Friday’s Collections and Tech

The wife is in the Bay area with the grandkids so I am Un-chaperoned for the weekend. I started off by stopping by Dream Works to see Donnie and pick up a core 700r4 transmission for one of my projects. I noticed a very nice frame jig sitting out in the driveway which I had never seen before. I asked what he was going to do with it and he said,” I am out of room in the garage — would you like it – I will deliver free.” Now this jig is 14 feet long and weighs a ton. The jig is on a rotisserie which makes it nice for guys like me who can’t lift anything. I told him I would let him know as soon as I measured my garage space. The decision was easy, I called back and told him, deliver it and I’ll buy lunch. I called the wife and told her about my new Christmas present and promised I would store it on my side of the garage…she said, “Great!” She is a wonderful wife.

My next stop was at Frantic’s who was busy working on a host of projects in his crowded shop. Fred prefers big jobs as most shops do, but will do small jobs if that is all that comes along. He has been in business for over 30 years in the same location so you know he does good work.  Since he is an excellent wrench, I asked him about the value of redoing heads as opposed to buying some new Edelbrock ones. The cost of rebuilding heads with new guides, valves etc, runs about $700 versus a new pair of Edelbrock for a couple of hundred more (long deal). He said he never rebuilds any motors anymore but in my case, with the correct heads for the engine he would go ahead and rebuild them. He gave me the name of a shop that would be less expensive yet does excellent work. Fred knows best!

I finally decided to come home after a fresh slice of cheese pizza and polish dog at Costco. The wife would be proud of my diet. I spent the rest of the afternoon getting the garage ready for my new jig which arrived early from Santa.

Enjoy the season!

Stay Tooned!



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John Lawson has an extensive collection of Deuces in his super garage. How would you like to keep these cars detailed and operational? No small task!

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I don’t know how this 33 slipped in the bunch but it is my favorite. That 32 woody in the background is also very rare with less than 1000 produced.

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Here is the back row of Deuces with some later models thrown in to keep you interested.

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I really like the 46-48 Ford convertibles and every collection needs one to be complete. Most are maroon as Ford sold more of this color than any other. If you are taking the wife and heading up the coast for some wine tasting, then this is the vehicle of choice.

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Grille shell collections are always nice when displayed like this.


Last summer was great fun for me. I meet people from all over the world who read Pewsplace. Les Winter from Australia (QLD) stopped by to say hello and had this photo snapped. We had a nice talk and since he owns a body shop told me how to fix my rear door. Thanks and I hope to come down your way someday.


As I mentioned in my opening remarks, I was fortunate enough to obtain a nice frame jig from a friend as a gift to use and keep in my garage. My first task will be to finish his Deuce chassis similar to Jason’s. Plain, clean and simple but reliable. This proven design provides a decent ride depending on spring preparation.


He had Walden’s box the original rails and add their beefy crossmember. The exhaust requires some maneuvering to wind through the tubing but looks nice when completed. I would need to wrap the header pipe with heat shield due to the proximity of the master cylinder.


Note the rear spring hanger on the Deuce and model 40 are at a 5 degree angle for the curved spring.


Dave has a set of bones I am going to look at. I want to make me a set that looks like this with the holes and tie rod end from Cory.


From the HAMB, this Deuce sedan has sparked interest again in many of the members. Perfect metal work is obvious and the top profile is perfect in my mind. Where’s mine?

Friday’s Feature


Jim purchase Pete’s old roadster from Don and is bringing it back to life. He just added the wheels and tires which look nice. I will be watching this build.

Comments 1

  1. The ’32 tudors remind me of the one I bought for $100.00 from my neighbor in the Black Hills. That was august of 1957. February ’58 I drove to Rapid City with 265 in it. Went through several changes; 301,Cevy running gear, my own torsion bar suspension. flawless black, naugahyde, etc. 19 years later I sold it. DUH!! Started building funny cars after we moved to Oregon in ’66 in my Northwest Race Car shop. Zeigler, McCulloch, etc. Rev

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