Great woodie pics as usual Lynn. Must get U some more current pics of the major 40 project.. Bill
At the same time I posted on Lynn’s blog I send the same info to Bruce Schneider, the gent that sells new reproduction Halibrand side plates that adapt 301 cases to early Ford axle bells. Bruce says the problem is with the Richmond pinion.
Here is what he had to say.
“Richmond tried to get into the Quickchange business several years ago. From what I can tell, they made some pinions with a longer than typical distance between the pinion teeth and the threads. My guess is that they used two separate bearing races (instead of the double Timken) to spread the load and make the pinion more stable. When they quit making their QC’s they sold off a bunch of R&P’s. A guy on eBay was selling them at very reasonable prices. I bought his last set. I discovered that they don’t bolt in, in place of a conventional R&P. They can be used by making some custom parts and mix and match Posi-Lock pinon nut parts. I don’t recommend this as it is a lot of work and you wind up with a bastard.”
Bruce has been a HAMB friend for a long time and he really knows quick change rear ends. He and Lynn talk a lot on the HAMB.
Lynn, This is Bib Overalls from the HAMB and I need some help with a Halibrand Champ QC project I am working on.
Several years ago I purchased a polished early Halibrand Champ QC that came with a pinion gear but no ring.
My friend Paul Kosma outside of Memphis, Tennessee is putting it together for me. I provided the case with pinion and lower shaft, a new Winters Trac Loc, a pair of Bruce’s side plates, and a NOS Richmond QC ring and pinion.
Yesterday I got a call from Paul telling me the old pinion was out and it does not match, dementionally, the replacement Richmond.
Paul has a Halibrand QC Owner’s Manual and there is apparently a reference to early and late versions of the 301. Does any of this make sense?
Do you have or know of an early, serviceable R&P that I can purchase? Do you have any suggestions as to where I might look for one?
I always thought that the Champs used 3/4 ton truck ring and pinions. If Ted used something different in his early Champs I am rather sure it was something off the shelf but what. It is also possible that the Richmond I have is for a later, differently branded QC.
In any case I have a pimp’s fortune in this and there is no way I am giving up on this now.
Paul’s phone number is (901) 574-0087. He ran some dimensions by me but I was not situated to write them down. If you need any clarification feel free to call him.
By the way, if you happen to know Dick Valenzuela, brother of the late Lupi, the Whittier muffler shop owner and Bonneville racer he is now living here in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Still has his black full fendered and Jag suspended 32 Ford 32 three window. At 80 his daily driver is an 88 Chevy pickup with an LS. Just finished a glass 32 Ford highboy pickup with a Jag rear and LS. Currently building Lupi’s 56 Ford F100 with Corvette suspension and yet another LS. Quite a guy. If you or any other old west coast rodders remember this old Sidewinder lakes racer let me know and I will pass you his telephone number.
Lynn, when visiting In /Out Drive In, instead of the Chocolate Shake, try the Neapolitan.
Its NOT on menu, but a lot of stuff they sell isn’t.. It sure is good !!! Hummm.
Hi Lyn… Went to order two T shirts from your store,but all up price was $214.00,that was delivered toAustralia a bit out of my price range…
Lynn, I am also a big Model 40 fan, so thanks for the post on 33 & 34’s, your comment on a model 40 meet is not exactly true. In 1973 in Colorado, there was an Event called “The Model 40 Meet”. Rick Eclli started it and did it 2 years and then I took it over for another 8 years. It became so popular ,we amended the title to Model 40 Meet and Friends.
I sill get people asking me to bring it back, of course most of them don’t understand, what it takes to do that. I still have all the artwork , dash plaques etc. from the event. If you are into memorabila, just let me know and I will send some to you….Joe
Good to see you again at Wavecrest! Always good to see a blog devoted to woodies… Bill
I am restoring my 1939 Ford H.W. Deluxe H.W. Heater Box. I see a Larry Kaplan mentioned who has the striped decals for the box. How do I get those?
Not sure if you will post this, but Dick Bergren passed away today. He was a lifetime member of the L.A. Roadsters, and was one of the unsung heroes of our sport and hobby. He was the one that owned and chopped the Doyle Gammel Coupe at the tender age of 18, and traded Doyle for a T-Bucket so he could join the roadsters in 1962. Dick loved the being a member of the L.A. Roadsters and was desperately ill when attending his last meeting, but still wanted to contribute. Dick owned a few roadsters, but his last, he owned for 45 yrs. Dick was always the first to lend a hand, and was invaluable as a source of knowledge when building a car. He will be greatly missed. I’ve sent a photo of Dick and his roadster, and hope you’ll post on your web site. Thanks, Jim Watt
Lynn, In “Monday’s Mood” you commented again on the L.A.Roadster show, and you are exactly right. I don’t know how it can continue ,but I wish it would. I think it can happen, but it will take a little different mind set and a compromise in its structure, and of course that is easier said than done. I for one would be glad to try and find away, and help, if there is anybody else thinking the same thing.
