Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Everybody knows "The Boothill Express", it's one of the coolest showrods built. Ray also built two companion rods for it. The " Wake Wagon" and the "Flower Truck". Check 'em out!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
My buddy Mal (World Class Custom Cycles) fabbed up this primary cover for the blower drive off the crankshaft. I glassbeaded it today. Next week, I'll start on the primary drive. The digger may see some asphalt this year for sure! And thanks Mal!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I'm gonna try to hit this one up.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Just like the custom bike and car world, '70's drag racing was full of characters. I love nostalgia racing, especially funny cars. Freddy DeName was probably the most controversial funny car racer of all time due to his well documented off track business activities. Freddy was reportedly a "made" man.
This Camaro had to be DeName’s best-known funny car, shot at the ill-fated 1974 “PRO Nationals” held on Long Island. In promoting this race, DeName pulled off a great stunt. While displaying the car at Coney Island, Freddy decided to do a highly illegal burnout, in public, right next to the world famous "Cyclone" roller coaster. Norman Blake caught the moment on film and got it into the magazines. DeName raced funny cars until 1977.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
My two faves of his were the Red Baron Roadster and the Wood Burner. In contrast, even as a kid I could never comprehend why they stuck a Pontiac inline 6 in that car. And then the Wood Burner got a twin 6-71 blown 327. Budgets, I guess were the determining factor.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
For sale locally for 30 grand. Hell, it's a cool ride, but 30 g's? I picked a bad week to stop smoking crack!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
California Show Car owners Bob Resiner and Jay Ohrberg are the original builders. Dick Dean is credited as building the all steel body when he worked there. It was originally painted blue and named "The Turnpike Hauler".
Sometime around '74, ol' George Barris gets a hold of her, paints her candy apple red, sells her to Redd Foxx or the producers of the Sanford and Son show. She hits the show circuit again, billed as Redd Foxx's Lil' Redd Wrecker. Incidentally, the rod was never seen on the show.
The last pic is from the 59th Annual Grand National Roadster show (2008), when Jay was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Jay is currently looking for a space to open "Jay Ohrberg's Hollywood Cars" in a major tourist area. Hopefully he gets his museum open.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I'm at DD's yesterday, sitting in the parking lot drinking a coffee in my truck, when this guy starts tapping on my passenger window. So I get out of the truck and this guy starts asking me about who did the flames and pinstriping on my truck and all kinds of paint and bodywork questions. I'm basically blowing this guy off because he's driving an HHR and I'm not about to do anymore flame jobs on anything this year. He proceeds to tell me he used to have a body shop, but sold it and went back to working the families electroplating business. He is just looking for someone to lay the flames out and he will paint them. He's now starting to peek my interest. So I proceed to ask him some questions on gold plating, and this guy knows his shit. Anyway his shop is less than a mile from me. I take a ride over there and it's very impressive. Fully automated, recycling all hazardous chemicals for disposal etc. It's not a walk in shop, all his work is through contracts with the government and manufacturers. Back to the flame job, he's about six months away from paint on a '33 Ford and he's willing to trade paint layout for some plating. I think I made a new best friend! We'll see what turns out of this, but I almost blew this guy off.