Wednesday’s Words

I had a good day in the garage yesterday and installed the water pump, fuel pump and starter.  All parts are new and should provide a reliable set up for many miles. Today, I need to secure the fuel line to the tank and the upper and lower radiator hoses.  I have always wondered why someone doesn’t make specific radiator hoses for Hot Rods.  I know there are different set backs but most installations are fairly common.  SO-CAL offers a set up for their kit car but I could not find any for a 1933/4 SBC installation.  I made up some wire patterns and searched on line at NAPA and came up with some potential hoses but I will have to go through the drill at the store this afternoon.  I always keep a spread sheet of the parts used during the build so in case of failure I can order the correct part.  Building a hot rod from scratch is good for the mind and body but sometimes I become very frustrated in securing parts.  The wife keeps me calm by fixing a great lunch.

A lot of my friends are headed to Bonneville for Speed Week and I wish I could join them.  Bob O is leaving on Friday and had his transmission rebuilt to ensure a trouble free trip.  The road to Bonneville can be a long one if you have trouble on the road.  I think all of us need to make sure our transmission have been serviced properly over the years and are ready for a long trip.  In my case, I don’t think I have thought about the transmission since it has been installed.  I do check the fluid but have never had it serviced.  Bob O’s man found lots of metal from the converter in the pan which means the converter is on its way to the rebuilder.  Dark and dirty fluid with metal shavings in the pan are definitely not a good sign for longevity.  If you check your fluid today and it is the normal clean reddish color you should be ready to go.  Heat is the biggest problem with transmission failure in the automatic components which can be cured with a separate cooler, not the lower radiator tank that comes on your Walker radiator.  I had Lucy’s transmission rebuilt and added a 24 inch aluminum cooler log in the side frame rails away from the exhaust system.

The weather is on the cool side so I may do some  more painting today.

Stay Tooned!


In the 70’s Coleman painted my 34 tudor and he was driving this mint 5 window.  Here he is at Louisville this year in the same car. He is 6′ 5″ and crams himself into his coupe for some serious trips.  I don’t know where he puts his feet.  Nice coupe.

I saw this 29 hiboy phaeton at the LARS this year and now he is in Louisville.  Lil John used to call these cars reachers.

Everyone likes the 3 window model 40 but the 5 window is no slouch in my book.  Note the front fender tire relationship.  Perfect.

Tim told me his customer was bringing the 40 Woody to Santa Barbara on August 20th for all of us to enjoy.

Tom is taking his 333 car to Bonneville to have Justin do the spinout thing again this year.  I can’t imagine what 200+ mph feels like in the little red Deuce.

Tom also built this one for the Mariani family to set some new records.  He has a new car this year but I don’t know if it is finished.

I love this photo of the spectator’s ride sitting on the Salt waiting for the photographers.

I am working on Andre a little and need to modify the front crossmember for the fuel pump clearance.  Gene also did the driver’s side in case he wants to add power steering.  Yes, people are still building solid axle front suspensions.

If I don’t run out of time I hope to primer the rear end for Andre today.  I always use the 57-59 Ford SW rear ends with the smooth back and large bearings.  I am still finding them at the swap meets and they are far less expensive than a new Currie which is over $2K from TCI.

Today’s Perfect 40 coupe….dreaming!

Once in a while a perfect black 40 coupe comes along and really catches my attention.  I saw this one on the HAMB and it was love at first sight.  The black wheel thing with no hubcaps is from my era.  Note the flawless black paint.  Henry would have been proud of this one.

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