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.
Typical spring in east central Illinois, we have had low forty degrees and seventies on alternating days. I have managed some outings with the hot rod. In mid March a few of us cruised to lunch for a ''catch up visit'' to share winter progress and even found a new fix-it in a leaking fuel line. Friend Fuzzy and I met up for breakfast to look over his new seats and upholstery in his '31 Chevy. The trip to a local swap meet was forty three degrees but sunny and a welcome break from several rainy days. A bunch of Old Guys gathered at the Wabash river for a cruise to the first warm sunny car show of the season. Temps in the high seventies got our spirits up for the car show season. We were all more than ready.
Spring is slowly coming and fortunately there was not a lot of winter work to do on my hot rod. The Old Guys as a group had a mostly non-eventful winter, there were some projects that moved forward, interiors updated, engine changes, suspension fixes, and parts cars brought in. We even sent one of my home made trophies with an Old Guy to give as our ''choice pick'' to the W.O.W. car show in Indy. Mostly we met up as a group for meals here and there. A test drive in the hot rod for breakfast was good although I couldn't tell if the spring deletion changed anything but at least it's not worse, and it cured the header paint. We've had a lot of fun with the cruise to eateries and plan several more for the season. There were no long distance trips last summer but still put just over 2600 miles and 38 car shows in the log including my 200th. Looking forward to the next.
I have been working and playing with various projects and fixes. On the hot rod, I have tried out an idea that I have had for some time. No one has ever given me an answer when I have asked about this so thought to just give it a try. The idea is to remove a couple of leaf springs from the front axle to see if it softens the ride any. I took out the top two leafs which being the shortest I thought would be the stiffest and so ease the hit and bounce and let the shocks work better. Don't know yet how it will work. While the front end sheet metal is off the headers are getting their annual repainting and I may try a little body work on the bottom of the cowl. Just for a fun project I have had a silk screen made of our Old Guys logo and printed a bunch of shirts and shop towels. Last summer I made a quick banner to put up on a canopy at the Frog Follies and now it has been repainted, looks lots better than it did.