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Location: Melbourne Australia

I was born in Perth, the most isolated city in the world.
As a 21 year old I travelled extensively before returning to Perth. Married in 1972 and in 1983 moved to Melbourne with three children. Lived and loved been here ever since. Kids now all grown up and have children of their own, making us grandparents.

A life long woodworker making furniture at night school when I first got married to TV cabinets in recent times, a couple of Les Paul 59 Guitars.
Toys, money boxes, jewellery boxes, Ford Model T US Postal Truck Money box. Now I'm onto a Dan Gatto 1930's Model A Roadster.

I love travel, good music and reading. I walk or ride my bike regularly and also enjoy gardening. I've worked at the Shrine of Remembrance as a guide for 10 years. Teaching kids about Aust history through a military lens.

-- Kerry, Melbourne Australia

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24 posts in 43 days

#1 posted 09-12-2021 06:46 AM

Hi everyone,
I’m new to LumberJocks but been involved with Australian woodwork forums for some years.I’m making a Dan Gatto (plan) 1930’s Roadster.
The details in Dan’s plans are amazing and very accurate. Some of the American terminology took a little to get my head around but that is the challenge and fun of it.

But now I have hit a major hurdle or roadblock, no not the virus, this one may well prove to be my mistake. Time will tell won’t it.
I’ll add some photos but here is the nub of the issue.
The steering column does not reach the steering rod located on the front end. I have checked every measurement and none are incorrect which is my issue?
The photos show my progress and the last three show how the steering column is short (but not going by the plans) and does not get anywhere near the steering rod on the front end.
I know I can remake the steering wheel with a longer column but given it is made to the plan specs and does not fit surprises me. Where have I screwed up?? Very frustrating.
Dan Gatto is not available on line for FAQ but only snail mail which will take till 2022 to get there let alone an answer…...
Anyone out there familiar with this plan and can offer some help PLEASE let me know.

Thanks Kerry

-- Kerry, Melbourne Australia

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#2 posted 09-12-2021 01:16 PM

Welcome to LJs A’L’... good to see another Aussie here to help me kick some Yankee ass!

I import all my Gatto and T & J plans into SketchUp which often highlights inconsistencies with the plans. Unfortunatly the 1930 Roadster is not in my artillery so I cannot help.

I did a searh and found that PJ has made that model and you posted your query against the right person but the wrong project… try this one... (not sure if it’s a Gatto or a T & J)... You can forgive him for being a Kiwi, however, he is one of the better ones and I’m sure he will either respond or you can PM him by sending him an email through LJ at PJonesy .
He’s renowned for finding the bugs in plans and circumventing them… I’m sure he’s one guy that could help you with your precise problem…

BTW. On your home page, there is a Workshop tab

where you could put all that workshop/machinery details and a few happy snaps to boot.

To upload a picture, click on img,

then Browse,

and navigate to your pictures… Suggest you limit the picture size to around max of around 1,200 to 2,000 pixels (each direction) as higher resolutions tend to be lost and degraded, thereby wasting upload bandwidth… also watch out for sideways pictures or I’ll make a trip to Melbourne and put a penny bunger in your letter box… Unfortunately, I have this insane phobia against them that even alcohol cannot cure!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 09-12-2021 11:25 PM

With the help of a little black duck I finally got these photos up…..
Thanks for the welcome gents.

-- Kerry, Melbourne Australia

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#4 posted 09-12-2021 11:31 PM

Yes Kerry, Alex is a top bloke though a wicked sense of humour.
Lots of very helpful people here on LumberJocks.
Glad you got the model sorted.
Cheers Peter

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 09-14-2021 06:06 AM

Welcome to the club. A lot of model makers here.


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