No surprise to anyone it's COLD!! I use a little propane tank style heater and it takes a long time to heat my little garage even a little. The new gasket is in, the new disc brake brackets are welded on, and the whole rear end has been cleaned up and painted. I used the same paint that was put on the body and tried to go light coats and hope the cold temps didn't hurt anything. At least it's not as scratched up as it was. I also tried to do a little pinstriping on the pumpkin. Clearly I am not a stripper, but I tried. It's all back under the bed now and ready to bleed the brakes. I of course managed to dig a big scratch in the axle tube trying to lift it off the jackstand dolly. Yet another thing to not do by yourself if you can help it.
I've finally thought of an idea to better align the hood sides with out removing the complete front end. Then the truck needs to be centered in the garage space so I can work from both sides and start lowering the seat.
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.