InspirationThanks again to you, your staff, and especially Thom Taylor for the "Dream Car" artwork. When you have a project waiting in the garage, you naturally keep an eye out for rodded versions of that car at shows, rod runs, and in the magazines. The '36 Chevy sedan deliveries I have found over the years are less than you can count on one hand. The most notable is Darrell Mayabb's bright yellow masterpiece.
Just days after the April issue of your mag came in the mail, I got a call from someone located in the same state who has the same project-in-waiting as mine! Hopefully the day will come when two '36 deliveries from Kansas will be doing the Americruise.Dan FriesenMeade, KS
Weeding through the hundreds of submissions we received from our readers detailing their thoughts for their ultimate dream car was a lot of fun, but narrowing it down to just two wasn't easy. I'm glad we were able to provide you with some inspiration to hang on your wall. I look forward to seeing the '36 when it hits the street. The real challenge will be to build it as low as Thom drew it! Looks like you have a good start!
Faulty WiringI thought I'd go straight to the top and cut out the middlemen. This is concerning the article on "Ignition Timing" in the April issue. It's a very good article, but it's what you are saying without saying that bothers me.
We strive to build safe drivers and jump through a lot if hoops so our cars can go through and pass state inspections. Take a look at the picture on page 28; you will see a #10 wire coming from a GM "one-wire" alternator. Who in their right mind would route a wire over the top on the upper A-arm and then fasten it to the bolt with a tie strap?
I sure hope the builder used a fusible link, etc, because this could be a fire just waiting to happen. Just how many times per minute does that A-arm articulate on a bumpy road? This is just an observation from a street rod enthusiast, not a pro builder or an electrician. This kind of rigging is what we rodders have to overcome.Dennis BingamanVia E-mail
The focus of the photo was meant to be the timing light, but I agree with you that in too many cases builders don't consider how they routed a wire or take into account the amount of movement of the items around that wire that could short in the future. Hopefully your letter will get a few more people thinking about it.