I want to thank all of you who commented on the ignition switch problem. The installation of a relay to carry the load will probably solve my problem. If I want to keep the stock 40 ignition then I will use it to transfer power to the relay then the fuse panel. Looking at the panel under the dash it appears my switch is wired directly to the fuse panel. I presume the high amp relay will carry the load not the small stock ignition switch. I have never used relays but I will give one a try.

While we are on the electrical system, I am happy to report the tail light problem has been fixed and is functioning properly. The culprit was a faulty crimp on the barrel connecter done years ago. Make sure you crimp the metal not the plastic covering. Mine stayed together due to being taped but when the tail light stand was pulled out for painting the wire came loose and the painter didn’t know it.

Another issue I discovered is the battery disconnect had been removed (Hotronics brand) due to the installation of the EFI harness which connects directly to the battery. I talked to both FAST and Hotronics and got two different answers. I finally called Frantic and he stated that you probably don’t want to shut down the computer each time you switch on the battery disconnect. If you left the computer connected to the hot side of the switch I think it would stay active. I need to do some more research prior to giving up on the disconnect switch as I don’t want to harm the ECM. Any advise would be appreciated.

Finally, I am helping my friend get his hot rod ready for the big Hot Rod Anniversary show this weekend in Pomona. I think the show will be a lot of fun and bring back some found memories of Hot Rod cover and feature cars from 1948 through today. Hot Rod magazine has had its ups and downs over the years but I have really enjoyed Freiburger’s leadership and editorial direction in the past few years.

Time for me to go out in the garage.

Stay Tooned!


Perhaps this one will show up in Pomona. Do you recognize the car?

You know this one will be there. This is the early version.

Maybe this one was the early version. John knows the history of this car better than anyone.

We know this is the real one and Bruce has made it perfect.

Who knows maybe this one was Pepe years ago pulling the twin flathead dragster.

If possible I would like to install the Hotronics battery disconnect in the electrical system. I believe this to be the best one on the market.

I have also put a fire extinguisher in Pepe just in case. You really feel helpless when a fire starts and you can only watch it destroy your dream. You want a dry chemical for hot rods. A 5 pound is best as the three pound may not be enough.

Some people go to great lengths to duplicate the 36 rear bones. I presume you could market these like the old PSI units sold by Gene Scott. (HAMB article)

I really did fill a lot of holes in Andre’s firewall. Note the stock steering column with no tilt wheel. I am really old.

I need to finish welding in the patches on Andre. I hope someone buys him soon. He is getting no attention since Pepe showed up.

Today’s Project Car!

Boyd started this 40 convert for his wife years ago and never finished it. I hope someone finishes it soon. See Craigslist, LA.


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