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Back again and with 10,000kms on the finished hod rod!

Hi, it’s been a while since the last report but I have been busy.The Willys is completed and has driven 11,000 kms in the last eight months and it is good.It is much better than good. The LPG conversion is a triumph and the independant front end  is an improvement.It is a pleasure to drive and I can still afford to drive its 350 Chev around for the same cost as the 2.3litre Volvo. The daily choice of car in the morning  is very easy.As Editor of West Coast Street Rod Club’s Klaxon Magazine, I have been able to contribute more time and data to each edition.The time not being spent in the shed and actually attending events has given me the opportunity to cover more  events in the Klaxon.More news on the Klaxon later as it spreads to rodders beyond the WCSRC membership.That’s it for now.  Eric.

Australian Holden Bodied 1939 Willys Coupe1939 Willys custom tail lights and bumpereric-warren-willys-in-2008-resized.JPG

My 1939 Willys Coupe In Finland!

My 1939 Willys Coupe in Finland!  Well actually in a 1981 Fin Hot Rod Magazine called “V8 Magazine”.






v8-magazine-cover-resized.JPGThe photos were taken in 1981 at the Mildura Nationals in Victoria, Australia.   The coupe had a 283 with triple carbs,

Powerglide gearbox and 10 bolt Chev diff at the time. Over the years the motor and box were updated to a 350/350 combo.  During its current rebuild, a 9 inch diff has been fitted with disc brakes.  The triple carbs have been replaced with a single carby for an LP Gas conversion. The manifold is now a single plane Weiand and a new cam has been fitted.


Goodfellas 2007 Yanchep Hot Rod Run

p1030763.JPGp1030765.JPGstp80110.JPGstp80112.JPGstp80148.JPGSunday morning. I feel good and the weather is looking fantastic. I am pumped up to have a great day out with hot rods. The cameras are packed and and the street hack is fueled up.. It is right now that  I wish the hot rod was finished.It is about 30 minutes drive to the starting point, a large car park at a shopping centre.  I planned to get there early to take some photos as the rods came in and before the crowds gathered.  I was early and too late at the same time. Clever huh! There was probably 60 rods and a couple of dozen streetmachines there already.The event is in its third or fourth year and has become extremely popular.  It is at a good time of year after the winter lull. The destination is great for parking-up and has attractions to see and food and drink available at the licenced inn. It only costs five bucks to enter, which gives express discounted entry into Yanchep National Park and a shot at the lucky entrant prizes.  Why wouldn’t it be popular. They also run p1030757.JPGa raffle with many great prizes.stp80157.JPGThey try to register all entrants before leaving the car park for the 50 minute cruise. This is where my day hit a low spot. With my five bucks hanging out of my paw, I engaged the registrars  to enter the event. “What car have you got?” they enquired. In a muffled voice I replied “street hack”. “Not the VOLVO, no way” was the stp80123.JPGembarrassing retort.  Damn, that was the second time in an hour that I really wanted to be back in the coupe. I grabbed my fiver back and tried to disappear into the bright sunlight.  It’s no wonder I have not attended many events since I stripped down the Willys.The cruise in my Swedish love machine was slow and steady. (because the traffic was congested!). Once at the destination, I parked in a secluded spot and got busy again with the camera.  The lawns in front of the inn were an explosion of colour. I took photos of all the rods and a few of the other vehicles.  Have a look here at the Cyber hot rodders Events Gallery for the photographs.My friend and I anap1030738.JPGlyzed the crowd and the dining facilities and decided that an early lunch would be better than a mid afternoon meal, so we ordered and ate early, which gave us plenty of time to socialize, take more photos, see the koalas, take a walk and have coffee at the specialty chocolate shop. OK, so we weakened and bought two sample chocolates. It could have been much worse without a the diet guilt hovering.All in all a great day out even without the Willys coupe.This week I will be ordering the parts require for the coupe’s motor rebuild, then back into the shed again.Seeya Cyber Hot Rodders,Hot rod Eric of Volvo fame.


