We had an absolutely beautiful day in LA today. After my normal stop at the “Office,” I drove Pepe over to Frantic’s to see if he could straighten my front wishbone which was in bad shape. Fred has never met a problem he couldn’t solve and soon the wishbone was straight after a few pumps on the H-press. I sure think I could use one in my garage but they take up too much room. Besides, I love to go to Fred’s as he always has some interesting projects in his shop. Today, he was working on a Model-A with an LS3 engine transplant. These motors are all aluminum and fit in the chassis without much modification. The also have 425 + hp on tap and provide excellent mileage. The cost is on the high side compared to the SBC but probably worth it. After lunch, I came home and finished welding the sleeves in the bones. This process is very time consuming as I let everything cool in order not to warp the bones. I like the look but would probably not do another set.
Next week starts the countdown to the LARS which attracts people from all over the world for this three day event. Some people from Australia are in town this week and making the rounds to the various shops. As we get closer to the show dates, I will publish the open house dates and times as well as some interesting shops to just stop by and say hello. For the first time in many years, I will not have any house guest so I will make the journey to Â Pomona with my buddy Bob-O for the event and tours. For those of you who have not attended the swap meet, you will be surprised at the quantity and quality of old Ford parts that are on display and for sale. Known for outrageous pricing, I still manage to find some deals from the people who are cleaning out their garages or getting too old and have lost interest in the hobby.
I am having the rear door fixed again and it is promised back before the show. I hate to tie up a car in a body shop but I can’t do spot repairs on base coat clear coat paint jobs. I may learn how if it happens again. The model 40 chassis is coming along nicely but I am still working on the installing a new center X-member prior to boxing the front and rear sections. I am not in a hurry and I am just happy to have a project to occupy my mind and keep me busy.
I loved hearing from all you Woody Â lovers as I share your passion for the wooden cars. I will try to do a Woody only blog at least once a month since there is so much interest. Deuces, Model 40’s and Forties are my loves but the Woody is my wives favorite.
Dennis from Canada sent along a photo of his beautiful woody which has a complete C-4 front and rear suspension, TPI SBC, 700r-4 and all the comfort amenities you could ask for. Nice ride!!
Maybe a little low for my taste but nevertheless a beautiful post war convertible done in my favorite color for these carsâ€¦Maroon!
I am still trying to get Bob-O to purchase this car but so far he has not wanted to drive to Ohio for a closer look.
A very stock looking 3-window with huge wheels give the car a completely different look.
By contrast, this Dave Lane built 3-window is a true hot rod with the “Look” of my era.
Dale doesn’t wast any time putting his Deuces together. Here is his latest masterpiece â€” a beautiful Phaeton.
Dale, I had a similar one in the early 90’s that we enjoyed for a couple of years. The wind was too much for the wife so I built a roadster with side curtains.
I actually like the model-40 better than a Deuce but they too need the front seat moved back a few inches.
My first love is the 33 roadster hiboy. Terry finished mine a few years ago and made me think I should have kept the car!!
The Branch family Hot Rods are always a favorite of mine and show up at most events around the LA area.
I have never owned a Model-A but they sure make nice Hot Rods when sitting on a Deuce chassis.
I even like the sedan hiboy Model-A’s like shown in this photo.
Friday’s Tribute to Larry.
Prior to his passing, my long time friend was building his Deuce pickup patterned after Bruce’s Rod shop beauty. Maybe his son David will finish it for him.