Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Black Earth Car Show, 09

Over the weekend I attended the Black Earth Car Show held at the New Heights Lutheran Church. About 35 cars and bikes where on hand. Some very cool cars and trucks. I also got to bump into some new friends and touch base with some old ones. I got there a little early to help Brett setup and then volunteered to help park cars as they showed up. Kids came along and had a fun time since there was a playground across the street and Hot Wheel tracks for them to race on. Unfortunately for the second year in a row the cruise afterward was canceled since the weather was not cooperating with us. I got back home just as it started to get nasty outside.

Next car show for me will be Mazo's on the first of August.

Monday, June 15, 2009

More Tractor Fun

Dad worked like a madman and pumped the Ford Tractor out the door faster then expected. That, and he had the free time.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My final day recapped.

After a long Thursday night and Friday night Saturday morning came way to early. I had to get up at the crack of dawn and be ready for Williams final Soccer Game of the year. It was a rainy morning and it didn't seem like it was going to be a fun cruise day at the Alliant Energy Center but I was determined to head in after Soccer.

My friend, Brett, was going to also head in with me to see the cars in Madison after his kids Soccer Game. Thankfully we both coach our kids and we where also going up against each other that morning. Meaning, when the game was done we could both pack up and head out.

A little drizzle as we got to the Alliant Energy Center but it wasn't too bad. Parking on the other hand was a nightmare. My truck registered as #4254 for vehicles parking in the Power Tour Cruise Night area. Now, I don't think there where that many there at that time, but I do not doubt that that many cars came threw the Madison area all day long. It was crazy packed and we just decided to park up on the hill, away from the main area.

The cars where excellent, something for everyone. For Dan, he missed talking with the Factory Five representatives that where there with all of their cars, even the new Coupe they are producing. Pictures of it are below. He will be happy to know that I have a new DVD containing five hours of FFR cars racing and showing off will be coming his way in the future.

Ring Brothers, GM Performance, Edelbrock, and so many other distributors where showing off new goodys. It was nice to actually put your hands on some of the parts that you only see in the catalogs.

About 3-4ish it started to downpour so we got the heck out of Dodge and headed home. I was hoping the rain would hold off, not enough hoods open to see all the fun stuff people had tucked in the engine bay.

Hope for another Tour threw Wisconsin in the future.

(Pictures are from Ryan, and Nate, from the Wisconsin Car Collector and Madison Street Car forums)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Weekend Is Over

Damn it.

After a long Thursday night and getting home late I went into work on Friday and pounded out a few jobs. Then around noon I went home to grab the Camaro and head back in with Cecil and his 55' Chevy. I ran back to the shop and meet him there and knew I was going back home for the 60'. I gave the starter a whirl and I can tell all my driving this summer had put a hurt on the Starter Solenoid. It was finally not happy with me and with a warm engine it wouldn't turn the Starter over. Oh, I knew it would happen eventually. I put a low buck 3510ms starter on the BBC and not a Gear Reduction starter which can handle a high compression engine.

So, off to get the 60 and we where still into QSL early enough. A bunch of Beers all day long then slow down so I could still make it home. At final count there where 200+ cars that where at QSL at one time and I am sure more then that came and went threw the day. I also got the chance to meet a fellow shop owner and auto technician. Victor, who was doing the entire Power Tour and resides in Virginia. We talked shop and cars for awhile and I had a chance to look over his 86' El Camino. Very cool car. Later that evening a few other friends stopped by and we talked and toured the cars. By 11pm I was done. Climbed back into the truck and cruised home to grab some sleep before doing it all over again Saturday.

Pictures are from Thursday still. Camera was forgotten on the desk, these images are from Amigo2k, Ryan, who is apart of the Wisconsin Car Collector website and who I finally meet face to face at QSL Friday.

Friday, June 05, 2009

QSL, Power Tour, June 4th

First day of the adventures for the weekend. Drove the Camaro into Quaker Steak and Lube at about 5pm. I am glad I got there early as the lot filled up fast and by 7pm you where stuck in the rear of the place.

Meet up with a friend from another Auto Forum and talked cars for a few hours. Also meet the owner of Prairie Land Towing and had a great time talking cars and business with him. Spent some time around the Ring Brothers "Razor" and "Reactor" cars that they built and talked shop. Good times.

Top to bottom, the Razor from Ring Brothers. Mikey's Challenger, A Bugeye for Troy to drool over, and a old Ford with a Northstar V8 that the owner has for sale.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

A Different Project

You would think with the Power Tour being this week we would have a project in the shop that someone would be similar, or involved with a classic car or something.

Nope. Just a 9N Ford Tractor that is going to get painted......

This is actually one of Dad's projects for a friend and customer. I will stick my nose in once and awhile and give my opinion, which is not worth squat on Tractors. Don't know much about them, don't really want to know much about them. Just happy they do the work when it is needed.