Corvette Mouse Pad Give Away – Corvette Engine Contest Final Winner

Here you have the final winner:

Roy Obert (you’ve seen his work here – Quickiefilms) from  Mi., with his C3 – with a tiny but functional engine.

The specs? Oh...he just says..."Bad Ass".

What a profile!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the fun.  More contests coming up.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Car Art vs. Car Art

There’s car art (art with cars) and then there’s car art (art on a car).

Here are a couple interesting pieces.

The first is  in Prescott, Az.  Prescott is beautiful city in up-state Arizona where we love to hang out.  It features a beautiful town square that would rival any of them back East.  That square is the venue of some very enjoyable events, include a collector’s car show and an all Corvette show, every year.

Walking a few blocks away from the square is a parking garage with one side depicting an a mural.

 

Mural in Prescott, Az

Notice the cars?

Here’s a close up:

 

Mural in Prescott, Az

 

Great art  work!!!

Let move to the other end of the spectrum.  I’m keeping in mind that “Art” is in the eye of the beholder..nah…that’s not working here!!!

Bisbee, Az is nearly the complete opposite of Prescott, Az.  In fact, it’s even located at the opposite end of Arizona.  Tucked in to the mountains, near the border of Mexico, it is  very interesting mining town, turned tourist town.  Bisbee sits in a time warp stuck between the 1960’s and mid 1970’s.  Gives all the feel of the VW  bus generation with a huge variety of artist’s, art galleries and old mining camp homes built into the side of the mountains.  No..this ain’t the travel channel…so here’s the Art on the Car.

It appears to be a….why YES!!!…it is an El Camino.  Ya..know….I can’t really say any more…you look at it…and give me some feed back!!!!

El Camino - Art'ed out

 

Yup...eactly...WTF!!!

 

Well..ya know....it was cheaper than going to MACCO for a paint job

 

“nough…said”!!!

Thanks for reading.

Tim

C6 07 Corvette – Fuel Gauge – Video

Here is the follow-up for the Fuel Gauge issue I had with my Corvette.

I had previously added a can of Techron Fuel System Cleaner.  This was the first treated tank.  Today the Vette need filling up and I recorded the incident.

In the second video please excuse the legs shot.

This first is the status as I pulled in to gas up.

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Here you can clearly see the flop and the service notice.

 

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Fuel Issue Vid1, posted with vodpod

After about 20 miles, the gauge when to 3/4 full and a few minutes later it when to full.

After I got home I put in another can of fuel system cleaner.  We’ll see how that works.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Product Review – Griot’s Garage – Long Lasting Tire Dressing Closure

So you’ve read my review and I promised to drop a note as to the “Long Lasting” part of Griot’s Garage’s – Long Lasting Tire Dressing.

Now is has rained nearly every day since I applied the dressing.

So take a look at the tires with 2 applications and 3 applications.

Tires with 2 applications of tire dressing

 

Here is the tire with 3 applications of tire dressing

 

Here is what I think as a wrap up.   Long lasting to me doesn’t necessarily mean just duration, but can it stand up to everyday driving – oh—yeah…just in case I failed to mention, the  Vette is my daily driver.  It lived up to the Griot promise.  I’ll continue using this product.

Thanks for reading

Tim

 

Product Review – Griot’s Garage – Long Lasting Tire Dressing Prt 2

Before I attempted to use the tire dressing, I washed the car and gave the rubber a good scrubbing.  For the actual application I used an old sock.  When I first poured the dressing on to the sock, it was a bit runny, but still has some consistency.  Keep in mind the temperature, 105 degrees in my garage where I  stored it and where I was applying it and about 108 outside.  I was a bit concerned, because with two show cars (one, a trophy winner and white!!) and having the tire dressing flung all over the paint isn’t cool, which is exactly what I won’t use the Eagle One brand.

I gave 3 of my 07 Vette’s tires two coats and I have one 3 coats.  Take a look a the results.

First coat:

First coat - not even - most likely due to the sock.

Another first coat

An additional note – these pics were taken in my garage with a less than optimal source light.

Now with the Vette  moved out into the sun and two coats.

Two coats - pretty nice coverage.

I really liked the 3rd application.

