Awoke this AM to 60 degrees. First warm day with me not being sick. So I took down the Christmas lights.
But I did get to work on the car.
If you look back to posts 153 through 156, you will see that I have to make some mods if I want to use the Northern universal radiator if I want it to fit.
I positioned the top of the radiator so that it would clear the hood. I could have moved it up a little bit more, but I would rather have a little extra clearance in case I need to adjust things later.
At the bottom, you can see that if the tank is going to recess into the core support, it is going to have a lot of meat cut out.
At this point, I am not sure if this is going to work. The good news is that I have 3 core supports - the rusted out one that came with the car, a pristine one, and the one I am working on here which is solid but a little beat up. I figure if I can't get this to work, I will use the pristine unit and buy a much more expensive custom fit radiator.
OK, the Henry J wasn't in the swap meet, but the owner came to shop. Good looking car and I like Henry J's.
Finally, I thought I would show what I bought while I was there. My boss reads my journal and he gets a kick out of my trips to swap meets.
I got outside and inside rear view mirrors and a headlight switch for my 41.
I also got 4 Vise Grips. All but the sheet metal set are the old, made in the USA pieces. Figured I should grab them up while they were available. I needed the sheet metal unit so I took a chance with the made in Taiwan stuff. I will see how they hold up.
Finally, I got 3 t-shirts for $2 ea. I will use them for work shirts. I didn't photograph them because looking at pictures of plain red t-shirts is sort of like watching paint dry.
Things that make you go hmmmmmm. The Z/28 had 327 emblems on the scoop. HMMMMM. Makes you wonder if the red one actually was a Yenko.
One word - HEMI!
A very clean 66 Sport Fury. 383 Auto. Nice at $4500 OBO.
This was a well constructed rat rod. A 29 sedan body (turned into a phaeton) on a deuce frame. Flatty and a quick change. Looked safe but didn't have anything fancy in the interior and the body would require a ton of work in order to wear anything other than the primer. A nice job at $18,500.
What better way to get into a rod than to go with something other than a Ford. This 47 Plymouth could be had for $1000 (maybe less if you haggled). Drop a 360 and a Torqueflite or maybe a new Hemi and go cruising.
OK, after the 56 (entry 167), this is the car I would have dragged home if I had unlimited funds and a wife who understood my car addiction. A bullet nose 50 Stude. 2 door to boot. $1500 OBO!
The 49 Club Coupe was a good looking car but the paint had some road rash. $19,500
Since my drag car was a 60 Chevy 2 door wagon, I have a soft spot in my heart (and my head) for 60 2 doors. This one was the right color for OK. It looked like some rust was under repairs on the trunk lip (I am pretty sure this is a common place for them to rust). The right rear wheel house also had some Swiss cheese holes. $10,000.
The 50 Ford PU also needed some work. The filled in cowl vent would scare you to death. But, I think it was a deal priced at $3500.