A friend and I took the hot rod to a swap meet at Altamont, IL. Good trip, lots of venders and lookers, and I scored a better top original grill section for $15. I may try to use this instead of the one on the top of my fabbed grill. There was a small car show as well although we didn't enter, just looked for bargains. The model A belongs to the good guy that cut the glass for my rod. After some visiting and looking we split for lunch and headed home. Still have that intermittant turn signal problem but couldn't find a vender with LEDs. Guess it's back to Speedway. Oh well great day for a drive.
I managed to get all of the things on the list done. Went to a Friday evening cruise-in put on by an area club. Didn't count but must have been 20-30 cars there, cool jacket weather and first of the season. So I was told a pretty good turn out. Got to visiting and didn't get good pictures before the light went, but took some and played with contrast, etc.. Still have issues with the RF turn/park light so am going to a swap meet next Saturday and will look for LED replacement.
As it's only a few days until the first cruise-in in my area (east-south central IL) I have been thrashing to get on the road. I think I've finally fixed the light problem, at least they've been working on my test runs. The carpet and consol are back in and the new door glass is installed. More body work has happened. A good friend in the body business heat shrank (?) the back of the hood to take care of the warpage that I caused when I put in the louver panels. Now the hood is flat and better fits the cowl, plus the gap is much improved. It's great to have friends that know how to do these things...heat shrink metal and cut glass. The next problem and solution is to replace the bearing and seal in the 9" rear axle which over the winter has developed a drip.
Ok, here's the thing. I needed to turn the hot rod around to work on the bed so I backed out of the garage but the trans wouldn't go into drive then. My super-dooper shift lever didn't work. It bent and the holes were egged out not letting it shift. The aluminum was too soft. I gave up making my own lever and put the B&M stick back in. Then I turned around and backed in.
There were stress cracks in the filler on the bed from vibration so the bed rails were welded to the stake pockets to support better and more body work was done.
On top of every thing else it seems that taking out the carpet to "fix" the shifter has created a wire problem, probably at the steering column base where they are bundled and I now have no brake lights. So that is next before more body work. It doesn't look like paint any time soon but I'm still trying. Only about a month until the first scheduled outing. That is if I don't break anything else. It's always some thing isn't it!!
Just catching up on my journal entries. With lots of help I was able to install claw latches and make them work the stock door handles inside and out. The first trip lever maybe worked too well as it didn't take any effort at all to unlatch the door. The second version which used a modified part from the original latch took more movement to trip the latch. Now I feel a little more sure that the door won't unlatch by accident. The latch lever is pushed down by the yellow lever which also attaches to the strap which goes to the inside handle. Now it all works just like stock, only alot better. I also finished up on the hood side by extending the nose down a little which surrounds the grill better I think. Now on to the bed and paint...but time is getting close to DRIVING SEASON. Gotta hurry!!