So Many Cool Rides, Where Do I Start?

Well, the road trip to the Billetproof car show was a very cool experience. I made sure the battery for the camera was fully charged and the car gassed up and the GPS programmed. It wasn’t a very long drive and the weather was quite nice for show day.  I put on my comfortable walking shoes and made sure to cover up with sunscreen, because we all know the sun is unforgiving, and started to walk. And did I walk! There were so many cool cars to see. It’s a good thing it was an all day show. The music was good, and the people were nice to talk to. Speaking of talking to people, I got to meet “Big Daddy” himself, Don Garlits. "Big Daddy" Don Garlits

Of course it was in his backyard so I figured there was probably going to be a pretty good chance of seeing him there. I also should have taken more pics of the pinup girls in the contest, but by then I was feeling pretty drained from a long day. Still, I have plenty of pics of all the cars. Too many to upload here, but I do have quite a few to see if you want to click on over to this online album. Hope you like them as much as I did. I’m already making plans to go next year and I think I’ll be taking My ’55 Chevy Bel Air with me!

Feel free to drop me a message with any questions about the show or anything else.

Dave

 

Road Trip To Billetproof Land!

I’ve never been to the Billetproof Florida Car Show but I hear it is one that’s not to be missed. The self-proclaimed “World’s Least Important Car Show” is coming up this weekend, and although I’m not going to take My ’55 Chevy BelAir, I will have my camera along in hopes of some good pictures and videos. Hopefully I’ll get some good ones and I be sure and share them all with you. Looking forward to a day of fun and cool cars!

A Movie for Drag Racing Fans

If you like Drag Racing, you’ll want to check out this movie that tells the history of two of the biggest names in Drag Racing history, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen. I recently saw it and I’d give it a watch again.

Snake and Mongoose Ad

Ready to get the car running again

Since it was Saturday I figured it wouldn’t be until Monday until the distributor came. Late in the afternoon a delivery truck pulls up and a guy drops a box at my front door. My new distributor was here! I opened it up and went over the instructions. The general consensus was to bump the engine to a specific point to mark the rotor and make not of that position so I know where to put the new one in at. I called my friend and he wasn’t able to stop over but he offered some good advice and I attempted to take on the task of switching the distributors myself. I took note of where the rotor was pointing, made note of where the plug wires went and then loosened the distributor hold down and lifted the old one out. I put a little lube in the new distributor’s gear and placed it in the hole. It went in no problem. I proceeded to tighten up the distributor hold down. I figured out why it was loose when I took it out. Last time someone switched it out, the hold down wasn’t even on the distributor collar! I made sure it was on the collar this time and locked the cap on. I then plugged all the wires back up and after one last look over everything, I climbed in the driver’s seat and cranked it over. It started on the first try! Since this distributor has a vacuum advance on it, I will set the timing and plug a hose onto the carburetor. From now on it should be getting a little better gas mileage and little more power. Now that it’s running again, it’s time to get back to aligning the body parts.

The search for a spark

After calling all the local parts places and finding out how high the prices were for HEI distributors, I did the next best thing and went online. The prices we a bit lower and after some extensive research and calling around, I found the distributor I wanted at a price I was satisfied with. Now the next thing, since it’s so close to Christmas I was wondering how long it will take to get to me. Most place say two days so hopefully I can get it by the weekend.

It’s a lack of spark

So my mechanic friend stops by with a known working distributor and we proceed to do some testing. First thing we did was pull the cap and noticed a couple of melted wires going to the coil under the cap. Thats a pretty good indication something is messed up. Still no spark from mine so he hooks up his and I crank it over a couple times and there is spark. It’s  seems pretty definite it’s my distributor. So now I have the task of finding a distributor and installing it.

So, since the engine was getting enough gas, I leaned toward the electrical side of things. I pull out a plug and crank it over and no spark. Since this is an HEI distributor I’m not quite sure about diagnosing so I’ll call someone I know who’s more familiar with these kind of things and see what he thinks.

Well, finally after a long stay in the body shop I picked up My 55 Chevy Bel Air and drove it home. After sitting for about an hour in the driveway, I headed out for Cruise Night at the local DQ. I got about 1 mile down the road and the car coasts to a stop. I look at the gas gauge and it was pretty close to empty so I grab the spare gas can (I just happened to have) and poured it in the tank. I saved a little for the carb to prime it and cranked it up. Wouldn’t start. By now it’s getting dark and I can’t see what is going on so I call for a tow truck and after a while I’m on the way home. Guess we’ll find out more in the daylight. Chalk one up for Friday the 13th!

Ready for the next step

Well, it’s been a while so I figured it was time to get the rest of the car in primer so it looks a bit more uniform. I took it back to the body shop that worked on it the last couple times and got ready for a few weeks wait. Hopefully I’ll see some progress fairly quickly but not too quick. I can wait a little longer as long as it is done properly.

It’s gotta be done sooner or later.

And since I set up a date to take the car back to the body shop, I made it sooner. I’m talking about the driver’s side door. I put the passenger door on last month and wanted to get this door on and have the glass back in before the trip to the shop. Don’t need all the dust and possible rain getting in the car while it sits there. Since I already switched out one door, this one didn’t seem like it would be too tough. I knew exactly how to remove the glass and take out the screws. After we got the door switched out, I proceeded to put the hardware back in and then the glass. Seems to be a bit of an issue with this door though. The other side went in fine and opens and closes like normal. This side is hard to open once it closes. Has to be an alignment issue, but what is out of alignment? Maybe the body shop can help adjust it.