Last night and today, pulling out the motor,  have progressed better than I could have planned.The only change to plan was that I pulled the gearbox out with the motor, instead of leaving it in the chassis. I have raised the front engine mounts in the hot rod to keep the correct motor angle, after lowering the front p1030724.JPGsuspension about 6 inches.  The gasser look has gone. “Been there done that”, as they say.  The motor raising has made the bell housing bolts all but impossible to access, so the box  T/H 350 came out too. This was very easy to organise as I spend more time on designing functionality into the chassis rather than showy stuff when building a street driven rod. One day I will get a spare gear box yoke. It will save the normal red lake left under the car after such an operation.p1030725.JPGp1030726.JPGNext the motor and gearbox were separated and the motor placed on the engine stand ready for stripping down.  On went the compressor, out came the rattle gun, sockets and a few spanners and the motor was stripped to a bare block in less than two hours, which included having a rewarding beer or two. A lot can happen in a short time in a hot rod’s life.  From a driving rod to a stripped down motor in less than 3 hours, when it is meant to be going back together!. What a metamorphosis. Needless to say, it will take longer to get back together after messing with gasket sealing and plastigauge etc. p1030727.JPGThe motor has only done about 35,000 kms since last rebuilt, so it came apart very cleanly and with no siezed bits.  If only I had remembered to empty the sump before spinning the motorupside down on the stand, it would have been a lot cleaner too. I had the red lake and now I have the black lake too. Well, I haven’t done this for a while!!Seeya Cybers,Eric

WAHRP 2007 Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular

Today is ap1030714.JPG great dMark Allen’s Willysay in my hot rod calendar. I packed up two cameras and set off our state tiltle hot rod show.The West Australian Hot Rod Promoters held their annual hot rod and street machine car show on October 27th and 28th at the Burswood Dome, in Perth, Western Australia.

Because it is the state title hot rod show,  it brings out the best of the best, but also everything from unfinished rat rods to the real diamonds.  It is promoted this way so that the the paying spectators can get a good idea of the scope available in the sport. From Budget to big buckaroonies. It is judged according to the Australian Street Rod Federation rules that are well documented and have been used for the last 30 years. Not all car are judged of course, just the jewels.

The display comprised of street rods, customs, post 48 classics, trikes, mini-rods, junior dragsters,VWs and more.stp80035.JPGThe ASRF had their stand set up promoting the sport. The display featured the 70th anniversary of 1937 Fords and Chevs with several rods and restorations on display.  See them in the gallery. I estimate that there was probably 175 vehicles on display overall.A live band was knocking out some good rock a billy tunes while I was there. There was also plenty of quality trade stands for those requiring some hot rod apparel, books and magazines, Car care products and of course the nice shiny bits to put on the projects.stp80022.JPGWillys were again scarce. Mark Allen’s 41 coupe and an unfinished ’39 sedan were the only ones there.  39s are rare, I know, I have had my coupe for many years. I have just repainted mine an uncommon colour (for a hot rod – ivory)that I thought would be unique for quite a while. This 39 sedan was the same colour!!! Whether or not it remains that colour is to be seen, as it was painted that colour some years ago when it was a restorer job.  A unique feature on it were the custom made front inner fender guards that suggests that it will be running cycle guards on the front.p1030690.JPGAs with every event of this size, I met up with rodders I have known for 34 years. That is one of the good things about spending times at these shows. Two of these guys were debuting new rods, having had already had superb rods in show years ago.Fred Nilan’s 32 coupeHave a look at the Gallery in the Events Album, for  photos of all of the hot rods and some of the other class vehicles. Being a hot rodder blog I didn’t take countless photos the street machines and other types of vehicles, although they did make a great impression at the show.If you are going to an event, take some good photos, ideally  640 x 480 in size and send them in with some basic details and we will set up an album for them. This will  add some interstate and international flavour to our cyber site.Send pictures and some info of your own ride. We will put them in a readers rides album.Cheers for now,Eric Warren.

