Well there was quite a good turn out at the swap meet today. I took my son to his first bike event & we had a great time with Jeff & Bill. Hope to do it again in January at the Sacramento swap. Jump in here Jeff if you've got some pics. I know there were a couple of bikes I missed.
So I placed a call to the MMA today to ask about the illusive Cow Palace Swap in Daily City. I was told it had been canceled (yet again) but that the event would take place in Dixon, Ca. instead. According to the folks at MMA of Ca., the Cow Palace wants something like $10,000 to hold an event. Greedy shysters. I really hope they find a permanent home for this swap meet & that it will once again become an an annual destination.
Not really, but it made me smile. Today (while I should have been working) I rescued this engine from a field literally in the middle of nowhere. I've visited this thing for years now, trying to figure out how the hell I could get it out of the dirt & in to a truck by myself. Well today I had a plan... that didn't work. It took me about 3 hours & I damn near killed myself doing it, but I got my buried treasure.
My great Uncle Lawrence was one of the coolest guys I've ever had the pleasure of knowing & someone I've always looked up to. He was an eccentric man, a WWII veteran & a hot-roder since the birth of hot-roding; an original "greaser" (though he never would have called himself that). His memory was exceptional to the very end. I saw him just a couple of days before he passed & though he was in a hospital bed, he perked right up when I asked him about his '34 Ford V8. I'd say his favorite car though would be his '50 Ford sedan (also V8 of course). That was the one he always talked about racing around. His daily driver though, was a '70 Ford 4x4 with a 390. Mom has some really rad photos from the 50's of him, his brothers & my grandpa with their cars I hope to get soon & post them. He will be greatly missed.
The Dodge's air filter/cleaner is an oil bath type. This literally means it is filled with oil. It's actually a very good filtering system, just messy & time consuming as you have to wash (& dry) it instead of just changing out a dry filter element as in modern autos. Since I had a spare assembly, I decided to retrofit the set-up with a paper element. The filter I chose is a bit tall so I needed to build a custom nut to make it all work. So I made two. In the pictures, the top of this assembly is what I salvaged from the spare & the body is the original & has not been modified. So, when I want to run the thing in it's original state (with oil) all I have to do is swap the tops & fill it with oil. I love old technology.