Road Tripping – Cars – Lowell, Az – Part II

Ok…a little bit ago I started this article (http://wp.me/p2YxYx-1A1) and I just found it again and realized that I’ve never finished it – sorry    🙁    .

So here we go with more info on the cool little town that spans only about 5 blocks.

As the story goes this was set up by a fellow who was one of the organizers of the mega motorcycle event ever.  Sturgis!!!

You can tell that by some of the items on display in the store window displays.  He has a working custom bike shop there but it wasn’t open when we were there.  Check these bikes out:

Yes, Indian Motor cycles

Yes, Indian Motor cycles

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And Harley (this is the sign outside the working cycle shop)

But those are just signs.  How about these?!?!?!?!!

This Indian racer has been well restored.

This Indian racer has been well restored.

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Great paint on this beauty.

This BMW is next on the list for restoration.

This BMW is next on the list for restoration.

And I had to show you this one:

Indian wall sign restored

Indian wall sign restored

Notice the missing  "R"

Notice the missing “R”

More coming up on Lowell. (No seriously….I will finish it up!!)

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

 

 

Wrecked – 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air-Part.

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

But there are other, equally cool cars that you might take a fancy too and want to restore.  Finding stuff can be a problem.  My new feature “Wrecked” might help you out with finding those parts.

I’m doing this in conjunction with listing on PartingOut.Com  they pull together a lot of cars and many are southwestern cars, that means less debilitating rest on the parts you need.  And that’s where I found this very near completed parts car.

So before the ’57 Chevy craze there was the 1956 Chevy’s (really?….yes!!). No glitz of big fins and gobs of super shiny chrome there were the still cool Chevy’s.  The 1956 Bel Air was the one of the cool cars.

Chevy can in a several flavors, plain (One Fifty – 1500A), chocolate (Two Ten – 2100 B) and refined mocha mint (Bel Air – 2400C) – which include the very cool Nomad.  With over 600,000 Bel Airs produced that year, (approximately  1.5 million produced over all) you are still bound to find some good used parts.  (Who came up with the numbering systems – One Fifty – 1500A?)

They all came with station wagon variations but only the Bel Air came in a drop top (only about 41K of those made).

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There were only  two engines (six cylinder and eight).  The six was iron displacing 235.5 cubic inches with overhead valves, a bore and stroke of 3 – 9/16″ x 3-15/16″,  hydraulic lifters and four main bearing, producing 104 hp. All this goodness topped with Rochester one barrel on the automatic Powerglide Model 700200 or a Carter one barrel model 2101S and the standard shift, Rochester one barrel model 7007181.

The V8 was iron as well, displacing 265 cubic inches.  The bore and stroke of 3.75″x3″ and compression ratio of 8.0:1 helped to produce  162 hp w/the standard or Touch-down transmission (topped with  Rochester two barrel – model 7009909 ) or 170 hp with the PowerGlide transmission topped with a Carter two barrel model 2286s.

Normally I’ll stop there but there some cool power train options. Check these out:

– a four barrel Super Turbo-Fire V8 with 205hp and compression of 9.25:1 and any choice of transmission

– a 225 hp dual 4 bl carbs set up on the same engine block

The two door station wagon were call Handyman.

The taillight 0n the left hand side was in fact the fuel door.

1956 Chevy.  No glitz but very cool.

1956 Chevy. No glitz but very cool.

 

Thanks for reading and drop a note if you own 1956 Chevy.

Tim

Wrecked – 1960 Pontiac Catalina

1960 Pontiac Catalina on Parting Out

1960 Pontiac Catalina

Yes you can build a Camaro from the ground of with new frames/bodies and parts everywhere.  You can clone a Boss 302 and you can build your own 1957 Chevy and find all the after market parts you need.

But there are other, equally cool cars that you might take a fancy too and want to restore.  Finding stuff can be a problem.  My new feature “Wrecked” might help you out with finding those parts.

I’m doing this in conjunction with listing on PartingOut.Com  they pull together a lot of cars and many are southwestern cars, that means less debilitating rest on the parts you need.  And that’s were I found this very near completed parts car.

This 1960’s workhorse has great lines and I love stations wagons.  So here’s info on why I think it would be one of those cool cars, you might want too own.

There were about 34,000 of these cars produced in either the a 4 door 6 passenger or 9 passenger.  There were a few AmbleWagons produced out of that lot. (oh…amblewagons were ambulances or hearses).

This is a '69 but you get the idea.

This is a ’69 but you get the idea.

One really cool feature was that, unlike may wagons of the late ’50’s early ’60’s that sported 6 cyclinders engines, the 1960 Pontiac wagons only carried a V8.  That was the 389, overhead valved, cast iron blocked engine, with a bore and stroke of 4.05×3.75 inches and a compression ratio of 8.6:1.  These were topped with Rochester 2GC, 2 barrel, it also sported hydraulic valves and Five main bearings.  This all helped produce from 215 hp (w/synchromesth transmission) or 283 hp (w/Hyrda-Matic transmission).

This was a new body design and new for 1960 were the optional “eight lug” aluminum wheels with integral brake drums that not only enhanced the car’s looks but also provided improved stopping power. Another popular option for performance enthusiasts was the “Safe-T-Track” limited slip differential.

It looks great in this configuration.  Look at alll that glass!!!

It looks great in this configuration. Look at all that glass!!!

And tons room!!!

And tons room!!!

I would love to own one. The potential for making it a Muscle Wagon is extremely good.

So check out www.PartingOut.com and see what parts they have for your collectible.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

 

 

 

Average Guys Car Restoration Mods and Racing.com – Register and Win

Update:  First drawing is July 15, 2013.

