The disc brake bracket from Speedway needed to be modified for clearance on the axle hub. In order to center the rotor in the caliper the bracket needed to fit up against the flange at the end of the axle tube. The retaining plate stud heads were in the way as well and cut outs were made to clear them. The whole point of this was to rotate the caliper back to put the bleeder at TDC, which I should have done better in the first place, 5000 miles ago. The brackets are tacked on and test fit to clear the rims, center the rotor, and now need finish welding. Thanks again to all the guys on the forum for advice about welding on the rear axle housing.
The first winter fix has been to replace the gasket in my Ford 9" rear. I used the wrong sealer when it was put together the first time and the gasket leaked. So new metal gasket and sealer this time. While I was in there I found what turned out to be pieces of a rolled pin in the oil. Checked and found the location and replaced it too. I have no idea why it would have broken unless the guy that did my overhaul hit it once too hard. I could find no other damage, from the pin or anything else.
Now it's on to the disc brake brackets. They need to be clocked back for better bleeding.
I drove about an hour and a half over into Indiana for a show at Vincennes University. It was a cold drive with temps about 25 and of course no heater in a hot rod, plus there are still lots of air leaks. Even at that it was a beautiful day. This was my first time here and there were a 100+ cars and trucks. This show goes pretty much unadvertised but is well worth the trip. The auto shop classes put it on and judge the entries. There is also a chance to run on the dyno which was taken advantage of by several people. How about a 1000hp Chevelle? Talked to many about their projects and enjoyed the day. I highly recommend this show to anyone. Now back home it's time to start the winter "fixes".
This show was another fall festival in a direction/area I hadn't been to yet in hopes of seeing new cars. 60-70 cars and trucks were parked just off the town square with lots that I had never seen. The weather was cool and windy and there was a good local crowd. Had some good conversations about other rides as well as mine, saw some really interesting projects, and enjoyed the day. I was even able to get info on the next (last) show I can find to attend, which weather permitting will be next weekend at Vincennes IN.
I've been having lots of trouble posting pictures lately, due to my computer which now won't even let me on the internet. Fortunately I'm able to use one of my son's, although probably not so exciting for the one or two people who check my posts. The "show" I went to was an all car enthusiasts picnic at a local state park. My friend Bill and I pretty much just drove in and right out again. We did visit shortly with a couple of car show friends and exchanged ideas about where to go next time. Then it was back to Bill's to look over the start of his winter rebuild. He plans to remove the T style rear spring on his hot rod and replace it with coils and shocks. The rear frame will extend with 2x4 tube and cross members with allowance for the gas tank and battery. Plans also call for trimming the lower bed sides, adding a model A tail gate, and floor of wood. At this point the final "look" will be light blue with wide whites and chromies and possibly low stake sides. If the weather holds there are but two more shows planned.