I was up early to take advantage of the “Early Bird Special” at the local GMC-Buick dealer. Â We are getting ready to head to the Bay area and I wanted to have the oil changed and tires rotated. Â The dealer lives a couple of houses over from me and told me about the deal. Â I like to keep the car serviced as required and I thought $30 bucks sounded good. Â While I was waiting I walked around the dealership looking at the new 2012 pickup trucks. Â I really miss my truck and hopefully I can purchased another one this year. Â The problem with the trucks, other than being expensive, is that they average about 15 mpg which is way too little for me. Â I guess I will keep looking until the right one comes along. Â I am not a used car buyer (except old Fords) as I have always had a new car and truck every three months for over 30 years. Â GM was good to their employees but now I have to buy them and the deal is different. Â I think retirement should include a car or truck for life. Pensions are being reduced not enhanced.
Yesterday, I tackled the steering column again and thanks to Tim I was able to solve the problem of using the long shaft on my 525 box. Â I was ready to cut the column some more when I thought it just didn’t seem right I would have to do this. Â A quick call to Tim, who has built many forties, confirmed that I was headed in the wrong direction. Â I adjusted the u-joint as he suggested and presto everything fit as it should. Â Thanks Tim for your help. Â Networking is the best source of information when you are not sure of something.
I have no planned car activities this weekend but may tackled the installation of the rear springs on Andre.
Have a great weekend and take the wife or girlfriend out to dinner in your hot rod. If that fails take the grandkids.
I kind of miss my old sedan but the current owner has no plans to sell it. Â The chop was perfectly done with a gas welder. Â A no rust body and original chassis made it special to me.
No Henry didn’t build this one but someone in LA a few years ago built a super tudor phaeton out of a sedan. Â You really need the convertible cowl to pull it off.
As you know my first delivery was a 34 and I still love them. Â The 33 is a really rare bird. Â Rough looking and priced at $30K this may be the one to bring back to life for some collectors. Â Roy could make it perfect.
I shot this one at P-Town a few years ago. Â Wire wheels add to the flavor but I like the rubber running boards better on these deliveries.
I have seen this coupe at several events so he must drive the car all over the place. Â People stop and look at this 40 due to its history and patina.
Forty Ford builders use the ash trays for all kinds of things. Â Here they have milled slots for the A/C hose. Â I do believe the 40 dash is the most popular dash in all hot rods not just forties.
Tim suggested I slid the u-joint down on the splined shaft and not cut the column. Â I was going to shorten the column as marked. Instead I will slide the joint up to meet the column and then the splines won’ t protrude into the inner socket. Â The nickel joint is from CPP and worked perfect. Â Note the bearings can be replaced as the caps are held into place with a button head screw.
I pressed the Delrin bushing into the column for a nice tight fit. Â I am waiting for the 40 wheel.
The standard model is preferred by many forty lovers. Â Bob builds them both ways and has customers for both. Â I am a Deluxe fan myself.
I do prefer the standard dash panel and briarwood brown paint. Â I am not sure what size the wheel is but it looks stock to me but is a Deluxe model with the rings.
Bob has completed the exhaust system and brakes on his sedan. Â He also converted from a 4-speed to a 350 automatic.
I removed Andre’s headliner bows in order to sand the surface rust from the roof. Â I will replace the wood strips but save the cross bows. Â Coupes and sedans used metal rods to secure the headliner.
Today’s Forty Convert…..dreaming!
I am a simple guy with simple needs. Â This would make me a perfect “Office” company car. Â No A/C, NO power anything….just plain cool.
The perfect under the hood SBC for showing off simplicity at its best. Â I would keep the generator and stock radiator. Â This is the way it was done in your own garage with no iphone to order parts.