Thursday’s Travels

I looked out the window and could see the driveway was still wet and the sky was real dark which told me it was going to be another rainy day.  I always like to travel to someone’s garage or shop on thursdays even if it is raining.  I went for my morning walk and while walking I received a call from Bob who wanted me to come over and look at his wiring job in his new roadster.  I said fine, as yesterday’s blog was about wiring.  I told him to meet me at the “Office” and I would go with him and take some pictures.  The sky was still very dark but no rain was coming down by the time I arrived at the “Office”.  The gang was outside looking at Scott’s 36 3 window coupe acquisition he drug home from Texas.  I don’t recall seeing many Buicks in my time but this one is very nice and original.  After coffee, Bob and I headed over to his shop to look at the roadster.  He is making great progress and hopes to drive it to the LARS in June.  He is using an EZ wiring kit with a really small terminal.  He also had a Painless kit that he did not use and offered it to me for my delivery for a reasonable price.

I received lots of comments on yesterday’s blog.  Many people have used the panels featured and even sent in some photos of their wiring jobs.  I think they all agree a good wiring job is high on the list for having a dependable driving hot rod.  Nothing could be worse than having your car break down on the highway for a simple loose wire that was installed improperly.  I even had one reader tell me he solders every connection prior to installation.  I have never done that due to the fear of making the connection brittle.  Maybe I will try a few this time to see how it works.

The sun just came out so I think I will head to the BBQ joint for lunch.

Stay Tooned!


Bob has his crew working at nights on the roadster and they are making good progress.  He is shooting for Father’s Day for the maiden voyage.  Note blue painters tape to keep from scratching the corners of the openings.

Bob wanted maximum space in the rumble seat area for his grandkids and installed two 6 volt Optima batteries hooked in a series to solve his problem  The battery cable was run through the black conduit pipe welded to the rear seat brace.  Upholstery panels will cover batteries.

This photo shows the EZ-wiring module installed on the firewall.  All of the wires have been run to the various components and are ready to be connected.  Looms were made prior to installing in the car.

The dash has been rubbed out and the new gauge panel installed.  The gauges are next on the list for tonight’s workers.

The rear deck lid is now finished and is a real piece of art.  I think you would be amazed at how much time and money went into this decklid.  The lid went back and forth to Brookville, Rootlieb and the body shop.  The louvers are bonded to the decklid with the GM magic adhesive.

Phil sent in a real professional wiring job he had done in his roadster.  This is the popular Enos panel with all wires ending in GM plugs.  The heater is a Moal unit and works great on those cold trips.

The Enos panel has a nice cover and looks very clean.  Serviceability is easy with this unit.

The Moal heater is installed and the hoses are routed through the firewall.  Note the water valve which is critical to having the hot water flow through the heater.  Ruby’s doesn’t work and so it only blows cold air not heat.

The wiring looms are routed through the firewall in a very sanitary manner.  Note heat sensor on exhaust headers.  This is a very nice roadster Phil owns.

For you 1935 – 40 folks here is a nice set up using  a dropped axle and a SBC.  Note the CE motor mounts are moved forward to provide clearance for the headers and 525 steering box.  The small distributor cap is required to clear the stock firewall.  Sanderson makes the headers for this installation.

Today’s 1940 Ford convertible….Jenni’s dream!

This photo was taken in 2002 at the LARS.  Jenni, Chips wife, took a liking to Bob’s CMG 40 convert.  This was a survivor car and should have been in my garage.  She loves old cars.  I know a fellow who “Hates Old Cars” named Steve.  Can you imagine that?

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