Thursdays Thoughts

Rain, Rain, go away come back another day. I know this sounds familiar but I can’t think of the song. I spent all day yesterday installing pumps, catching rain in buckets and cleaning the street drains. We need rain but not 2 inches per hour. All is well today as the gentle rain does not overtax my drains and the City’s.

Since I spent the entire day dealing with the rain it was good to read my new Street Rodder magazine last night. Brian had a great editorial on the new DMV rules for registration in CA. In short, in appears that all pre 72 cars, kit cars and one off cars will fall into the category of Special Vehicle Construction and be required to meet certain emissions requirements for registration in the State of CA. He also indicates that he will have several articles in coming issues to help us understand what we as car enthusiasts need to do to comply. Amnesty is mentioned, but I am not sure what that means in relation to previously registered vehicles. Is a 40 coupe with an LS6 a misrepresentation? I can’t recall any DMV form asking me what type of engine the vehicle has in it. I have had VIN’s verified and the person did not even look at the engine only the VIN on the chassis. How do you register the new SO-CAL chassis he shows with the emission certified engine and exhaust system installed? I was told it is illegal to stamp a VIN on a new frame using an original purchased tile or one you had in your possession from a current or past car. I am sure this will come out in future issues of Street Rodder so don’t miss an issue as this is very important to all of us.

On the brighter side, I visited Alan who is completing the 48 convertible I sold him a few month ago. Alan is a very talented individual who can do it all. He builds, paints and upholsters all of his cars himself right in his own shop. I took some pictures for you to see his progress. He chopped the top 1 1/2 inches and it looks really good to me…no small chore on one of this big cars. The car will be a pale yellow with tan interior. I told him I hope I had enough money to buy it back from him. He said he is keeping this one and selling his 32 roadster….

Stay Tooned!



Alan has the body in final primer and ready for paint with one more blocking. This car was a rust free vehicle and still required many hours of work to get it paint ready. He is a fanatic on gaps and has all of them perfect at 1/8 “. He built the chassis at home and it is currently at the powder coaters (Ajax) for the final finish. Bill always gives us first class treatment.


I built a jig at my working height which made it easy on my back. The frame came with the car and I added some wheels and tubing. Cheap jig. I purchased another frame for building the chassis. I had a title for the original frame and used it to register the car. Note clean firewall.


The hard part of chopping a convertible are the vent windows. Alan made it look easy. He also had new channel made up for the window frames. He will chrome them.


The rear folding top had to be chopped and the windows re-shaped. This shot shows the very neat job of making everything line up. If you had to pay for this it would be very expensive. Alan does it all.


Is this a clean installation or what. No movement of mechanism and the window goes up and down with rebuilt winders. Very nice.


The front irons did not need any modification to fit. That made Alan happy after all the work on the rear irons.


The side profile is perfect 1 1/2 inch makes you look twice but it greatly improves the top proportions. The third bow has been lowered to make it look lower than the chop indicates.


I think this is Sid’s new 5 window at Roy’s. I like it a lot. Bodies are sure to be reproduced in steel very soon.

Today’s Deuce Chassis…SO-CAL (without LS3 and catalytic converters).

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