Went to our local show held along with the Popcorn Fest and had a good day, at least the drive was short. There was a pretty good turn out considering that it rained right up to time for registation. I think there were about 100 cars participating. I tried for group shots but again with out a lift it's hard to get very many at once. There was a good mix from hot rods and antiques to relatively new cars. And free popcorn! The last photo is a friends ride that was there and came by my place after. This has been the ninth show I've attended since the hot rod was ready.
Since the last post about shows I have been to another local show, only about 50 or so participants. The weather was better than it looks. As usual met interested and interesting people. I tried for a whole group shot but couldn't arrange it, too spread out. Last weekend a friend and I went down to the Frog Follies in Evansville, IN.. The best pre '49 show around. Great day! I would guess there were over 4000 participants, more than I have ever seen there. Had trouble finding a place to park, and the 350 got a little hot waiting in line to get in the front gate. I picked up a couple of terminal blocks to replace my home made ones and looked into latch install kits. No trouble on the trip going or coming. Although the weather was cool I could tell a great difference in how hot it was in the cab, thanks to the new insulation. My friend and I are both a little hoarse trying to talk over the noise from the header mufflers..but I guess that's hot rodding.
To finish up the carpet install I mounted metal sill plates at the doors. I used house stair aluminum pieces as the original truck had none.
Another problem that has cropped up is the vent on the fuel cell, or lack thereof. I had a cap on the fitting for the return line which served as a vent, but noticed that when gassing up it would squirt fuel out when I put on the cap due to pressure in the tank. My son fabbed up a hose with a vent fitting which I have fastened on the tank fitting. Having no better place to run it I crossed the tank and secured it to the lid hinge. It should be long enough to stop the leak and let the fuel return to the tank.
The last few weeks I've spent any where from forty minutes to five hours riding in my hot rod going to car shows. Even with the short trips it gets really hot in the cab. I had a layer of the foil bubble wrap kind of insulation on the inside of the firewall and now I have added a layer of the foil and rag style. I covered the cab floor and up the firewall about to the top of the cowl. I then bought some dark brown indoor/outdoor carpet and covered the floor and about half way up the firewall. The kick panels will help hold it up and the oilpan consol should serve to hold it down. I used no glue as I will probably need to remove the floor at some point.
This show was lots bigger, about 150+ rods, customs, and restored. I occurs to me too late that I should try to get pictures of the size of the shows. This show was pretty much the same in that there were people asking why I did what I did, many liked what I did or ask questions about construction. I have noticed that most people smile when they see it, should I be concerned about that? Talked with several street rodders back from the Nats who were unhappy with the year changes. The trips have been ok even with the awful rural Illinois highways. The only casualty is a loose connection for the dash lights which I am fixing.