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.
When I first spotted this at a car show, it felt so wrong, and yet… oh so right. I instantly realized that all of these years that I have watched patiently as my toaster added crispy deliciousness to my bread, I had totally overlooked its true calling. The toaster wasn’t intended to further cook my already-cooked dough. Oh no! This baby was dipped in chrome at the toaster factory for a very different and specific purpose. A toaster’s destiny is to be inside a car! My life was forever changed. Toasting bread, bagels, and english muffins would never, nor could ever, be the same again. Do your thing toaster, it’s what you were always meant to be.
2011 must be the year of the hotrod tow truck or something, because everywhere I go, I find myself surrounded by them. They must see what I drive and just assume that I need help anytime I stop. Anywho… As promised last night, I have more pictures from the ungodly awesome Milltown show. Tonight’s display of hotness is a hot rod wrecker of epic proportion. It’s low. It’s menacing. It’s basically everything I have ever wanted. After spending about 15-20 minutes staring at this truck from every angle, I can assure you that it is bigger and badder in person than it is in the photos. Keep that in mind.
Also worth noting: Notice how all the people in the above picture are staring in different directions. A strange moment in time no doubt!
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of hanging out with an absolutely fantastic group of car and motorcycle enthusiasts. It was known as the “Return To The Milltown Hot Rod N’ Kustom Rock N Roll Weekend” in Sturbridge Massachusetts. If I may be so bold, I’d say it was the most amazingly creative / awesome selection of old rolling metal that I have ever seen in one place. Not only were the cars great, but the people were too. Throughout this week, I’m going to be posting up pictures of some automotive eye candy that I spotted while I was there.
To start off the week, I’ll post up one of my favorites. It’s a 1953 Dodge B Series Truck that I had originally spotted (pre-roof chop) over on killbillet.com several months ago. Back then I was thoroughly impressed at how little money he spent building it. His truck’s ratio of greatness to dollars spent was completely off the charts. Sure enough, he had made the trek all the way from New York to the depths of Massachusetts to be part of this amazing event. Simply fantastic.
“Rat Rod’s” have been the new cool thing to build for a few years now. They are a great part of the automotive community in my opinion because they are cheap, simple, and quick to build. Most have V8’s, and zero excess weight which means they fry the tires just fine. Some of them even stop! The vast majority of these often derelict-looking vehicles would likely not be back on the road otherwise, so assuming they are safe for the road, how can you not love them? They are cheap, fast, and with the right drivetrain – reliable. Could it really be possible that “Rat Rods” have beaten the old automotive saying of “Cheap, Fast, Reliable – Pick Two” ?
*Notice that I put “Rat Rod” in quotes. That is because some Hot Rodders find that terminology offensive for some reason. I can’t understand it because I have just as much respect for “Rats” as I do an unfinished Hot Rods or 100 point restorations. When you pour your heart and soul into a vehicle, it shows, whether it is waxable or not. For those of you that do find the “Rat” terminology offensive, just pretend I said “Hot Rod”.
If you have been following the 1A Auto Nutt’s and Bolts blog, you have no doubt seen the pictures of the 60 Pontiac Ventura rot box that is waiting patiently awaiting some love in my garage. If you are sick of hearing about it, I’m sorry, but it is weighing on my brain, and I need to get my thoughts straightened out. So yea, I have spent a lot of time recently trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to do with it. It definitely doesn’t make sense financially to restore it back to original, because you can easily find clean drivable examples for sale for less money than it would be to restore this (and that doesn’t include my 1000+ hours of my “free” labor.) That fact has definitely been established.
So my latest wild and crazy idea is to turn it into a 1930’s style hot rod. (Disclosure: Yes, I was somewhat inspired from Gary Campesi’s paintings from the other day.) Anyway, I would do this by cutting it up and shrinking the body into a 2 seater, almost like a T-bucket but with all the sexy 1960’s body lines. Then I would drop it on a home made chassis and suspension. I’d probably power it with something more modern like a 4G64, L92, 2JZ, or maybe a KA24DET. No matter which I choose, it would be backed by a manual transmission, because that’s how I roll. Wrap some giant brakes and big wheels around the whole thing, and I feel like it could be pretty slick. Other than the injected engine, I would keep everything super simple, no crazy options. Just simplistic beauty.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything similar on the internet (imagine that?), but these four pictures are the closest to the idea itself. Obviously none are 1960 Pontiac’s, but…. well…. you get the idea…
So what do you think? Stupid? Awesome? or just plain “no”?
1960 Ford Falcon
1961 Buick Skylark
Gary’s amazing art : http://www.hubgarage.com/mygarage/GaryC/vehicles