Sometimes when you hear of a car for sale you need to go look rather than just having a telephone conversation with the seller. Â Here is an example: Â A certain advertisement on a popular site indicated they were selling a 1939 Ford convertible and nothing else. Â After watching the ad for several weeks, a friend of mine went to look at the car and found a whole collection of Fords. Â I have had this happen many times over my career of chasing cars. Â You also always need to ask if they have any parts for sale. Â This same friend of mine went to look at a very nice Deuce tudor and found a whole attic full of Deuce parts that were for sale for a reasonable price. Â I think I enjoy the hunt and find almost as much as building one. Â Many people are downsizing their collections and are open to offers. Â I will caution you they all don’t turn out this good.
The wife and I headed to Orange County to pick up some parts and see some of our old neighbors. Â Orange County is full of Hot Rod shops and I stopped by and visited a few of them. Â My old haunts are long gone and a host of new shops have been opened up in the past 10 years. Â The economy has taken its toll on several places and some are having a difficult time keeping afloat. Â I hope things improve soon as I would hate to see these shops disappear. Â I am amazed at the young talent that have made building hot rods their career. Â I know you must include later model cars than I feature but I still feel it is a viable business for a young person with a mentor or business minded partner. Â Most artist need someone to do the bookwork and talk to the customers. Â The traffic was not too bad and we made it home in good time. Â The wife bought lunch so I am real happy today.
Tomorrow, I am going to Frantics and see what he is working on and check on Lu.
This is the 39 that was for sale and one of many in a collection. Â It is hard to beat a 39 convert for good looks and reliability.
You always need to take the car for a drive to get a feel for what is wrong, clutch, transmission, brakes, and all the items old Fords are famous for.
Tucked away in another garage was this 36 roadster waiting for a good dusting and someone to drive her. Â These are beautiful cars with a dropped axle and the top down a little bit. Â I wouldn’t hurt one like this.
I think every collector has a Deuce somewhere in his storage stalls. Â This is an old Cam Grant roadster built a few years ago. Â I could get a job cleaning this beauty.
Bill asked what is the correct handle for the rear of a sedan delivery. Â Here is what I know from the deliveries I have owned. Â This is the rear door handle from a 1940 I owned which was unmolested. Â Note ribs and mounting plate.
This is the smooth version off of my 41 delivery which was also unmolested. Â Which is correct? I have looked at a lot of deliveries and have seen both kinds on each year. Â Can anyone provide the V8 Judges opinion?
The four door sedan has become popular. Â Looking at this one I am not sure about the strength of the B pillar. Â I think the seat fastens to the pillars but it sure looks flimsy to me. Â Maybe you should place steel tubing in the pillar instead of the wood and do a little welding.
I do work on my welder myself and I am learning a lot. Â You must keep the water and tank very clean if you don’t want to heat up the power cable to the torch. Â I made the new motor plate as you cannot purchase these from Miller.
I also finished the rear jig supports for Andre. Â They have been final welded and bolted to the frame. Â I have not tried to roll him outside as he doesn’t like the wind.
Today’s convertible sedan….John’s dream is coming true.
John is coming along on his tub. Â He has the mock up completed except for the foam on the top. Â I don’t know if Scott is going to louver the hood for him but I would have it do it in a minute.