Saturday, May 19, 2007
So, I expected to see more Vettes in the parking lot, and there were a couple. But I didn't think the Honda's and Nissan's would be holding a club meeting, that's a new one to me! Or maybe it makes sense to find out where there will be a car show, and have your club meet in the parking lot to see if you can steal the show... .literally!
I do believe the dealership they were purchased at. Other than that, they all seem to be just garaged and cleaned factory stock corvettes that a lot of people bought in order to bring to a show to compare who does a better detailing job. It must be me, I must not get the point in buying the same car as everybody else in my club, like the Miata, Corvette, PT Cruiser, etc etc, club members.
" Gee Bob, is that a Z06?"
" Why, I've got one just like it!"
" With the LT4 and a 6 spd?"
with whom or what entity these snappy sayings are associated?
6)Deeper Richer Smoother
8)Fast Precise Light
10)Slide in easy. Ride in easy. Feels good inside.
12)The laws of physics want their virginity back
From Corona, and in San Diego for both Corvette shows this weekend, he airbrushed this car after he and his wife first stripped all the factory paint off. Now that is prep work!
http://www.airheadkustoms.com/ In upcoming work, there is a 69 Coronet, a 71 Roadrunner, and a 72 Charger. http://www.airheadkustoms.com/muscle.html the Road Runner is a 440 4 spd, and for sale... so get ahold of Jason now to give input into how it turns out!
Holy hot rod Batman! Look at the car photography of this studio commisioned by Petersen Museum for it's online photos!
They do amazing photography! Found by looking through http://www.petersen.org/default.cfm?DocID=1008&cat=French%20Curves:%20The%20Automobile%20as%20Sculpture&ID=307&index=5 an online museum tour of French 1930's aerodynamic marvels "French Curves"
It is now temporarily at the El Cordova Garage, on Cornado Island, showroom where they will keep the truck on view at 10th Street and C Avenue until July 4.
I didn't know Studebaker started with Conestoga wagons, and was in business for 114 years. Wow!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The world of hot rods began with drag racing, then top speed racing at Muroc, El Mirage, etc.. it has come a long way, here's a great website about it
Take the time (about 2 hours) to flip through the photos of the Starbird 50th Annual Rod and Custom Show, look at page two for the black and whites of vintage racing, and for lots of sweet customs, look through the HAMB drags pictures (Via http://www.jalopyjournal.com/ )
Just keep a cold one handy, I never moved for 2 hours while soaking it all in.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Fortunately it's only 5 miles from my place and only 2 from my job. So I stopped in to see about picking up the latest issue of Overdrive (Ed Zimmerly's awesome San Diego Hot Rod newspaper). Not only do the have that one for free, they also have about 12 other magazines, all for free. Wow, and damn. Cool! 2 inch thick stack of car magazines, free!
http://www.racingblews.com/node/11807 here for a marvelous write up.
And you know that is high pedigree car porn
New car show you've never heard of, the employees of Raytheon's Balboa Ave facility bring their hot rods to work on July 19
Lat year there were Cobra's, Corvettes, 9 sec Nova, Camaro's... 50's Ford trucks... a popcorn maker, dunk tank, live band, San Diego Blood Bank mobile donation bus, etc etc.
The Palo Alto concours
good photos of good cars
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
80% of it is now owned by Cerberus Capital Management
I'm including everything I know of that comes after the word Mustang. Or before. Or instead of, but means that it's a special Mustang
SDS (San Diego Special)
GT CS (California Special)
Susan G Kolmen pink stripe package
and if I spent a couple of minutes on the web, I'm sure I could double this list.
Don't buy any, ever. Junk that will fail when you need it most... like when you use it.
What CHINA stands for... Can't Handle INdustrial Applications
I just started working with hand tools at work (vs the electronics job I just left) and when discussing tools, Dave told me that bit of wisdom... truer words never spoken.
Light use are good for a home owners general rare use
Mechanic are decent metal, and have slide drawers
Trax are decent metal, and have roller bearings
Magnum are the best
Made in China
for the past 10 years Vise Grip and Cresent
for the past 6 months Craftsman
Made in Taiwan Gearwrench, who is made for K-D tools, who is owned by Danaher
http://www.danaher.com/business/ the Danaher company also owns Allen (allen wrenches), Armstrong, Fluke (multimeters), Jacobs Vehicle Systems (Jake Brake), Matco, and about 50 others I've never heard of, or don't believe are part of the auto industry
For the highest quality wrenches and sockets at the right price (Snap -On considered overpriced compared to the competitions quality)
best: SK / Proto / Wright
next best: K-D / Eastco / Craftsman
Now if it comes to buying at a swapmeet, or garage sale, and the tools you find are some other brands remember, for the best quality, buy AMERICAN, then made in Taiwan, and never Made In China
Always go to the experts for expert advice. You'll never spend as much time as they have learning all they have gained from experience. Ask Craig at Pat's Tools in El Cajon.
I do know from experience that it takes a long time to do justice for alot of deserving people. So if and when you read a good story, I hope it occurs to you how many searches, crossmatching, comparing and contrasting of available info usually happens to make a few good paragraphs of solid info to educate with facts.
For more on the Stone, Woods, and Cook crew, the http://www.jalopyjournal.com/?p=904#more-904 write up is recommended.
This posting instigated a posting on The Jalopy Journal, which was where I found these three pictures. So it goes when legends are the topic of conversation. We learn things we don't know from each other, and others join the thread, and give us more knowledge that fills in our gaps in our knowledge.
I'm damn proud to be a member of the HAMB, where so many educated car guys spread the knowledge, legends, and lore of the things that inspired us, thrill us, and please us.
The Stone, Woods, and Cook car and crew are the ONLY reason I love the '40-'41 Willys. It's my top of all lists, car to want, desire, and hope to own someday. I knew little more than that, and remembered less, but to read the posting on Jalopy Journal, and the posting of all the people who joined in the thread with info and pics is a cool thing to know I started, even by pinching and photoshopping these 4 pics from the nooks and crannies of the threads, posts, and links from http://www.jalopyjournal.com/
"All of those pictures were taken by either Wayne Arteaga or his brother Eldon. Both are professional photographers and have provided many pictures to Don Montgomery and the gassermadness site. They were taken in Wayne's garage in North St. Louis. He and my brother often provided pit service to all the name gassers when they were passing through the area."