Love the photos of Deuce Day in Solvang. Hopefully some of the LAR CLUB members will take notice that hot rod roadsters are alive and well…….we just need a good excuse to get together. Hope they keep the LARS going for many more years……
Can you tell me how much rear end oil you use in a 301 champ c/w the early ford tubes snd adapters?
Lynn, I sent you an e-mail in response to LARS , and I just wanted to say again how diappointed I am that The Roadster Show looks to be over. It is certainly not the end of the world, but to us old-timers it is significant, to the change in the automotive culture, we love some much and particpated in for so much of our lifes. On the postitive side there are still many of us who will not give up our enthusiasum for our cars, and the hobby, it is is just changing how we get will to participate, and there is no doubt we will find a way.
Good afternoon Lynn! Like your site, very informative.Trying to sign on now, Respectfully, Jim Elgan , GM retired
Always love it when you cover ’40 Fords! The 40 wagon barnfind has received a 30K injection (not my $$$) and is improving. It may be finished next year. Or not! Only four months to Wavecrest.. Bill in Nova Scotia.
I have found your suggestions very helpful and look forward to any & all of your blogs etc.
In your blogs you have mentioned a chap that makes 12 bolt side plate adapters for the early halibrand champ housing – does he still manufacture them?
Excellent feature on dashes! Amazing how some people can screw up a classic design. All of those featured were great. Also did U open my email for a 40 wagon at an affordable price? Bill in NS.
Lynn, Good you’re up and running again, well sort of. I’ve been through the same things years ago when I was younger, they did both wrists at the same time, real fun. The Doc told me, as recovery went along, to let pain be your guide, if whatever you’re doing and it starts to hurt STOP, that’s your limit. So let pain be your guide, it will all work out. Steve Pratt
The owner of the full fendered 1932 Tudor Sedan that Ryan Reed worked over is Joe Mitchell, that lives in Lake Havasu City, not Joe Reynolds.
Just sent you a few photos of my stuff , used to work in your home town Decatur as a state trooper , don’t remember catching you ! Love your site , thank you . Mike B.
Sent you a few photos of my stuff , used to work in your home town Decatur as a state trooper , don’t remember catching you ! Love your site , thank you . Mike B.
Lynn–wishing you the best on your hand/wrist. Thanks for posting Gary’s 40-was a fun one to do-turned out nice.
Hope you get you hand fixed soon……it’s a bitch to do the one finger typing routine. As for your fuel issue, one of my Roadster buddies up here had a similar issue; turned out to be a pinched fuel line near the tank due to poor construction. Good luck with it…..
Love the 40 wagon in front of the Hotel Del in San Diego. Had the most expensive lunch there five years ago. I think it was worth it! And you know how tight car guys are… Bill
Love your site. Great comments and pix. I had a similar stalling problem and it turned out that once the coil became warm/hot it died. Replaced the coil and all was good. Stay well. Henry (Henry & Lucienne Lehmann – Mission, BC ( Bob McCoy’s 40 pickup. I purchased the McCoy flamed Cad air cleaner from Steve V. a few years back).
Hello Sunny California
We can not complain here in Pa., the temp this past Tuesday was 73+. And the forecast through the next week is temps in the mid 50’s. What worries me alittle is March, we have had some winter beauties in mid to late March. Great to see the site up and running again, I appreciate all that you do to keep the flame burning and all of your hard work!! Best Regards My Friend!! Dale (The Other Dale)
Yay! Back in business. Missed your blog. PS: How do you like the blue tooth hearing aids?
Hey Lynn, love of old cars is not all we share, aches and pains seem to go right along with the hobby. I’ve known too many who gave in the “it hurts to much to do that”, i’ve learned that the more you sit in the chair, the more you sit in the chair. Thanks for a great blog, a view of some cars otherwise not seen, stay well and enjoy.
Dave n Donna Nelson
George and I hope to see you at the GRNS this year! We are bringing the 1939 and the 1946 woodys, please come by and say hi! I hope all is well and keep up the good work.
Keep up the “Good Work”
I hope you’re “back on the road”, going full speed again soon!
Wishing you and your family the best for the holidays, and the year to come!
Thanks again for all the effort you put into your blog. I know it reaches a lot of people, directly & indirectly. You are a true ambassador of the hot rod hobby!
Al & Julie Miller
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