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

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. » Continue reading more of this post…

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…..

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

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BZh-7hkNe4

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

KM132 Transmission Gear Comparison

Last week I wrote about how I broke the KM132 transmission in my truck.  Luckily for me, I am an auto parts hoarder, and had a couple spare KM132 transmissions “just in case”.  My life isn’t as easy as pulling the old transmission out and slapping a spare one in though because the one in my truck was fairly heavily customized.  Not only that, but the spare KM132′s I had were intended for a wide block…. You know what, let’s back up the train a bit. » Continue reading more of this post…

More Problems With The 18

Man-O-Man Mr. Kyle Busch seems to be in the news quite a bit lately. From speeding at 125 down a public road which he was served with a town penalty.

Then two weeks ago he was rubbing fenders with Richard Childress’s grandson during a cool down lap,which earned him a head lock and a complimentary 2-3 shots to the face courtesy of Mr. Childress (he was fined 150,000 for this by the way). Now his number 18 Toyota was found to be 1/16″ to low in the front during a post race tech inspection after the Pocono 5-Hour Energy 500.

I’m not sure if Jimmy Spencer “Mr. Excitement” even caused this much of a stir back in the day. Kyle was served with a loss of 6 championship points as a driver; Joe Gibbs was served with a loss of 6 owner points; crew chief Dave Rogers was also handed a 25,000 fine according to Nascar.com

Kyle’s car did pass the pre-race inspection.Back at the shop team owner Joe Gibbs stated that they did find the issue as to why the car failed the post race inspection and also informed Nascar of their findings.

It’s GTO Truck Tuesday! Come On In!

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Pontiac made a GTO truck in the 1960′s like Chevy did with their El Caminos ? Slide a 421 in it with tri-power, a Muncie, a posi, and you’ve got a winning combo. You could stick with your Pontiac roots, be competitive at the drag strip, and then fill it with mulch on the weekends! It might be the perfect match …..or not? » Continue reading more of this post…

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