Wednesday’s Safety Switch

I was at the stage of depression… “Do I really need a NSS?”  I discovered that simply bypassing my new set up, the car started every time. Bob-O and I have replaced all switches, buttons, relays and the car still would not start with the NSS. Maybe this old dog can’t be taught any new tricks. I have now installed the Lokar unit which required some longer wires which created another debacle. I did what I know I shouldn’t and extended the wires with spade connectors. This will allow me to take the switch off easy and jump them if I have a problem. I have it all wired except for the final connections which I hope to accomplish tomorrow. If I was paying a local shop for diagnostic time, I would need a loan to bail Pepe out of jail. I really think Fred would have solved the problem in 10 minutes, replaced the defective NSS and I would have been on my way. Unfortunately he was tied up this week. I have lots of help on this problem so I know it will be solved soon. The life of the electrically challenged old Hot Rodder.

Thanks to all of you who sent in truck photos for my Friday Truck feature. I worked for GMC Truck for 40 years so I have a true appreciation for trucks of all kinds. I think of my delivery as a truck or an early van. I have owned and built several pickup trucks of the later models but I have never ventured below the 1940 model. I don’t seem to fit in the earlier models but I sure like the looks of most of them. Trucks are very versatile and offer lots of choices for modification all of which I will discuss on Friday.

Dave drove his beautiful 40 convert to Toppers today and we spent some time looking over his car. We decided that if we were honest with ourselves, we would rather have one of these than a Deuce hiboy. The beauty of these cars, when done like Dave’s, really are eye catching and provide all the right ingredients for an “Age Appropriate” Hot Rod. My wife sure is a fan of Dave’s car and would like to have one for herself. He is the only one who drove a Hot Rod today and that made the decision easy.

The Easter bunny arrives this weekend and my grandson is already looking for eggs. Have a Happy Easter with your family.

Stay Tooned!



This Ron Francis momentary push button switch was previously installed in a home made bracket which worked for 10 years and then finally broke.

Here is what I finally ended up installing on the 700R-4. A simple installation and hopefully functional, this well made NSS by Lokar, solves the problem.

Dave’s chopped 40 rag has the look and all the creature comforts of a late model car.

His interior is fresh as is the dash and steering column. A Glide seat provides adjustability for those long hauls.

When you find one like this and think you can make it yours; take a moment and do the math on a complete rebuild. You can buy one for a whole lot less and be riding instantly.

I prefer the top down on the 40 unless it is chopped. A nice rake makes the car a real looker on the beach.

Take the lady out for a Sunday cruise and she will love you.

If you prefer to cut one up, then this slick 40 rag may be what you are looking for. Bob-O likes this style.

Tim built this one a few years ago and it is one of my favorites. CMG would the color for me on one of these cars.

 Today’s Other Roadster!

If you had a choice which one would you choose for an “Age Appropriate” drop top ride?

Comments 9

  1. Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a marvellous job!

  2. On all the the 35/40 chassis I’ve built over the years with IFS I’ve slid the front crossmember ahead about 3/4 of an inch to help correct the look. Seems to work.

  3. think the wheels are turned in the CMG photo–doesn’t look like that in some of my old photos-don’t recall it like that 10 yrs ago but who knows–it is an axle car with split bones-may have been moved to chg front end geometry.

  4. That issue is exactly what I mean about buying a finished car, you pay UP to enjoy it and realize when its in your name, the situations to fix or change things rears it ugly head. That will Not be a simple fix to move that wheelbase ahead.
    Especially when you are 75 years old, fighting cancer.
    Or if it has other issues: At that point in yer life, you bot it to drive, not hire somebody to refine it.

  5. I also noticed the front wheel on the CMG convert. For the beauty of the rest of the car it can be easily forgiven and rectified. With regard to the choice between 1940 and 1934 converts it is a maddening 0ne if the 34 has full fenders!

  6. The wheel in the wrong place is a common mistake
    when installing a Mustang front end. The spindle is
    not in the center of the cross member, it is to the rear.

  7. The problems with buying a car I can afford, I run into the frustrations you are now trying to fix.

    Would love to have the one Tim built, but when I look where the front wheel is in the fender well, I puke a little. I guess some people don’t notice…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *