Each day when your are retired you must come up with something to keep your mind and body active. Â The “Office” is a good place to start as you can certainly hear a lot of opinions of how to fix something on your Hot Rod. Â Today was no exception. Â The U-joint failure at an early stage makes everyone wonder what could be wrong with the car. Â The driveshaft, pinion angle, rear end lash, we discussed all the possibilities. Â I decided that I would stop by NAPA and pick up a new 1310 series U-joint and some other items I needed for Lucy. Â I came home and started right to work on Ruby while she is in the garage in case I don’t finish the project today.
Removal of the driveshaft was relatively easy once the car was jacked up in the air. Â The joint always fails on the u-bolt side never on the yoke side which leads me to believe the problem may be in the u-bolts. Â They were all very tight except one which was loosened a little. This is the cap that failed so I took a closer look and the u-bolt was almost cut in half from the wobble in the joint. Â Ruby has an eight inch Ford rear axle with a 1310 series u-joint and the u-bolts fit the yoke as they should so I need to determine why the sudden failure. Â I also am going to have the new joints installed with a press not a hammer to see if that helps.
I had several comments about yesterday’s 34 roadster and did I have any more photos or information. Â I really don’t know anymore but will ask Tom who sent me the photos to see if he can locate the owner for a feature. Â I like the car also but still rank Rodger’s at the top of my list for models 40 full fendered roadsters. Â I know of two 34 roadster projects that are coming up for sale but my ship is still in the horizon.
Here is a stock seat in a delivery. Â I like plain and simple but would need arm rests for my body on long trips.
Here is another delivery with a stock seat and stock pattern done in vinyl. Â The deluxe dash and woodgraining don’t look bad either.
Here is a rare bird and I don’t want to own one these Siebert Hearst conversions as I am not ready to go just yet.
Here are the correct stock seats for a delivery. Â Hard to locate and not very comfortable. Â Dash looks good in this one but arm rests are too high up for my wife to use. Â Yes, she goes with me to the events.
Here is the Classic Instrument version of the 40 standard dash panel. Â Very nice and would look good in a delivery.
Tom had his beautiful 40 coupe in Steve’s booth for all to admire. Â This one deserves a second look especially underneath.
Here is a classic hiboy back in the 80’s. Â Wescott body on a stock frame and chopped windshield. Â This was the way to go in that era. Â I had one real close to this one in 1980 while living in NH. Â I wonder what happened to the car.
This gold 40 pickup wowed them at P-Town this year. Â Looks like a flat motor under the hood. Â I love it.
Today’s 5 window…..dreaming!
Here is a Hot Rod for all of us to dream about. Â I have not seen the finished version but I hear it is perfect in “Black”. Â Someday!