Wednesday, February 28, 2007

What should we do

To get dad motivated to uncover and do some repair and painting on the Met. Here it languishes under a dirty, greasy car cover awaiting the day it is put back on the road. Dad hasn't driven the car in a few years. He lost his motivation for it about two years ago when the hood flew up on him and was bent to shit. Now, the hood has been beat, bashed, bent and shaped back into it's previous shape but after he got that far we both became side-tracked. With me finishing the Camaro and then the Edsel rolling in. It needs brakes all around, some clutch work and then just general maintenance. Not much huh?

I just can't stand looking at the poor little thing collect dust in the corner. I've poked and pleaded with dad to get it on the hoist and work on it but he keeps coming up with a new excuse. I was going to work on it last week when he went to Vegas but I had a business conference/beer to drink at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells. It would be a perfect time right now, dad doesn't have a big work load and the Edsel is paused because of the very large parts order that hasn't arrived.

If anything we should get it on the road this summer. Dad won't have the Edsel done yet and we will need the space for Dan's Cobra build. I need some fresh ideas on how to convince him to work on it or let me.

Maybe threaten him Troy gets it if he doesn't do anything with it?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Camaro convertible at the Chicago Auto Show

On Monday I had a chance to go to the Chicago Auto Show to take a look at the upcoming crop of new rides to be shoved onto lots come this summer and next fall. The real reason I wanted to go was to get a chance to see the Camaro with my own eyes. Sure I've read enough, posted about it and googled the hell out of the upcoming Camaro but something never felt right about it until I got the chance to actually see it in person.

The pictures don't do justice. I am as terrible with a camera as I am with writing. The upcoming Camaro is absolutely gorgeous. The instant I saw it I knew someday I will own one. I doubt I'll be the lucky guy who is first on the block but I damn well won't be the last. The lines are just perfect. There is so much taken from the first gen Camaro and tweaked into this upcoming model that I couldn't pick them all out. It seemed every time I passed it I noticed something else I loved about it. As my friend Mike who went with was joking. "How many times did they ask you to put your pants back on?" and "I've never seen four security guards needed to keep one little grease monkey away from a car".

The particular convertible pictured is in the obvious Hugger Orange and had Gun Metal Grey racing stripes. There wasn't much for pricing, options, or color choices but who the hell cares. The Camaro is back.

Just as the brochure stated. "You've still got time to build a bigger garage."

Friday, February 02, 2007

Just a pencil will do it

When a valve stem that is older then I am breaks when I'm screwing around moving the chassis what do I do? If your Willie you grab a #2 pencil and plug the hole fast. He passed today's test with flying colors. I laughed pretty hard when I saw him stuff that in there, and harder when it held air. Guess I'll get motivated to put a new stem in after everyone who stops by gets a chance to see the ingenuity of Willie.

The second pic is a shot of the progress on the engine. Things seem to be going well with it and the transmission is off getting rebuilt right now. The torque converter is also being rebuilt. Come some time in February we should have it back and put in place of the mock-up trans we used.