This show was pretty close to home, another spring celebration. I drove from clear sky into a sudden rain and showers returned a couple of times which kept some wiping down and closing up over again. The day developed into a nice one and the show grew in participants with a good crowd for the show and the fair both. I didn't make the top 20 but was told by the show manager that I came in second for one of the "special" awards. Of course there was no second place lol!
This show was a little more than an hour away and rain was forecast and it looked as if it would. Once again the turn out was low due to the forecast and this was, I think, the first year for this show as part of the town's spring celebration. Not enough cars for the top 25 even though it only sprinkled once. My ride is unusual for this area and so gets quite a lot of interest and photos. The bright color helps I'm sure. No trouble on the trip there and back home, then I even washed the hot rod to put it away for a show the next day.
I would like to give a plug to some great guys who went out of their way to help me. As I said in my last post, while at a car show at Lake Land College in central Illinois a man approached me and pointed out that there was a cracked weld at the end of the tank on my aluminum radiator. When we looked at it he offered to repair the broken weld in the school shop as soon as the show was over. Another instructor was called over to consult and a closer inspection showed the same bracket was also cracked at the bottom. So the best solution was to pull the radiator. I made an appointment for two days later to match their schedule and give me time to remove it. I showed up on time at the classroom/welding shop and an hour later the instructor, John Gentry, had tig welded all the cracks (another had shown up on the other side) plus some reinforcing. The deal had been that I would give a donation to LLC welding club for the fee. When asked how much he quoted an amazingly low amount and I objected and gave him over twice as much for my donation. Well worth it to me. I tried to add rubber vibration protection at all the mounts to hopefully prevent more cracks. All is back together now and ready for the road.
I finally made it to the first show off my list.What with the drive shaft repairs and the fan rattle issues I've missed about four shows so far. Some were due to rain, I'm not complaining 'cause at least my town and garage are not flooded like so many. The first show I made it to was at Lake Land College in Mattoon IL for their 14th annual show. It rained most of the trip about an hour away but the weather turned and it was a great day. The turn out was lower than last year due I guess to the early rain, that may have been why I got a 2nd place trophy. The show crew tried to give as many entries a trophy as they could. Still there were lots of class cars and trucks there. The trip was uneventful although it was pointed out to me that there was a crack in the aluminum mounting bracket on my radiator. I'll post next about the repair but I will say that the welding instructor who found the crack offered to reweld it as soon as the show was over.
I haven't posted in awhile as the winter fixes were done and pretty much just waiting for the first chance to go to a show or cruise. I planned to attend a cruise-in on Friday April 8th so the Sunday before I backed the hot rod out and washed it. Then went for a drive, the first since rebuilding the disc brakes on the rear axle. Drove about 30 minutes, both highway and back roads. Fortunately I was only going about 30mph close to home when the drive shaft broke loose. I hate it when I do something stupid, evidently when the rear axle was reinstalled I must have screwed up the needle bearing on the rear u-joint and it let go, taking out the panhard bar and the shaft. I reordered everything from the tranny back and had the parts by the end of the week but too late to "cruise". Every thing went back together finally but I had to do a little trimming on the inside of the 9" yoke to fully seat the new u-joint (this may have been the real problem). Now it's all buttoned up and after another test drive where I stopped several times to check the joints and the other stuff that had been removed, that job appears to be done.
While doing the checks on my test runs I noticed an odd rattle at the front of the engine. Back in the garage a good look showed that the fan was able to move without the pulley turning any. So off it came and the holes were ovaled in the pulley. Ordered a new one, my son did some machine work on the aluminum spacer as it was not fitting against the pump shaft. Now all is tight and quiet.