Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop
BONNEVILLE 2008
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AFTER MANY, MANY CROSS COUNTRY TRIPS RUNNING BIAS PLY FIRESTONES ON OUR HOTRODS WE HAVE FINALLY SMARTENED UP. YES THEY LOOK GREAT AND IF YOUR LONGEST TRIP IS ON AND OFF THE TRAILER OR TO THE LOCAL CRUISE NIGHT THEY ARE FINE . 

WE HAVE ALSO READ THE GLOWING TESTIMONIALS ON THE H.A.M.B. ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL THEY ARE AND HOW SMOOTH THE RIDE IS AND HOW ONE GUY EVEN CLAIMS TO HAVE HAD THE SAME PAIR OF 750’S ON THE BACK OF HIS HOTROD FOR THE LAST “ 13 “ YEARS AND THEY ARE STILL PERFECT .

THAT IS BULLSHIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES WE STILL BUY THEM AND YES WE STILL RUN THEM BUT ONLY WHEN WE GET TO WHERE WE ARE GOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEY LOOK GREAT BUT THEY ARE JUNK, AND VIRTUALLY UNSAFE PERIOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DAY THREE: INDY TO DES MOINES

WE DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO GET A SET OF RADIALS FOR THE FRONT OF GEORGE’S COUPE . WE WERE RUNNING THE USUAL 750’S ON THE REAR WHICH WE SELDOM HAVE PROBLEMS WITH . GOOD FOR MAYBE TWO SEASONS BEFORE THE TREAD IS GONE THEY ARE GENERALLY ROUND. NOT THIS SET!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AT SIXTY THEY BOTH HAD A BOUNCE, NOTHING TERRIBLE JUST CONSTANT, LIVEABLE BECAUSE WE WERE ON OUR WAY BUT AGGRAVATING JUST THE SAME . ON THE FRONT WE WERE RUNNING THE 500’S INSTEAD OF THE SQUARE 450’S . WE THOUGHT THEY WERE A LITTLE BETTER BUT THE HOP THAT ALMOST EVERY 450 HAS AT 60 WAS THERE AT SIXTY FIVE . WE ACTUALLY PUT 40 LBS IN THEM TO MAKE THEM ROUNDER WHICH GAVE US 70 MPH BEFORE THE BOUNCE .

ALL HAD GONE WELL TO THIS POINT. WE HAD FABRICATED A COUPLE OF RADIATOR CORES AND HIDDEN THEM UNDERNEATH . THAT DROPPED THE TEMP 15 – 20 DEGREES AND WE FIGURED BY ADDING A COUPLE OF SMALL SCOOPS WHEN WE GOT HOME IT WOULD BE FINE DOWN IN MEMPHIS AT 100 DEGREES .

WATER SPRAY ON THE WINDSHIELD AT 70 AND NO RAIN – NOT GOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PULLING OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD THE SMELL OF ANTIFREEZE TURNS A PERFECT DAY INTO A NOT SO GOOD ONE. IF THE SYSTEM WE HAD BUILT FAILED IT WOULD MAKE FOR A LONG NIGHT AT THE MOTEL. HALF PANICKING I OPENED BOTH SIDES OF THE HOOD SURE SOMETHING BLEW OR BROKE BELOW . WHEN A QUITE CALM BART SAID “HERE’S THE PROBLEM" POINTING AT THE HOSE THAT HAD COME OFF THE HEAD.  AFTER A HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF WE PUT IT BACK ON BEING SURE TO TIGHTEN ALL THE HOSE CONNECTIONS .

STILL SMELLING THE ANTIFREEZE WHICH WOULD LINGER FOR DAYS AND CHECKING THE GAUGES EVERY 5 SECONDS WE WERE BACK AT SPEED . ONLY TO FEEL A SQUIRMY SENSATION FROM THE BACK OF THE CAR . A CALL FROM CHRIS ,WHO WAS TRAILING ME WITH THE TRUCK AND TRAILER LOADED WITH THE HIGH SPEED DIVISION RACER AND I PULLED TO THE SIDE ONCE MORE . THIS TIME ONE OF THOSE BRAND NEW 750 COKER FIRESTONES WAS FLAT AS THE EGGS ON PAMELA ANDERSONS CHEST BEFORE THE SURGERIES .

OFF CAME A WORN 750 FROM THE ROADSTER AND AWAY WE WENT. WITH THE ONE WORN OUT “ROUND" REAR TIRE THE RIDE WAS A LOT SMOOTHER .

