The Habit turned out to be a very noisy place but the food was good. Â Maybe next week we can eat outside on the patio and keep the noise level down. Â I brought some new books I received from Tom at Crown Printing that were a big hit. Â The Throttle Merchants have two volumes so far and they both feature great photography and cars as well as some LA builders. Â The third book was a story about Mickey Thompson’s life of speed. Â Gale Banks has a display at the NHRA Museum where the book is available. Â I have an extensive library of hot rod books and these will add to my collection. Â Thanks Tom for the books.
The main discussion today was centered on Bakersfield this weekend. Â Most people are going up Saturday and staying all night. Â Due to my current back problem I will have to pass on the event and hear about it from our “Office” crowd. Â I think they should have a good turnout this year and very hot weather. Â The event usually attracts nearly 2000 cars and is held in a good venue. Â The heat can be a problem so drink plenty of water this weekend. Â You roadster guys won’t need the heater unless you come home late at night over the grapevine.
I am going back out in the garage and dream a little today…. I know of a very nice 40 convertible that may be for sale in the near future. Â Yes, I know stay focused!
This is shot of Tom’s roadster the first day it arrived in the sunny southland. Â The car was not equipped with a top or supports for the top. Â Bill and Neil Gates made up the required parts to install a beautiful top, oak bows and stainless irons.
Gary had installed a new Glide seat with fresh upholstery and my first impression driving this car was that it must have and IFS due to the great ride. Â No way, it has an axle and a 4-bar suspension. Â When you remove the rear package tray you have plenty of room for your legs even if you are over 6 feet tall.
The roadster has all original sheet metal including the dash attached to the Gibbon body. Â The hood and grille are to die for…Perfect! Â The heater will keep the wife warm on the way home when you go over the Grapevine. Â She might even snuggle up close to you like in the old days. Â Now your’e talking!
I love this heater in the 34 roadster show here. Â Heaters are the rage right now and have become pricey lately.
I don’t know if a heater will do you any good in these big windy tubs, but I sure love the look of a model 40 phaeton. Â Washington Blue, with Tacoma Cream wire wheels make it stand out in the crowd.
This is a photo at LaPalma Park in Anaheim. Â I love to stand in the grass and take photos as the cars arrive. Â This was taken at 40 Ford day in June.
Yes, it is hard to see when backing up the roadster with the top up.
Mo would have loved to Â been at Pebble Beach to see his nicely restored roadster from the 40’s. Â The Stirneman brothers in St. Louis did the restoration on this famous roadster.
I did pull out Lucy yesterday for a quick photo prior to removing the top structure. Â I planned on a black paint job but maybe maroon would look better.
Today’s 1940 Ford Convertible….dreaming!
Jim built this beauty from a pile of parts found in the desert. Â It was featured in Rod & Custom and was selected as a top 100 pick. Â Note how nice the top has been reshaped. Â The bows needs to be lowered a little. Â Tim did his like this on his CMG beauty a few years ago.