Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ford F1 Steering Box, Installed In A "33 Ford Frame

I had a few questions from Hot Rodders, how I was installing the F1 Ford Truck Steering Box in a customers '33 Ford Frame, so here are a few pic's which will explain it all. Just as a note, I first determined how long the steering "box" shaft had to be and before welding the flange to the steering box, I heated the box in order to prevent cracking during welding to the box. I didn't take any pic's, however; I use a few clamps to hold the column where I wished the column to be positioned in the cab, then I tacked the flange to the box (obviously on a slight angle)....  Before re-assembly, the steering shaft will be turned in the lathe cutting a small grove, for a rubber "O-Ring" to be positioned, which forms the seal between the shaft and the bushing..... Thanks....

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wow, Christmas Came Early !

Many thanks to Pal and Artist / Photographer Chuck Vranas of Street Rodder Magazine, my grocery getter' has made the cover of Steet Rodder Magazine.  So rush out in January 2013 and purchase every copy there is of the March 2013 issue and enjoy four pages of reading, also writen by Chuck.

So in brief, many thanks to Chuck and to the Head Guru of SRM, Brian Brennan !   Love live, the mighty 409.....

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Nitromethane + Parts = AA / FA (Fuel Altered)

Parts and more parts, that is exactly what you will require for running a nostalgic, Fuel Altered on Nitro, of the "Winged Express / Pure Hell  Fuel Altereds"  era.

Nitromethane :  Gotta' Love the Mixture of Propane and Nitric Acid, and what a wonderful fuel which you would think was designed for drag racing, however; here is the defination as per "Wikipedia";

Is an organic compound with the chemical formula CH3NO2. It is the simplest organic nitro compound. It is a slightly viscous, highly polar liquid commonly used as a solvent in a variety of industrial applications such as in extractions, as a reaction medium, and as a cleaning solvent. As an intermediate in organic synthesis, it is used widely in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, explosives, fibers, and coatings. It is also used as a racing fuel in Top Fuel drag racing, and as an important component in the fuel for miniature internal combustion engines that are used in radio-controlled models.

Second, Nitromethane or commonly referred to as simply "Nitro" or "Fuel" within drag racing circles, requries much less oxygen within the cylinder to burn.  This results in approximately 9 times, more "Nitro", may be burnt when compared to gasoline in the comparable motor and with approximately 2.5 times, more energy being created.

So in brief, the collection of parts have begun.  Three 392 Chrysler Hemi's, 'Stanke Motorsports' Roller Rockers, 36 Volt Helicopter stater for a blower starter set up, Isky Roller Nitro Cam on order, Littlefield  Blower, Enderle Barn Door Mechancial Fuel Injection, Hedman Dragster Headers, M/T Valve Covers, Moon Timing Cover already set up for the cam driven fuel pump,    and the list goes on !!!!

Enjoy the pic's....

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mother's Worry Belly Tanker - Bonneville 2012

Well, it was a blast to say the least this past August in Boneville, for Speed Week 2012.  Photographer, Mike Harrington, a great guy and buddy, was busy shooting our Belly Tanker as well as other great pieces of rolling art on the salt.  Mike Harrington plans on  releasing his great shots of the Belly Tanker to a few different magazines, so stay tunned to see his wonderful work on a newsstand near you !

I have attached a video shot by Hot Rodder, Frank Colgoni web site designer of  :   Canadian Rodder

I took turns driver the car with Bob Owens of Owens Salvage in Wellington Texas and our friend driving the push truck, Keith Floyd of Claringdon Texas.  The Belly Tanker only has 3rd and 4th gear, therefore; you have to push the car up to 50 MPH and drop the clutch and hopefully you do not spin out in front of the push truck.  This footage happens to be Bob at the wheel....

Sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy the footage shot by Frank Colgoni of "Canadian Rodder" forum.

Cheers, Candy-Man....

After A 51 Year Sleep, The Model 40 Is Alive !

For those who know the name, however; are not familiar with Journalist, Photographer, Writer and all around Hot Rod Artist, "Chuck Vranas", who is one of the major contributors with Street Rodder Magazine, has recently found and purchased an amazing 1933 Ford, 5 Winda' Coupe.

