The Heat Continues

I can’t recall a period of record heat as we have experienced in the last few days. The air conditioning units run all day and all night to bring the house to a bearable temperature. I now know what it would be like to live in AZ. I did manage to drive Pepe today and everything worked as it should but it was only 106 in the shade. I am going to check and see if I have a return line to the tank as Tom thought that would help my condition. The two gas tanks are another problem. The routing of the fuel lines  close to the 2 1/4 inch exhaust system could be another suspect source. You can imagine what the temperature must be with a lowered car, concrete roads and 112 degree outside air. When I opened the hood and felt the fuel rails they were so hot you could not touch them. We will suffer through a few more days and I will keep Pepe in the garage. I know this is supposed to be a test for my patience and I do want to pass.

The Hot Rod Hill Climb and The Race of Gentleman are two events that I would love to attend in the future. Both are far from home but I think I could make the Colorado trip without much anxiety. Next year should be interesting as the news of this year’s event sparked the nerves of many of us old time Hot Rodders. I sincerely miss the PRC Reliability Run that was held for a few years and then stopped. The gathering of the old flathead powered roadsters really provided many of us the extra log to keep the fire burning. I don’t know what is involved as far as expense but surely participants would be more than willing to support such and event. Richard has told me it was just to much of a liability to continue for his club. Today’s world is full of complexity and I much prefer my youth when we agreed to meet on Sunday morning, ( just as the “Back Road Boys” do today) and go have some fun in our old Fords. If you think you would be interested in starting a new Valley Reliability Run for pre 1936 Fords (both coupes and roadsters) let me hear from you. Flatheads preferred but SBC’s allowed — paint and upholstery are optional.

Steve and I put the finishing touches on are planned October trip to the Beach and visit to a private car collection. We should have a great time provided the heat subsides soon. Traveling the back roads in old cars is just plain exciting and provides a lift for us garage monkeys who spend most of the day tinkering with our old Fords. We will have one more trip during the “Feel Good Season” but I am not sure where. We have so many places to visit that a new venue will not be hard to locate.

Stay Cool and Tooned!



Poor photo but cell phones sometimes don’t capture the monument perfectly. Looks like fun to me.


The Information Tent was set up to answer your questions prior to the race.




This fellow is having the time of his life driving his roadster and would be the first in line for the Valley Roadsters Reliability Run.


Richard has one of my favorites that remains in the past as it should.


Kevin would be there in his model 40 purple roadster.


I wish this is one that I stumbled across but I would settle for his participation.


This 29 really is what a roadster is all about. Owner built and driven while completing. Right on!


Here is a different look for the Valley Roadster Reliability Run. You get the picture?


This one was a participant in the inaugural event a few years ago at the PRC on the Rose Bowl grounds.


A full dress 29 also would look good on the back roads with dust and gravel.


Robert will bring his version of the model 40. Perfect chop!


I think some coupes like this beauty should be allowed to make the run. How about you?


Seldom seen but equally as nice is a Deuce Cabriolet hiboy.


I wish this was one I had found and drug home. He is ready to do some back roads.

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If you want to take the grandkids then this Deuce phaeton will do just fine. Bob, please send some more photos before it starts snowing.

 Back Road Boys and Girls!


Our gang will just have fun no matter what the rules are. This is a  “Priceless Photo” from the past.

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