Cruising The Forums With 1ATony

64Chevy

While cruising through the forums on my social media adventures, I tend to spot some pretty cool and interesting vehicles throughout the country. So what we’ll do is every month is I’ll pluck a vehicle that to me stands out above the rest.

As a “Car Guy” that’s into vehicles in general, I really enjoy checking out some of the masterpieces, that the forum members have poured their blood sweat and tears into, to create one heck of a ride.

1ATony’s month of May pic for 2014, is Jon’s customized 1964 Chevy truck. He goes by the name Sick Boy on the 67-72chevytrucks.com forum. Man…. does this thing scream COOL!

Here are some of the details that Jon, has sent to us about his ride.

Engine bay
SBC 350 with vortec heads
Edelbrock 600CFM carb
Edelbrock intake manifold
ram horn exhaust
700R4 OD transmission

Interior
Iditit tilt steering column
Autometer gauges “old tyme” in a billet gauge panel
new wiring harness

Suspension
Custom Air Ride set up by Hales Speed Shop
Factory cross-member with plated LCA’s
2″ drop spindles
Firestone air bags
disc brakes
power steering
sway bar
Custom 2-link and C-notch with adjustable PH bar
Firestone air bags 

Still need to finish the interior (seat upholstery) and raise the bed floor to finish this truck.

Very nice truck Jon!

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Things To Consider When Shopping For A New Car

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When you’re shopping for a new vehicle, keep in mind what it is your trying to accomplish.

Ask yourself:

If you have kids do they typically like to bring a friend along on a family excursion, and could this new vehicle safely accommodate an extra person in the back. Are you looking for a new vehicle that’s better on gas, or perhaps a vehicle that has all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive to get you through the winter months when commuting to work.

When looking at a new car do you have a family of four or greater, is there room in the cargo area to fit groceries. I did find this to be an issue while looking at some of the crossovers and compact SUVs on the market.

Also what type of a warranty does the new vehicle come with, and what are the crash test ratings and customer reviews of that vehicle.

The Issue :

My wife and I both commute about 50 miles to work each day round trip, in opposite directions. We own two SUV’s and found ourselves spending so much money on gas and repairs each month, that it made sense to find a vehicle that was newer than ten years old and better on gas. Living in New England, the winter months can get downright treacherous while commuting during snow storms and blizzards.

The Hunt:

Armed with dealer invoice figures ( I used the TruCar app for your IPhone), along with some automotive review and crash test rating knowledge, it was time to hit the new car lots.  My first thought was to find an economical crossover or a compact SUV that had decent gas mileage, which would also satisfy our goals including the amount of money that I wanted to spend.

We had to have a vehicle that was low cost and four-wheel-drive because we had to sell one of the SUVs that we own… or so we thought….

Regroup:

After some major sticker shock it was time to hop back into old reliable, and to head back home to do a little more research. On my way home I couldn’t help but think, what is it that we’re trying to accomplish and what do we own. These are questions to ask yourself. After all, buying a new vehicle is a huge investment, but do it right and it may make a lot of sense.

We own a two SUVS, both very good in inclement weather (they just tend to gobble up parts once in a while, and use a ton of gas). However, it also never hurts to have an extra vehicle on-hand, in-case one of them breaks down you now have a backup vehicle to commute to work in while making repairs on the vehicle that’s down for the moment.

Owning one SUV that’s seventeen years old, and another that’s ten years old, at this point in the game it doesn’t cost much to register them every year and keep them on the road. I decided to  keep the two SUVs, cycle in a new economy car to commute in that is awesome on gas, it had to have a killer warranty and more importantly it has to be low cost!

Smart Shopping:

If you’re shopping for an economy car, that has great gas mileage you don’t have to spend a ton of money. While weighing the options I quickly noticed that you can find economy cars starting at around twelve thousand dollars that have fuel economy ratings at over 30 city and 40 miles per gallon highway.

Technology has come such a long way over the years, that some of the new fuel economy ratings are where the hybrid vehicles used to be at.  That’s enough to make anyone smile.

While shopping around and making decisions I ended up purchasing the new 2014 KIA RIO, which gets around 27 city and 37 highway for gas mileage and also comes with all kinds of fun gadgets that make the ride to work a little more enjoyable. This allowed me to cycle in a new vehicle, and to also keep costs low.

 

 

 

Top Blogs to Follow in 2013 – We Landed at Number 6!

Whoa! This week, the 1A Blog landed at #6 on CouponAudit’s “Top 100 Auto Blogs to Follow in 2013″! A few of our friends made the list as well. We’re humbled and honored to be among some of the other great websites on this list. We will make 2013 bigger and better than 2012 for sure.