3 coats created a good look

So know I’ve given each tire 3 coats and since I don’t do this for a living, the next test had to wait.  I had a few ‘honey-do’ chores, before I took the Vette for a drive.  So the car sat in the sun for about an hour – temp was about 108.

With the to do list completed, I  needed  to take the Vette out to toss some air in the tires.  Yes…average guy tools = small compressor  that doesn’t hold enough air to top off four tires..heck…it can barely do one…got to upgrade one of these days.

Here is where the rubber meets the road and hopefully the tire dressing doesn’t meet the paint, but first a note. I did in fact drip some of Griot’s Garage – Long Lasting Tire Dressing on my chrome wheels and sure enough it cleans off with moist rag.

Take a quick spin about 1.5 miles from the house and I don’t drive 30 miles an hour…the tires spun pretty hard the entire trip.

At the air pump here is what I saw.

Light running

Same here.

I’ll mention, again the temperature and I think that might have something to do with it, but really this wasn’t bad.  The real test was whether or not it spread to the paint and since it’s a black car you aren’t going to see it as easily – it’s a clear liquid as well.  So a quick swipe with a white showed me all I needed to know, it came back clean.

So I’m pretty pleased with how the product worked.

As far as the “long-lasting” part.  I’m not going to be able to render a fair opinion yet for a couple of reason:

1.  I just put it on

2.  We don’t get much rain here in Southern AZ  but it is the monsoon season so it has rained 3 times since the application.

So that will have to be in Part 3 later on.

I need to add a few notes as I always do when I review a product. (Some of that laws school was worth the $$$.)

I don’t work for Griot’s, my only connection is that I”m on their mailing list.  This is the first product I’ve purchased from them.

I did see a tweet from someone related to Griot’s Garage commenting on this review, but don’t know the individual.

I’m not Consumer Reports or Consumer Digest.  I only comment on products I use in my search for “stuff” that works well for me.

Whenever I write about a product I try to follow the  instructions provided and always give any variances or events/conditions that might impact the outcome.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Closure Missing 1970 Mustang Grande

OK after all these years, after the car was gone.  I stopped by the house.  I was met by Al, short for Albert, not Alan, as Al informed me.

I told him that I had always wanted to check on the Grande and he informed I was a bit late.  He said he didn’t mind answers a few questions.

So I asked Al how got the car and he said he bought it back in 1972 from some guy.  “It was a nice car with an automatic.”  Of course my next question was what was under the hood and he said ‘nothing’.  “Took it out about 10 years ago and parked on the side of the house.”  He told me he never got the engine fixed, ” ’cause  it ‘cost too much.”  He ended up letting the guy that did some work on it keep.  “Ya know, it might have been a 302.”  He said he didn’t really know want to do with the body and just ended up hanging on to it.

So I asked him where the car end up, hoping it was sent out to be restored.  He said there was this guy from Texas that would stop by every now and then and ask if it was for sale.  He drives large pick up and always has an empty trailer attached.  This same guy that has stopped by a co-worker of mine, who has her son’s 70 Monte Carlo and her daughter’s 1969 Camaro sitting under her car port – waiting for some TLC and try’s to convince her that she should sell them to him.  She chases him off each time, but he’ll swing by a few months later.

A couple of weeks ago, Texas dude, stops by Al’s home and Al decided to get the Grande out of the yard and sold the man from Texas.

We talked a bit longer about my 1970 Mustang coupe and I showed him a couple of pics on my phone and then thanked him for his time.

There ya go..closure!

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Mustang Upholstery Part II

The next step is to remove the seat from the car.

For the Mustang the studs pass through the track and the nuts are under the car so a little space is need.  Since most average guy’s don’t have a lift in their home garage, so I pull out the trusty 2 ton floor jack and a jack stand.

As most Mustang owners know, they were built with subframes.  When jacking up the car with a floor jack place it on the frame, or use the standard scissor jack that attached to the seam at the rocker panel.  Either way once it’s in the air, DO NOT FORGET to put the jack stand under the car. Yes it actually takes longer to do the set up then to remove the bolts…but take the time to be save.

2 Ton Floor Jack

Floor pan plug that protect the bolts and studs.

