2012 Hillsborough Auto Show

This past weekend was the Hillsborough Balloon Fest, and on Sunday we had the annual Classic Car Show.   This is the first time I have ever helped with putting on a car show, and I learned a few things.

First, I will say that while there were not as many vehicles entered as I had hoped, although there was more than I expected. I believe the total was 23 vehicles.  Next year I hope we can get the word out in a more efficient manner and my goal will be 40+.

Now there were really only a few problems that we ran into.  1st was we had 2 classes that each ended up having a duplicate car number.  2nd, when it came time to announce the winners and hand out the trophies, all we had were the car numbers; No names or vehicle info. Lastly, when counting the ballots, one of the winners was announced as being classified as being in the ‘pre-1940’s’ category, when he was actually in the 1940’s.

For the 1st problem, we were able to easily resolve it by granting the 1st car that came into the show as the correct one, and dropping the other vehicle.  We of course immediately refunded the entry fee for those two.   This doesn’t solve the issue of split voting (meaning 1 car in each of these classes may have gotten extra votes from the other vehicle), but unfortunately there is nothing we could do about that as there was no way to restart the voting process (voting was done by the public as they came through the show area).  Thankfully the 2 affected vehicle owners were very understanding.  The issue occurred because we have a large surge of vehicle’s coming in at once, and with two people running registrations, and in hindsight, the error was easy to occur.

For the 2nd problem, we simply did not record the info as we did not believe it was necessary.  But at the end of the show, it would have been helpful to have as it would have been nice to announce the owner name and vehicle info.

For the 3rd and final problem, it was easy to work around by simply reviewing his registration card to be sure he was issued the correct trophy.   The only real concern with that was we had to pause while someone ran to the car to retrieve the card.

I have a plan to get around these problems for next year, and it should actually streamline the registration process.

First, we will pre-print a number of vehicle registration cards for each class.  This way as they come into the field, the person registering the vehicle simply grabs the next card in the pile.  At the same time we will have a ledger system to record owner name, cell number,  and vehicle info.  This also has the advantage of if we have a large number of cars come in at once, they can simply park the cars and go back to them afterwards to gather the owner info for the ledger.

Some lessons were learned, and a good time was had by all that attended.

The good news is that we have a little less than a year to put plans in place for next year!

Tearing down the Chevelle.

For those that do not know me, I have a 1968 Chevelle that I have owned for more than a few years that I am finally restoring.

Today I was able to get back to the Chevelle and continue the teardown. My nephew Luke came over today to help, as he has been itching to get his hands dirty helping with taking it apart. Inspiring the next generation of gear heads most definitely has it rewards. (The extra pair of hands helps too!).

I really wanted to pull the engine first, then the transmission, so I could avoid tilting it back and spilling about a gallon of the red stuff. Unfortunately due to a leak from a crack in the head for cylinder #7, the rings were well rusted to the cylinder wall. I soaked the rings for a good hour, and while I got the piston to move down, the rust is too extensive to get it to move up.. And the piston was already nearly at bottom. There was no way I could move it far enough to get to all 3 bolts holding the torque convertor to the flexplate.
So I decided to bite the bullet and pull the engine and transmission together. I figured there was less oil in the pan, than in the converter. And it would make for a smaller clean up. It made a mess, but it got the assembly out.

I have a buddy who asked if he could have the engine, since I was not going to keep it. (I plan on buying a crate engine, so as long as I don’t need it for a core..) He wants to rebuild it with his son… The rust it quite extensive in the cylinder, so hopefully it a .030 over bore will clean it up.. If not, he will be looking at a sleeve.

It was good to get some more progress done, and I look forward now to stripping the interior, and pulling the body from the frame..

Anyone have an auto body rotisserie they could lend me? 😉 <jk>