I have a habit of not finishing some of my sub-assemblies prior to installing them on my project. A case in point is my recent installation of the proportioning valve in Andre’s brake line system. I needed to double flare one end after cutting it to length. Not a big job but one I put off until this morning. I have owned an Old Forge double flaring tool since the 60’s and have used it over and over again without problems. Today was different. The threaded portion of the clamp finally stripped and failed half way through the process. I went to Harbor Freight and didn’t like the unit they offered ($17) so I stopped by Napa and they didn’t have any in stock. I needed to complete the lines today so I borrowed a Blue Point (Snap-On) set from Bob to complete the job. The tool looks like my old set up but works far superior and makes a better double flare. I know Snap-On is high priced but in the case of brake lines I think I will step up for a new set up. Tools are very important to me and I know I will be building another car in the future, so “invest in the future” is my motto today.

I had a call from one of my viewers today and he asked how do you remove the gas tank from a 39/40 Ford. If you have never done this it can be difficult to figure out how to remove without removing the body. The answer is you need to slide the tank to one side in order for the flange to clear the frame rail and then you can drop the tank down. Spring hangers, tailpipes and other things may need to be removed but the tank does come out from the bottom. Trust me.

I am still looking at woodies for sale and have not given up on finding the dream.

Stay Tooned!


Here is the Blue Point set that I used to do my flaring. All parts, including the adapters are made from hardened chrome plated steel and will last a life time.

When I need inspiration I always look at Brizio’s site. He always has my kind of cars featured. The is Jim’s wagon that he has owned for years. How about that hot rod stance?

Mariani is building a 33 delivery that caught me eye. My first delivery was a 1934 that I drove for several years in MI. I did’t know they were such rare cars or I would have kept it.

Roy has built some very nice woodies in his past. This rare 1942 model is the right color for me.

Mariani also owns this super Deuce hiboy sedan that Roy built. I like the Artillery wheels painted black. I need front frame horns on mine.

No bling, just a classy Chevrolet orange engine and lots of detail. Simple is best in a woody.

An Australian Tub showed up on the Jalopy Journal and looks very solid in the photos. How about a Rodger Bell recreation of his killer black tub of the 70’s? I think his was an Australian model also. (No seams down the back and wood in the doors like a 33/4 roadster.)

I used to sit and study this tub for hours at the various meets in the 70’s. I even called him about how he cut the top which was perfect in my mind. The car came to MN and then went to WA and I have lost track of it in the past few years. I don’t know why they lost their popularity of the 70’s.  Again, simple is best when doing a phaeton.

Here is a woody rear tailgate that I looked at last week. Wood is the big expense on a wooden car. The lack of maintenance has caused the wood to deteriorate and crack. This wood can be saved but at a great expense. Some early woody owners painted the wood to preserve it. It works and can be removed for varnishing.

Here is another view of the same woody that is for sale locally. The wood needs to be bleached and stained. Lots of work, right Bill?

Today’s Deuce!

The Throttlers is this Sunday at JCP and this is a good example of what you might see. Note the steering wheel is on the right hand side.

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