The weather has turned cold and garage time has been reduced until the warm weather returns. Â I missed the meeting at the “Office” but made the lunch at Toppers. There was lots of BS about Football and very little about cars. Â I am waiting for the Auburn Oregon game which should be a good one. Â Bob O talked about the GNRS being at the end of the month this year and the increased cost to park your ride in the outside show. Â I suspect everything will go up in 2011 including the admission to car shows. Â All the cities and states are broke so they increase their rent to the promoters. Â I am going no matter what it cost and consider it cheap entertainment.
Once the weather warms up I plan to really focus on the delivery. Â I worked on the front axle and brakes over the weekend and they all fit correctly. Â I choose the Wilwood aluminum hub model for reliability and looks. Â These are the same units SO-CAL uses in their kits. Â The dual calipers are large but my 15 inch wheels have plenty of clearance and allow for adjustment. Â The front axle and wishbones really look good in my eyes and will be powder coated black to match the chassis. Â I have black calipers also with aluminum mounting brackets. Â I need to add a panhard bar and sway bar to be complete. Â CE, TCI and P&J makes both of these items and I am not sure which vendor I will select. Â The last item on the chassis is to install the rear springs and shocks which is a day’s job. Â I then will be faced with removing the body for blasting and priming. Â I an shooting for February 1st for completion of these tasks.
The front brakes are installed for a trial fit and they look great. Â I am using the 4 1/2 bolt pattern front and rear.
The spindle uses an aluminum mounting bracket which covers the rotor. Â The spindle arms still need to be cut off and new dropped steering arms added.
This shot shows the completed installation and the overall look of the front suspension. Â Old school but functional.
The Wheelsmith wheel clears the caliper with room to spare. Â Note spindle steering arms are still not cut. Â I hate ruin a set of early Ford spindles but bending them is not in the overall plan.
Cira 1948 these two young men built show stoppers for about $2500. Â Both cars are still around and have been restored.
Jerry’s car is still in Burbank and this is how it looks today. Â Scott did the restoration of this beauty.
Jerry Johnson sent in this photo of a modern day 39 hot rod. Â These are perfect as designed but I am not a big fan of cutting one up.
Jerry also sent in a picture of Charlie’s 40 stocker with skirts and Appletons. Â Real Appeltons are hard to come by today. Â Note perfect trunk fit.
Today’s Garage Scene…dreaming!
Tim is working away on this 40 Woody. Â Note his clean AC installation which is painted to match the interior color. Â Nice job Tim.