Abbey out in the winter.
But the knob looks good! And it works!
...or it will once we replace the heater hose. (Next project)

Yeah, okay, it's the keychain again, but the knob in the background
is for the cowl vent on the top of the hood.
And IT works too!
We replaced any knob in the cab that was in a stage of decay, and put knobs on little rods sticking out here and there that were missing them. 

I looked in our parts box and pulled out the top and side cowl vent gasket replacements...they might be next.  

Currently, TD is deep in thought at the prospect of changing Abbey's differential. I used Wikipedia to look up the meaning of this and was nodding off after the second paragraph. 

The entire discussion is about 10 paragraphs long and reads like a long arithmetic word problem. 

If you're interested, click on the link above and read it yourself. 
(I suggest grabbing caffeine first)

It is an ongoing discussion that we waffle back and forth on. So in the meantime we do the minor things to Abbey and think about the whole "differential" idea.


  1. "Purpose" was a good section of Wikipedia:
    A vehicle's wheels rotate at different speeds, mainly when turning corners. The differential is designed to drive a pair of wheels while allowing them to rotate at different speeds. In vehicles without a differential, such as karts, both driving wheels are forced to rotate at the same speed, usually on a common axle...

    I never knew I wanted to know that.

    1. "I never knew I wanted to know that" is what I say all the time!