These plugs pry out very easily.  I was able to get them out with just my fingers.  Once they are removed you’ll have access to the nut.  The distance between the opening and the nut requires an extension and the length of the stud requires a deep socket.  These were 1/2″.  The Mustang was raised in Arizona (get it?  First reader to drop a comment explaining “get it” wins a DVD.)  and all the plugs are in place.  This kept all the road grime and what not off the studs and nuts, they separated easily.

When you are done you should have this many parts.

When I purchased the Mustang I was told that the upholstery was replaced at some point. (Keep that in mind for later as well.)

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As you can see in the video I wasn’t able to get the seat out of the car. I initially I figured it was because I couldn’t pull out level enough for the studs to clear the holes due to the fact that I was holding the camera. However, after putting it down I still shouldn’t get the seat out. So I climbed back under the car and found that there was a second nut on the right rear stud. I’m guess it was doubled up, when the last installer wasn’t sure whether they already but one on? And of course you can see by the previous picture that those two nuts not the same as the others.

Part III will be coming up in a day or so.
Thanks for reading.
Tim

Parking Lot Spotlight 6/13/2011

Here is another cool  car sighting.

This one was in the parking lot of the a local auto parts store Checker’s or O’Rielly’s….or….all those mergers are making hard to have common name that everyone can related too (remember when there was just NAPA….can’t find them very often).

1969 Chevelle 454 Restored shell

This 1969  Chevelle  was merely as shell…oh but is extremely well done restoration.  The paint was excellent (makes ya wonder why it was being dragged round uncovered), the inside of the shell had been as expertly sprayed as the exterior..it was almost a shame to put in the interior in there.

Reproduction gauges and not much in the way of interior yet.

The badge on the car shows that this car housed or will house 454.  But however, the 454 didn’t show up on the scene until until 1970 so this must be a retro fit.

You can see the big power plant is missing.

It looks absolutely ready to for dropping that monster engine back in and hitting the strip.  Hey I don’t even mind the wheels!!!

Didn’t find the owner (or driver) , part store was crowded.

Of course this isn’t a 1970, I’ll update the data a bit later.

Some 1970 Chevelle facts:

– The 454 was produced between 1970 thru 1976.

–  It produced 450 hp configured with 4bbl carb

–  It was designated the LS6 with 475 ftlbs of torque and 9.0:1 compression ratio

The majority of the Chevelle’s  (approx. 13,000) had V8 in 1970 and approx. 10,000 had 6 cylinders.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

ParkingLot Spotlight 6/07/2011

So you are out at the mall or grabbing some groceries at the store and you are headed back to your car in the parking lot and you catch something out of the corner of your eye.  It’s out of the ordinary, it really shouldn’t be there, especially parked between that 1998 Honda with almost no paint and the huge Cummings Diesel pick up with a bench car seat bungy corded to the tie downs in the bed, but there it is, glowing and out-of-place.

That is what these segments will be about.  Sometime there will be comments from the owner and sometimes I won’t have a chance to chat with them.  There is a fine line between loving cars and stalking. (Standing around while your milk getting warm and your ice cream is leaking out of the hole in the plastic bag, waiting for the owner is on the line.  Hey..it only happened once!!!…Come on now!!!..You’ve done it!!!)

Wandering around Southern Arizona wine country, we pulled into the one of the winery’s parking lots and I spied this beauty.

1964 Lincoln Continental Love the shape of the grill.

Yes! Convertible with suicide doors.

I’m on the fence with these wheels, but it’s still great looking.

Some 1964 Lincoln Continental facts:

Sales for that year was  32,969 roughly and approximately only 3,328 convertibles were sold.  The other option was a 4 door sedan (no two door coupe?  I’ll have to check on that).  The vert was sold for $6,938 and the sedan was about $700 less.

Only one engine was available for the Lincoln and that was the 430 with 320 hp. Which was good because the car weighted 5,000 lbs.  It was paired up with a 3 speed auto transmission which helped it reach the top speed of 110 m/h.

Longer wheel base was about 2 inches longer then the previous years at 126 inches.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Name That Car 10A

O.K.,  this one is an American Made Car.

Should be an easy one.  It is actually a picture of a I actually owned.

 

Name that Car 10A

You are playing for a couple of car related DVDs.

You have to have 5 correct answer win and you have to post it on the blog,  so Facebook friends – chase the link.

 

Good luck.

Tim