The sunshine used to hide in Montana in the winter but has decided to move to LA for the ocean breezes. Â The people coming to the GNRS will be in shorts and T-shirts if the weather holds through the weekend. Â Lucky at Old Crow Speed Shop in Burbank is holding his place open on thursday for all to stop by and see his cool stuff. Â I plan to stop by and visit with him prior to heading to Pomona. Â I would guess Lynn Williams will have his museum of cars open also. Â Lynn has way cool cars and parts and is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Â He will loose money to save a friend! Â I am sure the rest of the Pomona hot rod shops will welcome you to stop by and say hello or purchase a T-shirt. Â I need a new shirt from Old Crow.
Toppers was busy today with BS and talk of the show. Â Some folks are going on friday and some on saturday. Â The weekend draws over 400 cars parked on the outside for the show goer’s to look at between the buildings. Â I may go both days if my body holds out. Â I think the show grows and gets better each year. Â We are fortunate to have the show in LA. Â We had a lot of discussion about the high quality of the cars that are in competition and the cost of building a show winner. Â I presume those who can pursue the AMBR have a dream of winning the big trophy and can afford to express their entry. Â I appreciate the efforts of the builder and the owner to create the cars for us to enjoy. Â I might not always care for the design but I always admire the craftsmanship that I see in the build. Â The show build books really tell the picture. Â The books or videos are very well done and document the efforts in exacting detail. Â If you have never watched one of the video’s in the displays take time to do so. Â You won’t regret it. Â The theme this year is RT66 and it is the 62nd year for the show. Â The last 8 shows have been held in Pomona where the name was changed from the Oakland Roaster Show to the Grand National Roadster Show. Â The show allows for ten contestants to compete for the title.
Meanwhile back at Pewsplace I am working on the delivery today. Â I am installing the rear jig frame braces which I fabricated yesterday. Â I better go back in the garage and quite dreaming about a 40 coupe.
This are the types of coupes you will see at the show. Â I stand around these cars for a long time and look at the overall theme and design. Â This is the current rage with a spring behind axle front suspension.
I sure you will see some 40 customs in bldg. 9. Â Mild chop on this 40 convert. Â Dave would like this one.
Outside you might see another version of the chopped 40 convert with 5 spokes and rubber running boards. Â Nice top profile.
This 34 coupe would look right at home in the Suede Palace. Â No need to paint or upholster you ride. Â The quality of these cars creeps higher each year.
Just to show you I don’t spend all of my time dreaming here are the spring clamps I made for my friends cars. Â I used 1 inch x .125 metal and bent them in the u shape. Â They worked really well.
In my younger years I would have purchased this cherry body in a minute, but the build process would take longer to do than my yardstick allows.
I am also rebuilding my much neglected water cooler. Â Looks bad but is just surface rust like the photo above.
The top of the stainless water pan is made of aluminum and the reaction of the anti-freeze and neglect caused the deterioration of the plate. Â I will use stainless to replace.
My friend John is coming right along with his 39 tub. Â He has just finished the “Carson Top” style framework for his hammered multi-door tub. Â Nice work John.
I love louvered trunk lids on roadsters and coupes. Â This is a skin glued to a fiberglass deck lid. Â I am not sure how to do this but I may try it on Lucy if she stays around much longer.
Today’s 5 window…maybe Pete will have one in the show!
Since my first car was a 5 window I am partial to them over a 3 window. Â Chop the top so the rear side window is square, 2 1/2 inches, and you have one super coupe.