Monday, April 20, 2015


The AVI Resort is located below Laughlin , Nevada on the Colorado River and the show put on by the River Cruizers Car Club runs from Thursday to Saturday (April 16 to 18) with awards on Sunday morning.
We screwed up and did not get there until Friday morning so the show was almost full.
The AVI has a KOA RV next to it where we stayed with our truck camper and car trailer.

 We took the Kaiser as we had taken the 51 last year and the Starliner is still in the paint shop.
 Lot's of nice cars like this 1969 Mustang Fast Back, you can see that the event is right on the river.
 Chopped custom Mercury with lot's of chrome.
 I think this is a 1948 Anglia drag car.
 One of the club members customized Studebaker Golden Hawk with a Paxton blower
 Nice 34 with window air.
 Restored Nash Metropolitan with the river in the background. 
 This 40 has a shortened bed and a 4" lengthened cab for moor leg room.  

 Karen won best 50's car award on Sunday morning.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


After I got the back of the car back together I started taking the front apart and the moor I took apart the moor that needed to come apart.

 Above the car is completely apart and the scrape and clean starts.
 After taking lots of pictures so I could remember how everything goes back together the engine and transmission came out and will be rebuilt.
 The engine compartment was a mess and the firewall had been coated with a rubbery coating that would not scrape off like under seal dose so a variety of paint remover's had to be used.
 All the brake system components were gummed up and removed ,lines flushed and the booster, master cylinder and rubber lines will be replaced.
 The battery box area was rusted out and has been repaired with new hand formed metal. The wiring harness's will be repaired and reused.
 Below I had to make my own spring compressor from a piece 5/8 running thread and a heavy metal plate to remove the coil springs. The coil springs will be replaced with "coil overs" from Ride Tech. The rear shocks are also Ride Tech.

The Dash has been removed for access to the vacuum lines and wiring that needs to be repaired or replaced along with the heater, A/C and air vent parts that are no good.

 All the removed parts are being sand blasted, primed with red oxide then a top coat.
Lots of work to do that will keep me busy for several months.


March 2015 found us at the Good Guys show in Scottsdale AZ. with the Kaiser.

 Friday we parked the car at a lower level than the tent (in the back ground) in the polo field then on Saturday parked in the Builders Choice award area in front of the tent.
 Karen enjoyed the nice weather and sat with her car answering a lot of questions, the most common what kind of car is that or is that a stock color.
 Lee Abrahams brought his 3 Kaiser Darrin's from Tucson AZ
 This very nice red Pontiac roadster was parked next to us and won an award.

 This 55 Chevy drag car with a 500 CI alcohol engine was with the Kaiser's from Tucson very loud  with a ton of HP.

 If your interested in a all original 1926 Nash this one was for sale in the swap meet area for $15,000.00
Did win any thing but had a good time with nice weather and met a lot of nice people.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


We took Karens Kaiser to the Sacramento Autorama February 11 through 17 with the show open the 14,15 & 16. It's about a 650 mile trip one way so a few extra day for travel were added.
We were put in one of the smaller buildings (#2) that was quite a ways from the main show in buildings A & B so we did not think the Kaiser had a chance to win an award.

 We went in on Friday at noon, rolled out the carpet & taped it down then Karen cleaned the car while I took care of the rest of the display set up, cleaned the tires, wheel wells & engine.
On the drive from the RV Park to the Cal Expo parking lot for check in (2 miles) the car lost it's power steering, when I opened the hood I found that the pulley on the alternator had come loose and fallen off that caused the serpentine belt to be off of the power steering pump and water pump. So I walked back the 2 miles on the medium on a very busy street looking in the street and gutters but could not find the pulley or nut & washer. On the return walk from the RV Park I found the Pulley in the middle of a 6 way intersection (on moor than very busy) and waited until I could dash out and pick it up with out getting hit. I got back to the car but could not put the pulley on with out the nut & washer so we drove it in with out power steering and it got hot with out the water pump. The next morning I went to Pep Boys on the scooter and got the nut & lock washer to fix the car. By the end of Friday we were poop.

