Thursday’s Thoughts

I went to the doctor this morning and had a good discussion with him on the high cost of healthcare today.  He had a good explanation that I will share with you.  Your main doctor listens to your aliments and then sends you for a test or procedure to help confirm the diagnosis.  The cost of the procedure is astronomical compared to the doctor’s office visit.  You could apply that scenario to your hot rod also.  You build your car and think you have everything correct and then you discover a problem and need to have a procedure done.  This second step is the one that usually cost you the bucks.  I have a couple of examples to help you with where I am going.

The first experience is a home builder completes his dream car, takes it for a drive and finds out that he did something wrong or forgot to do something right.  Tom sent in some photos of his friends car that was on its maiden voyage and had a horrific problem due to a rear wheel coming off.  The second problem is a relatively new built coupe experienced a terrible experience when the driver’s door came off while entering the freeway.  Both incidents may have been prevented if they would have had the procedure done prior to making the drive.  I think a second opinion (procedure) on your build is a good safety measure we all should take on our hot rods.  I don’t know if we would catch everything but at least we tried in the event of an accident.  Fortunately, no one was injured and the cars can be saved or replaced.

I left the doctor’s office with some prescriptions for a couple of procedures that may not be required but will provide me with a good sound diagnosis for the symptoms.  I think I will have a procedure done on Lucy to make sure I have not overlooked any symptoms that may fail on its initial voyage.  The “Adjustment Bureau” has already been to my house on Lucy.

Stay Tooned!


This is a photo of the maiden voyage for a Plymouth coupe that lost all five lug nuts on the rear axle.  This caused the wheel to hit the fuel tank which creating the fire you see coming out from under the car.

Not a pretty site and a complete loss of a wonderful old car.  No one was injured.

The suicide door did not have a safety latch in the front portion and while entering the freeway the driver’s door came completely off the car.  The hinges tore loose from the body due to the force of the wind on the rear hinged door.

The door post showed signs of a serious failure in the lower hinge area.

Jerry showed the crowd how a huge 40 sedan could lift the right front wheel off the ground and still keep the doors shut.

I really think it is hard to beat the early Chevy valve covers for the early 60’s look.  They re-pop these units but the real deals are cheap and easy to find at swap meets.  This is Brizio build 3 window coupe.

The late model heads would look better if they were “Camel Humps” but the front oil fill and non-breather valve covers really fit the early theme.

The Elco Twin heads are re-pops and make most people take a second look.  The distributor is really cool looking and is must have for this set up.  HHR build.

Yes, it is hard to beat a little 29 hiboy roadster with polished Halibrands and a huffer sticking through the hood.

Today’s 32 hiboy….dreaming!

I am back thinking about hiboy sedans again.  Maybe Pete will have his on the road soon.  A slight chop (2 inches) looks good and makes one wonder what is different.

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