Next B.R.A.M. Meeting Wednesday August 3, 2016

The next B.R.A.M. meeting will be Jones Creek Cafe & Oyster Bar (225-755-3550) located at 15005 Market Street in Baton Rouge. This is near the intersection of Coursey and Jones Creek. If you are coming from Jones Creek the restaurant is behind the Outback Steakhouse and if you are coming from Coursey the restaurant is behind Raisin’ Cane. We will be in the dining room on the right after you come through the front door. Members will begin to arrive around 6PM and the meeting starts at 7PM. Those that wish to order meals typically arrive earlier. The parking lot for the One Hour air conditioning repair facility next door can be used by club members because that business closes at 5PM and the restaurant has a good working relationship with them.

BRAM is Going Bowling 8/7/2016!

On Sunday, August 7th beginning at 5PM, our club will be having a great time at All Star Lanes for a club bowling night! The cost is $10 per bowler which includes 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, popcorn, and a pitcher of soft drink.  Kids & grandkids are welcome but remember that you are responsible for the behavior of everyone in your group (let’s make sure that everyone has an enjoyable evening). There is no cost for anyone who just wants to come out and watch many of us make fools of ourselves. Those of you who have attended before know that All Star has plenty of bowling balls available in many different weights. You also know that we DO NOT have any professional bowlers in our club! We’re just looking for a good time with great friends.
In order to have the proper number of lanes reserved, we need to give All Star an approximate headcount of the number of people who will be bowling. The rough headcount taken at our August meeting showed that about 15 people were planning to attend. If you were not at that meeting and you would like to bowl with us, please feel free to comes out! We can always ask All Star for additional lanes.
Bowling starts at 5PM so please show up at the bowling alley no later than 4:30PM so that you can get your shoes, ball, and we can settle the bill with the bowling alley in a timely manner. Debbie & I will be there at 4PM near the main entrance (center entrance). Please bring the correct cash amount for your group. The bowling alley is handling this as a single transaction with the club so individual members will not be able to use their credit cards to pay.
As in the past, after the bowling is over, those of us that want to get a bite to eat will decide where we want to go. There are a number of restaurants close by. I hope to see you there!
——– Jim

B.R.A.M. Car Show November 21st, 2015 at Hollingsworth Richards Ford

Charlotte photos

Anyone wishing to view my photos from Charlotte can do so at Flickr…

Bob’s Fastback project update

Hello all,
It’s been a while since I’ve written an update on the 65 Fastback Mustang project. Well check:

The whole project in:

The suspension , front and back is the news. The welding in of the Subframe Connector Extension finished all the welding in the project. This connects the front frame with the rear frame. The idea is to make the frame of the car more stable. These Extensions were then painted. The bottom of the chassis was painted with another coat of Epoxy. Two coats should protect from rocks and what ever.

The Front end was next. Nothing remarkable about reassembling the front suspension with the following exceptions 1) I’ve dropped the upper “A” arm one inch. This is called the “Shelby Drop”. Doing this has dropped the car’s center of gravity a bit allowing the car to handle better. We’ll see if I like this. 2) The rebuilding of the front brake caliper (the red thing in the brake folder) was new to me. I had problems putting the thing back together and ended up getting professional help to do so. Teaching old dogs new tricks.

The rear suspension was next. Let us talk about the importance of a happy rear end. Yes we often take our rear ends for granted. A properly working rear end will keep you rolling! Lets not talk about a malfunctioning rear end, it would be bad car-ma.

With rear end in place , the springs were installed and I then hung my rear end on the springs. Next was installing the torsion bar. The torsion bar connects to the rear end. It is my guess most of us don’t consider torsion in our rear ends to be a good thing. But it is. There all kinds of other things that get re connected, I won’t bore the reader with the details.

With front and rear suspension reassembled, the brake became the focus of my attention. The Fastback had disk brakes before the restoration but I taken the liberty to improve the brakes. The whole entire brake system has been replaced with the exception of the calipers which where rebuilt. All new lines. A power brake booster (power brakes)was added to help Diane stop the beast. There other exciting things going on with with the brakes, but again, I won’t bore the reader with the details.

The plan I have concocted for this project has considerable amount of feature add, re-engineering. The engine is to be replaced. The automatic transmission is to be replaced with a 5 speed standard transmission. A standard transmission will require a clutch. The clutching system I am using is a hydraulic fluid type clutch. And just as the brake system has a master cylinder hanging on the firewall, the clutch system requires a clutch master. The trick here is the very limited space to mount the stuff and where the re-engineering comes in.

The reassembly process actually started with the vent assemblies front and back. Lots of little parts.

The next step is electrical. The whole car will need to be rewired. I bought a wiring harness kit to wire the car and what a box of wires.

Still trying to finish this in time for the 50th next year.