Because Beautiful Welding Never Gets Old.

In the past, we have touched upon my borderline insane slight obsession with welding once or twice. I just can’t seem to get over the inherent beauty of taking two solid metals, liquifying them with massive amounts of electricity, and watching them flow into each other while hiding behind copious amounts of safety equipment. It’s unbelievably gratifying. The ultra violet light shines brilliantly from the tip of the torch as if it were full of magic, which it is. You are more or less in charge of a mini version of the sun, and you can do whatever you want with it. Liquify a little mild steel here, then maybe some aluminum over there, and if you feel wild, you challenge yourself on some copper.  Then, when that perfect weld happens, you feel as if you just invented the wheel.  High 5′s are handed out by the dozen, and much rejoicing takes place.  Unfortunately, to make consistently beautiful welds takes crazy amounts of skill.  The kind of rare skill that many people do not have, including myself.  The good news is that some of those rare people that are that good at welding take pictures of their work for people like us to sit back and dream about.  “Califonia Jay” from VWVortex is one of those people. » Continue reading more of this post…

Jay Leno’s 66 Galaxy

I caught a pretty good episode the other night of My Classic Car; Dennis Gage did the show with Jay Leno and the 66 Ford Galaxy that he built.

Now this story begins when Jay Leno was 16, he went with his mother and father to the Ford dealership to pick out a new car for the family. Jay’s father looked around the lot and went into the showroom and the only thing that the dealer had were Ford Fairlanes and Falcons. His father wanted a bigger car than those, one that he could go for a ride with the family in. His father decided to custom order the Galaxy.

Jay started bothering his father saying “let me pick the engine,  I want to pick the engine”! His mother told his father to just let him have fun and pick the engine, because what could possibly go wrong? Jay pulled the salesman to the side and said “here’s what we want” we want the 428, and we also want the muffler delete option. (The muffler delete option in those days was a set of glass packs.) » Continue reading more of this post…

The 1955 Porsche 356 `Silver Bullett`

Back in 1992, Jeff Dutton of Australia was building a fantastically hotrodded Porsche 356 ……errr ……914? Whatever it was, it turned out to be one of the cooler looking Porsches that I have laid my eyes upon.  From what I understand, Jeff’s family was in the coach building business since the early 1900′s, and this is where Jeff honed his skills that were needed to build the “Silver Bullett”.

The Silver Bullett actually began its life as two cars that were only vaguely related, like 2nd cousins.  The first being a Porsche 914, and the second being a rough looking 1955 356 continental coupe.  Some purists weren’t too thrilled about the fact that Jeff cut up a rare ’55 356, but who knows, maybe the 356 was 1 step away from turning to dust?   » Continue reading more of this post…

Whoa: Have You Seen Nelson Racing Engines?

Imagine you are a multi-millionaire driving to work in your luxurious ’91 Chevrolet Caprice (hey, it could happen).  Gas is cheap, the sun is shining, brightly colored flowers are swaying, ducks are quacking, and life sure is good.  With the windows wide open and the radio cranked, you do your best to harmonize with Mariah Carey because nobody else is around to judge you.  You are sure that today is going to be an absolutely wonderful day.  Mariah and yourself are just about to hit the pinnacle of “We belong together”, when your Caprice violently puke’s its connecting rod through the side of the engine block.  Ca-Blooey!  Rap Rap Ca-Pow!  Thud….  Mariah will have to finish this one without you.

Silence has surrounded you as you woefully roll to the side of the road.  The sun, flowers, and ducks have all vanished as well.  Could your engine have really been trying to escape your singing?  Ouch. While you can’t be sure about your engine’s motives, you can be sure that your smooth sailing, sweet B-body needs a new power plant. What a bummer…  Or is it? » Continue reading more of this post…

American Trucker BJ & The Bear Truck Restoration Episode

I was sitting down flipping through the channels last night when I stumbled upon and episode of American Trucker on the Speed channel.

The episode was about the restoration of the 18 wheeler from the hit TV show BJ & The Bear from the late 70s to the early 80s. As a kid I used to watch this show all the time and remembered that it was a pretty cool truck, not to mention that driving an 18 wheeler with a chimp in the passenger seat made things interesting.

Paul and Craig Sagehorn are the father and son team doing the restoration on the truck. When they found the cab it was in pretty tough shape, they basically had to do a frame off restoration on this rig and put everything back together. Once the original trailer was located it was missing the reefer unit, so another one had to be located that would match up to the trailer. » Continue reading more of this post…

The Worlds Fastest Dodge Caravan Is Now For Sale.

Your dreams have finally come true. The fastest Dodge Caravan is officially for sale for the nominal amount of $6500.  Considering that it is a 1989 Dodge Caravan that runs 11.76 @ 115 mph in the quarter mile, that’s not a bad price in my mind.  Seriously. That is really, really ridiculous fast, not just for a mini van, but for any car.  Mid 11 second quarter’s are as quick as a Corvette Z06 for your reference.  So doing that in a front wheel drive turbo minivan is an epic win.

Terry Ryan (AKA “Gasketmaster”), who built and owns this work of art says:

1989 White Turbo Caravan – The Fastest One!

Fresh Engine
Fresh Transmission
New Turbo

Details available to serious buyer!

Guaranteed to run 11′s with lots-o-head room left 

$6500

…..And we video of course, because that is how we roll at the 1A Auto Blog.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haPCQKOyMTo

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

Original for sale post: Turbo-Mopar.com

The Days Are Starting To Get Longer

I was heading home from work last night and I couldn’t help but notice one thing, I didn’t need my headlights on! You know what this means don’t you? we’re about 6-8 weeks away from being able to fire up a hot rod and go for a spin up here in New England.

There’s nothing like cruising home from work in your muscle car and being able to turn into a cruise night, grab a burger with your buddies and talk about what mods your going to do over the summer or what gremlins have presented themselves over your cars long winters nap.

Daylight savings time is about 10 days away (from the date of this post), not that I’m counting or anything. One more sign that warmer weather and good times are approaching. Who needs a ground hog to predict this stuff anyway?

Picture borrowed from www.camaroperformers.com

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