My next show was held at a small country church just a few miles away. We can't seem to avoid high 90s temps but this day looked to bring some much needed rain. Of course it didn't show up but it did cool off a little, making for a nicer day. I will confess that other than getting to attend another car show (on my way to #100) one of my main reasons was the advertised free ice cream. Serve this up with cool cars and friends and a good drive and it dosen't get any better. I have been very lucky lately to receive some unique trophies. This church show had a top 35 (about half the attendance so even I got one) and the awards were chunks of granite that had been engraved--how cool is that. And much appreciated along with the ice cream!!
As planned I drove about sixty miles or so up to Fuzzy's home on this Saturday and followed as he guided the way to a first time for me show. This was a mid-town venue and after we finally found the location on Main Street we both backed in and set up. It seems most towns these days have lost the old main street feel of being in the center or heart of a town. The main businesses have all left main street. This was a good show in several ways, a new town, a different route/drive to get there, and new unfamiliar entries and people. We had another 100 degree day and kept adjusting our seating to avoid the creeping sun into the small shade we shared with several other show participants. The show was well run and accommodating and I enjoyed the day a lot, met some interesting car people and shared stories. Happily the drive there and back was uneventful even though extremely hot. And once again really enjoyed the experience of tooling down the highway with another hot rod.
The second show this weekend and again temps over 100. Attendance was down because of this I'm sure, plus the fourth of July was a couple of days away. This is a home town show for me. As in the past there were some outstanding rides entered, and good crowds in spite of the heat enjoying the fine machines. Inspired by my late friend Richard Gard the show hosts got together to make the trophies from car parts and wood. I had often talked to Bobby, the main man, and tried to encourage him in this and referred him to places I had seen where these types of trophies were shown. These awards are so much more liked than factory made plastic. I didn't think of it as a big thing but at the show I was given one of the trophies as a home town pick. I very much appreciated the honor. As you can see it's four barrel carb mounted on valve springs with a cool air filter (which even better has a cool story behind it). The old guys had a great day and took the heat in stride.
In spite of the 100 degree heat this was a two show weekend. I finally managed to put the broken rear brake back together after having ordered almost every part wrong in an attempt to improve. The trip was of course also a test to see if everything worked and all went well. I was even able toguide the little chevy gasser to the small town hosting the show. All of the entries agreed that we would gladly drive home in the rain. We are a foot behind average and desparatley need rain. Anyway a goodshow, if small, hosted by good people. There was no entry fee and lots of door prize goodies in Redmon IL., you should all go next year.
This fathers day car show was in it's forty something edition I was told. Again hot and dry even though cloudy off and on with pretty fair breezes. Exactly one year ago this day the right rear disc brake bracket broke on my way to the show. This time when I made it almost home (just three blocks short) from the Saturday show planning to go to the Father's Day show Sunday, the right rear disc brake broke again. Not the bracket this time but the aluminum "hat" that fastens to the brake rotor. It shattered, and pieces that didn't fall out jammed in the wheel, lots of gouges in the inside rim. I have no real explanation why, I've had lots of trouble with this corner. Had to replace the bracket, the caliper was replaced when it kept locking up, and the pads gave out due to the over heating from that. All of this probably helped plus too stiff suspension on rough roads. Fortunately I was just a short walk from home and retrieved a jack and my F150. The wheel was removed in the entrance to a parking lot about 100 feet from where it all broke. After the wheel was off and the now junk "hat" was removed the problem was could the hot rod be driven home. The solution turned out to be using zip ties (the new bailing wire) to hold the rotor up in the caliper so that it didn't ride on the wheel and the axle and cause even more trouble. Well it worked and I was able to drive the three blocks home, of course I still had to walk back to get my truck and jack. Replacement parts were ordered right away, this time with a steel "hat".
I've never claimed to be smart so it's easy to outsmart myself. The steel ''hat" needed a spacer due to the wrong back space and that left no lug for the wheel. So...reorder what was originally there including a new rotor. The bracket was checked every way possible and squared up with the rotor and the axle and the floor, as well as squared with the slide bolts. When it all gets back together there will be longer hat bolts with lock nuts and locktite. Hopefully the rod and myself will only have missed a couple of shows, but I don't think I will go to any car shows on Fathers Day next year.