A few days later, they arrived, and work commenced. If you are curious, I would imagine that at this point in the story, I must have had about 75 hours into the removal of the quarter, and the repair of the wheel house, filler neck surround, drunk drop off, and trunk floor. It is easy to see why car restorations add up fast. The labor factor is huge. . . . → Read More: 1964 Impala Convertible Project Part 4
Yesterday, over on LS1Tech.com, “Fastdriver1992″ posted up some pictures of his engine… err… what was left of it at least. When it was in one piece, it was a beautiful, all aluminum LS6. Today it is a pile of aluminum which once resembled a 5.7L Corvette / Cadillac CTS-V engine. . . . → Read More: LS6 Carnage: When It All Goes Terribly Wrong.
In 1911, if you were driving a “car” (AKA motorcar, horseless carriage, etc), you would likely be driving a Model T that was sitting on wooden wheels. They were probably between 21 and 24 inches tall, and had a speedometer gear on the back side. Inflatable tires were still very new to the automotive market, but added huge comfort to the vehicle because of the rough, turn of the century roads. . . . → Read More: 100 Years Ago, This Was Your Right Front Wheel.
There has never been, nor could there ever be, a more suitable zombie apocalypse survival vehicle. Technically speaking, this is a Tucker armored snow vehicle. It has what appears to be a Dodge V8, a manual transmission, and 1 spare seat for a friend. 4 wheel track steering is fully functional, and it is armored from top to bottom. . . . → Read More: Steampunk Zombie Apocalypse Survival Vehicle For Sale
Next on the Impala list was fixing all of the metal surrounding the “tailpan”. Basically, the rear-most section of the trunk floor was rotted badly on both sides, and it all needed to go in the trash barrel. The bad news is that nobody makes these replacement panels, so I had to make them myself. First step, cut out the rotted area and see what we’re working with. Eeeek! . . . → Read More: 1964 Impala Convertible Project Part 3
I realize that not everybody is a fan of Corvair’s, but for those of you that are, I have some eye candy for you. This is a “trunk” full of air cooled goodness. It’s got chrome. It’s got four carbs. It also has working air conditioning. Haters may hate, but I think this a totally boss setup. . . . → Read More: Four Carburetors, Air Conditioned, Air Cooled.
Seriously, you would need to be eating your Wheaties to tame the solid tires, chain drive, and the rear-only mechanical band brakes. Fill this animal with rocks or lumber and you’re guaranteed to be the first one at the scene of the accident. . . . → Read More: We Actually Found The Worlds Toughest Truck