I had a great weekend and really enjoyed the sunshine. Â I am also excited about the Grand Â National Roadster Show this weekend. Â A friend of mine is being inducted into the Hall of Fame and I am really proud of him. Â I have never been a show car kind of guy but I love to attend to see the cars and old friends. Â The local shops will be full of folks from out of town who are in for a few days. Â I think I will head out there on thursday to see the set up crews working on the cars and displays. Â I think I can get in but not sure about the process for thursday. Â I hope to attend both friday and saturday to shoot a lot of pictures. Â I really like the building 9 displays which this year is Kustoms. Â All the greats will be in attendance for you to meet and obtain autographs if that is your thing. Â I am not sure they will sign your glove box but who knows. Â I am going to take a 40 glovebox for a signature of the great one! Â Guess who that is? Â My first car was a copy of the Moonglow… only not chopped. Â My father and I spent all we had to complete the car, Tahitian Red, white interior, white everywhere under the car, 283, 270 hp with a 4 speed transmission. Â It was the hit of the town… in my mind. Â I sold the car when I left for college but always regretted the sale. Â I tried to repurchase the car after college but I could never locate it.
I have been focusing on a new plan for 2011 which would enable me to complete my goals for the year. Â When you turn 70 you need to realize that you can no longer do what you used to be able to and the yardstick is getting shorter by the day. Â I am thinking about 40 coupes a lot these days as you can tell from my blogs. Â I think I would be real happy with a daily driver 40 coupe. Â I am limited by my inability to shift a car so an automatic is the answer. Â I have had a little interest in my cars but not a lot. Â I hope to do some trading and end up with a driver before Father’s Day.
I have chased Max’s convert for over 20 years and still no luck but I do like them. Â The top looks correct on this one. Â Tim has the formula for cuttting the bows to flatten out the hump in a stock 40 top.
This is a super shot of the rear quarter profile of my kind of 40 coupe. Â Simple is name of the game when doing a 40 coupe.
Folkstone gray is the color and the stock look makes it a winner in my book. Â I think maroon wheels look better than black.
I like the simple horseshoe design with the door panel swoop as shown. Â This is a standard coupe.
Here is another Folkstone gray coupe that looks stock with the popular red wheels and white wall tires.
Black on Black is a hot rod “Sinister look” on a 40 coupe. Â Bob owned this beauty for a long time.
Yes, black is the color most people prefer on 40 coupes. Â But then all you have is a black 40 coupe with red wheels and a SBC. Â I don’t know what is wrong with that.
The color sure looks different in the photo below. Â This is the color I remember the car at the Petersen.
I really love this Joe Nitti car and have seen the real thing several times. Â Bob-O knew Joe and said the car was really nice in his days. Â He also remembers the car was very fast on the street and salt.
Today’s Deuce roadster….dreaming!
John owns this former Potvin Cam special but I never see him at the runs. Â I wonder if he wants to store it in my garage for a while. Â I will take good care of it. Â This would be my choice for AMBR this year.
This restoration started in Detroit a few years ago and was completed in LA. Â The history is a little foggy but the literature on this car was the real deal. Â The car was put together using a C4 transmission due to the owner’s inability to shift the car (like me). Â Walton Fabrication did an excellent job of fitting everything in the stock K-member and it works perfect. Â I hope John will send me some more photos of the interior, motor etc. Â Maroon is welcome in a sea of black roadsters. Â The car has a flathead, QC, and steel wheels with bias tires. Â John drove it once to the PRC a few years ago.