“Energy follows focus” is a statement I learned while working for GM. Â The true test of a manager is to stay focused on the top priorities each day. Â We had to take the “In Box” test to determine if we could stay focused on the hot buttons of the day. Â Keep in mind these challenges changed sometimes hourly due to the nature of the business. Â Building and or driving a hot rod is no different. Â As you recall, I have had numerous hot start problems with Ruby and have really been focused on solving the problem. Yesterday the car would not start at all and I could not isolate the cause. Â I have juice to the solenoid and switch but when you turn the key nothing happens. Â I am going to pull the starter off today and install a new one. Â I think all the hot starting problems over the past years have caused to solenoid to go bad. Â Problem solving consists of a series of eliminating possible causes and staying focused.
I was reminded yesterday that the Hershey Swap Meet is next month and some of our gang are going out for the event. Â When I lived in Detroit I used to go with John and walk around in the rain and mud searching for Deuce parts. Â Keep in mind even in the 60’s Deuce parts were scarce and over priced. Â I sometimes wondered why I never fell in love with the 40 Ford in those days as their prices were inexpensive compared to Deuces. Â The reproduction parts have not made the original parts any less valuable but have provided the restorer/hot rodder with an alternative. Â The reproduction aftermarket is a multi-million dollar industry and I am very thankful for the Bob Drakes of the world.
I am off to the parts store and focused on solving the “In Box” hot button of the day.
Art can build some super nice traditional hot rods. Â This is his latest 29 RPU with a strong flathead. Â His current project is a 29 roadster hiboy.
A now retired dentist built this car in 1945 and still drives it on the streets looking for action. Â T’s were the hot set up in the 40’s when you couldn’t afford a Deuce.
Black 34 three window coupes rank right up there on my list of cars to collect. Â Note how straight the car is when looking down the sides.
Frantic said you need a GM mini- starter if you want one that lives.
Here is another type that is longer and will not work on Ruby with her Sanderson cast iron headers.
Custom Auto had a hand in this one and the picture speaks for the quality of their work. Â Power is from a 409 Chevy.
The rear window is perfect size on this three inch chop. Â 1937 tail lamps look good mounted back on the frame. Â The tank hanging out on a sedan needs to be camouflaged to help reduce the bulkiness.
Here is a classic Deuce pickup painted Washington Blue with Tacoma wheels and whitewall tires. Â This was at Roy’s shop party last year.
Deuce tubs really do excite me when I see one a nice as this one. Â I believe this is the old Bob Drake tub from the past. Â I sure miss the PRC Reliability Run.
This is more my speed. Â Lucy is better looking with her Duvall windshield and speedster top. Â Looks like fun to me.
Today’s 3 window….dreaming!
Larry found this one in a backyard and built it to my taste in three windows. Â Everything is black and beautiful. Â The photo was taken at the San Pedro Woody show a couple of years ago. Â Keeper should be painted on the window.