The drag racers are in town getting ready for the NHRA Winter Nationals in Pomona. Â Each year they start off the tour racing for the points and championship in their class. Â I used to be a regular at the event but no longer go for the weekend. Â The cars are so fast today all you hear is the noise and the crowds screaming for their favorite driver. Â The event draws thousands of spectators and friday is the only day to go if you want to avoid the crowds. Â Several of the “Office” crew are going on friday but I will be watching on TV.
I am still nursing the sore back so I went down to Da Rod Shop to see what Steve was working on. Â His shop is always busy and today was no exception. Â He has cars everywhere and his shop is bustling with activity. Â I talked to him for a while then headed back home to do some more dreaming. Â I am right at home in a hot rod shop and love to see what they are building that interest me. Â Once home, I looked at Andre’s front wishbones again and figured out how to shorten them about 1/2 inch. Â I made the first cut a little longer than required as I didn’t have an accurate measurement from the P&J instructions. Â I use a stock width axle and P&J uses a Super Bell which is two inches shorter between the perch mounts. Â When I get better I will finish welding them and send them to the powder coater for a nice gloss black coating.
The weekend calls for showers so I don’t know about the sundayEarly Times Run but hopefully it will clear up by then and I can take some photos. Â Dave is going to the Big Three Swap meet in San Diego and always takes some great photos.
Four doors are being purchased by many people today. Â This unique example is one that has had extensive metal work done to make it a 4 door convertible sedan with a lift off top.
This nice 5 window would have been right at home in the 80’s with its red paint, cowl lights and steel wheels. Â It will always be in style with me.
It is hard to beat a chopped and slammed 36 roadster. Â I don’t recall seeing many of these in my younger days but I see lots of them now.
One problem with the dropped axle set up in the 40 ford is the front sway bar. Â This one off design shows what can be done with some clever engineering. Â Note use of heim joints and the stock spring perch.
Since you liked yesterday’s 40 coupe I know you will like Gary’s high school ride. Â Mandatory equipment to drive this car is a ducktail hairdo, red wind breaker with the collar turned up and harley boots with horseshoe cleats. Â All 40 coupes should set like this one.
Tim has joined the 4 door club with his very nice Deuce. Â Note mustang steering which dates the car back to the 70’s. Â He has a few more Deuces in his collection also.
Long time builder Ray from Ohio has built some of the nicest rides around. Â This chopped 5 window has the look of a “Full House”.
If you want a nice one you need to take the body down to bare metal and bring it back to life… No small job on these large bodies. Â In my mind the hardest part is fitting the trunk to the lower pan. Â Most 40’s you see are not even close to maintaing the correct gap. Â Henry didn’t do a good job either.
Today’s Deuce hiboy…dreaming!
The RB built this Bonneville looking sedan for the GNRS a few years ago. Â You can watch the video on their site Rolling Bones.