Let’s be honest… the “Dark Months” (that time between November 1st and March 1st when most days are dark, dreary, cold and filled with precipitation) are not fun. Classic cars and motorcycles spend a lot of time under wraps while owners look for ways to maintain their gear-head sanity. One way of doing so is to check out the local car shows… which is exactly what I did this weekend. The indoor event was just what I needed to give me a little boost while I wait for the Spring weather to break. I saw everything from Rats to Resto-Mod Corvettes and just about everything in between. Here are a few pictures. After you take a look, get out there and support your own local shows. It will do your motorized heart a world of good!
Good grief it’s hot! I’m talking all-time-high, record setting temperatures for the Nashville area. So… unfortunately, I didn’t get near as much done on the truck this weekend as I had intended. Still, it’s a start. For starters, I yanked out the seat and cleaned things up a bit. I’m happy to report that no weak spots or surprise holes were found. The truck is pretty solid.
Since I’m not sure when it was done last… I went ahead and dropped in new plugs and plug wires. At least now I know when they were changed last and can monitor them going forward. Don’t those new wires look spiffy!
The groovy ’80s wheels that came on the truck have lock nuts but guess what? The PO had no key, so I had to use some backyard ingenuity to get them off. (I’d tell you how but then I’d be contributing to you delinquency.) These wheels will be gone soon with “steelies” taking their place.
Once I got the lock nuts off, I pulled the wheels and did a visual inspection of the drum brakes. All-in-all they are in pretty decent shape but there are a couple issues I’ll be dealing with pronto.
One of the first things I noticed about this truck when I looked at it was that the bed seemed to be loose. Upon further inspection, I discovered that there were only 2 bolts in place to secure it. I got the bed bolted down with new bolts. Look close and you can see a few of them.
Stay tuned… The fun is just beginning!