Topper’s Tuesday

Big day today. Bob called early and wanted me to come by and look at his gas tank installation. It seems that the tank warped during welding and now needed to be spread to clear the drive shaft. No problem, he was able to fix it right the first time. While looking at the installation, I noticed that there didn’t seem to be any room left for the exhaust system. One more problem to deal with. Building a car is not as easy as you think. As Joe states, if it were easy everyone would have one. How true.

I was running late and headed for Toppers when I spotted a 34 Tub sitting in a driveway across town. Now you don’t see these tubs everyday so I turned around and stopped to take a look. I thought I recognized the car and sure enough it was my friend Dave, who was working on the car at his sisters. Dave is a driver and is getting the tub ready to drive to Louisville for the 40 anniversary of NSRA. I invited him to lunch and he came over later. We had two roadsters show up today which helped set the tone for the conversation, roadster tops. Tops are important to old people when they travel across country. Skin is precious and looks bad when the cancer attacks it over the years of driving with no top. Lesson learned….build a top to protect your skin. Let the tough guys get the cancer.

Here are some photos of the NHRA Museum night last week.

Stay Tooned!



The NHRA entrance is impressive and is a wonderful place to spend some time and look at the history of drag racing.


The first car we saw was this traditional Deuce with the top Bobo liked. The man explained how he cut it up to get the McGee look. Very clean car everywhere you looked.


Side profile tells the era of the top. A slight uphill stance was how they were.


The rear snaps were installed into a wooden bow that was attached to the Brookville body.


Very standard front end for the period. Non pinched frame rails and straight spreader bar looked good.


The interior was also stark with the Mercury wheel and floor shift lever.


The first two cars you saw as you entered the Museum were the SO-CAL racing belly tank and 34 Ford. Two of the best.


Rear view showing the clean look of the pair. Restoration of these cars was handled by SO-CAL Speed Shop in Pomona.


No celebration of the model 40 would be complete without the KID. The car still looks fantastic thanks to Jerry.


In the back room was a nice display of racing vehicles. Sharp 34, Glass tudor and Shines pickup with a very detailed blown flathead. The workmanship on the truck is outstanding.


Kugel had a very new Washington Blue 4 door Deuce with one of their independent chassis that was almost finished.


The woodgraining by Bob was the best. The interior was not finished but it was sure a great looking Deuce sedan.


A very sculptured 40 4 door was in attendance and had everyone looking at the suburb metal work. The top lifted off and the car became a convertible sedan. You don’t see these everyday.

Today’s ride…Dreaming


Early morning at Roy’s Shop Party. Hugger orange 33 hiboy looking for a place to park. You need to arrive by 5:00 am.

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