Monday’s Message

Another epic weekend for sports — Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh topped the charts but Hockey, Golf and Basketball were also available and if you must — NASCAR racing. WOW! Did you have time to work in the garage? I watch all sports in my garage while working on my projects so I did accomplish a few items on my list. I learned how to weld on a forged steel axle and didn’t preheat it. I ran out of gas and the axle is too large for the oven so I read up on welding tips and increased the amperage on the TIG —  everything worked great. I was filling in some spring wear and nicks in the axle. I also finished up the bones and bungs for the tie rod ends. I made some teardrops for the rod ends which I have used on all my roadsters lately. They have been around for many years and are simple to make and install. All in all I have a great weekend in the garage and enjoyed the fantastic weather we have been having. Life is good!!!

I’ve seen several post on FB about people leaving today for the LARS. I envy those who can endure thousands of miles in  a Deuce roadster without suffering lower back pain. Fortunately, I live close and can be there in about one hour. I will be featuring some of the photos I receive from the groups to show you what we are missing. Traveling across the country with a group of roadster guys will provide you with lots of excitement and tales to tell your friends for years to come. Breakdowns are anticipated and emergency plans are always required for the salvation of the poor driver whose roadster is sitting by the roadside waiting for the roll-back. The Smart Phone is an essential tool for travelers who become stranded as well as those who get lost or fall behind the pack. As the say,”Don’t leave home without it!” — and don’t forget the charger.

The Early Times Picnic is Sunday and they are celebrating their 50th anniversary at the Rod and Gun Club in Compton. You can take in the Long Beach Swap meet and then stop over for the picnic. This is a warm up event prior to the LARS the following weekend and always a nice event.

I will be working on Pepe this week to prepare for the long weekend in Pomona with all the roadsters and swappers from around the country. The 51st LARS should be one to remember just as the 50th was. Don’t miss it!

Stay Tooned!


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A  beautiful photo from the All Deuce Run back east. Looks like a Lobeck style roadster.


If you have a few extra bucks you could be driving this all steel creation to the show. Gary, this one has your name on it.


Alan sold his Deuce roadster and purchased this 48 rag from me a few years ago. He likes the comfort of the “Fat Girls” over the Deuce. So do I!!


Jane thought she liked this one much better than a model 40 I was building. Slight chop 2″ really helps these beautiful cars.


She liked YaYa and so does Charlie who is now driving this wonderful old Ford ragtop. Maize Yellow looks great on these cars.


Top down, the 46-48 converts are really classy cars; and while not a roadster, (you would have to park in the Specialty Parking area), you would enjoy the long journey home in greater comfort. (Old Age is not fun) Walt’s Ruby is a perfect garage mate for one of these “Fat Girls”.


If a closed sedan is your preference, then how about an all black 2″ chopped beauty with Halibrands!



My friends, George and Gary, were invited to attend a celebration at the Post Office in Santa Rosa last week. Maybe these two Deuces will be on the next stamps issued with Deuces.


Darrell was there with his new, well traveled Deuce, that has been a big hit wherever it goes.


I hope Keith’s creation will be in attendance at the 51st LARS. I would love to see this one up close.


John’s 34 is the one that started my love of the Model 40 hiboy roadster. He usually drives this one down for the show.


I made up some teardrops for the rod ends on the bones I have been working on. They came out nice. More later on these items…

Monday’s “on the road” Roadster!!!


All ready to leave Jacksonville, FL in his newly finished roadster for the 2800 mile journey to the LARS. Good Luck Ron!

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