The “Office” was crowded today as it always is on Fridays. Â Bob showed up and invited us to come over to his garage and check out his projects. Â Bob has a large garage behind his rental home that he utilizes to build his hot rods and other projects. Â The weather was gloomy so we all headed over to see what was going on and provide some spark for the staff. I love to see other people’s garages and what they are working on. Â Sometimes you really Â pick up some great ideas.
Bob is the fellow who purchased my 40 coupe and also just bought Bob O’s cherry 40 sedan. Â His plans are to switch the 40 coupe body onto the sedan body chassis and use the hot rod chassis under the sedan. Â This is a good idea if you want a sedan and have a done chassis ready to go. Â He plans to sell the coupe with the running chassis and complete the sedan. Â He has started the process and thinks he will have the swap completed by next weekend. Â I plan to record the transformation and show you how he does the work. Â I have done this several times and old cars need to have every bolt handled with care to make removal easier. Â We spent most of the morning at the garage and then we headed out for lunch. Â I wish we could do that every Friday.
All my work on Ruby didn’t solve the hot start problem so I will look into the carburetor next. Â I sure hope that is the problem as everything else checks out fine except for the engine itself which I will check for low compression next week. The car starts much better but still requires several seconds of grinding to start when hot. Â I know about the timing and a hot start condition but everything seems O.K. in the ignition that I can locate. Â Fred thinks the float level may be sticking or need re-calibrated which is over my head. Â The cost to repair a carburetor is more than buying a new one. Â That’s my progress update on Ruby.
Have a great weekend and take the hot rod for a drive someplace soon.
You are very fortunate when you purchase a 40 sedan and the floorboard looks like this when you remove the carpet. Â The car has zero rust issues and will make a rock solid hot rod without cutting anything.
The front floors are also perfect with only surface rust from wet shoes over the 70 years. Â This will clean right up.
Almost all sedans have a rusted out spare tire well….not this one… perfect with bare metal showing the lack of rust. The tool trays are also perfect. Â Bob bought himself a very mint body which will save him lots of money in body work.
My old coupe will go on the sedan chassis and be sold to a new 40 lover. Â Note how cherry this body was. Â The wheelwells were widened which needs to be reversed in my opinion. Â Run a 7 inch wheel with a 235 and you are in good shape. Â I don’t think it would be hard to put back to stock.
The front floorboards are also in great shape with a minor cut out for the 4 speed transmission.
This patina cherry dash will be swapped into the coupe as Bob likes the modified look in his current coupe dash. Â The dash is complete with ashtrays and all the good stuff. Â I don’t think you can improve on the design but many people prefer the aftermarket gauge panel and gauges.
Here is the coupe ready for the body switch. Â He uses the lift to raise the body which makes it super easy and safe.
Bob also re-did Bob O’s and Warren’s old 29 a few years ago. Â This is his front garage which houses 3 more cars.
Here is another Throttlers period hot rod at JCP.
Bob will drive his clean sedan to the park on Sunday. Â This one is all Ford and nice.
Today’s 40 project….Dreaming!
If you don’t have a lift then this is the next best thing to use. Â Tom has 4 stands that raise the car high enough for you to do work under the car with ease and also provides a nice nap area while on the creeper.