My 1939 Coupe.

 I have owned the same hot rod since 1973. It is a 1939 Willys coupe with an Australian dicky seat body. I bought it with my first pay packet.  For a princely sum of $30 I was the proud owner of a rust bucket that no-one else wanted.  My mate Frank the Plank, who was building a ’33 Ford roadster, towed it a whole half mile to the hot rod club shed, where I was to fix it up and rod it over the next  seven years.My 1939 Willys Coupe.  Australian Body. Photo taken in 1982My 1939 Willys coupe  in 1982.Why wouldn’t any one want a Willys Coupe located so close?  Back then, if you knew where they were, you could get a much better condition vehicle to start a hot rod project with. These  whereabouts of these treasures were kept secret from newcomers like myself.  The other reason why no one wanted it, was because it wasn’t a Ford.  The only hot rods in the early seventies were pre-1940 Fords.After persisting with the Willys I have become a martyr of the non-Ford cause for over three  decades and regularly push the cause in the my club’s “Klaxon” magazine.Of course, non Fords are common place these days and Willys are keenly sought after.When first rebuilt the Willys had a 283 CID Chev engine with a Powerglide auto gearbox and 1961 Chev differential.The motor was stock except for triple carbies sitting on an Edelbrock manifold.  Suspension was standard with a mid 1930’s Dodge front axle that gave the “gasser: drag racing look. The front brakes were discs from an  HQ model Holden, an Australian General Motors product. This gave the same wheel bolt pattern as the  Chev drum brakes on the rear. The interior was fitted out with a full set of Smiths gauges and home made shifter. The steering box was from a Ford Transit van, used in a push-pull fashion on the pitman arm. This was a popular local setup back then. The front axle and idea for the steering box came from a local hot rodding icon, Neville “Lars” Anderson, who had and still has the same ’34 Ford 5 window coupe. (below).Nev Andersons coupe c.2007My Willys is nearing the finish of a complete rebuild and should see sunlight again in a few months time.  See below.rear-qtr-test-run-modified1.JPGside-view-test-run-modified1.JPGThis time the coupe will will have a 350 CID Chev with Turbo 350 auto and a Ford disc brake 9 inch diff. The rod is set up for constant long distance use with 2.75 diff gears and running an LPGas conversion. The gasser stance has gone in favour of an early Holden independant front suspension that has lowered thje front end significantly, to suit the 70’s style rod appearance that I am working for. Steering now is Holden Commodore rack and pinion.Keep tuned for more stories on the coupes rebuild in later blogs.Eric.

Well, Who Am I

My name is Eric.  I live near Perth in Western Australia.  By day I manage an Electronic Assembly Company. By night and on weekends I try and squeeze in all the things my actual life span won’t eventually allow, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. I am also a hair loss expert.  I have lost most of it.  Turning 50 didn’t come quick enough, I can almost justify the shiny helmut.  Appearances cover the 28 year old person that lurks within. I have found most rodders are like this. They think and act well below there  accrued ages. I have a three fantastic daughters who grew up around my hot rodding hobby. Travelling long distances in a rumble seat never did anyone any harm. Ask me, I have done it too. I have two grand kids.I am currently doing a correspondence Ecommerce course. While I can get around every-day computer software, the ins and outs of web commerce are a huge extension to my computing knowledge. This blog  and the project are just a part of the story. My hobbies include firstly hot rodding,  followed by doing anything creative.I am a DIY hot rod builder.  This is my main creative outlet.I have also built my own brick house from scratch.  Brick laying, plumbing, wiring, tiling, painting, roofing, carpentry, window resoration, and paving.  A proud achievement. Thanks to my family for their patience. Living in a shed was a character building experience. (more…)