Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer is Here!

Yup, Summer hit with a bang. Inside surface temp of the roof.

Other than that last week Dan and I hit QSL Cruise Night again. Many new cars I had not seen before.

And one last thing. $4.75 for a 16 ounce tap Miller Lite? Sorry QSL, not buying that any longer.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Dad wanted some Tunes in the Edsel. So on Sunday he went off and purchased a head unit. A "Dual" XR 4110 AM-FM with Aux-Input, USB, SD Card, MP3 and Ipod hook ups with no CD player. A pair of 6x8 Pioneers for the front hole and one for the rear deck.

He handed me the job Monday morning and told me to do what I thought was best. I had minimum destruction. The head unit install just required splitting the two holes for the old radio right down the middle and bending them up and down. They can be put back in place and welded back together. I'm sure the purists will go nuts over doing this but if they haven't keep pace with the work we do on our collection of cars then they are in for a big heart attack.

So Dad's Sunday cruises will now have Tunes.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Custom Lincoln Navigator Work

A good friend and customer of ours has a very nice Lincoln Navigator. One of the nice features of this SUV is the power running boards. When you have the door open, they are extended. When closed, they tuck under the body.

One of the terrible design flaws of these power running boards is this.

This is the rear pivot for the board to go out and in. It is made of crap metal that corrodes in the rust belt. The really kick in the balls part is this pivot is not available from Ford, anywhere, no part number, nothing. Well. It is available. If you want to buy a entire running board assembly to the tune of about $1800 bucks. No, that isn't a typo..

So this is what we did.....

Another good friend and customer is a Machinist by trade. We discussed the piece. He asked questions about how much room, how strong and then he went to work on cutting and milling a piece for it. The finished product was perfect. Not one adjustment needed to make the board fit and move properly.

So the Mod I, MK I prototype is now mounted and a second, for the driver side, is being built as I type.

EDIT>>>>>I don't make these for sale. Long story short the CAD file is not in my hands and the machine shop won't work with me on releasing it or building more.