One thing that you never, ever, ever, ever…ever see is a totally uncut 1949-51 Mercury 2 door. They basically don’t exist in real life anymore because every person that has ever owned one has chopped the roof, slammed it to the pavement and turned it into a lead sled. Do I blame them? Not really. As I do enjoy some lead sleds. I do find it slightly sad that these cars have become so rare though, because even in factory gear, they sure are sharp.
If there is one thing in life that everybody in the world can agree on, it’s Lincoln Zephyr’s. Everybody on this giant, soaking wet planet loves an old Zephyr. That’s is a fact! This one? It was in…credible! Say this next part out loud slowly so that you really feel it – Running V12. Solid original steel. 1955 window sticker. Original spare tire. “Hoover for president” license plate. And, never ending class that post Y2K humans don’t even know about. Yes, this car was mint-colored automotive lovin’ for sure. Why didn’t I buy it? I don’t have any idea. Dumbest move ever. Thanks for reminding me.
Worth noting: Someday, I’m going to learn how to use a camera.
Two weeks ago, I repaired the rear section of the “new” roof on the 1972 Nova project. This past weekend, I focused on the front passenger A-pillar, because like the rear, it was also trash. I began by cutting the rotted metal out with the cut off wheel. I then bent a piece of steel at a 90 degree angle with a hammer & vice. From there, I shrank the metal, which caused it to beautifully curve. Then it was just a matter of MIG welding it to the existing roof and a-pillar, and grinding it smooth. Once I am totally happy with it, I’ll soak the inside of it with some type of coating to prevent rust. After all, that’s what got us here in the first place.
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The X-Games is awesome to watch, but not so awesome when people crash and get injured. That was the case with Toomas Heikkinen a few days ago. It was rumored that he broke his ankle and got a few other bumps and bruises. Considering the speed and the extremely abrupt deceleration, I’d say he did fairly well if that was his worst injury.
The last time that we had talked about the 1972 Nova project was when I had cut off the old roof skin, and rested the “new” one in its place. Since then, I welded the skin into its new home, and began repairing the sections of it that were rotted. Now, before I go any further, you might be saying “You replaced a rotted roof skin with a rotted roof skin? What the what?!” And the answer is yes. Yes I did. See, people in New England can’t have nice things because of rust. The “new” roof was “very solid” (for New England metal) except for the whole rear section where the glass sits. Water had clearly pooled there for quite a while and destroyed all the metal in that area. BUT. Replacing that section was about one thousand times easier than replacing the entire middle of the old roof. So that’s what I did.
Once the back of the roof was somewhat together, I decided to see how terrible the front sheetmetal was going to fit. That process would have gone really well if the mounts for the lower fender bolts still existed. Sadly they did not. So, I now I have to make those. Great.
A friend of mine recently came up with this shirt. Through some research, he believes that it could be from the 1967 USGP @ Watkins Glen, though that is just a guess. The names that can be identified are:
- Graham Hill
- Dan Gurney
- Denny Hulme
- Mike Spence
- Jim Clark
- Michael Parkes
The question for you, is: Who else autographed this shirt? Can anybody confirm which race it was from?
Over the years, the 1A Auto Blog has seen some outrageous automotive-related creations. Remember that awesome bench seat made from a truck bed? And the incredible table made of wrenches ? Both were game changers no doubt, but today your world is about to be flipped over and shaken up. Yes, today we have a 6 foot tall transformer-like wine rack that would frighten an army of cyborgs away from Sarah Connor. Without. Question. The best part you ask? It’s for sale on Craigslist. So you can own it.
In the seller’s own words:
“For the discerning individual who appreciates artwork and wine – you now have a great opportunity to meld those together into one piece of artwork that will display your bottle collection like no other wine rack. This will make you the talk of your wine club, HOA, alcoholics anonymous support group, etc…
There are only several times in one’s life when one has the opportunity to purchase something that is RIDICULOUSLY COOL. This is one of those moments.
Need something unique? Sure, you could certainly go to the local Mercedes dealership and pick up a G55 or wait until next year’s G63 comes out and yes, it would be unique, you’d be the talk of your friends, and ride around in style but it wouldn’t be any different than the next G55 or G63 rolling around. Nooooo waaaaaaay man! Those suckers are mass produced!! You see those all over the place in Scottsdale!
What ya need is a one-off piece of artwork that you will not find anywhere else in the metropolitan area and likely – the entire state.
Height: 6 feet
Weight: Approx 1,000lbs
Material contents: Used transmission parts from automobiles and motorcycles. There are even parts on the statue that are stamped with the “Ford” logo
Bottle capacity: 32 bottles depending on size of bottle.
All parts used to artistically weld together this stunning piece of artwork have been dipped into a solution to neutralize and remove any oil, grime, or chemicals to ensure there are no corrosive chemicals left. The entire piece was then painted gun metal grey and then clear coated. It has blue LED lights that have been carefully wired into the body all along the leg and up into the torso to the top of the shoulder. There are also LED lights mounted in the “calf” of the leg.
Interested in buying this ridiculously awesome wine rack that will push you into celebrity status amongst your peers/neighborhood/human race?”