Went to another local car show, about 30 miles away, and met up with a guy I talked to at the lst show I was in. We left for his house to see the truck he is building. Similar in style to mine but all Ford. Lots of engine as you can see.
I was totally unprepared to get a second in the truck class. I think there were only five or so. Had some issues on the way back home. Rural highways in east central Illinois are rough to say the least and the vibration finally got to the headlight mounts I had made (and been warned that they wouldn't last). So on the way one of the headlights came off. As soon as I got home I ordered a new set of lights (only come in pairs) and new mounts. Today I also fixed the gas pedal linkage as it was another casualty, and removed the light mounts to make ready for the new ones.
One of my other sons and his family were in town for the Fourth and came to the car show so of course we needed pics of my grandson and grand daughter in the hot rod. Eli got a ride later and says my hot rod is "cool".
I also owe much this son as he did a lot of the critical welding on my project, frame and suspension parts. THANKS!
This is just for fun but I wanted to post these pictures, thanks for your indulgence.
Well my hot rod and I made it to our first car show. All the way across town. Had a good time, got some good comments. The guy that gave me the s10 seat I used set me straight (after some research) on which vacuum boss to use for the vacuum advance. Also talked to a fellow highboy truck builder who knew about the similar truck that inspired me in 1962. After the show I went to my son's and set up the vacuum hoses and he reset the idle, it had jumped up. After a drive all is well--no GOOD. It ran strong, idled, and pulled hard.
I also want to thank my son for giving up his lunch hours to reinstall the intake and get everything running again so his old man could go the car show. THANKS!
I sure am tired of screwing up. The first pic is of the shifter bracket I made to hold the B&M mount firmly to the trans, and then put the original shifter back in instead of my heavy home made one. The stupid thing, it seems as if my using the intake bolts to hold the kickdown cable bracket was a really dumb idea. The popping from the header turns out to be a cylinder miss/not fireing as it should due to a LEAK in the intake letting air in. My son brought in a mechanic who tested spark, plugs, compression, and wires and finally noticed my bracket. Now the intake is off and new gaskets are going on and the cable bracket is not going back on. The number seven cylinder should be much happier now. I can hardly wait to find out what the next trip will show me.
Finally got the brakes fixed, whole 'nother story there, and took some short trips. Around the block first, throttle pedal needed a fix. Next trip a little farther and discovered the right rear brake was locking up and the TH350 was down shifting...shift lever and all. Fixed the brake problem with lots of help from a friend and Midas. Back for another jount, still down shifts. As was mentioned here on the board, the shift lever was too heavy so put the B&M lever back on. Went a few miles this time, all kinds of roads and gravel. Lots of rattles and noises, some strange popping from the header mufflers, and a loose battery cable but made it home. Still don't know if I'll get it to Indy for GG's, but I'll be there anyway.