I've mentioned before that the 350 in my hot rod has been running hot. Really don't understand why. The radiator was replaced after the leaking old one couldn't be fixed. The plan was to also install an electric fan to help as the belt driven one was very low due to engine placement. There was some trouble with the powered fan after a lost nut. I ran without the fan installed as a test of the radiator and it held 180* temp on it's own...moving. After reinstalling the electric fan the engine stayed at about 200* but edged a little higher some. I wondered if the fan blocked more air than it was pushing (1000 cfm). After checking with my usual consultants it was suggested a fan shroud might help and changing to a 160* thermostat. That became the plan. I used a universal fan shroud from Speedway and drilled air holes in the brace area for more cooling. Hopefully all this will also stop the puddles left by the overflow tank. Now after an eighty mile round trip to an evening car show...left in the hottest part of the day, and the temp varied between about 185 to 200*. But went no higher. There was also no evidence of overflow. So I guess it's a little cooler?!?!?
I have been alternating between working on my garage addition and the hot rod. The garage has finally gotten to the point where it's ready for the metal roof and the siding (which I saved from the original), but at least I can use the space now and not need to climb over the tires to get around.
The weather was good, the trip short, and there was free ice cream, how cool is that? This was a small show put on by a small town church as a fund raiser for the church fund. The event brought in over sixty entries, with a range from pure stock to highly modified. A good breeze kept the warm temperature manageable and it didn't rain. After the church service there were games, door prizes, and even a hula hoop contest. Of course the real reason we were there was the offer of free ice cream and water melon. Several of the shows this summer have featured home made awards (I think they're the best!) but this show has some very unique trophies. One of my pictures is the trailer filled with engraved chunks of granite and sandstone which were given out for the various awards. Way cool! Mine probably weighed 5 pounds. On other subjects, still have the heat problem, for which I'm installing a fan shroud and changing to a 160* thermostat.
The third show on Sunday was in my home town just a mile away. I was honored that back in the spring the guy that puts the show on asked if I would consent to having my hot rod on the dash plaques (like I would say no). He likes it and I'm local and he has driven along to shows with me a few times. It was a surprise for the rest of the ''old guys'' who suggested bribery. Here again rain changed the plans. We have had a lot and while I was away at the show the day before it rained some more at home. The entries were moved from a large wet grassy area to paved lots around the traditional site. Attendance was good with more cars than were expected considering the forecast and wet conditions, but the rain didn't show and a great day was enjoyed be everyone. Fellow ''Old Guys'' were awarded. Bill in his class and Fuzzy with a special home made award.
Fellow ''Old Guy'' Fuzzy was helping with his car club's show an hours drive north on Saturday. The weather looked iffy with chances of more rain. The day was overcast but seasonal which may have slowed the entries arrival. It didn't rain and they finally showed up, most came after my pictures. The turn out ended at near 100 entries with several exceptional cars. My only gripe was the lack of an ice cream vendor at the celebration surrounding the car show, although the pulled pork BBQ was excellent. The radiator temperature has stabilized at 200* too high even with ''temperature reducing'' additive and the electric fan but no noticeable problems yet. Another show tomorrow but it's only a few blocks away from my garage.
After watching the Independence Day parade in my home town I took the hot rod about an hour south for another town's 4th of July celebration car show. They have had just as much rain as the rest of the area so the show was moved from the grassy park to near by parking lots. Even though some what spread out and a little crowded conditions the show was a success and well attended with many of the area's finest rides. As usual there were many car show friends to visit with. After five years of taking my hot rod to shows I often meet the same people. The trip was uneventful other than a strange rattle I thought due to the rough roads of east central Illinois but it turned out to be loose header bolts. I hadn't retightened after reinstalling them some time back. The temp gauge has settled some although still too high for me at 200*. Going to look into a shroud, after this weekends three car shows.