The next day after the Friday ASRA show was an easy 20 mile drive to a small town homecoming car show. I was told this was their first effort at a car show and the weather was questionable (it WANTED to rain but didn't) so the turnout was low but the entrants had a good day and the organizers did a good job. One of my fellow ''Old Guys'' made it in his newly completed '26 model T coupe. We discussed and compared build styles and ideas and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with each other and interested spectators. In keeping with our club motto of ''it's always something'', the constant hammering of Illinois' rough roads a connection for the gauge power has shaken loose so it needs a fix before next weekend's car show.
This spin off association was holding one of their national events over the weekend in Decatur IL. Having never attended any of their shows before I thought it worth a look. They no longer require all entrants to be members so even I was welcome. It was about an hour and a half drive (with no heat problems) not counting the half hour wait for the grain train to unblock the crossing. There were some very fine rides there but surprisingly only about thirty entries during the day on Friday. I had followed a friend who is a member along with fellow ''Old Guy'' Fuzzy Ron and we hadn't intended to stay for the evening so possibly the number of street rods would go up when people got off work on this Friday afternoon. We talked to members and were told that attendance at all of their shows had fallen off. Any way we enjoyed the day and the street rods that were there.
Just five blocks from my garage is the city park where the Popcorn Fest car show is held. I went over early to park in the shade but was not the first there. One of the Old Guys was already parked. Friends from the Wheels car club rolled in and parked next to mine. The day was cloudy off and on and ''fairly'' warm but with a good breeze. Over one hundred entries filled the corner of the park and good crowds wandered through all day. It was a great day. One of the best things about this show was that I got to see the runner-up for Street Rod of the Year (at GoodGuys Columbus). John Fry's '40 LaSalle coupe is astounding and of course rightly won Best of Show. Some time back I posted build pictures of this coupe and it turned out even better than I would have imagined. The rest of the day went well visiting with spectators, friends, and family as well as breaks for a great fish dinner, cobbler and ice cream, and even free popcorn. The drive there and back was uneventful with no heat problems.
We left in thick fog about 5:45am Saturday morning but made the two hour drive to the Frog Follies in Evansville IN without problems. We were early enough to get a prime spot to park next to the entrance road and watched the endless parade of real street rods coming and going past us all day. That is between trips through the crowded fairgrounds to look at the over four thousand entries. Parked next to us was a GoodGuys multi-award winner '36 Plymouth, and saw lots of other high quality rods. I kept my eye on the heat gauge after the fan replacement and reassembly of all the cooling system. It's strange how the gauge varies but stayed under 200. Going to check the timing and vacuum advance next to see if taking some timing out might cool the engine a little or if the vacuum is not working right. Any way there and back again from the absolute best rod show in the midwest.
After driving for hours on the way home from the Nats with my eyes on the heat gauge it was time for a fix. Once again the front end had to come off along with the fan shroud so a new extension could be mounted which moves the belt driven fan to within two inches of the core and fully inside the shroud. Even though it only made about a 1/4'' difference the electric pusher fan was remounted on the inside of the brackets. A new expansion tank was added on new mounts as well. I'm too embarrassed to say why this was necessary. The test drive was on a cool rainy evening to a car show about half an hour away. The temp stayed at 175 both ways, but not sure if this was due to low outside temps or to a working cooling system. Our non-club has a sort-of motto ''it's always something'', in this case it applies to the fan making contact with the lower radiator hose clamp screw. Even though it didn't show up when turning the fan by hand to tighten the fan mount bolts. I needed to loosen and turn the clamp when I discovered the damage at the show. So, here we go again, a new fan is ordered.