Friday’s Fords

It was a very productive day at Pewsplace. The weather was perfect and everything I did on the chassis came out right the first time. I had not finished the brake line residual valves and proportioning valve installation but I made the lines noting where they would be installed. Other than forgetting to install the fitting prior to flaring, ( I am real good at that) everything went smoothy with only one trip to DHP. I have never used the above components on my cars and they stopped just fine but Franitc insisted I install them for a good strong brake pedal. We will see it they improve the stopping distance on this heavy car.

I visited Bob-O in the afternoon and he was removing the running boards on his new 40 sedan. Like Andre, every bolt was a challenge and consequently in took a coupe of days to remove them. He has started stripping the old covers off with a scrapping tool (Harbor Freight) that works great. He and I can remember when we used to remove the running boards and drive the cars without the boards. Convertibles looked good with them removed in those days. I know Drake makes new ones that are super, but I like the real McCoy’s for some reason and so does Bob-O. We have two sets to install and I will do a feature on the installation like they did in Rod & Custom years ago. It takes some patience, but the end result looks great.

I don’t have any plans to attend a car event this weekend and will just relax as the season winds down for the year. Now is the time to start planning your next project or repair. I am working hard at putting a 40 Ford Woody project in my garage.

Enjoy your weekend… drive your hot rod and take the wife and grandkids.

Stay Tooned!


DHP has a full line of brake products (Wilwood) that makes finding your parts a one stop process.

A 10# residual valve was installed in the rear drum brake line. The valve keeps pressure in the line when the master cylinder is located below the wheel cylinder. Note there is an MC an Out port port. Be sure to install them in this direction.

I installed the proportioning valve in a safe place that could be reached easily and yet safe from the road hazards. The valve allows you to adjust the rear pressure down to 57% if required. I had to make a 3/8 plate to stand off the valve from the inside channel. I need to hook up the rear line tomorrow. Brakes are done.

While I was on the roll, I installed the fuel line and clamps. I ran a line to the rear as I intend to install a 15 gallon tank in the spare tire area. All these little details take me lots of time but I enjoy the work.

My freshly painted wheels are ready for the final CMG color this weekend. Powder coating is less expensive but they don’t have all the colors in their selection. The wheel is a Wheelsmith 15 x7 with a 4 inch backspace. The quality is excellent.

John knows I am hooked on Woodies this year but thinks I should go back to the Deuce rather than the 40. What do you think? Where is the back seat for the grandkids?

Here is a comparison for you to make your decision. Jane choose this one hands down. I wonder if that is a stock Mandarin Maroon color on this beauty? Maybe I don’t need a dropped axle and SBC in one like this.

My long time friend Max and his 40 woody he has owned since high school. Here he is in his place in Big Bear. The car was purchased new by his family and he still has it. The car has not moved in over 30 years. Rust free and perfect wood.

I have been talking to this fellow about how he is building his dream 40 woody. The frame work is for the wood pillar location. New wood is easy to come by but the cowl and floor pans are scarce and pricey. He found this one as is and it is on the original woody frame which is the same as a sedan delivery, convertible and truck. Note Bradley pans against the wall.

Friday’s Lunch Bunch!

Toppers always draws some nice cars and great hot rodders. Curvy didn’t know what to do when the two retro trucks kept whistling at her. Dave’s Deuce has more accessories than Paul Gommi’s tub.



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