I have been spending a lot of time in the garage lately and that is a good thing for me. Â Working with my tools gives me great pleasure and time passes by quickly when you are focused on a project. Â I find the biggest deterrent is the lack of the proper tool to do the job. Â I spent the last couple of days working on modifying the brake pedal for Andre’s brake system. Â The job is simple enough if you have the correct tools to perform the task. Â I usually farm out any machine work but lately I have wanting a lathe, bead blaster and a new drill press. Â I have room for these items but at my age I don’t think I can justify purchasing them.
When I was young I wanted Snap-On tools but only could afford Craftsman, when I was in my forties I could afford Snap-On and purchased a complete tool box with a full set of tools. Â I did notice the difference but both sets worked equally as well. Â I was always impressed at Boyd’s shop with all of the bright red Snap-On tool boxes that lined the stalls in his shop. Â I used to wait for the Snap-On truck to come to my dealership and would try to purchase a new tool each week. Â I still have most of the tools I have purchased but now I shop at Harbor Freight for the bargains as i know I can take them back just like Sears but at half the cost. Â Some tools you use on a regular basis need to be quality but most of the stuff I do I can get by with the lesser quality items. Â Don’t get me wrong if I could afford the Snap-On brand I would prefer them above all.
Frantic called yesterday and finally located a pair of rear springs for Andre and hopefully I will have them tomorrow. Â I continue to work on sub-assemblies and have finished the steering, brake pedal master cylinder mount and the rear spring hangers. Â Once the springs arrive I will move to the rear shocks which will be special for the delivery.
Fred loaned me the mock up VA unit for Andre. Â The unit is 24 inches long and is too big for my little compartment. Â I would have to do a lot work to fit this one up high in the underdash space.
I gave Tim a call and he told me what works best in his 40 coupes. Â This is the Gen II Mini and blows as much air as the Gen II Super. Â I plan to insulate the delivery with Dynamat and install a “shower curtain” (hidden) behind the front seat to keep the cool air in the front seat area. Â Frantic has this in his delivery and it really works great.
The Mini is much smaller and allows a small glovebox, cowl vent handle and fits nicely under the dash.
I need the tools to build these M/C adapters for Andre. Â Fred had 20 of them in stock so I just purchased it from him. Â Cheaper than a 3/4 inch plasma cutter.
I removed the clutch arm and cut off the solid shaft for the clutch.
Since I don’t have a bead blaster I used the Harbor Freight ro-loc pads and cleaned it up nicely. Â Note the adapter and washer and bolt added to the shaft to keep it in place. Â This is a pressed fit but just in case I always add the washer. Â Pete and Jake products do the same thing. Â This sub-assembly is now complete and ready for powder coating. Â I think I have mentioned that a pallet of parts for powder coating is about half the price of purchasing paint supplies. Â No brainer.
Fred also had some left over TCI center X member parts that completes my center section. Â Nice pieces from TCI.
Craiglist had this nice looking 40 sedan for $49K but it didn’t last long. Â The rear wheels and fenders look like they are larger than normal but it just may be the photo. Â I love the color.
Steve and Tom got together at P-Town for this photo shoot. Â Tom had some unfortunate luck but I hear the 40 coupe is being put back together by some long time pals of his. Â What a great life Tom has had and we all remember him through the years as “Stroker McGurk”. Â Steve’s 40 sedan is the most photographed 40 of all time. He has outdone Bob McCoy.
The rear spring mounts and shackles are installed waiting for the springs. Â Note how the jig clears the springs which really makes it nice when you are assembling the car. Â The springs mount in moly bushings which provides a quiet ride.
Sid does some really nice work on 40 Fords. Â Here is a modern upholstery job in a 40 convert using the stock seat. Â Note the three pedals.
Full fenders on a roadster sure look good to me after all the hiboys at the LARS.
I think I would add the black steel wheels and make it real sinister looking.
Lynn had this beauty in his shop prior to his death and Steve like it too much. Â The car was priced right but the seat was hard to sit in comfortably. Â I think it need to have more lumbar padding and it would have been fine. Â I don’t know what happened to Lynn’s many cars but he sure had some nice ones. Â He left us too soon.