The morning air was brisk and I could see my breath on my morning walk. Â The weatherman said we would have a break today but I don’t remember him stating it would be cold. Â I am not used to cold weather and quickly finished my walk and headed over to Frantic Freds to see what he was working on. Â When I arrived, Dave and Fred were under a dash doing some fine tuning on some electrical work they had performed. Â They are both experts in the wiring field including installation and diagnostic work. Â I didn’t bother them as it wasn’t coffee time when I arrived. Â I noticed a bright yellow hi-tech hiboy was in for some work so I wondered over to the car and shot some photos. Â The car is a Rod Bod on a Heidts chassis utilizing independent front and rear suspensions. Â The engine caught my I as it was a 302 Ford with lots of bling. Â The whole car was very well built and should make a nice driver when completed.
Coffee time arrived and we were soon discussing the LARS and the new layout this year. Â Building 4 at the Fairplex will be utilized for the vendors and should provide a nice venue for the indoor vendors. Â The Fairplex is being remodeled and a large convention center building is being built where we used to park. Â Change is necessary and I think everyone will like the building 4 for vendors. Â I always enjoy looking at all of the new parts available from the many vendors. Â The economy is improving and I hope all people are in the spending mood this year. Â I can hardly wait until the show begins.
I am still working on Andre today and should finish the tow handle now that I have the material. Â Some projects take longer than others. Â I also started the steering column modification on Andre which is an easy task.
Frantic has this newly constructed hiboy in for some work. Â The car is a hi-tech version of a Deuce hiboy with lots of clever brackets and engineering. Â Components are painted gray rather than chromed.
A Ford Racing 302 motor was a nice addition to the car. Â The front mounted distributor makes tuning easier than on the SBC. Â Note clever fan housing.
The IFS was tied nicely into the Deuce rails. Â The large headlights blocked the front suspension but you can see the suspension good from the rear.
A custom gas tank and battery box with cut-off switch was installed prior to adding the seat. Â The entire inside of the body was covered with Dynamat. Â No need to worry about patch panels when using this material as it hides all previous modifications.
The custom steering column is by Tri-C Engineering and is a work of art. Â A full array of gauges keeps the driver informed of what is going on with that Ford motor.
Peeking out of the rear was this fabricated bar which simulated a push bar. Â Maybe the owner is going racing. Â We could not identify the tail lights but they are very different as it the whole car. Â Building a different Deuce Â hiboy is hard to do today.
Since I have been discussing tops someone sent me this 40 top which is perfectly executed. Â Note the smooth transition over the bows and nice forward rake of the top.
Andy is searching for door panel designs for his car so I thought I would show you some I liked. Â This is a very traditional design that can be used on a coupe or sedan.
Gabe has a classic design he has been using for years. Â The interior looks really good in any style of 40 Ford. Â Most of these cars I have set in are very firm to the rear and back side of my fat body. Â I like a little cushion which I am sure could be incorporated in the foam selection.
I cut the stock mast jacket to a 36 inch length and made a Delrin bushing for the bearing surface. Â I need a lath to finish but these bushings work nicely in the old tube. Â The shift linkage will be next.
The column is placed over the lock mechanism hole and locked in place. Â The housing will be painted dash color whenever I decide what color I want. Â Gary thinks Briarwood Brown is the correct color for these deliveries, but mine is lighter column and has never been painted.
Today’s 34 Coupe….dreaming!
Dave shot this nice photo of a well chopped 34 3 window that SO-CAL built for JJ. Â I parked next to this car at P-Town and I went out often to dream a little. Â What more could you want? Â Maybe steel wheels like PJ’s in Ohio.