I haven’t held a contest in a long time.  So it’s way over due and I have a lot of model cars and DVDs to handout.

So here is what I’m going to do.

I going to take the next 20 individuals that register with Average Guys’ Car Restoration, Mods and Racing and toss them into a virtual hat and pick 10 winners.  They will receive one of 10 Motor Mint model antique cars.

You just need a valid email address to register at http://www.average-guys-car-restoration-mods-racing.com and you will be entered to win.  If you comment on one of the articles, you’ll be entered twice.

I never share personal information with anyone and no one but myself has access to your email.

Good luck and thanks for reading.

Tim

 

 

 

San Francisco 49ers Coach to Drive C7 Pace Car at Indy 500 – CorvetteOnline.com

via CorvetteOnline.com.

San Francisco 49ers Coach to Drive C7 Pace Car at Indy 500

 

2014CorvetteStingrayIndyPaceCar06-mediumFor football players, there is no bigger event than the Super Bowl. Some men strive their entire lives to get to the Big Game, though just a select few have ever earned a Super Bowl title. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh fell three points short of winning his Super Bowl bid this year, falling to his brother, John, who coached the Baltimore Ravens to victory.

indy-500But even being a Super Bowl loser has its perks. One of them is the privilege of driving the 2014 Corvette Stingray Pace Car at this year’s Indianapolis 500 event, becoming one of the first “civilians” to drive this brand new American icon.

It’s a bit of a homecoming for Jim Harbaugh, who quarterbacked for the Indianapolis Colts during the 1990s. In addition to being a fervent football city, Indianapolis has a rich racing history, including the iconic Indy 500. GM has had numerous cars pace the Indy 500, including the Corvette, but with hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance, this is the first time many of them will see a Corvette C7 up close and personal.

In fact, this is the 12th time the Corvette has paced the Indy 500, including appearances that dominated most of the past decade. But this arguably the biggest Corvette pace car event of them all, a radical redesign from the “safer” look of the Corvette C6. Painted in Laguna Blue, this stunning ‘Vette will certainly draw a lot of looks when it makes its pace car debut this Sunday.

Tarrawingee Dirt Drag invitational….Continued | crcooperphotography

Tarrawingee Dirt Drag invitational….Continued | crcooperphotography.

From the Land-Down-Under.

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Nice work guys!!!

Tim

“Christine” 30th anniversary celebration coming to Carlisle | Hemmings Blog

I love book and the movie, and I even started considering collecting one.  When I was a kid (back in the early 70’s) across the road from our house, in a field, sat an old Plymouth Fury – can’t recall cars year but it did have fins.

I remember asking my Dad why we didn’t drive it and he said it needed a carburetor.  It seemed in my young mind’s eye that the carburetor wasn’t much more than a can looking thing with a butterfly looking think in the middle.  So I fashioned one out of a soup can and the metal dividers in an ice cube maker – yes kids it was before ice fell from a frig with a push of a button.

Stephen King said he chose a 1958 Plymouth Fury to play the inhuman title character in his book from the year prior because Furys “were the most mundane Fifties car that I could remember. I didn’t want a car that already had a legend attached to it like the fifties Thunderbird, the Ford Galaxies etc… Nobody ever talked about the Plymouth products.”

Enjoy this article at the link below (and go pick up a Hemmings periodical).  You’ll love them.

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Thanks for reading.

Tim

A Shelby – TRUCK!!! Yeah!!! Shelby Raptor

Well there were the Cobras and the Mustangs, even a Lancer and an Omni, why not a Shelby pick up truck….and naturally it would be a Ford.

The Ford Rapture was a formidable 4 by 4 at it’s inception with gobs of horsepower and not a badly appointed interior.

But we expect more from a Shelby and you are going to get with this monster truck.

Yeah...It's a Shelby

Yeah…It’s a Shelby

That's what most other 4x4 are going to see...the back side

That’s what most other 4×4 are going to see…the back side

The NEW Shelby Raptor delivers a heart pounding, supercharged 575 hp (50 state emissions compliant), tuned with Shelby Stinger exhaust, complimented by a custom Shelby leather interior, all wrapped in Shelby graphics and styling, and finished with an exclusive Shelby Registry number and badges. Personalize your new Shelby Raptor from your choice of three Shelby graphics packages, or add wheels and tires, light bars, bumpers and roll bars, all from our ever growing Shelby options list.

There are several paint scheme:

I like this white version - reminds me of the Mustangs

I like this white version – reminds me of the Mustangs

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Go GET ONE!!!!

Thanks for reading

Tim

Parking Lot Spotlight – Ford F-3

This isn’t the greatest paint job but I love the front end of this 1950 Ford F-3.

1950 Ford F-3

1950 Ford F-3

Normally the grill insert (including the panels where the headlights are is white.

Love the hood!

Love the hood!

 

The bed has been nicely done.

Not a great shot but the stake bed is nicely done.  This Truck still see a good it of work

Not a great shot but the stake bed is nicely done. This Truck still see a good it of work

The first F-Series truck (known as the Ford Bonus-Built) was introduced in 1948 as a replacement for the previous car-based pickup line introduced in 1941. The F-Series was sold in eight different weight ratings, with pickup, panel truck, cab-over engine (COE), conventional truck, and school bus chassis body styles.

The F-3 became the F-350 in 1953.

Your engine selections were:

226 CID 3.7 liter I6

239 CID 3.9 liter Flathead VI

254 CID 4.2 liter I6

337 CID 5.5 liter Flathead V*

Thanks for reading.

Tim