EVEN WITH ALL THAT COSTING US AN HOUR OF SO WE WERE CLOSE TO ON SCHEDULE FOR DES MOINES . A CALL FROM A FEW GUYS THAT HAD TRAVELED THREE AND A HALF HOURS FROM K.C. TO HANG OUT THAT NIGHT URGED US ON. THE ROADS HAD BEEN ROUGH, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE CITIES WHERE THEY TEND TO BE THE WORST . BUT WE WERE MAKING GOOD TIME AND IN FACT WE WEREN’T TEN MILES FROM OUR DESTINATION WHEN RUSS PULLED UP ALONG SIDE AND MOTIONED ME OVER. NO FLAT THIS TIME, NO ANTIFREEZE EITHER , ONLY THE SOUND OF METAL SCRAPING UNDER THE CAR AS I ROLLED TO A STOP. I GUESS THOSE REALLY KOOL HEADLIGHT MOUNTS WE MADE NEEDED A LITTLE MORE CLEARANCE IF THEY WERE GOING TO SURVIVE THE WONDERFULLY SMOOTH ROADS OUR TAXES PAY FOR. HAVING SNAPPED THE MOUNT OFF AT THE WELD AND DRAGGING THE NOS HEADLIGHT UNDER THE CAR WAS BAD ENOUGH BUT MAKING A CALL TO GEORGE TO TELL HIM ABOUT IT ALONG WITH THE DENT IN THE HAND FORMED NOSE WAS NOT A CALL I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING .

FINALLY DES MOINES.

THERE NEVER WERE AS MANY HOT RODDERS AT THE MOTELS EACH NIGHT AS WE THOUGHT THERE MIGHT BE BUT THE ONES THAT DID SHOW UP WERE GREAT .

O – YA THAT PHONE CALL TO GEORGE , WELL IT WENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS - “HELLO, GULP, HELLO GEORGE?"

“ YA"

“AH, GEORGE THIS IS KEN, YA KNOW KEN, WHO’S DRIVING YOUR COUPE TO BONNEVILLE."

"YA"

“WELL ALL IS GOING PRETTY WELL, SORTA, HAD A FLAT TIRE TODAY, AND WELL THE RADIATOR HOSE POPPED OFF THE HEAD AND GOT ANTIFREEZE ALL OVER THE ENGINE AND EVERYTHING, AND, UMM, WELL, AH, THE HEADLIGHT BRACKET KINDA BROKE AND THE LIGHT GOT DRAGGED UNDER THE CAR AND WELL THERE’S KINDA OF A DENT IN THE SIDE OF THE NOSE AND WELL UH, UH..."

“KOOL, ( LAUGHS ) GIVES IT SOME MORE OF THAT PATINA CHARACTER YOU GUYS ARE ALWAYS WORKIN’ AT, CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HER ON THE SALT, SEE YOU BOYS FOR LUNCH THURSDAY IN CHEYENNE."

TIME TO GAS UP AND IT’S ON TO NORTH PLATTE WITH ONE HEADLIGHT. ( COULD THERE POSSIBLY BE A KOOLER HOT RODDER THAT GEORGE POTEET ? )

BOUT HALF WAY TO NORTH PLATT AND OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT, THE WHISKY SALOON I GET A CALL FROM PAUL . AT EIGHTY WITH THE AIR ON FULL BLAST (COWL VENT AND WINDSHIELD BOTH OPEN TO THE MAX) NO WINDOWS AND STRAIGHT PIPES IT CAN BE A LITTLE HARD TO HEAR SOMEONE ON THE PHONE. HE SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT HIS FRONT TIRE AND CAN HE USE ONE OF THE SPARES IN THE TRAILER? SURE, NO PROBLEM I’LL SEE YOU AT THE MOTEL.

ALMOST NEW COKER 450 X 16 TIRES , AREN’T THEY JUST THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND WHEN YOU CALL THEY " ALWAYS" HAVE THE SAME ANSWER: “GEE, I NEVER HEARD OF THAT HAPPENING TO ONE OF OUR TIRES, SEND IT BACK AND WE WE'LL REPLACE IT RIGHT AWAY."  GEE, I WONDER IF THEY REPLACE THEM WITH THE SAME TIRES THAT SOMEONE SENDS BACK BECAUSE THEY AREN’T HAPPY WITH THE ONES THEY HAVE EITHER?

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