Toppers Tuesday

More sunshine today so I went to work on the engine when I received a call from the office and they requested my presence. I hated to leave but duty comes first. It seems our Toppers crowd has been diminishing and I was in charge of getting the group back together. Now that is important. I made some phone calls and we had an improved crowd but still far from our normal group. Maybe we need a new place. I will meet with the President Bob O and see what he thinks. He was headed to Long Beach to pick up some more Firestones for his 5 window so I followed him on my way to Frantic Freds. Bob O drives about 85 mph now matter where he goes so I lost him at the 405 and continued on to Freds. Fred was working on the Mopar and needed a break so we had coffee and talked about Fat Jack, Jerry Moreland and the the Fremont Drag strip of the 80’s. I had watched a U-Tube video of the two cars doing burnouts and Jack rolling the coupe which was really scary to watch. Fred was there when it happened. The car was destroyed and Jack started a Sedan Delivery to replace the coupe. I think he still has the SD.

A customer came in while I was there and dropped off a used ZZ4 for Fred to inspect. It seems the right bank was getting water in the cylinders and smoked badly. Fred had the engine apart in about 10 minutes and was doing the diagnosis when I headed to Toppers. I will check with him tomorrow. I had to repurchase several of these motors for the same problem. I don’t like aluminum heads.

I sort of took today off which is O.K. when you are retired…

Stay Tooned.



Here is one of my early 40 projects. Fat Jack built me a nice frame using his staggered 4-bar set up front and rear. He was way ahead of the curve in the 80’s. I sold the car to a friend and he painted it resale red.


This nice maroon sedan gets me going again on my sedan project. I would have to chop it or put fenders on it to make it mine. Note detail of build…nice job…Illinois car I believe.


My friend John sent me some photos to make you cry. Damage to an early Deuce hiboy. I hope no one was hurt.


Some guys have a real hard time deciding what car to drive today. Gary has quite a collection in his stable of cars. The red vicky is really a rare car.


This Circle City Hot Rod build was a neat entry in building 4 last year at the GNRS. The workmanship was first class. I am not sure if this was a real roadster or a converted coupe.


I haven’t seen this one in a while but it is still one of my favorites. This is a true high school hot rod. My date would have loved showing up in this for the prom….really.


Axle’s car has the gauges of the early days. Temperature gauges for everything. John owns this beauty today. Note hidden hinges.


One of my friends, George, and his 3 window at Brizio’s open house.

Today’s 40…dreaming.


This folkstone gray beauty needs to be in my garage for daily driving to pickup parts for my delivery.

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