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To see the complete list go to: CouponAudit.com

Defining Perfection: The Neighborhood Truck

Seeing cars and trucks used for their intended purposes does wonderful things for me.  I like seeing trucks hauling heavy stuff, Mustangs and Camaros being brutally launched at the drag strip, and pricey exotics ripping at the corners of a road course.  It’s refreshing.  When I went to the SEMA show a few years ago, I remember being absolutely flabbergasted that people in Nevada still drive around old cars daily.  Not as show cars, but as regular vehicles.  Ah…. The beautiful thing about the dry climates…..  rust isn’t desperately clawing at the bottom of your car trying to pull it back into the earth.   As long as the engine stays spinning, and the seats don’t turn into dust, you should be able to drive your 75 Malibu as long as you want.  I love this.  These old cars that are driven daily and used for a purpose often lack some of the pinache’ that show cars have, but they have features that can’t be bought or built, it’s called character.

In my neighborhood, there is an old 58-59 Chevy truck that looks like it gets used for typical yard work, and “around town” type things.  It has more character than any other car in town, and it’s tough to pinpoint why.  It just looks sooo right from every angle.  If I ever were lucky enough to own this truck, I don’t think I would change a thing about it. It is perfection.

What’s in your neighborhood?

Most vs. Least Expensive Cars on eBay.

9/17 Most Expensive Car on EBay.

Vehicle: Prago Picalo Item # 300467016924

Buy it Now Price: $5,200,000.00

Owner Says: “The car was produce hand make in the company Böhminischen Märischen Machine in the year 1934. In this time epoch till 1945 have sitting in the car prominent people. The car is a original and in well condition. You can feel the time.”

My Thoughts: I cannot feel the time for a Prago Picalo.

9/17 Least Expensive Car on EBay.

Vehicle: 1978 Triumph Spitfire # 280562381265

Buy it Now Price: $250

Owner Says:
“For parts Still good parts left.
And take it all..Come with papers.
Can deliver short distance.
Trans / Rear /Lower motor block unit.
And a few other parts.”

My Thoughts: I STILL cannot feel the time for a Prago Picalo.

Automotive Tales: ’63 Split Window Edition

Much like a human, the story of where a car has been can seriously effect the car’s soul.  Cars have souls? Yeap, they sure do, but it isn’t James Brown kind of soul though. It’s much different than that.  When you know where a car has been and all of the amazing tales that go with it, it can instantly change a cars value, the way that you drive it, and its appeal to others.  As a car enthusiast, I love hearing these automotive saga’s, because it can turn a very ordinary car into something special.  Whether embellished or not, this is one of those tales.

When I was quite a bit younger, my dad and I went to car shows and often met up with a friend of his named Mike that had a 63 split window Corvette with a Mako Shark nose and a built 427 big block.  The story with his car was an interesting one that landed it near the top of my automotive “Do Want!” list.

The story goes……..that the car was sitting behind a local dealer in the 1970′s after a bad accident.  The nose was completely destroyed, it was missing tons of parts, and the engine had vanished.  For months it sat in the snow and rain, looking more and more sad each day.  Driving by it frequently, Mike made it well known to his wife that he really wanted that car VERY badly.  Sure enough, his apparently awesome wife inquired about the car, bought it, and gave the sad looking pile of Corvette parts to him as a birthday present (Best b-day present ever? Probably.)  He was thrilled, as any guy should be that just received a split window vette.  The only downfall was that now he had to reassemble the puzzle pieces back together again.  He started with a Mako Shark nose, and began flaring the fenders and straightening out the body, eventually painting it a lighter shade of blue.  He then had my dad build a 427 engine for it.  The problem was that they were afraid the engine was going to get stolen before they got a chance to install it in the car.  So what did they do?  Well, they chained it to the house for a while.  Time passes and the high compression engine was built with the meanest parts available at the time.  Before tossing it into the car, they decided to fire it up on the engine stand. Being car guys, they wanted to hear it with the garage door closed for a few second so that they can really “feel” the power.  As they expected, the engine fired up. Unfortunately for them, it immediately blew all the windows out of the garage door.  Oops.  Lesson learned.

My dad still claims that it is one of the most scary fast cars that he has ever been in.  He said that when you bury your foot into the floor it felt like it was going to pull the front wheels off the ground.   The picture above was probably taken around 1994, which was the last time I saw this car.  If you know of it’s whereabouts, I would absolutely LOVE to see it again and / or more pictures of it.  The soul of that car runs deep, and that is what makes it extra awesome in my mind.

Got automotive stories of your own?  Share em with us!

Yes: Throw That On A 4×4 Chassis.

El Camino 4x4

Whenever you mix free time and El Camino’s, you can guarantee that something amazing will happen.   In this case,  the mid 70′s body style El Camino that everyone loves to hate became a 4 wheel drive monster.  The brush guard was functional and ready for some action, and so was the solid front axle.  In all honesty, it was put together fairly well.  Under more normal conditions, the body would have been connected to the frame with drywall screws and tie-down straps.  This one was far better.  It used real metal and wasn’t a giant turd like most 4×4 chassis swaps that I have seen.  While I can’t picture myself in this vehicle, I have great appreciation for anybody that puts their time and effort into a car.   So cheers to you mid 70′s El Camino 4×4 chassis swap dude, and to a job well done!

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