Well as hard as it is for me to believe I made it to the Nats, about 200 miles of bumps, shakes, rattles, holes, and heat. My hot rod is very much like riding a motorcycle, hot, uncomfortable, noisy, and lots of fun. Got registered after missing the turn, found the show after missing the turn, and took time to look around and enjoy before going on to my son's home another 30 miles on past L'ville. Up to this point the only casualty was that the right turn signal won't work.
I finished the new mounts for the headlights. They are smoothed into the frame and seemed to hold very well. Just got them done in time to take in another local car show about 40 miles away. At least there were no casualties this time. These trips are fun but the main reason is road testing as the plan is to leave Friday the 7th (Aug) for L'ville for the NSRA Nats. I really want to drive into this one as it will be last REAL St. Rod Nats. It will be about a 200+ mile trip, each way. I've tightened and fixed and repaired and tightened again on every thing I can think of for the trip. Plan on lots of stops to check things over and make sure that I get there.
About the show it was pretty small but as usual I met interested and interesting people. I was out on the fringes and not too many arrived after that. Had a good trip.
After the tubular headlight stand I made cracked and came off I ordered some cast aluminum stands from Speedway. I drilled and countersunk for allen screws, one on top and two on the side. The tube frame is only .125 thick so I thought it would need more for a tap/thread. I cut angle stock and gound to size and drilled it as well. Then welded them to the frame to be tapped. That should make 3/8's thickness for the screws. Now to grind and fill to smooth them out into the frame, prime and paint.
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.