Didn't go to show #11 yet but spent some quality time with the grandkids last weekend. Between shows I've had some small projects to work on when not making repairs. Some are just for fun and others more useful. A couple of these are that I tried my hand at outlining the logo on the tailgate but haven't worked up the nerve to try stripping it yet. Also it occured to me in the middle of the night that I could use a luggage rack on the bed to carry chairs or whatever when I have a passenger. The rack will protect the bed rails and the bed cover. I made it from a salvaged aluminum shelf piece and bent 1/2 inch conduit. It only needs the ubolts strimmed and the foot caps siliconed on. I wasn't able to load the pic of the tail gate letters but maybe they will show in this picture.
No long drive for this show, just about a half mile to the annual 4th of July car show. The weather was as one would expect, hot and humid after yet another over night storm. There were 97 entries with a good mix of types, something for everyone. This is one of the few shows I've been to with cash awards for the top picks. Met up with friends I hadn't seen yet this summer and caught up with projects, car swaps, and very interesting trades. One involved a 3 legged goat and a 23 T coupe. The show wrapped up with an invitation to cruise to celebration at our local park. Going to miss next weekend's show but the following weekend offers another chance for a three-fer.
After successfully getting to Indy and back with no casualties I took the hot rod out the next day and went to another new show. This one about an hour's drive over into Indiana. Lots of flooded fields along the river but the roads were clear. The town square held about 90 cars in the show put on by the Shifters car club. There were only a couple of familiar cars and lots of new ones to see. The weather was the same as we've had lately, over night storms and then clear for most of the day with another storm due late. The Shifters did an excellent job with the show and judging and gave the awards early before "anyone gets wet". A good trip and several interested spectators.
A good friend was able to reweld the caliper brackets, I had him do both sides. So I picked up friend Bill and we drove two hours to Indy for the Road Rocket Rumble. Some really interesting cars there, a lot of rat rods. Not traditional - rat rods. But many well done traditional cars too and many fine customs. On the whole it was a good day, visited with a grandson who was showing his grandfather's 1950's rail dragster. How cool is that? The weather held off, hot and humid. Had lots of picture takers and several questioners. My only real complaint would be the complete total lack of any kind of parking organization. There was some concern if we could get out at the end of our stay. Now I've been there, and I would say it was pretty much what I expected.
I had planned to take in the three shows this weekend but yet another bunch of storms has some through central Illinois and didn't go to the evening cruise-in Friday. Saturday morning I kept an eye on TWC and it was yellow and red to the west and more behind that. Called my friend Bill and told him it looks pretty bad but later he called back and said the other were going. So I guess we were committed or should be maybe. It was very wet and lots of muddy splashes on the back road we took but we made it. Not many others did. I felt bad for the event organizers but they were game and gave everyone a couple of door prizes and a trophy. Of course the weather finally turned sunny that afternoon after we started leaving.
The first photo was taken at Bill's place in the rain with our chairs strapped on the bed. His ride is coming along slowly waiting for the engine rebuild/swap.
I'm posting this after having not been able to drive the hot rod to the third show of the weekend and yes it rained again. The real reason is that as I was backing out of the garage the recently replaced disc brake caliper bracket broke. It's always an adventure!! It's scary that I've been trusting my life and a friends to my poor welds. This time it goes to a pro for safe welds. I hope to have it all back together in time to make it to the Road Rocket Rumble in Indy t his weekend.