1972 Nova Project: Repairing The New Roof Edition

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.

 

On Any Given Sunday

On any given Sunday Dale Earnhardt Jr. was due to end his winless streak, and end it he did during Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

He is to date the only driver to have completed every lap so far in the 2012 season, and has six top fives and twelve top ten finishes so far this year. It’s that kind of consistency that put Dale Earnhardt Jr. in victory lane on Sunday.

With 70 laps to go, junior’s car was hooked up and drove as if it were on rails. He was just flat-out fast on the restarts and was able to pull away from the pack on the high line.

With around 20 to go Tony Stewart was running second and said to his crew chief “Don’t worry, he ain’t going nowhere”. That statement proved to be wrong as Dale put a hurtin to the rest of the field with a five second lead on the second place car which was Stewart.

Dale crossed the finish line and all of Junior Nation rose to their feet in the grandstand to show support for Dale Earnhardt Jr.; It brought cheers and tears to many fans wearing green that day as their driver did a nice smokey burnout past the grandstand.

When he crossed the finish line in true Dale fashion, he radioed into crew chief Steve Letarte and said “I don’t know what to say”, Steve replied “You Really won it Dale!”.

On his way to victory lane he was meet win high fives and praise from his follow competitors, and also got on his cell phone to call team owner Rick Hendrick. Dale thanked him for standing by him and not giving up hope during the tough times. He was also greeted by president of NASCAR Mike Helton who congratulated Dale.

Dale’s win on Sunday wasn’t just a win, it was just a great “feel good moment” for NASCAR in which many fans banded together to celebrate with NASCAR’S most popular driver.

Photo Credit Hendrick Motorsports

Calling F1 Experts: Who Autographed This 1960′s Shirt?

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?

Half Ton Transformer – Style Wine Rack Made From Transmission Parts


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.

SPECIFICATIONS

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?”

 

Transformer Wine Rack Craiglist Ad

Transformer Wine Rack Screen Capture

1A Auto Video Contest Has Officially Begun

This summer, we are having the first ever 1A Auto Video Contest. For the Full Rules, and entry form, go to the 1A Auto Video Contest page.  For the cliff notes, here’s the way it works.

  • You make a video that is 1 minute or less explaining how 1A Auto has saved you time and/or money.
  • Post it on your the internet so the public can see it.
  • Go to the Video Contest Page, agree to the terms & conditions, do what it says, and fill out the form.
  • If you do everything right and follow the rules, your video entry will likely be accepted by the 1A Auto Contest Committee (…of which I happen to be proud part of.).
  • The first 100 entrees accepted get a Free T-Shirt and more!
  • The Grand Prize winner (chosen by the 1A Auto Contest Committee) gets $1000!

With the prizes so generous, and ability to enter so incredibly easy, we are obviously expecting a large number of entrees.  Make your video ASAP, and tell all of your friends about it!

JOIN THE CONTEST RIGHT NOW

Want to see who is in the contest already?

Watch The Videos We Have So Far

A Properly Built Pontiac Hotrod

It isn’t every day that you see a 1934 Pontiac 2 door sedan with dual side mounted spares. It also not super common for a stock bodied 1934 Pontiac to have a giant 428 Pontiac motor stuffed under the stock hood. The thing that really impressed me though, was the absolutely pristine, custom-built, perfectly painted chassis that was hiding the coil-over independent rear suspension and inboard disc brakes. Yes, THAT was impressive. In fact, it was so impressive that it needed a plexiglass floor pan to properly show it off. This is totally my kind of car. Under the radar. Low key. Nonchalant. Powerhouse.

Love it.

Ageless: The BMW 635 CSI Edition

Some cars age really, really well, and the BMW 6 series is most certainly one of them. This past weekend I attended a car show at a local car dealer, and this beautifully BMW 635 CSI was in the parking lot staring at me. Amazingly, this car was not part of the car show. It was shameful really, because this car was incredibly well kept, and easily as nice as many of the show cars. The body of this BMW was flawless, the wheels were flawless, and it had clearly been loved from the moment it left the factory. Well done BMW. You made my Sunday.

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