Car Builds: Before and After Pictures

When building or restoring a car, you absolutely HAVE to take pictures.

Here are my top 7 reasons why:

1) Without pictures, nobody will ever believe that you did any of the work (unless it’s terrible, then they will believe you 100%).

2) You will never remember how things originally went together. That extra bag of bolts needs a home!

3) You can hold the photo up against your car and say “look guys, before and after”.

4) It can remind you where you came from, and how you got to where you are.

5) You can look back and laugh at the horrific work you did toward the beginning of the project.  Remember when you couldn’t weld?

6) You can post them on the internet and show off all of your work to the world.

7) You don’t realize it at the time of the photograph, but there is always weird stuff going on in the background. It is fun to look for!

If you are saying to yourself “This guy is right, I don’t have any pictures of my cars…”, grab a handful of camera right now and go take some pictures.  I promise you that you will appreciate it down the road.  Just imagine how cool it would be to see all the cars that your parents had throughout the years.

Got before and after pictures?  I want to see them! Post them up or Send them to me: jnutt@1aauto.com

625 HP LS7 Powered Pontiac Solstice.

You may not think anything could be more thrilling than the “Pants on the Ground” singing sensation General Larry Platt from American Idol last night, but there is in fact something far greater.  A simple internet link from a friend yesterday took me to some fresh pictures of an absolutely unreal Pontiac Solstice built by Stenod Performance.  One quick peek, and I was desperately clawing at my mouse craving more.  I mean who doesn’t need one of these? It could be the most perfect daily driver for any gearhead out there.  An LS7 with 625 horsepower and a dry sump setup, 6-piston Brembos, and coilover’s for that absolutely perfect stance.  Wrap all that up with a new tiny convertible Pontiac Solstice body, and you have an ultimate win.  It doesn’t even scream “arrest me”, so staying under the radar is even doable.  Stenod definitely built this car just right in my opinion.  I have to guess that when this car is in motion, the driver is laughing hysterically at how absolutely absurd it is. Well done.

I will shut up now, enjoy the eye candy, I know I did.

How to Install New Headlights in your car.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so according to my math, a Youtube video must be worth at least a thousand pictures.  We know that replacing headlights can be a mystery to someone who hasn’t done it before, so we had one of our in-house automotive experts make a video explaining the in’s and out’s of it.   It takes place under the hood of a beautiful silver, supercharged, Pontiac Grand Prix.  Sure, being supercharged doesn’t make a difference as far as automotive headlights are concerned, but it sure does add some excitement to the paragraph.  So sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and let us show you how it’s done.

If you love it, hate it, or have a suggestion, let me know by leaving a comment or sending me your feedback via email at jnutt@1aauto.com

This 1969 Firebird convertible Never saw this coming…

Sometimes you go to a car show and find that the most interesting vehicles are the ones in the parking lot.  What we have here is a giant aluminum cow (or is it a bull?) sitting atop a 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible.   Before discovering this amazing relic, I had often found myself awake at night wondering if the addition of a giant aluminum animal would improve the look of my vehicle.  Luckily for me, this person proved that it wasn’t as great as I had once imagined.  Thank goodness, because I was really having a tough time finding a giant aluminum Impala to sit on my Impala. » Continue reading more of this post…

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