Friday, July 31, 2009

10.2 liter, radial engined car!

This made me giggle a little. HA! I sort of love it though...

Oh yeah... it needs a transmission too. May as well make one from scratch, right?

It drives!!

Okay... it pretty much kicks ass!! I love German Engineering!

Color Inspiration

Having a super tough time with making a color decision. Some inspiration...

I REALLY like this grey color on this little racer. Never invisioned that color until now.


Been thinking alot about paint colors lately. Whenever I think of dark blue I think of the F4U-Corsair and it's sinister look. Paint code for it's blue was pretty close to FS-15042, which was typical of alot of Navy fighter planes during WWII. Anyway, still one of my favorite planes of that era.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Congrats to Mark Ford!!

The coupe and the new DeSoto 330 is KILLER! Glad to see it together!!!

(Thanks for Kevin S, for putting together a great video too!)

If you do fabrication work... READ THIS!!!

This is some crazy, scary, stuff right here! I don't know about anyone else, but I'm going to pay more attention after reading this!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Everything you need to know about Early Hemis

So a couple years ago when I REALLY started getting obsessed with early Hemis I got really tired of fishing through the mountains of information on the web looking for everything from casting ID numbers to what intake manifolds are available. So, I figured what the hell... let's get something compiled of all the information. Sort of a one-stop-shop for Early Hemi information. It includes information on early Chrysler, DeSoto, and Dodge Hemi motors, even some early Poly motor and Daimler Hemi information, but I think it was pretty obvious that the majority of the info compiled is for Chrysler Hemis (1951 to 1958/331 thru 392). Hopefully we can increase the info on the other makes.

With the help of the HAMB and Jalopy Journal I was able to get a large amount of experienced Hemi builders to come fourth and share their knowledge on these wonderful engines of the Mopar world. Legendary engines, in my opinion. If you like them as much as I do and need more information for your own personal addictions and/or builds, check out the stock pile of information. And if you're a HAMBer and haven't tontributed to the information... well.. SHAME ON YOU!

Keep Hemis alive!

Early Hemi Tech Index... --> CLICK HERE!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stewart Warner offers 5" Gauges Again

Stewart Warner started offering their larger faced gauges again. They come in the standard block style with the SW logo (DLX) and are offered with the traditional "Wings" logo. Prices are a little on the steep side, but Summit Racing can get them them for a little better than most others. Some of them have a 4-week lead time.

5-inches! Look at a CD/DVD... it's even BIGGER than that! COOL!

Let's hope that for the price they're getting, they're more immune to the quality problems they have with the others.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Back to my addiction to gauges...

These are not mine, but pictures from my little library of gauge pictures. Been thinking a lot about what needs to be in my dash. So naturally I started collecting pictures... much cheaper than collecting these gauges. Maybe someday though... Guy can dream, right?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Miller front drive

Early Miller Front Drive assembly. CV joints are nothing new, folks!! Awesome!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


After tearing apart the rockers that I was going to use on this Hemi build, I found them to be pretty much trashed. Not sure if they can even be saved. Bummer! Bad maintenance on someone's part. HOWEVER! I bought another set of rockers awhile back just in case I ran into issues (just like this). Turns out they're in fabulous condition, shafts polished out nice ANNNND... the rocker arms have been smoothed out! No cast marks! Pretty cool! This was done to reduce stress risers. Anyway, pretty cool!

(camera is broken, taken with cell phone! GAH!)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Crafty B Open House

Looking for something to do on July 25th and you're in the Grand Rapids, MI area? Crafty B is havin' an open house. Go check it out and see all the cool and crazy parts that Kirk is building in his shop! For more information and details, keep an eye on his website:

Crafty B Hot Rod Parts

I did a little write up here on my blog awhile ago, you can see it here:

Friday vintage racer porn!

WOW! How beautiful is this Miller!?? WOW! Just... WOW!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


My flywheel showed up from Wilcap yesterday and I picked up my starter from rebuild on Saturday! Those were some much needed parts! Flywheel is a lightened steel unit that Pat made to order and even drilled it for the 1/2-20" crank bolts so it's ready to go! Can't wait to hear this Hemi! Still a few more parts to collect, but it won't be long now before it'll be breathing fire!

Thanks to Rick, for helpin' me out with finding a starter! Even more cool it has history!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Support your local Sinners

Just wanted to send out big thank you to the Sinners for the nice little 4th of July bash, on Saturday! Had a great time! Good to see some friends and meet some new people! Even had a couple friends that came down from Vegas just to come to the party!

Special thanks to Brandon Holstein for stopping by and reminding me to get out of the shop! HAHA!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bob Bleed and A.S.S.!

Been keeping an eye on the Aceholes, Bob Bleed, and the latest and greatest from South Austin Speed Shop. I rely on posts from Bob to get the niddy griddy...

Another big congratulations to Bob and to the others that are transplanting to Austin to build at A.S.S... Looking forward to their updates!

(pictures are from the HAMB and posted by Bob)