Woody events are really lots of fun and laid back. Â The Santa Barbara show is held at the college and overlooks the Pacific Ocean from a high bluff. Â The wife likes to walk on the beach so she heads down the path to get her feet wet. Â I love looking at the woodies and talking to the owners of these special cars. Â I think most people really enjoy seeing them going down the highway and most will wave and give you a thumbs up. Â California is full of woodies especially along the coastal areas so they are a common sight on the weekends. We are meeting Walt and Lorraine for breakfast and then will head to the Coast.
I spent most of the day yesterday painting the engine parts and installing them. Â My friend Chip suggested that I use Plastic-kote Cast Finish on the parts as they look most like the OEM parts I was painting. Â The parts came out great and I am pleased with the overall look of the engine compartment so far. Â I am taking today off to make sure Ruby is road worthy and looking good. Â The Wooden cars require a lot of careful cleaning of the wooden body and making sure all the blind nuts are tight before you get on the road. Â I have installed some star washers on the problem ones and so far so good. Â I check them at every stop just to make sure they are tight.
Jane and I are looking forward to the trip and some relaxation. Â I wish all of you a great weekend and I will be back online on Monday.
The Cast Finish from Plastic-kote works great and dries fast.
I installed the pulleys and they lined up perfectly. Â Now for the alternator alignment and I will be done with the front of the engine. Â I am running a mechanical fan but I have been thinking about the electric version instead. Â I know they work better at idle but I don’t like the looks in a hot rod.
I used the Cast Finish on the headers as it is a 500 degree paint. Â I prefer the look over the shiny Ceramic coating. Â Things are starting to take shape.
The woody has a small storage space behind the third seat for storing your tools and cleaning materials. Â Jane purchased the Craftsman bags for me and they come in handy. Â The lint roller is for the black top which picks up everything.
Ruby has a very detailed engine compartment and the all black components make cleaning a breeze. Â Not the power steering box for the dropped axle which has now been replaced with a MII unit and a power rack and pinion. Â This made a big difference in the front end ride and overall handling of the car.
Here is the view from the bluff. Â Jane heads down here for a walk on the beach.
Here is an early morning photo from last year. Â The fog lifted around noon and the view was breathtaking.
Walt drove his boss’s woody last year which was built by Fat Jack years ago. Â The picture of the Woodies was done by my son when he was first out of college. Â I gave them away to the silent auction last year. Â I have several left if you would like one let me know.
It can be foggy in the early morning when you are along the coast. Â The venue is perfect for the Woodies and they serve you a great desert at lunch time.
Today’s Woody….not dreaming!
Thanks Walt for the use of Ruby. Â I enjoy being her caretaker. Â This photo is prior to the new springs being installed in the rear.