I have a few more shows I want to go to before I start disassembly for body work and paint, so I keep thinking of little projects like the Von Dutch flying eye. I don't usually keep the hood open at shows but I thought I would just prop it up a little. For this I needed a short (12 inch) prop. Using some aluminum channel from scrap shelving, a short piece was cut to length, drilled with 3/8" holes and beveled with 1/2". A little polishing and adding a short piece of hose to keep it from slipping then a trial fit. I think it works. It sort of plugs into the hood latch on each end
Last weekend went up to the GoodGuys Joliet show. I have a son who lives about half way there so made it a two part trip. I was a little disapointed in the show although plenty of great cars to see. The drags were Friday so couldn't watch them while doing the show. Weather was good Saturday but rained most of the way home on Sunday. The only casualty was my favorite Rod & Custom hat went flying out the passenger side window when a charter bus went past. But home safe and sound.
Was looking through my project sketchbook when I got inspired to make this. I have always started sketchbooks for any project as it helps me think through the choices by drawing out different ideas. I don't want to take away someone else's work but as I will not make more than one or sell any I hope it's okay. Maybe Von Dutch will forgive me for making my own flying eye ball. I cut layers of sheet metal after drawing up a pattern and tacked them at the top. I had two domed washers from some where and put a ball bearing between them and made an "eye". After drilling for the ball I tacked on the washers to hold it in place. Then more tacks and some grinding and a little work with the Dremel tool and an added coupling nut and presto an air filter ornament.
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.