A friend pointed this out at one time and I said and thought it was just an optical illusion-from the way I was parked. However when friend Ray Ballard sent pictures of our drive to the Frog Follies I could see pretty well that the rear axle was way off line. I think that when replacing the broken bracket from the drive shaft u-joint failure, I must not have adjusted the panhard bar very well. I moved the axle with the panhard bar over, drove about 40 miles with no steering/tracking problems and then moved it yet again. The picture shows a clear improvement.
A cool, windy, almost fall like day for a small local show held about 20 miles away at an American Legion. There were only about 30 entrees but some really nice rides and lots of interested spectators. It was a fun day and a good drive and almost everyone left with an award or prize. My carb adjustment seemed to work out. Some weeks back I was getting a pretty rough idle at stops and after changing all the fuel filters and adding treatment, I went a turn and a little more on the idle screw. It was too much as the warm idle was pretty fast and there was some run on when shut off. It may have been loading up as after backing the idle off to about half what I had added resulted in no run on and a better feel at stops with the brake on.
Thanks to hurricane Isaac one of the two shows I planned to attend this week on Saturday was canceled. The second show of the weekend was our home town Popcorn Festival on Sunday and even though misty drizzle was the weather I drove the few blocks over to the local park. Old Guy Fuzzy drove an hour down and joined me and we met with Bill and the others for a damp morning. Isaac finally finished passing through (leaving much needed rain) and the day cleared before noon. The show was less than half the entries of previous years due to the early rain and iffy chances of more. But, we brave souls had a great day and enjoyed the festival food (with peach cobbler and ice cream, and free popcorn) as well. The good news is that the problem with the brake lights is fixed-or at least they work and after a carburetor adjustment turned out to be too much I backed off and that problem may be solved, although a longer drive will tell.
The Frog Follies are always a great show and once again it was much bigger and even better. However this one was also a disappointment. Fellow Old Guy Bill had been thrashing on his '46 Ford hot rod trying to get months of work done in just a few days. Too many untested systems came up to bite him, a serious alignment problem plus yet another engine issue. He couldn't get it done in spite of friends help and had to cancel out. We missed him.
The trip went well, for a two plus hour each way, on antique suspension. Some time in the last few days my brake lights have quit, didn't catch it until leaving town, but buddied up with Fuzzy following close in the '36 Chevy truck. Honorary Old Guy Ray Ballard rode along with us and will post some or all of the one thousand pictures he took on hotrodhotline. We walked for hours and saw hundreds of great pre-49 rides and totally enjoyed the excellent show. I bought a new brake light switch from one of the vendors but it didn't fix the problem so will need to dig deeper. Fortunately no misshaps or other problems there and back. Now to clean and fix for next weekend's two shows and check on Bill's hot rod progress.
After cutting the awards a little short at the first show of the day, I hurried back to and through my home town and drove another 30 miles up to an evening show held for the local food bank. Was really glad to meet up with friend Bill and learn that his rebuilt engine is in and running. So another old guy's hot rod is ready for the street, just needs a little road testing. I don't think it's ready for the Frog Follies yet. This was another good show with plenty of fine rides, good weather, and terrific grilled burgers. Thanks for the fine evening.