Roadster/Shop update #2

May 20th, 2012

So I found some more tools!  I bought a stomp shear this weekend and I found a Drill Press the week before.  The stomp shear is a 52″ wide shear- big enough to cut a 4×8 sheet of steel.  The blade is new and has been sharpened… once I get it situated where its going to stay I’ll shim the blade so it cuts even better… but so far it works awesome.  The drill press is a Rockwell floor model.  Standard 110v and works great.

The press gets me pretty excited… looking forward to drilling my axle and whatever else I need to drill.  Right now the only problem is that all of this stuff is stuffed in my garage and I need to get things wired and setup so I can actually use them.

The roadster is pretty much a huge pile of parts right now.  I’m only missing a few parts… a 35 up ford front spring,.. gauges, a 59 Chev gauge cluster and some other minor things.  I finally found a model A frame as well.  I scored some new parts… two pairs of wishbones…  32 wishbones for the front and 36 wishbones for the rear- thanks to Johnny Koller.  He also found me another Hurst Shifter…  which is crazy…   HOTRODJEEP on the hamb sent me a F-1 steering column from Iowa, along with shock mounts and the arm/ball/drag link!  I dunno what I would do without friends.  I realized today that I put the majority of the parts for this roadster back together in less than 6 months…  its kind of amazing…  thanks to you guys!!!!!  :-)



N.O.S. in the box.  You have to wonder how rare this is… how many of these 1960 shifters are left untouched new in the box?  Complete with conversion kit!  Its kind of crazy when you think about it.  I love these shifters… from the box art to the packaging inside… its like stepping back in time.  You have to wonder what the story is on this shifter… was it in a speed shop that closed its doors??? or what?

This… is a really rare intake.  Its a HORNE 4×2 for an early hemi.  I do have part of its story… the kid that used to own it died at 22, he drowned in lake Erie.  He was a machine gunner in a Huey and survived his tours in Nam…  His dad had kept all of his hemi stuff until he himself passed away…  then it resurfaced for sale not long after Jot Horne the original manufacture of this intake passed away.  There is history in all of this old stuff we touch…  there is only so much of this original stuff left.  I hope I can find a good place for this- if I don’t I’m not going to horde it… I’ll pass it on to someone who can use it.  You could build an entire car around an intake like this.  I may run this on the roadster- may not.

I can’t wait to get this thing a roller!

I decided to make some peg board walls for hanging tools.  I made two 4×4 sheets to bring up to Perrys and one 4×8 to hang up at home.  They work pretty good-  The idea is to get everything where I want it and then have a red board with white outlines or shapes where all the tools belong on the board.  I painted the two for perrys and ran out of red…  I got them both done and decided to leave the one in white primer for now…  I plan on skirting the garage in recycled coragated tin.  Should look pretty cool.

We have a flea market on Wed.  I ended up getting a porting/polishing dremel tool for ten bucks.  It works awesome.

Roadster Update #1 post apocalypse…

April 4th, 2012





I wasnt able to save the frame that was in the fire… it was tweaked- and we set it up on the frame rack but the metal was really soft- and I decided to start with a fresh model a frame.   I found the Roadster body on Ebay- and got it for two grand… minus the model a pickup I sold that was in the fire- I think I ended up having about 300 bucks in it out of pocket after I sold some stuff.  Hurst helped me replace the slicks!  I sent them new firestones and they capped them for free.  Cody and his dad RULE- if you ever buy slicks buy them from Cody!  I found a couple buick drums…  a new Hemi to Lasalle adapter.  I cleaned up the old hubs in the blast cabinet.  I found a 59 impala wheel and a set of mags just like the old ET’s I had.

When I was in Texas working at the speed shop I bought some tires for it- the two I sent to Cody the other two are the front runners pictured above.  I located front spindles… a rear 59 old axle… and the only axle that survived the fire was a deuce heavy axle I got from 8-track on the hamb.  I tore the hemi down and lubed it up… actually all the engines that were in the shop were torn down thanks to Adam Brinker for helping me and storing them-  The roadsters hemi is in the garage and I’ll tear into that soon.  The plan is to Hot-tank the block and get it magnafluxed…  Theres more…  but I’ll leave that for another post.






Roadster Update…

January 18th, 2010



I really haven’t had a chance to work on the Roadster much this winter.  I’ve been really sick ever since the Hunnert Car.  I’m feeling good tonight… and figured I had better update my site.  I did pick up some new parts for the Roadster.  I was lucky enough to score a NOS Schiefer bonded face flywheel!  I also picked up a NOS Hurst conversion kit for the Lasalle transmission to adapt the Hurst Yo-Yo shifter…  had Hurst make custom SLICKS… and more…


Heres a pic of the Hurst conversion kit…  Rad.


Picture of the Flywheel…  Equally Rad.




Pic of the HURST Firestone whitewall pie-crust cheaters…  Bad ASS…  I wanted my slicks to be close to 29″ tall, 6″ wide and 15″ to fit the mags.  They nailed it.  These are 6″ wide!  I had them run a single cheater groove down the middle just like the show rods in the little books…


Got a steering hoop… and had the spring shop make me a reversed eye spring…  Its back up on its wheels again!


Heres a close up of the F-1 box.  I pruned the bracket off the case and sleeved the frame for a flat U-Bolt.  Bolt is recessed so you can’t see the nuts unless the frame is upside down.  Much Cleaner and I get the box out of the way of the starter…


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