Grandma Gets Her Transplant

I call the four door 1954 Chrysler Windsor I bought “Grandma.” She is big, fat, 67 years old and a little wrinkled; my kind of gal since I am 90 and consider her to be “youthful.” Grandma was created with a flathead six-cylinder engine. I decided to give her a pep up by transplanting a 331c.i. hemi … Read more

Has It Come to This?

Disturbing events over the past month have led me to believe that the behavior of my restoration cars is mimicking the darker side of human behavior. They have exhibited resentment, class struggle and sexual deviation. Let me explain as I am sure that most of my readers have not experienced this phenomenon, so they need … Read more

My Next Very Last Project

It is now time to start my third “very last project.”  So there will be no misunderstanding, let me define how these projects came about and how they are numbered. The need for the numbering system is due to my age. At age ninety, long term planning can mean “next year” not “next decade,” so … Read more

Unrequited Love

Merriam-Webster defines unrequited as “not reciprocated or returned in kind.” Unrequited love is what I am getting from the Bluebird. The Bluebird is the restomod 1962 Pontiac Catalina that I have been working on lo these many years. (No, it is not a Bonneville. That badge in the grill just came with the better replacement … Read more

The Undrivable Car

Last Saturday Harry Linsay arranged for the Early Ford V8 Club (EFV8) to go on a tour to Pinkees Rod Shop in Windsor, CO, which was followed by visiting the massive model railroad museum in Greeley. Since I am a long-term member of the EFV8 Club, I was honor bound to take my 1940 Ford … Read more

The New Cars are Sprouting

I went to the Denver Auto Show to look at all the new, neat, origami-folded sheet metal that are called cars these days. With all the thin gauge, high strength steel in use, a dent can now be just a panel replacement as the body cannot be metal worked like in the old days. In … Read more

Bluebird Needs a Diaper

Rosies Diner in Colorado

Doug made a happy announcement to the Friday 11 o’clock meeting group. “On Monday, there is going to be a nice break in the winter weather, which has been both cold and snowy. The conditions will be perfect for a rod run to Monument and lunch at Rosie’s Diner.” Count me IN! The timing is … Read more

The Wacky, Wacky Car World I Live In

No, I am not talking about politics as that is beyond wacky. What I am talking about is the world of hot rods, restorations and restomods. Everything is perfectly rational … except for those things which are not. Here are a few case histories for you to experience this wacky world . . . The … Read more

Bombastic Writing – 1962 Pontiac Restomod

Blue Bird 1962 Pontiac

With the dog days of August soon to be upon us, I thought I would continue my series of self-improvement posts to advance my writing skills. With a long history of writing sober engineering and marketing reports, I feel that I am behind in developing any skill in the communications methodology required of politicians and … Read more

Sore Feet and Sore Back – The Story of SEMA

Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association in Las Vegas, or SEMA, is the largest hot rod show and convention in the world, and the 2021 event was the first in the COVID-19 era. The travel plan was that Dusty Price and I were going to drive the Bluebird (the 1962 Pontiac restomod that I introduced to you … Read more