Saturday, January 31, 2009

Art by Hamilton!




Many hot rod artists are obviously inspired by the work of Big Daddy Ed Roth.  Many artists copy his work and many of them are really good at it.  The problem is in some ways it is hard to put your own personal twist on hot rod art and have it work.  

Robert Hamilton has figured out a way to inject his own style into the world of hot rod art with his killer cut outs finished in sparkle metal flake clear.

I had him do a cut out for my dad for Christmas of his ol' vette I showed in a previous post.  

If you are looking for some killer art, give this kool kat a ring.  

And just so you know, Hamilton is a full on rockabilly drummer working with the always excellent High School Caesar!



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bill Fowler's 40 Willys!




As I have posted in the past I spend a least a few minutes everyday checking out the HAMB.  I could not afford to go to this years Grand National Roadster Show, one of the greatest car shows ever.  I made it to the GNRS that celebrated the 75th of the Deuce and last year the DFW area weather caused me to miss the show.  This year too many bills.  I bet a bunch of you know what that is like!

Looking at the pictures posted on the HAMB of the GNRS I saw some pics of a Willys that I had seen in some other pictures from last summer.  At the show it was wearing the Solo Speed Shop logo on the door.

I wanted to find out more about that car so I posted on the HAMB looking for the owner or info.

It paid off, the owner contacted me!

Bill Fowler is the owner of one of the most killer Willys I have seen.  This car is beyond cool, and so is the story behind it!

The car came out of a barn in 2001 out in the hot rod wonder land of California.  

In Bill's words off the HAMB: 

"Thanks for interest in Solo Willys Coupe! Story! Grandfather gave to grandson in 1960! Kid all excited bone stock willys & going to make himself a hot rod! Yanked drivetrain & decided to strip paint! Brushed on paint stripper over complete car & then worked on stripping paint for about 15 minutes! Said way too much work!! Parked it in a barn & car not taken out til 2001! Car sat & then washed off & Wow Solo Speed Patina!"

Bill said the car sat until 2007 and then they got her on the road again with the following goodies:

Olds 410 Posi Rear End
63 Corvette 327 365 HP
Edlebrock Cross Ram
Muncie 4 Speed

I love everything about this car so check out the pictures below and also check out the link to The Solo Speed Shop if you need some work, want some cool swag, or just wanna see what is going on at the shop:








Friday, January 16, 2009

My first car...

I found and old polaroid of my first car and I started thinking of how I ended up with it and how I got where I am today because of it.

Back in the early 80's I worked for my dad on his car lot (when I was 13 and 14) washing cars.  

Across the street was a place that sold chopper parts and used cycles.  One day a biker needing to leave town for certain "issues" was selling stuff to the shop for cash.  

He had this 55 Del Ray with a fiberglass front end and small block chevy and my dad told me we could buy it with the money I had made.  

The car was a whole 400 bucks!  

We bought the car and I drove it back and forth on the lot a million times planning on painting it yellow and throwing Americans on it so it would look just like my AMF slot car.


Problem was I soon got the muscle car bug and fell in love with GTO's.  

We let this car sit and finally let it go so I could finance a 1969 Judge I had from 9th grade to my senior year.  

As my senior year progressed I became less punk and got more into rockabilly.  I also started watching American Graffiti and Rebel Without A Cause and decided I had to have a 50 merc.  

I let the GTO go just as I was graduating from high school so I could afford to work on my first 50 merc.


Most of my auto shop class buddies than knew what I was planning and when I did it could not believe I would get rid of the goat for a merc.

My auto shop teacher dug the car, but most of classmates were gear heads who liked muscle and metal music and had no use for older stuff.  

I had both for a short while but I sold the GTO Judge to afford the merc  and that merc had to go so I could buy the one I still have today.

My first merc was a California car with an old Olds motor in it.  It had been a kustom for ages but it was a rough car and had some rust issues.

One day at a swap meet I spied a merc in the parking lot and it was a 30,000 mile all original Oklahoma car without a dent or spec of rust on it.  The only thing that had ever been done to it was the second owner painted over the original two tone tan and brown and painted it black.

It was for sale, and I was in love...

I became the third owner of that car, and only the original owner has had it longer...but I am gaining on him.

For a short time I had both 50 mercs, but the first one (the maroon one) was let go and we did a full on frame off kustom job on my black one that I have had since 1986.



Below is the car I still have when I first got it, you can see how it looks today in another post.

Its funny how finding old pictures stirs up old memories and it sorta freaks me out how old I am now and how long I have had my merc.





Thursday, January 1, 2009

Goodguys last October...part 3 & HAPPY NEW YEAR

Can you say hot rod, because thats what this is!  Check out the mill, it's either a 348 or 409 big block chevy...how often do you see that combo in a hot rod anymore?


My favorite interior at the show this year was in a nice little dark blue fenderless highboy 1932 sedan.  Check this thing out!



Super nice little roadster pick up!


Who would not want to show up to the drags with this little combo?


Is this amazing or what?  A 32 3 window with one of the new aluminum flatheads with Ardun heads...wow!



Well, thats if for now...hope you enjoyed the pics.

Happy New Year!

Goodguys last October...part 2


This is another good buddy on mine car.  His name is Ron and it is a real 33 3 window.  That's my 32 in the background.




This is a glass Willys gasser, and looking over the body these guys make it is one of the nicest set ups I have seen in a while, you might try and track them down if you are thinking of building a glass Willys.  I really liked this car!



My fathers best friend that he grew up with owns this killer Impala, good luck finding a nicer one!




This is another really good buddies car and one of my favorite cars around!  It is also the real deal and not fiberglass but if you by any chance ever run into him ask him if it is glass, it drives him nuts!  Everybody asks all of us if we have glass cars and in this guys case (Bobby is his name) it happens to him the most and when he tells them it is not they then want to argue with him about it.  In the background is another one of my friends car that we call the Lima Bean.



This car belongs to a super nice guy named Chris.  It has some awesome history behind it and I think it is going to be featured on the t-shirt for the show next year.  It is a real steel 1932 3 window with a SCOT blower puffing it along.



Goodguys last October...

Well, I had planned to go to a annual car show I go to on New Years Day ever year but this year the kids are sick, I am sick, and so I did not go.  My plan was to post pics from the show but that is kind of hard to do when you don't go.  

To make up for it I am going to post some pictures from the Goodguys show in October at Texas Motor Speedway.  Hope you enjoy them!



This is my good buddy Eric's modified he built.  I had a blast riding with him in it on the autocross track they had set up this year!




Don't know who's this was but this was a killer 56 Nomad decked out in all 50's Vette parts.  Hub caps, engine, steering wheel, and so on.  Man, this was a super slick car!


I met a nice guy who is a big time Willys fan.  Not only did he have this all steel mild 40 Gasser style hot rod but he also had a bone stock 41.  When was the last time anyone saw a nice stock Willys?  I want a Willys so but but I don't think I will ever get that lucky!