Thursday, August 11, 2011

I have to build a HOT ROD!!!!!!! someday...

If you could go back in time to the mid-1930s', knowing all you do about today’s performance cars, which car or truck would you buy? Just remember, whatever you choose it will undoubtedly be almost new - then.
Jump back to the here and now; How would you restore that vehicle so it represents a little of the period, but has all the hardcore performance add-ons a builder might want? Would you first begin with the largest cubic inch V8, topped with dual quads, or fuel injection? Perhaps a 5 or 6-speed manual or automatic transmission might be complimentary to your resto. Plus, equip the exterior with OE style trimmings making it your car.

Ford • Chevrolet • PontiacDodgeChryslerPlymouth • Buick • Oldsmobile, and a few more brands were built at that time, so lots of choices.

OK, this car will be special; no expense will be spared in creating an authentic, correct, exact replica of a car that an American automobile manufacturer built. If you want people to gather round and gaze in wonder at your latest creation, take the time and spend it on those one of a kind details.

’s no secret that any custom restoration needs extra attention with prep and metal finishing before the paint goes on. Going above and beyond the call of duty is how you produce an awesome project resto, but being anal slows you down so think first. Good paint work gives off a reflection without ripples, waves or orange peel anywhere, and the shine carries from one panel to the next. Everything on the car must be consistent, even, and super-straight. Show-quality is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit, but the finish and fit of any resto car rivals the best even the industry can ever produce.

The same holds true with the chrome and stainless trim. In the 30s', there wasn't a lot of chrome, so add it to enhance your overall scheme. Attention to the smallest of details makes it unique; a true custom. Although safety glass carries a soft tint that looks original, remember this era didn't have any of those "yet to be invented" items commonplace today. Take nylon for instance February, 1935 was its birthday.

If you think the bodywork is important, now is when you should look under the hood. There
is room for a built V8, equipped in either early or late model tech. Valve covers can be a focal point for the personal touch. Polished, painted or even plated, the finish here is probably the first “stand-out” area seen when opening the hood.
Cars have always been a labor of love, not just monetary investments. Wouldn't you hate to be the guy or gal who owns that car parked next to you at a show? You built this one!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hooo-Ha, Toys are FUN

Some were concerned about personal Credit ratings or scores for quite some time. What DOES it all mean? We are told it matters, but with our AAA-+ now just a lowly third world rating of ‘AA’, does life still go on the same as usual?

Here at John’s Lake Joy ToY, I needed some distraction from all that is going on in the world. I thought a short BREAKTIME from reality was called for. Why not look back at some of those good times in my work life. I forgot that meant browsing through 2tb, (TERRA-BYTES) of photos I have taken over the years. Golly gee, it was fun! Here is a collection of pic’s spanning only 15 years of shop operations. I present to you some of the toys I get to play with. Turn the sound on, it took time to compose...