Another beautiful day in downtown Sandpoint Idaho, perfect for a car show. We had a good turnout with many people coming down from Canada to enjoy the day. Club president Gary was our most capable emcee, and this year we added a Make ‘n Take model kit build for kids, which was well received and participated in by kids and parents. There was a dragster on display, which you don’t often see downtown! Our frozen t-shirt contest always cools off the participants. Club members voted for their favorite car at the show and the winner is this silver ’56 Chevy. The owner received a custom embroidered jacket. We are able to donate to several local charities due to the generosity of the local businesses, community, and help from our members and many other volunteers. Come join us next year!
Meet Elsie, my 1970 Dodge Dart. Purchased from the second owner by me, I was told that Elsie is the first owner’s name (hence the name of the car), and that he received the car as a gift from Elsie’s estate upon her passing. He was Elsie’s neighbor for many years and it was her wish that he have the car as he had helped take care of Elsie, her husband, their house and the car as they aged. He received it with only 51,000 miles in 2004, and I got it in 2010 with 73,000 miles. It was in Fallbrook California for most of its life, then moved to Temecula California where I found it by accident near a garage sale one morning (I like to say she found me). It was just one of those car guy moments, I am sure you would understand. In excellent condition considering its 41 years of use, I had to have it since I like Mopars and my first car was a Dart. It has very little rust and no real body damage. It was born with a slant six and column automatic, but that will change. Elsie will be getting a face lift, a new heart and soul (360), a new rear end, new make-up, and new shoes! That should put a pep in her step. This will be my first attempt at a complete makeover, and I will enlist the help of any willing participants to make it happen. I have some great friends with lots of experience so I am sure it will turn out nicely. I won’t let it happen any other way! As you see, the end result after 5 years of effort (during warm weather) is quite a makeover! Thank You to many friends for their help- Gary, Tim, Norm, Mike, Bill, Steve, and the support of my wife Sonja.
The project for this month is a 1941 Willies old school gasser, being built by Ron and Bev Kauble. Ron is not new to car building, he started messing around with cars at the age of 13. His first car was a 1954 chevy coupe while attending high school Santiago, California.
While still in high school he entered into the world of drag racing. He was racing a 1932 chevy coupe at the time. In the early 60’s he went on to race in the Junior Fuel Bracket. Ron did some of the driving at these events, but was really the man behind the engine building and fabracation of the car. Ron’s partner in the Junior Drags was Jack Jones, who is still racing Funny Cars.
Ron did most of his racing in California, a lot of his compitetion were some of the greats of the sport, like Big Daddy Don Garlius. In 1970 Ron’s car won the Top Gas Speed Product in a front engine rail, running a 392 Chrysler engine. I’m sure if you sit down beside him at a meetting he will tell you all about it!
Ron did not make it to this great event as he was in the process of getting married to Bev. They have been together for 43 years now, and it looks as thought its going to work out. Their youngest son was living in Sandpoint when they decided that they had had enough of California life, so bypassing Calorado, they moved to Sandpoint.
Ron’s income was made as a Machinist, and from the way he lives and the quality of the work i have seen, he is very good at it. He has made some niffty looking brackets and braces and what nots for the rig. He also is a very fine wielder.
Ken Lunn saw the 41 in the Wheels and Deals and showed it to Ron and Bev and they at first were going to take a pass, but like all good couples, they sat down and talked it over, and decided to buy it. Ron had had this project in his head for a long time and had been collecting ideas about what he wanted to do with a rig like this so it was on.
This is the car Ron has been dreaming of for over 20 years, the start looks good!
What an engine! Its a 355 small block chevy, and sould produce around 600 horse power. It has Pro Filter Aluminum heads, balanced and blue printed, molly pistions,Manley foraged cam, and a 671 blower with two Holly 600’s on top. It will be backed up by a TH 400 with a BM shifter.
All roller rockers and ceramic heads.
It is running a fine straight front axle with Possies springs. You’ll have to ask Ron about the radiator, it is out of a jeep, ask Ron about it , as a lot of work went in to get it. It is running a vega steering box. It will run very big and little in tires, all of the bunch arre Mickey Tompson.
Steering wheel is a Grant, gauges are Sturart Warrner, Seats are and after market brand and look great. It will have a black enterior, and Bev said she will have the say so in this department! Ron will install a six point roll cage and five point seat belts.
Ron will add some wheelie bars and a chute just in case!
Ron has added a nice fuel cell to the back with an electric fuel pump.
Ron hopes to drive the rig to our car show in September, but will be sans paint, but who cares i just want to hear it run!
Will thats all till next time so Rod On!
Bob started out like a lot of the rest of us, he didn’t know anything about cars. The only thing he did know was taht he wanted one and it needed to go fast and look great. So he talked to people in the bussiness and read anything he could get his hands on, and thought I can do this. So he did! This was a long time ago, you know, around the time the stone wheel was invented!
Bob does most if not all of the work on his rigs from overhaul of the engine to laying on a dazzling paint job.
This 37 has seen most of its life as a farm truck on a local farm. Dan Bachman, a rat rod builder, found two trucks at the Jacobson ranch and bought them. He took Bob along to help get them home, and little did Bob know that he would end up with the 37. He is going to return the truck back to its early glory in the only way he can, with love and hard work.
The engine is a 230 flat head six, that Bob took out and rebuilt. It looks a little dusty in the pics, but it really is done very nice. Take a look at that horn!!!
As you can see the interior is bone stock and will be brought back to way to cool.
The hood is in good shape and will look great when done.
This is something you don’t see every day, Kerosine road flares!
The grill is something else, the center grill is really rare and can go for as much a twenty five big ones!
The bed sides are in need of some loving, as it has some major dents and rips. Bob has got to come up with some inventive way to straighten the bed rail, he will. The wheels are held on with lug bolts not lug nuts. Bod may cut out the center of the rim and weld in a newer outter ring to be able to run different tires.
The fenders needed a lot of work as you can see. Bob is holding a chunk of metal that was jerry rigged to the side and he took it out and welded it up like it should be.
These are the head light buckets, looking good!
These are some pics of some cars Bob has for sale, just thought you would like to see.