Sunday, August 3, 2014

Claudine Update

Drove Maxine down to the shop Sunday and spent some time cleaning the Imperial's 413 block which is caked with years of grease and grime. Important note: an angle grinder with a knotted cup wire wheel works wonders on this task but also tends to fling greasy bits of sh*t everywhere.

And now for a question: repaint the block it's original Mopar blue, go with something wild like hemi orange or just leave it as is?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Not Much New (it is summer driving season after all)

Not much new at the garage, been busy tinkering on Maxine and just plain ole' driving her around. I usually pull her into the shop on Saturdays to work on a few things, then spend the rest of the weekend tooling around. She's not much to look at, but she's mine. And I'm enjoying every mile.

And check out her vintage torq thrust clones. I dig the look.

Monday, July 21, 2014


"Come on, big guy. Let’s go for a ride. Let’s cruise." --Stephen King, Christine

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Work In Progress

Though she doesn't look like it, she really is a solid old girl... where it counts. And mechanically very sound. And of course the interior is super clean, even the headliner. We took her on our first trip over the July 4th holiday weekend, 40 miles to an area ice cream stand and back and she made the journey without a hitch.

One owner (purchased new in December '62) 1963 Plymouth Savoy survivor.
Got some vintage torq thrust clones to put on the back now too.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Around The Shop

So, the Mercedes is off to a new home, as is my '74 Dodge truck which I got bored of. In it's place I've gotten a (nicer styled and slightly more popular) 1965 Ford F100. And my '63 Savoy is my temporary weekend driver.

About the F100... at some point in its past, it had a 302 dropped in it, from a 1971 Mustang from what I've been told. It also had a brake upgrade with front discs and a power brake booster from a '79 Ford truck. Incredibly, after sitting since 1996 the ol' truck does still run and will fire right up. The interior is now acceptable (after I spent a good 8 hours cleaning it out and scrubbing everything down). And after rolling it in the shop last weekend and cleaning out all the leaves, twigs and dirt out of the bed I did locate all the side trim and a pair of anodized headlight bezels. And... it did come with 4 nice Uniroyal tires and Moon disks. Now for the not so good bits... the fuel pump appears to be shot, so it's getting an electric pump and regulator upgrade. The wiring is a total mess. Rear leafs - well those are just weird. But they'll do for now. And there are some rust issues that will have to be addressed over the next winter. For now though, I'm just going to get her running and driving as funds permit so that I can enjoy her for the rest of the summer and fall.

After that, I've got to get back into the Imperial.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

Friday afternoon, beginning of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Maxine is titled, insured and registered.


Saturday back in the shop, time to scrape off old stickers and decals and clean some windows...

Hope everyone had a great weekend (and remembered the reason why we call it Memorial Day).
Till next time.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cruisin. On A Sunday Afternoon.

Spent my free time this weekend at the shop taking rubbing compound to 50 year old oxidized paint. Started with the hood and tops of the fenders. The results don't look too bad. At the end of the day Sunday we rewarded ourselves with a short cruise to the end of the street and back. Looking forward to the long Memorial Day weekend and hope to get more accomplished.

Notice how straight the grill is! Roll pan is clean too.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

18 Year Old Brake Job

According to the service record sticker under the hood of the '63 the car had a complete brake job done 18 years ago when the odometer sat at 75,616 miles. Today it registers 83,251 - a little over 7600 miles ago. Decided to photograph the sticker since I'm getting ready to scrub down the engine compartment and I'm not sure I can remove it without destroying it. Later on I'll pull the drums and see what condition the shoes and cylinders are in. I do know that the lines are all new(er).

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Inside The Shop

Was playing with the panorama feature on the iPhone's camera Saturday. You know, I may not have the "coolest" cars on the planet, and I'm no hot rod builder but I do like my garage and enjoy spending my weekends there, wrenching on my rides.

Monday, May 12, 2014

1963 Savoy

A few shots of the engine bay of my 1963 Plymouth Savoy taken after I installed a fresh radiator to replace the rotted leaky original Sunday. And even after 86,000 miles, the Plymouth's leaning tower of power still runs great. Nice and smooth.