Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs

"You Shall NOT Pass!"

'70 Chevelle RPO Z15 SS454 LS5, cowl-induction hood, M22, power steering, 12-bolt rear with 3.31:1 posi... in this barn since 1978, and only came out because the barn fell down

stored since the early 1990s inside this old body shop, this 1970 Challenger R/T is still waiting it's turn to get fixed up

someone get a can opener! Stat! (Thanks Bobby!)

In 1968, Chrysler shipped two brand new 1969 Charger 500s to Hot Rod magazine for drag strip tests where the B-5 hemi 4 speed knocked off a quarter mile in 13.48 seconds. Then it was stolen. It eventually was the car that cracked 200mph closed course

Later, it was found missing its Hemi, its interior and driveline. Chrysler could not repair and sell the B-5 car. They decided to turn it into an engineering test car. The shell was shipped as essentially a body in white to Nichels Engineering in Griffith, Indiana.

Nichels rebuilt the car to NASCAR standards, including raking the body nose-down. They installed the bars inside the engine compartment from the firewall to the radiator support to stiffen the front end. They put in a roll cage, a race Hemi and matching drivetrain, and numbered it DC 93.

Paul Goldsmith drove it at the 1969 Daytona 500, and along with Bobby Isaac and Charlie Glotzbach completed a 1-2-3 sweep in Charger 500s.

Chrysler decided to go to the next level and install the ultimate aero package – the nose cone and the wing, making it a Charger Daytona.

The test results convinced Chrysler higher ups to make the winged cars and sell them to the public so they could be raced in NASCAR. While Chrysler worked out the logistics of building the 500 cars necessary for the public, Chrysler racing made the wings and nose cones available to teams racing the Charger 500s. None of the teams would race actual Charger Daytonas; they would merely add the modifications to the 500s they were already running. The newly configured cars would make their first track appearance at Talladega in September 1969.

Technically, a Chrysler-owned car could not race in NASCAR. As he had at Daytona, Nichels entered the car at Talladega as if he owned it. The car was outfitted to look like a Nichels-owned racer and the number “88” was applied to it.

The first day of practice at the track led to the headline: “200 MPH Certain At Talladega Track.” P Isaac was driving the K and K Daytona and Glotzbach predicted he would be even faster on race day. He was slated to sit on the pole – and then the Professional Drivers Association walked out.

On March 24, 1970, DC-93 ran its “transmission test” where here it broke 200 MPH with Buddy Baker at the wheel. The speed was a NASCAR record and world record for a closed course. After the Talladega record runs, the car was sent to Chelsea where Chrysler continued using it for tests.

there is going to be a BOSS Mustang reunion, Labor Day 2019 along with Car Fest at the Pittsburg International Race Complex

50th anniversary BOSS Reunion
Date: 2019 Labor Day Weekend
Held in conjunction with: Auto Interests and CARFEST  and
Location: Pittsburg International Race Complex

Friday, November 17, 2017

a '70 6 pack Super Bee has been waiting in this garage for about 40 years since getting saved from a junkyard

do you remember the gasser "the Radiator Lady"? Well, a fan made a model of it, stunningly detailed and accurate. The only Rambler gasser station wagon I've ever heard of

I came across it at SEMA, the owner of the gasser was there, I can't recall what the booth was for, because I saw this model and my brain quit working!

full gallery at

Baja 1000 update

Mexico’s Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez teamed with his father Juan C. Lopez to become the unofficial overall and SCORE Trophy Truck winners

Final official results will be released by SCORE race officials after the course closes and all data-tracking devices have been read and penalties assessed late afternoon on Saturday.

 The Lopez tandem finished second in this race behind Rob MacCachren the last 2 years, but the third time was the charm as the Lopez team finished in 19 hours, 53 minutes, 36 seconds as the 3 year SCORE Baja 1000 overall victory streak of Rob MacCachren ended when he was put out of the race with engine failure at about race mile 550.

MacCachren wasn’t the only top racer who fell, Robby Gordon, Andy McMillin, Luke McMillin and Bryce Menzies who all have had various types of mechanical issues. Also out, with a transmission failure was two-time SCORE Baja 1000 race winner B. J. Baldwin.

