Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were headed to the Goodguys show in Del Mar, California, to kick off the show season, and now as I write this there's two weeks until Christmas and I've just attended the last Goodguys show of the year, the Southwest Nationals, in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you've never been to the Phoenix area in November, you're missing out! Not only is the weather absolutely perfect, but the Southwest Nationals is a great show. Despite all the car show coverage clichés about fun, sun, hot, cool, etc, the conditions in Scottsdale are ideal for over 2,000 '72-and-earlier vehicles to come show their stuff on the grass at West World.
While I have and continue to attend many shows across the country, we don't usually have the chance to drive something fun to any of them, but I finally had my '72 Chevy C-10 road ready after a couple of years of occasionally working on it between hibernation spells. I had driven the truck around town a bunch, but had never taken it out of Southern California and certainly never out of state-yet.
As of now, I had done most everything on the truck except body and paintwork and felt pretty confident in its roadworthiness once a couple of tuning bugs were worked out. So I headed down to Oceanside, California to Turnkey Engine Supply to have them look at my junkyard LS engine install that I used their harness with. After a short time on the chassis dyno, Kory had the engine running like a sewing machine, and we replaced the stock junkyard fuel pressure regulator that was sucking fuel into the intake and obviously making it not run right. With that sorted out, I was on my way to the Phoenix area-wished I had replaced the broken eight-track player first!
For more info on past and future Goodguys events, log onto www.good-guys.com and we'll see you next season!