I sometimes go to the Corvette breakfast on Tuesday mornings to see my college buddy Chip. Â I knew from my previous attempts that I needed to leave early to beat the traffic. Â I left at Â 7:00 am and made the trip with plenty of time to spare. Â I was the first to arrive and was the only one in Flooky’s. Â Yes, the name of the restaurant is Flooky’s and they serve a decent breakfast. Â Chip arrived a little later hauling his latest Corvette project, a 1957 Inca Silver model that he had just completed a full restoration for a customer. Â The car is stunning in a seldom seen color. Â I still love the Corvetts but I can only have one hobby and the old Ford is my favorite. Â Chip also has a 1937 Ford phaeton that he is waiting to redo one of these days. Â The conversation at the table was about the same as our group but centered more on Corvettes with a brief mention of a nice black 40 convert that someone knew of. Â Vic and Tom had photos of their trip to Ohio to look at a 57 Chevy that turned out to be not so nice. Â I guess car guys gather all over the country daily to share stories of their past, current and future Â automobile endeavors. Â I have gone to some Saturday morning coffee shop/restaurant where car enthusiasts hang out for a long time. Â I don’t care if you are a regular or just a casual observer you will always be welcomed into their “Office”.
After stopping by our new “Office” I headed home to get ready for Toppers. Retirement is about keeping your mind and body in motion. I seem to find something to do everyday and if I look like I am bored, my wife has plenty for me to do on her “Honey Do List”.
The classic look of any early hot rod motor is shown in this photo of a nice 40 sedan. Â Note the camel hump heads, early exhaust manifolds and generator on the forty. Â The Columbia hook up can be seen on the right side of the firewall.
Woodgraining seems to be showing up more and more in hot rods. Â Stock forties had woodgrained garnish moldings but not the dash as shown in this photo. Â I think it looks good.
Customizing a 1940 is frowned upon by most but sometimes the builder expresses himself by taking liberty with the design. Â This pickup was done to reflect the owner’s taste in building his forty. Â The 40 coupe was also very nice utilizing whitewalls and mag wheels which is also seldom seen. Â Both cars were very high end vehicles.
I am a big fan of 40 converts and this one was a photographer’s dream. Â The bright red body and darker red top contrasted against the whitewall tires really stood out in the field of forties. Â Note the top bows have been flattened to improve the profile.
Black 40 coupes were everywhere so I was selective in my choices. Â All were nice but this one had some different touches.
All of the aluminum engine components were bead blasted to give the Lil’John 80’s look. Â Of interest is the radiator hose. Â One way to prevent the hose routing problem is to have the inlet neck placed in the center of the radiator. Â Walker will do this for you.
The Hemi is seldom seen in 40’s today but several were present at the this years event. Â The blower is a nice racer’s touch on this old hot rod 39 coupe.
Walt and I were resting under the trees when this sedan delivery was heading home after a fun filled day. Â The license plate read “Delivery” (IL).
I normally don’t photograph Chevrolets but this 38 convertible was a very nice car with a BBC and a magenta paint job that was really stunning.
The boys from Elco welding, Bob & Ben, had to send me this clever photo showing two of Henrys best.
Both cars showed up at Forty Ford day and looked good on the lawn. Â Bob’s 40 coupe has a new nailhead installed for the needed torque a Buick can provide. Â Ben’s delivery has been made roadworthy after storage in a LA backyard for a period of time. Â I am happy to report they both have a new Pewsplace T-Shirts to wear around the welding shop.
The little Deuce with a big 55 Dodge 354 Hemi installed was tired after the LARS and had to be carried home and that’s O.K. by me.
The Hemi is a tight fit in the Deuce hiboy but it can be done and still use a belt driven fan. Â The owner likes to go fast.