Friday, August 29, 2008


What the hell... It's Friday before a Holiday weekend. Pefect day for a hot chick in a bikini with a torch...

Forced induction of the day...

Kiwi Kev's McCulloch blown flathead with 2 Holley 94's... AWESOME! I love different looking forced induction...


Beasties playin' today... Check it! Mark on the bus so pass the mic...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Congrats to Old Crow Speed Shop!

New records were set by Bobby and Lucky and the rest of the crew at bonneville this year with their bellytanker! Congratulations guys!

Here's the scoop from the mouth of Lucky Burton...

V4F-GL-- 125 mph
We decided to go faster.
V4F-GL--135.8 mph
We jumped classes to Fuel Streamliner
V4F-FS--104 mph on blown head gasket

Pictures were taken by Kiwi Kev! Fantastic pictures!

Your car is not your bathroom or your living room chair!!

My HAMB buddy, Mike, was driving back to Phoenix from a sunny time at Bonneville in his '32 Tudor when some chick in a Honda seemed to have difficulties with the ability to drive, got sideways on the highway (this was in perfect weather in broad daylight folks!!), and t-boned him. Who knows what happened behind the wheel of that car, but LOTS of damage to Mike's deuce including a completely destroyed front fender, lots of body damage, bend frame, bent tie rod and even a bent spindle!! Because Mike is a ruler... he drove it home the 200 miles he had left after straightening some things out to get it functioning!

You're my hero Mike and I'm glad you're okay!

For those of you who don't take driving seriously and feel the need to do everything BUT pay attention to the road and other people around you, please don't drive! YOU SUCK and you're going to kill someone!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kenneth Howard

Courtesy of Classic picture!!

the REAL von Dutch

Salty air... HAMB photographers

I'm very jealous of everyone that went to Bonneville for Speed Week this year! Someday I'll get there...

These pictures were taken by various members of the HAMB. Beautiful for sure!

Friday, August 22, 2008

The art of Jeff Norwell

Jeff Norwell is an awesome artist! Check out his Blogger and his Website with more fantastic hot rod art here...

Jeff's Blog

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Speedway arms are ugly!

For my Model A I'm running cowl steering. To clear the tall-skinny front tire when I turn left I have to run a longer input steering arm on the spindle. I was going to make one from scratch, but Speedway sells one with the right dimensions. It's ugly as all get out, but with a little effort and elbow grease, that can be changed.

In the picture below you'll see the steering arm in it's gold-colored raw form, which is how it will show up on your doorstep. Here's how I took care of that eye sore...

1) I started with a good thick grinding wheel on my angle grinder and knocked down all the flame cut scars and got the general shape.
2) Next I moved on to an 80 grit sanding wheel on an angle grinder (multiple grinders setup makes this go a little faster). By then it was roughed out to the general shape.
3) I moved on to a 120 grit wheel to smooth it out a bit and used a drum sander and an air grinder to get in the interior radius at the mounting end.
4) Now the fun part... FILING! I spent another good 45 minutes or more with this just carefully shaping it, smoothing out all the corners. I used a standard bastard file with a flat profile on one side and a round profile on the other as well as a fairly course round file.
5) Then I cleaned up with a fine cut files of with similar profiles.
6) From there I used red and then blue/green 3M Scrotch Brite discs on an air grinder to help get any remaining file marks out.

I'm pleased with the results. About 2 or 3 hours of messy work, but well worth it! Still need to address a couple small stubborn spots, but it's pretty much done. The thing that helps the most when doing something with a lot shape, like this arm, is to have good lighting. You can use the light along the edges of the pieces to tell where you need to take down the material and how much.

If nothing else, it will make a great sling shot!


Monday, August 18, 2008

F4U Corsair...

This picture was taken by Richard Seaman at the 2006 Nellis AFB airshow. I stumbled on the picture in a general search and found more AMAZING pictures at this link: Nellis Airshow 2006. Make sure to scroll down! If you like WWII fighters you have to check this out! P-38's, P-51's, etc. etc....

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Some more sneak peaks...

I absolutely HATED my old engine mounts. They were made very quickly just to get the engine mounted in the car and get it on a trailer so I could get it from Vegas to Huntington Beach... So I started over. I'm much happier. They still need to be smoothed out, but structurally they're like a brick s#*t house. So they go on the list of "things to make pretty" and removed from the list of "things to do"...

...However... you'll have to wait to see the finished product! Only a teaser till things are done...

Start with an idea and transfer to the plate stock...
Takin' shape...

Vegas Has Flat Black Industries

If you guys are lookin' for some cool threads there's a little company run by Nate Blanchard called Flat Black Industries. Great apparel and various things related to this little hot rod and chopper addiction we all have. Check out his site and online store here... Flat Black Industries

Chicks dig Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle

A little shout out to some good people at Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle, in the Chicago, IL area. If you're in the area Make sure to drop in and visit them and see what's cookin' in their shop. They build some AMAZING vehicles!

Visit their website here... Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle

My little buddy, Jolie Mountain, ridin' Mom's shoulders.

I'm telling you...

...I parked my plane RIGHT HERE!!!!

Amazing shot of a "marooned" P-38 Lightning.

Monday, August 11, 2008

36 Ford Roadster info

Thank you Wally! I appreciate the link and info!

Here's what the car looks like finished on Street Rodder's website...

**36 Roadster**

Car belongs to Dick and Helen Rash and was designed by the one and only Chip Foose (OF COURSE! DUH!) and was built by... AW SHOOT! Just read the story on the link! What an amazing car!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Sexy 36 Roadster...

I honestly know nothing about this 36 Ford Roadster other than it is absolutely amazing! I don't have any finished pics nor do I know who built it, but if someone can speak up and tell me I would sure appreciate it. They deserve the credit for sure! Beautiful!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Details Schmetails..

Just some random images of some neat details...