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.
My good friend Richard is an excellent body man and has given me loads of advice and lessons in how to do what I needed for my project. He is also an extremely talented wood worker. His music boxes and original toys are works of art. Having seen some intriguing wood turning at a recent art fair I was inspired to ask about turning a shifter knob for my rod. It has bugged me no end that my attempts at making an interesting shifter have failed big time. So I thought an original knob would do the trick and I was right. From an idea of what I wanted he turned an example from maple which I thought was great. He had me order a laminated blank, set up the lathe and made the initial cuts. Then gave me lessons in wood turning. But most of the work was his, turned, sanded, polished and wax-shellac sealed. I love the result. I put a temporary cartoon covered by plexi in the top relief which will be replaced by a laser cut icon of my garage logo.
Went to another local car show about an hour away. Good group from a local car club, about 50-60 cars, lots of resto and customs but only a few street rods. It was really cool and windy all day but at least it didn't rain. Had fun visiting with friends, making plans for where to go next, and driving the hot rod.