Tuesday’s Habit

We went back to the Habit for lunch today and sat outside in the beautiful California sunshine.  We have been having terrific weather for roadsters and a couple showed up today.  Dick and Myron came but did not drive their roadsters.  Don drove his red beauty and we all have a great lunch discussing the upcoming Hot Rod Reunion. Sometimes a change can be a good thing and it sure breaks up the menu of pizza and salad.

When I returned home my parts from Pete and Jakes had arrived and the wife had them sitting on my workbench.  Upon opening the package, I noticed they had a flyer announcing some new parts and website.  One item that I have been talking about lately is the lower steering column bushing for a 35-40 Ford steering column. While I make my own, this one looks better with its bronze bushing and steel outer case.  I think I will order one and give it a try.  As a former marketing manger, I certainly do recommend you send a flyer with each shipment to your customers to let them know what is new or special at your business.  I did a monthly newsletter to our customers asking for their input and business.  It really does work and cost nothing to ship as the customer is paying for the shipping.  You can make your own flyers with an in-house system and really keep the cost of production down.  When you have a strong brand like P&J’s you can’t afford not to stay in touch with your loyal customers.  I have been purchasing parts from P&J’s since 1974 and have never been disappointed in the products or service.  Jerry and Jason know their business and I wish them many more years of success.

I need to go back in the garage and accomplish something today so…

Stay Tooned!


Boyd built this Deuce woody for Don Smith and used a Brizio chassis with P&J components.  The car is still in use today.

Terry built this Deuce and used the traditional parts from P&J on the chassis.  He is the master metal man in LA.

Terry also built a real Deuce roadster with his skills.  This car is still roaming the streets of LA.  Terry probably made his own components but copied the look of the P&J era.  Four bars were the hit of the 70-80’s and then the hairpins came back into vogue with the SO-CAL speed shop line of Deuce parts.  I prefer the look of the P&J units but that is a personal taste.

For me, Lobeck’s roadster was the one that really put him on the map and everyone tried to copy, including me.  Bill’s Rod & Custom in Springfield offered the same parts as P&J.  Lobeck installed them on his roadster and had Pete Eastwood approve on one of his trips to Springfield.  Bruce Meyer owns this car today.

Gibbon saw the market for a 34 hiboy roadster and this is number one at Columbus in the 70’s.  P&J components make up the chassis suspension.

Rodger Bell also builds some show stoppers with the traditional look.  Note the long hairpins on his chopped Deuce phaeton.  I hear he still has 50 gallon drums of Dupont 99 in storage.  This has always been one of my favorite phaetons.

My friend Steve located another seat which Bob O would like to have done in the same pattern.  These seats are comfortable if the springs are good.

Here is a nice tan 40 coupe with orange wheels.  Bill has a great looking coupe with a Corvette mill.  All Deuce owners are required to own a 40 coupe during their tenure in the hot rod world.

Another 40 coupe with a killer stance and the sneaky cut outs hanging below the running boards.

Today’s 40 coupe….dreaming!

This is one of the best photos of a 40 coupe I have seen.  Note tach on dash and beautiful 5 spoke Americans.  The car looks like Dick’s except for the style of flames.

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