It also marked the 29th overall 4-wheel victory in the last 32 years for BFGoodrich Tires 

by the way, Christmas gift idea for the muscle car person you are trying to get the right thing for... think about this, headlight upgrade without getting ugly new lights

the Hella H4, and a relay, and they will never have those dull yellow headlights anymore. A relay is needed to prevent problems when turning on the lights, as an instant 30 amp load is ruthless.

These are incredible, fit some muscle cars (I put a pair in my last car, a 69 Super Bee) and don't look like the ugly weird lights blank check builds are getting.  You know, the ones you look at and wonder (what the eff were they thinking, those are hideous)

hey everyone, on a personal note

my memory is getting worse, and it's getting obvious.

It's not going to affect much here at ol short attention span theater, but, now and then I'm going to forget what I've said, to who, about what, and if you are that guy, or the other guy, and what we talked about in comments or person.

So... just ignore what you can, and pretend that you didn't hear the phrase other people might be offended by as I actually don't know that you're a Chevy guy, not a Ford guy, or that we've been chatting along with email and Facebook, as well as in the comments section.

I simply can't remember. Oh, and no - I'm pretty sure I don't owe you a beer. But, I wouldn't be surprised to find that I forgot you owe ME one! Ha! 

Ever spot a car in a magazine, and think, Hey, I know that name from somewhere! Just happened right here.

for some reason, this cool looking Dart popped up on my computer,  and I read the name, Rick Guisto, and thought, hmmm, that name seems familiar.

A quick google search later, and boom!

here is the Challenger he recently upgraded for track time, that was featured in Hot Rod magazine summer of 2016

The Dart is the topic of a short blog  which is where you find that the Dart belonged to Rick's high school buddy John Dolan, and it was given a blip in Mopar Action magazine in 1991,

 and soon after, John died in a car accident in 1991.

The Dart became Rick's, and was in rough shape.

it was stored until life got on track after marriage, kids, house, business etc etc all lined up to where the car could get some center stage time and the build is at  The rebuild happened after about 15 years of storing the car, and then 5 years of nights and weekends, with the help of his daughter who helped weld, sand, primer, paint, wire, reassemble, hold parts, polish and clean... it was finished

once completed in all ways, it went for a road trip of 17 states and 6000 miles.

This car may have more people owning a set of keys to it than any other, due to the deep history of it, and I count at least 6 sets of keys spread out among the families involved.

And mostly, none of that was mentioned in the article  yes, they really could use my help at Hot Rod, but I'm not moving to El Segundo to ride a desk, and deal with an even higher cost of living, to do what can be accomplished from any laptop in the world.  

'57 Vettte sat torn apart for 42 years in a pole barn in Pennsylvania, because, of course, "I'm going to fix it up someday" and then he finally died and the next generation sold it (thanks dad)

dual quad 270hp 283

It was torn apart in the mid 70s when everyone started getting into the Hot Rod glamour, but, like most projects, was a lot more fun to tear apart than to pay to rebuild.

440 4 spd Superbird finally out of the barn after 43 years of hibernating due to a bad voltage regulator

In mid-July 2017, Bob was contacted by Charlie regarding a Superbird his wife’s uncle Randy owned in Indiana

See, Charlie worked with a fellow named Dave whose son Matt heard Bob was into wing cars.

Randy agreed to sell it for 60k in Sept, and Bob is going to fix some issues, but the seized engine, and rotted radiator (plus the instant profit) have convinced him to flip it.

Randy told Bob he had bought the car brand new because it was different and that he drove it to cruises and as a daily driver for four years. In late 1974, Randy parked the car because of a bad voltage regulator.

Randy had moved the car once in the past when he sold his house. He had a tow truck haul it to his new house (the one Bob bought it from) during the night so no one would see it or know it was there.

When the guys got the car into the sunlight, the forty-three years of dirt showed. The interior had some damage from mice, however, the vinyl top was perfect and the interior was beautiful besides needing to have the bench seat repaired and new carpet installed.

 “We found several dollars’ worth of change and deep cleaned and conditioned the vinyl top and dash pad. There was absolutely zero rust around the windshield or dash pad; inside or out. The back window and moldings were great too and the car had absolutely no leaks when we washed it.

Also, with both a Superbird and a Daytona in his garage, Bob is already flush with cool cars, and needs the money more than he needs a project