 We were moor than surprised at the awards to hear Karen's name called to win first place in Full Hardtop as the other car's in our class were over the top.

 A beautiful chopped Buick custom and you name it mod's.

 Below a 1933 DeSoto Cope
 1948 Diamond T 209 H truck

 Allen Clark's ( who we made friends with) 1959 Chevy El Camino Full Custom Pickup that won first place.

1920's Studebaker 

 There was a building full of boats along with this 50's Gold Cup boat
Another El Camino with a Cadillac rear grafted on. Next we are off to the Good Guy's in Scottsdale in March.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

65 T-Bird Project

Lots of discovery's since the last post, found the right side inner fender rusted out at the battery location, the car has been repainted Gold ( original color was Medium  Beige Metallic), a poor paint job with  some minor body work done. The heating, A/C and cooling systems had been worked on and left unpaired or disconnected. All the hoses and vacuum lines must be replaced and the vacuum tank repaired or replaced. The previous owner (that was the second owner) had tried to get the car running and replaced the starter, solenoid,cap, rotor and spark plugs however he broke the starter flange and two of the plugs while installing them. The engine and transmission will be rebuilt.

 Before I moved the car over to the center bay where the electric overhead hoist is I wanted to service the  rear end while it was still on the 2 post hoist. When the center section was removed, the only way to change the oil (no drain plug in a Ford 9"), the 90-W oil had turned to goo like gel that had to be scooped out by hand. So I removed the rear end from the car as there was no way to clean it along with the leaf springs & shocks.
 A close up of the 1/2 full housing of goo. You can see above the pinion gear is completely caked - what a mess.
 I soaked it in grease cleaner, pressured washed it and it still was not clean, so it had to be taken a part.
 The ring and pinion bearings and races were badly pitted and one of the roller bearings from the pinion had come out of the case and was worn in half - left lower side of photo.

 The ring and pinion gears were good and not worn. All new bearings, seals and gaskets were ordered along with the axle bearings & seals then the rear end was rebuilt. When the breaks were removed the wheel cylinders were leaking and replaced. The break shoes looked like new and reused.
 All the parts were sand blasted after the rear end had been sealed up - above & below photos.

 Everything was primed then painted semi gloss black. 2" lowering blocks  were bought and installed to give the car a better stance, the front will be lowered 2 1/2' to 3".
 From the back of the transmission to the back bumper was scraped and pressured washed, bare areas primed & painted then a new coat of under coating applied. Above is looking back from the transmission, below looking forward from the back.
 The break line on the rear end was crushed a new one fabricated & installed. This along with the new gas tank and sending unit should take care of the bottom rear of the car.
 I thought the next system that would be easily fixed would be the brake system since the back was taken care of. WRONG. I pulled the master cylinder to find the gasket assembly had disintegrated  and was lying in the bottom of the master cylinder. The break fluid had also turned to goo.
 The break booster unit had fallen apart internally but I could not remove the bottom inside nut until the engine was removed. The push rod and plunger are hanging out of the front.

 The engine and transmission came out fairly easy and did not look to bad other than being caked with grease and dirt.The water outlet at the thermostat housing and bypass hose were plugged with rust.

 Every thing else was taken off  except the trunk lid and glass.
 This is a uni-body car (no frame) so this is as far apart as I can get it.
I am waiting for the grease, under coating and rust removal products to get here  then I can finish pressure washing and cleaning.
 In order to get the heater core out the dash had to be removed which is OK because I want to repair or replace any of the vacuum lines that need it, replace the padded dash top, have instrument cluster rebuilt & re-chrome the dash parts. All the wiring inside the car looks to be in good shape.
This is the right front inner fender battery area with a completely rusted out bottom.
Well I wanted a project car I think this one will keep me busy for a while.