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

My Turn to Go Nuts – The End of Private Transportation

I recently received my primary election ballot for the Republican Party in the mail. Now I have to sort through the candidates (and maybe hold my nose) and vote. I have been a long time member of the Republican Party as I want to be able to vote in the primary elections. I also typically … Read more

Toy Time

The older the boy, the bigger the toy? Nope. The richer the boy, the bigger his toy appears to be more fitting provided he remains a good boy and doesn’t support a buddy who like to play at wars. There should be some good buys on seized big yachts once owned by some Russian oligarchs. … Read more

The Mystery 49 Mercury

Thanks to Terry Johnson, I have been introduced to the “Friday at 11 Club.” You may recognize Terry’s name – he owns the all original 1940 Lincoln Continental that I was able to reference when I restored mine. I am not sure this Friday group has a name, but it is an interesting informal group of … 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

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