I am back home now and have some catching up to do after spending a week in San Francisco. Our visit with our son and daughter was fantastic. The weather was perfect for a beautiful and scenic drive home down the Pacific coast. We made a stop in Solvang to visit my friend Steve, who had a set of ASC rails and cross members available for a 34 Ford. He is off on another project and had these spares in inventory. I think the building process is what most of us hands on guys like to do most. The hunt is also important and most exciting when we find some old iron that someone has started or hoarded. The opening of the garage door or barn that has been closed for many years â€” revealing the car or truck you have been searching for â€” really makes your day. We have all been there and can’t seem to pass up the opportunity to follow a lead to our next project. Steve has a fleet of primo 40 Fords and now is moving back to his first love â€” the Iconic Deuce. He built a contender for the this year’s AMBR and won some nice awards with his outstanding RPU which he plans to drive this summer. I guess a lot of us, as we grow older, fall back to our love of the Deuce Hot Rod we have dreamed of for so many years. Many of us have sold our dream Deuce and now want another one â€” if only to look at and take to the donut shop on Saturdays. The Deuce addiction is not harmful as long as you have a completed one in the garage and one to work on. The flame continues to burn.
This morning I stopped by electrician’s Bobs garage to drop off some parts and he showed me his latest purchase â€” a 1956 Ford post sedan that is completed. It seems he was walking the grounds at the March Meet this past weekend and fell in love with one of his recent car desires. Now, Bob normally doesn’t buy a completed car, he prefers to spend years putting them together. He has a least 4 or 5 going at one time â€” so I was surprised to see a finished product in his garage. Sometimes money in the bank is not as satisfying as a Hot Rod in the garage. You know how it goes â€” ” Honey, we can make a lot of money of this one.” After 50 years of marriage, the wife seems to agree and moves on with life. Sound familiar?
Have a relaxing weekend doing the things you really enjoy in lifeâ€¦like looking for your next project!
We stopped by Tom’s garage and spent some time looking at his many projects. He seems to keep real busy with all of his cars and customer demands. The Speedster in the background is perfection in the making â€” a Mona Lisa.
Jane was attracted to this Washington blue 40 pickup with the Red Ram Hemi under the hood. This belongs in my garage with Pepe.
Tom was putting the finishing touches on Dave Deuce roadster. He choose the 3″ chopped version with the standard position as opposed to the current “laid back” trend being used today.
The cockpit is strictly race car oriented with Bell wheel, Moal pedals and heater, 6 speed and Wallick seats. Dave will need a full roll cage to drive this 700 hp hemi on the street.
Dave and Charlie will be holding on for dear life when the rear tires connect. Plans are for some seat cushions to provide some softness to these beautifully crafted seats.
Tom’s attention to detail is second to none. He has everything in place and functional. A Moal torsion bar front suspension is used along with a forged SO-CAL front axle.
Steve has my old Deuce frame in his garage. It is the same as when I sold it several years ago minus the Winters QC.
While we did not have time to visit the Central Coast Roadsters â€” we do know that they have closed cars for Friday luncheons also â€” Deuces of course!
I am not sure if Jim sold the car but I sure like it. It reminds me of Barry’s old delivery.
1934 Ford ASC rails without the holes will present a challenge but the hiboy sides are exposed and these won’t require filling any holes. I have been told there is lots of work to make these fit in the jig.
CE supplied the X-member and appear to be nicely done. Bevel dies will be used to increase strength in legs.
Installing the front crossmember requires some accurate measurements as the radiator sets in front of the spring and determines the hood positioning. SFSS photo.
P&J offer a weldment replacement that is one inch lower and has the radiator mounts installed. Vendentta Fab photo.
Friday’s Five Window
Side steering has caught on big time but I don’t recall seeing this installation during my youth except on full race cars. The firewall master cylinder was common place. A nice little coupe.