The 75 degree weather is bringing the cars out of the garage. Â Yesterday Bob O and I headed out to Frantic’s to see what he was working on and grab a quick hamburger combo at Oldtimers. Â Fred and Dave were working on a 50 Chevrolet pickup and were using Fred’s plasma cutter to remove the old firewall. Â I have seen these amazing machines but I have never used one. Â I watched Dave cut the entire firewall out in about 5 minutes using a freehand torch and the cut line is very smooth and would only require a clean up disc to make it ready to weld. Â He has the large capacity unit which can cut 1 inch and he uses it to save lots of time and the customer money. Â They are under $2k and well worth it if you do fabrication work. Â I will get some pictures when they are farther along in the process.
I contacted Vintage Air and they told me exactly how to check for a no heat situation. Â You must make sure the switch is moving the lever and if it isn’t, Â you need to check the ohm resistance in the warmer to make sure it is working. Â I am no A/C expert but I did what they told me and that was the problem. Â I need to call them back and find out how you replace/repair the warmer switch. Â Networking is what I have always enjoyed about our “Office” group. Â Someone always has a way of helping you out. Â Dave provided the schematic, which I learned is on VA’s site, and I traced out the wiring and now can repair the unit. Â Thanks Dave and Mark at VA.
The Early Times has a run on February 27th that starts at Richard’s Wheel and Tire and comes to the Valley for some real interesting stops. Â This is the 47th annual Mid-Winter Rod Run and is always well attended and lots of fun. Â This group has been around for many years and put on some cool events.
I am working on Andre’s front suspension today and if I don’t fall asleep in the sunshine I should finish the job today.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Dave was visiting his convert at the body shop and this cool 50 Ford was also waiting his turn in the paint booth. Â The section job on these cars is no small task. Â Dave’s convert will be black vary soon.
Bob has another CMG coupe completed and it will soon join the long list of coupes he has completed. Â Maybe Drake should hire him to assemble his new ones. Â The color looks a little darker than Girlie. Â Note Mercury wheels and caps. Â I have a set that came on Andre.
The Deluxe front is my favorite but the standard has a big following also. Â This one needs to be completed but will be an eye catcher with the color. Â Black is good but much more common on a 40.
Long Beach always has some neat cars that are driven to the swap meet. Â The license plate tells you the story. Â A Lexus engine in a mint 5 window is indeed a rare bird.
This seat would look very nice in the CMG coupe. Â It is hard to beat on original seat for the correct look. Â A glide is more comfortable but needs lots of work to look correct.
I had a question of how would a 39 Banjo look on a 40 column. Â Here is the problem as shown in this photo. Â The diameter of the hub is much smaller than the 40. Â I have seen spacers made but they don’t look right to me. Â I changed to a 40 wheel and it looks much better.
Warren built this cherry pie three window which came out of my town a few years ago. Â He chopped the top and you can’t see where is was cut inside or out…perfect. Â The grille was also reworked to match the front sheet metal. Â Jake would be proud of this one.
The rear has a rolled pan and a set of Chevy tail lights to go with the bias white walls. Â Note the other one in the background with tank on the back.
An early morning shot of the perfect pair. Â The Deuce is the real deal and very nice. Â I don’t think you would need a three car garage unless you needed a 40 pickup or delviery to tow the cars to El Mirage.
Here is another 40 dash treatment that shows the A/C installed behind the speaker grille. Â Gabe’s interior is high tech and $$$ but sure looks good in the beauty.
This is an Early Times member’s 5 window that I have seen often. Â I don’t know the history but it has always been one I admired . Â These cars are always in style in my book. Â Maybe he will come to the Valley at the end of the month. Â Red and White R&P interior looks really old in this one and Bob O loves that.