Cold weather is setting in. I have re-thought taking the body off the frame and working on the floor. It is going to be too cold to paint, so I decided to put that off til spring.
I decided that the brake lines and fuel lines would make a good project for over the winter. I started today by removing the stock intake and putting on the Performer I have.
I've seen worse RTV abuse. The engine wasn't too bad; although the bolts had so much they were hard to get out. The manifold was worse. It had gobs of orange RTV everywhere.
The upper radiator hose was cut to length and fitted. The lower hose is going to be a bit more challenging. I need to find a short, 30 deg. angle hose so the lower hose will clear the tensioner and mount.
The temp gauge sending unit and the fan temp sending unit were both installed. I need to pick up a carb spacer and and an NPT bushing for the oil sending unit so the wires for the ignition, oil pressure, water temp, fan control, and electric choke can be terminated.
For you longroof guys, a 60 Studebaker 2 door wagon would make a great rod starting point at $2,950. Unfortunately, after I wrote the description down, I got distracted and failed to snap the photo. Sorry.
My choice for the "I wonder if I could sell the 41 this afternoon and take this one home" award goes to the 51 Henry J. Basically all there in pieces with a new fabbed frame. All for $3,850 OBO. And the seller sounded very motivated to take an attractive OBO.
My choice for second best deal of the meet (behind the tall T) was this 30 A with a 241 Dodge Red Ram. Yeah, it's got a hemi. $21,500.
The 59 Ranchero was in great shape for a car you don't see that often. Nice mild custom would make a great cruiser at $12,500.
Drove across town to the Muscle Car Ranch meet. IMHO, it was a bust. I think they are going more for an "event" rather than a swap meet. They had a semi truck show and live music slated for later in the day. Hardly any hard core car or car parts vendors. Great if that is what you are into, but I want hard core cars and parts.
To sum up - The Chickasha meet was great. Wish I could have picked up some parts for the 41, but que sera sera. It was still worth the trip.
We did see some sales but the mood of the vendors ranged from desperate to sell to depressed. I am afraid the economy is taking its toll. I hope this doesn't keep vendors away next year.
The 70 Opel was rough but complete. Would make a great nostalgia drag car project at $750.
Six deuces! $850!! At that price you could consider the air cleaners and manifold free.
70 SWB wide bed 396 (actually a 402 with 400 badges?) with factory air. Left trailing arm was rusted out, so who knows how much work this would take. Still, a rare old neat truck. At $3,800, it was probably OK. But the seller was motivated and the right offer could have had it.