Fall and Fires go together in Southern California. The current big fire is within 10 miles of my house, so heavy smoke filled air is present every day. Temperatures are in the triple digits and breathing is not easy for most of us. Having said that, I did spend yesterday working on Andre. I am still removing parts that haven’t moved in 40 years. So far I have been successful in removing broken screws and bolts. Bob-O and John came over to help with the engine but we still can’t get it to turn over. More soaking and a different approach will be used next week. The crank bolt doesn’t want to tighten up. The threads are not stripped but it just doesn’t feel right. I put that in the too hard basket for now.
A topic of conversation at the “Office” yesterday was where do you take your car to have work done. Most of our gang have some special people they deal with so it is helpful when you need some work done to ask for their advice. I have not recommended any shops on my site except Frantic Fred. I have had him do work for me and he is always fair, fast and honest. We are blessed with several high, medium and low end shops in LA. You just have to a businessman when you contract for work. If possible obtain a written estimate or at least a estimated price. By law, shops are required to provide an estimate of charges for work. Many places get around this by quoting time and material….$85 per hour plus parts. Hold on to your shorts with these places. You have no idea what the bill will be. If you can live with that and the shop has a good reputation then you are O.K. My dad always taught me to ask first not later. Another good rule is “good work does not come cheap”. The question is do you want a Brizio quality car or a home built quality. Paint and upholstery can run $50 70K in the big shops. You may or may not get a real quality job but you get the name and bragging rights. An average well done paint job is running about $15K in our area not including major body work. You can also have the job done for $4K and be happy. You do the research on the shops reputation. Easy to do with the BBB. Good luck.
Lets look at some pictures…
Lots to look at here. Knecht Auburn panel, column shift, 3 window dash and 46 deluxe wheel…WOW![singlepic=3123]
The flathead looks good in this 5 window with hood sides removed. Note headers.[singlepic=3124]
Dave’s custom 40 convert. He hasn’t changed from our HS days. Chopped about 4 inches and nosed and decked.[singlepic=3125]
Rear view showing Stude tail lights and shaved deck lid. Looking good in the grass. Straight axle car.[singlepic=3126]
Hi-tech 37 delivery. I like the color scheme on this car. Don has a similar treatment on his 37 SD.[singlepic=3129]
Cleaning the 57 SW rear end. I will need to have it blasted prior to PC. I use these exclusively for any of my cars requiring a nine inch. I have been collecting these rear ends for years. I normally find them for around a $100 complete. Drums are hard to find but late model brakes bolt right on.[singlepic=3128]
Housing end showing 1/2 holes and 3.150 bearing diam. These have the 2 3/8 axle offset rather than the later 2 1/2 inch.[singlepic=3130]
Here are the rear spring hanger mounts I am building. They will be installed through the frame.[singlepic=3131]
Side view showing 1 1/4 tubing for shackle bushings. Brackets still need shaping for frame and will be bolted in.
Today’s ride…For Sale…$15K[singlepic=3132]
John’s rust free, Jefferson Blue 39 tudor. Good daily driver. If interested call Bob at 805-791-0997.