Three of the Old Guys had planned to meet at what was to be the last car show of the season. Fuzzy got there first even after a two hour drive, only to call and stop us most of the way there to say the show had been canceled, too cold, too wet, too late. So the hot rod got washed and put away for awhile. Then I started the first winter job which is to replace part of my garage. Ten or more years ago I had added a new building to the back of the old garage and opened a door between the two. As you can see the old part was full of junk, had a gravel floor and needed replacing. The newer part is still full of junk but when I remove the old and build a new concrete floored replacement I can spread some of the load. Now the old part is in danger of falling down or over, you can see the lean. The siding was stripped off and the end of the newest part has been sealed and the two parts separated. Now to take it down without hitting either building to the sides. Hopefully a new garage the same size will replace it this winter.
The weather from yesterday held on, just as cold and windy but with lots of cloud cover to rob us of what little solar heat there was. This charity sponsored show was held at an O'Reilly's auto parts store lot so space was a little tight but filled. The good cause made some money and the car show friends had a good day visiting and joking with each other. We were fed and goody bagged and door prized so we couldn't really complain too much about the fall weather, it is after all FALL. Plans were made for next weekends last show of the season.
It was another chance to get the hot rod out, so I drove a little over an hour away to another small town fall festival. This day was sunny at least but temps were high 40's and the strong wind didn't make it any better. The fall weather probably accounted for the low turn out, only about 35 entrees. But there were some different cars to see and of course festival food and spectators to watch and visit with. The drive was uneventful considering the really strong wind but it looks as if my radiator leak is back. That goes on the winter list but after I rebuild my old garage. Only two more shows planned for this season.
The Car Enthusiast Picnic is held the third Sunday in October at a local (30 miles away) state park. The day was beautiful, sunny and seasonal which made the colorful leaves even more enjoyable. About 50 cars showed up, from hotrods like mine and fellow Old Guy Bill's to immaculate antiques. The pot luck picnic was enjoyed by most everyone while some of us spent the day talking cars and sharing our projects. I heard about a project being built along the lines of mine, and about caches of old cars. and incredible feats of car building. It was a very enjoyable day and I had a good drive even though Bill ended up limping home with a couple more problems. There are not to many chances left to get the hot rod out.
Got a call from my friend Fuzzy Ron that he had his radiator worked on and needed to replace the the decorative (leaking) show hoses on his 383 powered '36 Chevy hot rod truck. He could use some help holding things up while the fasteners were put in to reinstall the radiator. I picked up fellow Old Guy Bill and we rode in the give him a hand. We pretty much got in each others way but managed to put it all back together and filled and checked for leaks. The aluminum welds on the relocated neck and the new hoses held fine and a quick road test with Bill proved that the Bomb was ready for the next outing. There will even be a better sound system for road company.