Wow, has this site gotten screwed up. Any way, awhile back I drove up to Clinton IL, ( a two hour rough drive) to have the famous California pinstriper, Von Hot Rod, do more work on my hot rod. I showed him where I wanted the stripes and what I wanted. I gave him the option to refuse as I didn't know if the reach was too much. He was game and I pulled in as soon as he finished a sharp Model A sedan. Last year he did the tail gate and I wanted similar lines just under the rear window, across the cowl, and some work inside. He was great! The work over the bed was laid out and part was done by standing on the 4-bar bracket and working almost upside down. It matched really well, fantastic! The cowl required a reach across the hood while standing on a front tire, again terrific! The orange was a little dark for the new cedar panel over the windshield but I love it anyway. Great work by a great and talented man, Von Hot Rod Valdez.
The car shows have been piling up lately, and I have been slow to post. The Old Guys with Hot Rods cruisin society have been to several outings that we organized as trips not to car shows but usually to eating places. We went over into Indiana to an old time hangout/soda fountain. The local car club helped out by showing up blocking off parking. The owners had waitresses in 50's costumes and everyone had a great time. When we all went to an old show back in their original location we made the whole row and eighteen OG's show up. I turned up at a local club's cruise night and followed them around through their town to all of the old places. We also gathered at a roadside eatery that opened just for us. There were lots of choices for shows around the fourth of July but I only made it to one as the others were rained out
The weather has been cooperative these last few weeks, and it seems as if there are more car shows that ever before. I have been able to get around for several. Had a little shifter issue but that's fixed thanks to a small stop bracket that I made. The B&M shifter that I use is the street rod version and has no real way to prevent going straight from any gear into reverse. I needs some kind of lockout, especially when shifting up to neutral. The bracket keeps me from going down to second manually, so that I don't over shift going to drive (and straight through to reverse).
I was able to attend a few small shows and meet up with friends in the cooler weather, but now it has turned to real summer with 90 degrees.
The weather pattern has been pretty bad lately with rainy weekends so there have been fewer outings in the hot rod. Some fixes and adjustments to the timing and wiring have done a great deal toward making my hot rod run better and be more fun to drive, more the way it was. So I guess the 22 thousand miles have had some wear and tear. Better grounding now and re-setting the timing and it runs like a top. The trips to the next four shows were a relief and a lot more fun. Our non-club the Old Guys with Hot Rods have been meeting pretty regularly at shows or for the cruises to shows. The cold wet weather has turned warm and dryer, and the shows are stacking up too many on the same weekend. Now we can really get down to it.
We have had typical spring weather here so a couple of hot rod outings have been canceled due to rain and storms. This weekend started fine and we all made it to the show before the rain came in late in the afternoon. Several of us met for breakfast and then drove over the the park for the show where we met more of the Old Guys. It turned out to be a fine day. I have been fighting a problem that I still have not fixed. There have been really slow starts when the engine is hot and I've gone through the system from front to back. A new battery was installed and the cables checked out, the starter was pulled and tested, and the timing was adjusted. This last drive has shown that it may need more timing as it doesn't run as well as it did even with the slow starts. So now re-time and see if I can get the carb settings balanced. I plan on three trips this coming weekend so hopefully things will come together.