Wednesday, March 31, 2010

2010 cruising is open and active

I officially declare my 2010 cruising season open and active. Last night I fired up the Camaro and made sure it was goodtogo. The '60 is first out this year because it is it's 18th year in ownership and Dad and I built the truck when I was 18. I've now owned it for half my life :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

High Performance Modification

Cobble Job, Jerry rigged. Call it what you will but today I needed to fix a shifter on a '70 Mach 1 and the part I needed isn't something you call Napa for. Or any other parts house to be realistic. There is a pivot point between the shifter and a rod that controls the transmission gear selection. That point broke so off I went on making a new one.

I sat down to start surfing for parts online and realized that finding it online, then ordering, then waiting would take forever so I decided I'd build it. I know I could, it was a slow afternoon so why not have at it. We have a really nice Hardware Store in Mazo that is well stocked with bolts, nuts, odds and ends so off I went and came up with some combination that needed "tweaks".

I re-threaded the bolts I found, then put a small cut so it could slip in the slot on the shifter arm. I also found some bushings that would replace the worn out rubber parts.

I tried some combination's to get the best action out of the shifter and this is what I came up with.

Not the prettiest thing in the world but functional. Considering no one else (except those reading this) will ever see it that should be fine. It will be abused tomorrow after I get the carb tuned up!

Monday, March 15, 2010

One out the door and a face palm

The past two weeks have been relatively quiet at the shop. Slow times mean lots of time to hope projects but not enough money to play with projects.

The '59 Ranger from last week is gone. Drove away under its own power amazingly. Plugs, Points, Condenser, Carb rebuild and a new Resistor to the Coil and it was actually running pretty decent. Many, many other issues the owner will need to address but we will see what he wants and does in the future.

Then a face palm. If you wonder why the driver in the other lane has the bad habits they put on display during every morning and afternoon commute just blame the instructors...

In a handicap spot, unattended and left running with the doors unlocked.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Edsels find you

When people learn you love Edsels. Edsels find you. We have been tasked with making it drivable. With a limited budget....

I'm really glad I sold my soul to the Devil for a bottle of 50 year old Scotch years ago. It gives me the power to raise the dead. ;)