Chuck's nearly new hot rod, which exemplifies a "Barn Find - Gow Job",  has been brought back to life after checking all of her vitals and fluids.  Even the carb did not require surgery !

Chuck will clean her up slightly, repair a few items and buy her a new pair of shoes !

Enjoy the video of   Mr. Vranas  and his new lady !

Oh Yes, Chuck is obviously sitting in his new baby, hearing her sing !

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

'33 / '34 Ford Frame Build

We started out with new 33/34 Ford Frame Rails and made the rest.  Flared holes and a X-Member to mimick a '40 Ford center section.  This frame will be under a '34 Ford P/U very soon, motivated by a Olds Rocket !   BTW, the first Rock 'N Roll song was written about the "Rocket 88", which was the first Hot Rod Motor Produced !

Monster & "Western Exterminator" Hot Rod Art

Gotta' love hot rod art !   Monsters, the Rat Fink and a original "Western Exterminator" often referred to as the "Little Man" and a second painted by the World Famous Kustom Kar and Bike Painter of all time, "Rod Powell" of Salina California.  Enjoy....

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Deuce Coupe and a Corvair ?

Deuce Coupe and a Corvair roof that is ! We had to remove the flat / pancake roof placed in this Deuce many years ago, with a roof complemented by nice curves ! The rear window area of the Corvair roof becomes the front portion of the Deuce roof, complementing the nice round curves of the original car. The Corvair roof is right at home, just as Henry may have done if he placed a full roof in a Deuce Coupe. Approximately 12 hours of hammer welding, the roof is taking shape. A few more hours of final detail work and it will be completed.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Deuce Build Update - '41 Ford Dash and Sprint Car Steering

Well the '41 Ford Dash is complete as well as the sprint car steering box utilizing a '40 Ford Column just to take away from the 'race look'..... Next work will begin on adapting the Ansen Swing Pedals which have previously been mounted. Ansen Pedals and Sprint Car Steering ? Yes, it will be fun !!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Spy Pic's Inside of the Candy Factory

Just a few spy pic's inside of the Candy Factory (AKA: Candy's Hot Rod Supply). Enjoy, see you later !

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bonneville 2012

Well, we made it to Bonneville in August 2012 and had a great time, completing our Rookie runs and obtaining our SCTA 'D' Licence. The 'D' Licence allows the driver to compete up to speeds of 150 MPH. Will attempting to acquire our 'C' Licence (speeds up to 175 MPH), I blew the head gasket out of the Jimmy at the 2 mile mark on the 3 mile course, our speed was only 143 MPH @ 4,100 RPM, however; the motor was pulling strong and climbing in RPM, it was not to be this year. This was however going to be a run reaching 175 MPH, with plently of RPM left. This motor will run all day at 6,200 RPM, reaching speeds over 175 MPH on a record set last year by a Hudson Motor of 201 MPH. Bob Owens and Keith Floyd (of Texas fame) Mike Wilson of Joyceville Ontario Canada, Clive Taylor and Allan of New Zeeland and the famous Gilbert, King of the Valley, a huge thank you. See you next year on the salt.... Last but not least, Mike Herrington, expert photographer, many thanks... Cheers.....

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

One Shot !

"One Shot" : Sign Painters - paint, that is ! Fellow sign painter stopped by the shop and threw some 'One Shot' at the Belly Tanker for a traditional look of years gone by. See you on the salt.....

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Belly Tanker - Bonneville Salt Flats 2012

Well the Belly tanker is almost completed to attend the Nationals in Bonneville this August. A little more work on the front suspension and radiator, then the GMC 302, Straight Six, (Jimmy),
will be singing once again... What was the old saying, "Eight For Show and Six For Go"

Speed Blisters, Humps & Bumps

A few hours on the sand bag and planishing hamer and I have four convace pieces made for the foot area in my Bonneville Belly Tanker. The convace peices will be bolted onto the nose of the cage, inside of the tank to prevent your feet from exitting the cage in the event of a roll over.... Working on a couple of speed blisters currently for another project, pictures of the speed blisters at a later date. One of my favourite pictures of a Belly Tanker and push truck from the good 'ole days.....