Yank Tanks: The 50’s Cars in Cuba

A few days ago, I was too angry at my vehicles to give them any wrenching time, so I plopped myself down on the couch.  Before long, I found myself flippin’ through my Netflix account searching for car-related movies.  Among Two Lane Blacktop, Ronin, Bullit and Eric Bana’s Love The Beast, sat a movie that I had never heard of before.  It was called “Yank Tanks” by David Schendel, and it documented all of the 1940’s and 1950’s cars that are still in daily use in Cuba, along with the people that drive them.

Throughout the movie, dozens of car owners and mechanics are interviewed, along with the unique methods of repairing some of these old American rides.  As it turns out, the majority of the replacement parts for these old cars are smuggled into the country, made by amazing Cuban craftsman, or retrofitted from newer Russian cars.  From guys who build vehicles from metal scraps, to a shoeless dancing man that makes windshields, to painting cars with sponges, to one guy that makes his own brake pads with a secret formula of asbestos, you see it all.  The willingness to make any part of an old car is unlike anything that I have ever seen.  If you have a spare hour or so, I’d say it is definitely worth the watch.  The video above is the trailer for the movie, check it out!

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNzIfN8rLso

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How Do YOU Remove Grease Stains From Your Clothes?

It seems that each time I work on a car, I get grease, oil, ATF, gas, or some other stain on my shirt.  It doesn’t matter if I am in the interior, under the hood, or inside the trunk.  If I work on a car, I am basically planning to ruin at least 1 shirt with a large grease stain.  Now, if I just throw the shirt in the wash, there is less than zero chance of the stain coming out.  At best, it becomes a slightly lighter colored permanent stain, which is just unacceptable post Y2K. So when it comes to my “garage” clothes, drastic measures usually need to be taken. (more…)

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The AWD 4G63 Turbo Dune Buggy Lives!

Several months ago, we showed you Don’s absolutely fantastic AWD turbo 4G63 dune buggy project. Part 1 of the build can be seen Here, and part 2 can be seen Here.  Recently, Don brought the 4G63 buggy over to Dynotech Tuning in Seekonk MA to have a few things buttoned up on it. Yesterday turned into a major milestone.  It’s Alive!!

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndKCGhJnM0k

With the dune buggy in Brian & Jamie’s capable hands at DTT, we can expect this thing to be an absolute monster in short order.  As soon as the driving / launching videos hit the internetzzz, the 1A Blog readers will be the first to know about it.   Keep up the great work Don & DTT!

More to come…..

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Mt Washington Hill Climb Next Week – Who’s Going?


Each year, about 45,000 vehicles carefully drive up the Mount Washington auto road into the clouds. When their journey is complete, most of them triumphantly add on the bumper sticker that says “This car climbed Mt Washington”.  A proud moment indeed.

Next week, from June 22 to 26th, the auto road will become a race track for completely fearless individuals to race up the mountain at horrifying speeds.  Great news though!  People that are scared don’t have a race car… can still go and watch the racing!

Want to see who will be racing that day and what they will be driving?  Check out Climbtotheclouds.com .  You can also get tickets online there!   Now riddle me this:  Who is going to spectate?  Any of you?  Bueller?

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BZh-7hkNe4

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