Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

1954 Chrysler Windsor

You may remember the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy statement that was issued during the Clinton administration in response to the LGBTQ movement as the social landscape was shifting. But something happened to me this month that gives that statement a new perspective. I got a mysterious phone call that at first I thought was … Read more

There is What You Want to Do and Then There is What You Have to Do

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

This is the article that I wanted to write, but now I can’t write. MOMENTUM To me as an engineer, momentum is a function of mass and velocity. As you increase mass and start it moving, you get velocity and thus are building momentum. Momentum can build rapidly, such as a bullet fired by a … Read more

New Threads for the Bluebird – 1962 Pontiac

At long last, my number came up in the sewing shop, and the 1962 Pontiac, or “Bluebird,” will get its interior. I had to make a decision on the color of the upholstery. I thought about a nice light tan to go with the bright blue paint and was promptly informed by the upholsterer, Chris … Read more

Change of Scene

Old Stone Fort and Cemetery in Schoharie, New York

I seem to have developed a fan base for my monthly blogs. I get positive comments by email and in person. When I started writing blogs, I wondered how they may be received as I am not a prolific, chatty person, and I do not favor repetition, which I find both boring and annoying, so … Read more

Interesting Car Guys I Have Met

When I started my effort to design and market a fuel injection system for flathead Fords, I suspected it was a business designed to fail, and it was successful in that regard. The concept was too radical for the market, and even with a very low profit margin, it was too expensive for the average … Read more

Christmas Redux

Another Christmas has passed, and another tumultuous year is closing. My very concerned neighbors must have thought that since I now live alone I might be starving to death, so they furnished me with more goodies and delicious food than I eat in a month. I have such thoughtful neighbors! I am past the point … Read more

The Unknowable Number

The internet age has introduced a new plague to the world. Fortunately I have not (yet) been tackled by the beer virus. (It is the “Corona” virus, not the “China” virus. If it were the China virus, they would have called it the “Chop Stick” virus.) This new plague is technical, not biological, in nature … Read more

The Last Five Percent in a Restomod

Here is the latest update on the 1962 Pontiac restomod. When making a car that has never been made before by taking an old design and adding new components, there are a significant number of unique design and fabrication tasks that have to be accomplished. If these tasks are conducted with attention to detail and … Read more