Thursday’s Thoughts

I spent the morning at Frantic’s with my friend Bob and we looked at the 35 truck he is building for a customer.  Bob has a 37 and wants to build a driver shop truck using the original drivetrain.  I told him about this truck with a SBC, 4 speed, nine inch, dropped axle and plenty of patina.  He was impressed with the stance and dependability of this style of truck and now has to make up his mind which way to go with his build.  Both will be functional and cool looking in his stable of cars.  I personally like them both ways it is just a matter of your taste in hot rods.  How many 350/350 does a man need?

My CE dropped steering arms came today and I installed them to see how they fit.  I have never used these bolt through style previously and thought I would try a set as the bolt through design appealed to my engineering background.  I had seen a set at Frantic’s and noticed that the arm eye is not parallel to the ground which bothered me.  Mine fit the same way and I will either mill the mounting surface or bend the arms so they are perpendicular to the ground.  Fred said it would not hurt anything but I will have to change mine.  They are forged and look great on the dropped axle.  I finished up the lowering blocks and I am now waiting on the long u-bolts to complete the rear end installation sans shocks.  I was not aware of all the different types of U-bolts available and wanted the heat treated ones used in the sport truck industry.  I visited my local truck suspension shop and purchased the best they had to offer.  I paid too much but they are super strong and should provide many miles of safe driving.

I had a report from a reader who saw the Medley coupe and said it was really seriously damaged during the fire and will need a top notch metal man to save it.  Fire can really warp the thin sheet metal.  I will follow the car to see how they solve the problem.

Stay Tooned!


Here is a photo of the steel lowering blocks I made for Andre.  I will box the ends with the 3/16″steel when all has been fitted to the springs.  The top bolt is a 7/16′ Allen head which screws into the block and tube shown.  The spring side of the block has been drilled for the 9/16′ spring bolt which fits up inside the tube.  I am hoping all this set up will be super strong.  Don’t ask about the hole in the side.  It will be welded up during prep work.

Here is the driver’s side lower steering arm installed with some Allen head bolts which I have machined to a smooth surface.  Note the super axle clearance with this design.


I used the stock tie rod to mock up the arms and this photo shows the eye tilting upward about 20 degrees.  I don’t think this is correct but CE said it is.

The passenger side has the same inclination so they must design the arms that way for some reason.  I will change them to my liking.

My neighbor bid on this tub at BJ a few years ago and quit at $65K.  Gabe has had it for sale for many years as he has two 39 tubs.

The standard coupe is sought after by many folks as they prefer the grille over the deluxe.  I am just the opposite I prefer the deluxe.

I prefer the rear tail light treatment on the deluxe model over the single tail light on the standard.  I like the standard dash panel and hubcaps better than the deluxe.  I don’t mind mixing them up.

A super black 40 pickup has the standard grille with a completely different cowl and hood set up.  A passenger car front end can be adapted but it is a lot of work and not worth the effort in my mind.  My rule on forties is leave the outside alone and just shine the paint.

I fell in love with Jim Cherry’s  47 rag when he drove it to the NSRA Nationals in Minneapolis in the 80’s.  He was always ahead of the curve and still is.

Today’s Deuce roadster….dreaming!

One of my all time favorites is this SO-CAL built blue roadster.  A very basic car with lots of class and style.

We tried to copy this top for Bob O’s roadster and I still think it is one of the best style tops around.

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  1. Regarding Medley’s coupe- before it went down to Hot Rods and Custom Stuff, Terry Hegman looked at it, and said that the only sheetmetal possibly worth savng were the rear fenders. I’m surprised they will attempt to fix it. I saw it at Tom’s house after the fire-not a straight panel anywhere. Steve in SLO

  2. Lynn I met you 25 years ago when you lived by mike karels in mn I think youve got it wrong on the 46 convt I think that was Jim Cherrys The top hanging over the w/s was unique. Ive still got Jims 33 Phaeton after23 years and it lays in what Ed Belkengren calls death row with the rest of my dumb old hotrods Hot rods have clutch pedals ! Love your blog !

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