Aaron Kaufman formerly of Fast & Loud has a new show! That’s good news for most of us. I’m a big fan of Aaron’s talents and I’m also looking forward to seeing more of Aaron on his new show, The Low Life Show, which specializes in custom builds….
Occasionally, there are miscommunications about car shows that were cancelled. This results in car enthusiasts being disappointed. The Knights of Columbus and Long Island Plymouth Car Club asked me to extend a heartfelt apology about one such miscommunication. Please see below:
This is a new idea that may turn into a regular feature on the blog, depending on how much people like it. The idea is to find a classic car in rough condition for sale and then do a Virtual Build. I may share it on Facebook but hopefully some of you will share your thoughts in our comments section here and not just on Facebook.
In this case I found a candidate right on our own classified page. This little gem can be yours for $5,500. Here’s the link (note: at some point the ad will expire and the link might not work): 1970 Monte Carlo for sale on Rubber Hits The Road
I’ve already come up with two ways to build this.
- As a luxury build with a Cadillac or old luxury car vibe from the 40’s and ’50s.
- As an all business bad-ass machine.
In both cases, contrary to my usual instincts, I would go with an automatic transmission. It fits with the luxury theme and also with the all business – ease of use concept too….
Attention Car Clubs near Yorktown Heights, NY seeking new venues!
Kirby’s Grill & Bar is seeking to host more car cruises.
Classics, Exotics, Customs… Whatever you’re into. They’ve got the space and great food. Here is some video from a recent Sunday morning at Kirby’s where they host the Driving Force Car Club.
Call Rom at 914-548-4017 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Yes, it’s Mike Finnegan from Roadkill. Don’t worry! Mike is still on Roadkill but he now has another show called Finnegan’s Garage on Youtube. He is the same funny guy as on Roadkill but on this show he puts on his instructor hat and teaches us a lot of useful things.
Mike touches on all kinds of things including some of our favorite cars from Roadkill – BlaspHemi, the Ramp Truck, and his wife’s El Camino. There are also some cool new cars such as his recently re-acquired custom C-10 pick up and a green AMC Hornet that I just love. Mike also gets into some tool tech, which is useful.
Click here to check out his Youtube Channel. It will be time well spent.
Here’s an episode about setting driveline angles when doing drivetrain swaps.
Many of us have swapped drivetrains in cars – not just a straight forward engine or transmission swaps but actually installing different makes and models, which require relocated or redesigned mounting points. It’s lots of fun, however, these mods can change the angles and create vibrations that, at the very least impair the driving experience and at the worst, create component failure and safety issues.
Few of us know what angles to shoot for or how to measure those angles, which is why so many car enthusiasts just hope for the best and perform a lot of bad swaps. Here are some resources to help you do it right….
I decided to find a nice Buick feature that I could share with you. I found this 1972 A-body a ways back in the Popular Hot Rodding Magazine archives – circa 2008 (see the link at the bottom of my post).
This Buick Skylark owned by Gary Steele of Nashville, TN hits me because of its plain Jane look, which is somewhat in contrast to Buick’s placement in the GM line up – a luxury brand positioned just under Cadillac.
“What have I done?”
This is was my thought as I was backing my newly acquired 1965 Bel Air off the trailer. It was the morning after I towed the car 170 miles home. That “pleased as punch” buzz that one gets when you buy a new toy – a feeling that I’m well familiar with, had worn off. I was beginning to wonder if I was now experiencing a “new toy hangover” – the kind you get when you bought something you had no business buying. I know that feeling too….
I met Chris Vallone several times at local car shows. Chris runs the Classic VW Bug Shop in Congers, NY with his dad. Chris always made an entrance at the shows usually arriving with several stunning classic Beetles as examples of his work. Being consistently impressed, I decided to pay a visit to his shop….
I recently came across this sweet looking ’68 Chevy Bel Air on the website, www.ChevyHardCore.com. As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I’m a function over form kind of guy. While this Bel Air is an example of both Form and Function, the Bel Air model is a basically down to earth, no-frills (or low-frills) model and this car is just that, a bare boned example of a car meant to go fast. With the exception of the 8 track player, most of the options are about acceleration only. If it doesn’t support that goal, it’s not needed….