Made the trip to GoodGuys Indy on Friday, spent the day with friend Bill looking at hundreds of really cool rods, and dozens of vendors. Strangely I was able to park beside a '46 Chevy truck on both days, like a comparison. One of the things I like best about the Indy show is that the drags are there all weekend, not just the extra charge Friday night. As any one who has been in Indiana in the summer knows there ARE going to be rain storms. One came in as we were in the swap meet, by the time we got back to my rod the lines were streaming out the gates so we sat it out and left after the rain had let up. Not to be discouraged by the threat of more rain we drove back again on Saturday (about 500 miles total for the weekend) and enjoyed more hot rods, show rods, drag racing rods, and lots of people who were interested in hot rods. Including mine, as I had several interested lookers and even some compliments. Not that anyone seemed to mind the splattered rained on condition. Even with the weather it's a great show and not to be missed.
Went a little farther afield this time, about 180 miles round trip. The cars filled both side of the streets around the town square plus some side streets as well. Some very impressive rides there with a lot work in them. Not as many mustangs/corvettes and more real modified vehicles. Even still got some good comments about my little effort. The switch fix seems to have worked, at least it started every time. Our rural Illinois roads sure give my primitive suspension a work out, I really don't know if anything is going to fall off or not. Any way great show, good visits, and made it there and back again. Ready for more.
Went to yet another local show over the weekend as we've finally had good weather, sunny and warm. A problem that I thought was fixed jumped up to bit me in the gas station when there was no response from the ignition key. For some reason I can't keep the neutral safty switch adjusted and it won't let the engine start. Which means the consol has to be lifted out to get to the switch. I left it unfastened so that I could start it for the trip home by just lifting up and prying under to the switch. Now what to do to fix it right? It seems to move even though I've tightened it as best I can. I know it's not a good idea to remove it but may.
Just like the rest of the country we've had alot of rain, I kept watching TWC radar to decide if I would drive down to another cruise-in. When the rain evaporated from the radar I thought what the hec I'll go ahead and take the trip even though it's maybe too late. Just barely made it before cars started to leave but had a quick visit with new friends and started back. Due to my tardiness I didn't get any photos so made up a shot of the dash plack on my bug covered windshield.
My friend made up some dash knobs to match the new shifter as well as for the window cranks. Also in the picture is the old belt door pull I made up.
As I just wrote, my friend Richard is multi-talented. He has been in several magazines with his award winning custom motorcycles as well as several wood working publications with his projects and plans. His current projects include a chopper for his wife and this boat tail tricycle with hand formed 'glass body eventually to be in neon yellow green paint and chrome. These are the two shifter knobs he made for me, I think they're terrific! Thanks Richard (photo) for all the help, advice, and friendship.