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

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

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

ORIGINAL, RESTORED, MODIFIED OR RESTOMOD – LET’S SORT IT OUT

The hobby of cars (referring to old, classic cars) is full of labels, most of which do not have a rigorous definition. I previously discussed different understandings of the term “classic,” which involves the meaning being based on the experience and point of view of the beholder. Earlier definitions get modified to suit the experience … 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