We finally had good weather for a car show, clear, seasonal temps, and best of all it didn't rain, before during or after. My friend Bill had planned to go along in his '46 Ford truck but some plans just don't work out as one would hope. He has had problems with it before. We made it about half way there when the problems struck again. This time it was a battery that wouldn't hold a charge and left us dead in the road. After several tries to jump start and a side trip for more gas Bill and Sue called for help and sent me on. The show was well attended and some new fresh builds showed up along with many of the usuals. Fuzzy and friends trophied and with the early awards went on to an evening car show down the road. I went to Bill's to make sure they had gotten back ok.
This run was also a test for my hot rod. The electric fan I had just installed along with the new radiator has quit. The fan blade needed to be reversed for mounting on the front as a pusher, I evidently didn't lock on the center nut well as it's gone. So the fan blade doesn't turn. I removed the fan for fixing and to clear the radiator for air passage. I also wanted to know how well it would cool on it's own. It worked great as long as we were moving but while trying to jump start Bill's truck it was over heating. The hot rod definitely needs the electric fan and it goes back on right away.
The fourth show this year was up the road about an hour away, sixty miles or so. My friend Fuzzy is a member of the local car club the ''Wheels'' that puts this event on and it draws from a large area. The entries ranged from several high dollar pro built cars down to the likes of mine. Some Queens but lots of drivers as well. The entries totaled well over one hundred again and filled the streets in the middle of town. A special award was given for this their twenty fifth year for the show. Although it is no fault of the club this date, June 1st, seems to draw rain and just as the evening was winding up, time for the award presentations, it let loose. Not expecting an award I headed for home through a down pour which hid the highway, fogged up the windshield, and made me wonder about holding up some where. But I persevered and eventually drove out of the storm and made it home. The only casualty was the electric radiator fan which has evidently acquired a short and needs new connectors, but has probably been acting up for some time as it would account for the strange heat cycles. Hopefully the weather will give us a break as there are shows to attend every weekend this month.
A beautiful day to spend in a pleasant park on the banks of the Wabash River. The local car club Wabash Valley Rodders put on a fine car show. This is my fourth time at this show, the weather has always been good, the entries excellent and many, and the people friendly and appreciative. One couldn't ask for a more ideal venue, winding streets through plentiful shade with an enjoyable view of the river. The trip was uneventful although gas prices have spiked again thanks to the coming holiday ''in anticipation of high demand'' or some BS. My fluctuating engine temps have stabilized and every one made the round trip safe and sound. Fuzzy and I may skip next weekends shows to visit a junkyard, but the season is well underway and we plan to attend as many car events as we can get to. Adventures in hot rodding.
Several times last summer I would have offered money for rain, would have gladly driven my hot rod home in a summer rain. Now it has turned the other way around and I would pay for some sunny days, settle for a good rain only once a week or so. The second car show this season was at and for a local college's auto shop department. It was spinkling when I backed out of the garage and didn't let up all day. The first stop was friend Bill's. He had worked all week getting his hot rod ready after missing the last show with problems. We got just a couple of miles down the road when the same fuel pump problem came up again. It took a couple of trips back to his place and then we towed his '46 Ford truck back to his garage. We met up with Fuzzy Ron and Tom at the college and mostly endured the constant rain and cool temps til mid-afternoon when the students finally wound it up and gave out their award choices. It was unfortunate that there was a small turn out, we heard that another area show had the same fate. Drives like this are adventures in hot rodding, it's wet and cold and windy but you go anyway. You get to help a friend and see the car show diehards that will be around over and again all season. I also got to deliver a work jacket for my friend Tom on which I had painted his business logo. Made it back home, throwing four rooster tails the whole way, with wet clothes and more good memories.
The day finally came to get the hot rod out and go to a car show. Very cool 40's and windy day, clouds clearing off later. But there's a car show. The first problem was that evidently I have yet another ignition switch about to go bad. When I shut off after a short test drive, I noticed the key was turning too far again and I must have left it in accessory. Yes, the battery was dead the next morning. Had to push the hot rod out and over to the side of the drive and turn my truck around to get the batteries close and jump start. The forty mile drive to a local car club's show and swap meet was fortunately uneventful. The ''Class Pack'' car club holds it's show and swap meet at a fairgrounds with lots of room. Turn out for the show part was up from last year and the swap meet vendors were spread out more due to heavy rain soaking the grounds days before. One of our ''Old Guys with Hot Rods'' sort of club didn't make it due to a mechanical problem but the rest of us enjoyed the day. Some likely trophy making items were bought and lots of visitors were visited with. Fuzzy's '36 bomb trophied again and everyone left for home with plans to meet up in a couple of weeks at another show. My hot rod fired right up thankfully. This time I was more careful shutting down and hooked up the battery tender.