Danica Patrick has announced that instead of racing in the Indianapolis 500, that she would run NASCAR’s longest race of the year in the Sprint Cup Series,which is the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 2005 Danica Patrick finished 4th in the Indy 500, claiming the highest finish by any female driver.
Danica will be racing in the Nationwide Series for Jr. Motorsports during the 2012 season, and has 10 races that she plans to run in the Sprint Cup Series on a limited schedule for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Danica said that she would love to run in the Indy 500 again one day possibly pulling a double between the two different series, and could possibly add the Brickyard 400 onto her schedule as her 10th race to be run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Over the years, many friends of mine have destroyed their engines in grand fashion. From broken crankshafts, to internals parts becoming external shrapnel, we’ve witnessed it all first hand. The picture above is the latest, fresh from this past weekend. Apparently his snowmobile wasn’t quite up to the challenge, and when the engine fell silent, he discovered that one of the pistons had turned 90 degrees in the cylinder. Nope, never a good thing.
I’ll tell you what’s better, an El Camino barn find! Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment shall we? If there are two things in the automotive world that all people truly love, it’s a good barn find story, and glorious El Caminos. I can’t pinpoint what it is about Elky’s that makes me personally, so incredibly happy. Maybe it’s the 1964+ Chevelle nose? Or could it be the ability to haul rusty junk in the back? I. Don’t. Know. By now, you can probably tell where this post is headed. That’s right, I found a 1966 El Camino on eBay that is claiming, and appearing to be, a true barn find (so jealous). It’s quite solid, and it looks like it has some bruises, but it wears them like the boss that it knows it is. For god sakes people, it’s an El Camino with factory A/C. It is the vehicle that dreams (and nightmares) are made of. I mean this thing is terrific with a capital T. I hope that whoever lands this 100%-fun-wagon will daily drive the heck out of it as is, all while sending the 1A Blog pictures along the way. God I love El Caminos.
It’s a known fact that working on cars can instantly turn good intentions into horrifying mistakes. You know, like when you snap a piece off of your plastic radiator by accident, when you spend an entire day failing at everything, or when you light yourself on fire. Yes, it’s times like these when you just want to roll your entire tool box into a giant smelting-hot volcano. Within minutes, your arsenal of tools collected over decades would be nothing but a gooey ball of liquid hot magma. Then you would never have to touch a stupid wrench again. Sadly, most of us don’t live near a liquid hot magma filled volcano, and if we did, we wouldn’t have the strength to push a tool box to the summit. So, we are forced to find viable solutions to these horrific mistakes as we wrench our way into the sunset.
This brings me to bleeder screws. OMG!But how?! Well, I am fairly certain that bleeder screws are the leading cause of the current economic crisis, 98% of failed marriages, and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Bottom line, bleeders are a black hole of happiness, and they will crush your soul. The reason for this is simple. They are made of steel, which rusts, and breaks off when you desperately need it. Every. Single. Stupid. Time. Okay, fine! To be fair, it’s more of a rust thing. It isn’t the bleeder’s fault that it rusts itself solid and becomes one with the caliper. It’s the damp weather, neglect, and road salt. LOTS of road salt. Mix iron, aluminum, salt, and time together and you have a simple recipe that encourages you to push your tools into the tar pit full of Woolly Mammoths.
That being said, there is apparently a new god-like solution to rusty bleeder screws that I found on YouTube. A solution so great that Zeus himself would rub his chin with his hand, lean back, and with Shawn Connery’s voice declare “Not bad“! It’s called the “Phoenix System 4001 Brake Free”, and it may be the best $40-ish bucks that you ever spend if it works as well as it appears to in the video. If not, then you can write your favorite offensive word on it, and then heave it into the nearest river for satisfaction.
Here is the way it apparently works:
– You insert this tool into the business end of an air hammer.
– You then slide the bleeder-screw-sized impact socket onto the end of the tool.
– Place the air hammer and “Brake Free” tool onto the potentially (always) stuck, rusty bleeder screw.
– Crank up the air hammer, and then spin the “Brake Free” with a 3/4 wrench.
– BAM! The bleeder spins out without any danger, swearing, or hassle. Life is great am I right?
Now, the guy that made this video is a regular car-guy that makes videos as he works on cars. I’ve never met him, but he makes a fairly entertaining video for sure. I can’t speak for him, but I know I’m not getting paid by the tool maker to show it off. Mine is set to arrive in the mail today, so I will be sure to report back my own results, whether they are good or bad. If you decide that you are convinced by the video already, like I was, then you can buy your own over on SummitRacing.com like I did. That also happens to be where I borrowed the above image from. Anyway, as you can see in the video, the guy takes a VW brake setup from his back yard after it had been sitting ~20 years, and with the help of this tool, he pops the bleeder free on the first try. The whole thing makes no sense, and yet makes perfect sense. It is an automotive emotional roller coaster that I don’t want to end. Does it really work? Is it a scam? I will let you know in the very near future. Looks like I’ll need to find a sacrificial caliper for the cause…
Over on VWVortex, there is never a lack of greatness being posted from people that are far more creative and talented than myself. This video is from one of those posts. From what I have gathered, the creator of the video’s friend (did I lose you there?) bought a Subaru WRX, but that isn’t his only claim to fame. He can also tear up a basketball court like he invented the dang Reebok Pumps. Naturally, the two friends decided to combine these two passions into one cinematic adventure that strangely makes me want to purchase something at the end. I just can’t decide whether I want some classic Air Jordan’s, or a new WRX. In any case, it is amazing what a couple of talented folks can do behind a camera. A simple idea turns into something that could easily be a great TV advertisement for……. something I have yet to decide. Well done!
Video originally posted by: “bmashbat” over on VWVortex
Just a few days ago, there was a vehicle on eBay that wouldn’t have caught your eye unless you were specifically looking for it. It was a very simple, two tone brown 1986 Ford Bronco XLT … with just 6,980 miles on it. Oh snap! Yes you read that right. Throughout its whole life, it has been meticulously cared for by its original owners and it really, really shows. It has original everything, right down to its perfect looking muffler. It took 37 bids to get up to its ending price of $22,810, but that was not enough to remove the reserve. I guess if you want the most perfect 1986 Bronco in existence, you’ll just have to fork out more cash than that. What’s the one problem with this vehicle you ask? Well, what the heck do you do with it? It would be a shame to drive it, and yet it would be a shame to not drive it. I’m happy I won’t have to make that decision.
For those of you that want to see all eleventeen billion pictures that this seller has available, I recommend checking out eBay item # 160705161860. Just be sure to give it plenty of time to load, because your computer will probably give up the ghost if you don’t.
Over the past weekend, I decided to fix a part of the 1972 Nova that has been waiting for quite some time. It’s the passenger side rear… inner wheel house (a mouth full). You see, it rotted away decades ago, but I couldn’t repair it because I wasn’t even sure what shape it was supposed to be! I first had to rebuild everything around it to see where it fit in. So once I got the new outer wheel house, trunk floor, and trunk drop off attached, this project could finally be tackled. Since people love build threads, I decided to document the fun with plenty of photos. Let me know if you like this sort of thing, and I will be sure to post tons more. As you can see, there is plenty of work ahead. If you like the video, I can do more of that. If you prefer strictly pictures, I can cater to that. Tell me what you want to see and I will do my best to please the masses. Here we go!