Friday’s Garage Crawl

The “Office” was crowded today as it always is on Fridays.  Bob showed up and invited us to come over to his garage and check out his projects.  Bob has a large garage behind his rental home that he utilizes to build his hot rods and other projects.  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.  Sometimes you really  pick up some great ideas.

Bob is the fellow who purchased my 40 coupe and also just bought Bob O’s cherry 40 sedan.  His plans are to switch the 40 coupe body onto the sedan body chassis and use the hot rod chassis under the sedan.  This is a good idea if you want a sedan and have a done chassis ready to go.  He plans to sell the coupe with the running chassis and complete the sedan.  He has started the process and thinks he will have the swap completed by next weekend.  I plan to record the transformation and show you how he does the work.  I have done this several times and old cars need to have every bolt handled with care to make removal easier.  We spent most of the morning at the garage and then we headed out for lunch.  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.  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.  I know about the timing and a hot start condition but everything seems O.K. in the ignition that I can locate.  Fred thinks the float level may be sticking or need re-calibrated which is over my head.  The cost to repair a carburetor is more than buying a new one.  That’s my progress update on Ruby.

Have a great weekend and take the hot rod for a drive someplace soon.

Stay Tooned!


You are very fortunate when you purchase a 40 sedan and the floorboard looks like this when you remove the carpet.  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.  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.  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.  Note how cherry this body was.  The wheelwells were widened which needs to be reversed in my opinion.  Run a 7 inch wheel with a 235 and you are in good shape.  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.  The dash is complete with ashtrays and all the good stuff.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.

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