So you want to how the restoration of the
for my E-M-F Automobile is going?
Well, you have found the right page.
Thursday, July 3, 2003 4:41 PM
This will be the first entry on the rear end page. Though I do not plan to do much with the rear end for quite a while, I did spend some time in the garage cleaning off dirt and grease to see if I could find any evidence of the original color of the rear end.
I have been told that the axles on this car should be gray with black or blue stripping. That is not what I found on my rear end. I have also seen many other cars with the aluminum part of the rear end unpainted. Even E-M-F Documentation appears to show the aluminum part unpainted. That is also not what I found.
The pictures below show that the rear end was all painted a dark color and stripped in a lighter color. It appeared to my eyes that the colors were black base with gray stripes, but the photos make the base look blue with almost yellow stripping. I will go back out and clean the area a bit better and get in there with better light to see if I can verify the actual color.
I was very pleased to find this paint. I did not expect to find so much of it. I will take time to map out were all the stripping is so that I can put it back in the correct positions when I restore the rear end. I will also place the stripping diagrams on these pages when they are available for future reference.
This was a great discovery for me because I now have a better idea in my head what the final product will look like, and I have further evidence of just how original this car is. Stay tuned for more.
Friday, July 4, 2003 11:46 AMTook some time this morning to clean up the areas I looked at yesterday. first I used a cleanser, then I used a rubbing compound, then a wax to try to get the true color. I then got a trouble light back there and looked. The base color is definitely black with a gray stripe. I also asked my neighbor for his opinion and my wife for hers. They agree with me. So that is what I will paint it. Black and striped in gray.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 4:45 PM
The rear transaxle is the weak spot of the E-M-F and I am not sure what the state of mine is at this point. I know it is functioning right now, but I may get it open and find major damage. At least if I do, I will have a new ring and pinion.
Even though I am not able to make much, if any progress on the rest of the car, at least I can get some of the parts I am still missing, or aquire parts needed for the restoration.