Friday, March 27, 2009

A Dashing Good Dash!

My good buddy Karl Kencht creates some of the coolest dash insert/instrument panels known to man.

We are going to use on one the roadster mentioned in the Goofy Grape post some time ago.
I thought some of you might like a sneak peak.

Check out all of Karl's fine wares at Kencht Equipment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

UFO's at Hanging Dice!

Looking over old pictures I found the only picture I have of a 49 Ford that I had for a very short period of time.

The car was for sale at one of the very last Goodguys shows held at South Fork Ranch, home of the Dallas TV show.

It was a root beer-ish but sort of maroon color with a flat head and was too good of a deal to pass up.

That car's flathead would leave me stranded at the gas station several times. If you shut it down after running it to operating temp for a long time it would vapor lock and have to cool down to start.

I never could conquer that problem, and it would run fine the rest of the time.

It would only do this if I took a long drive in it, stopped it, and then tried to quickly set off again.

Let it sit for ten or so minutes and she would fire off like nothing ever happened.

But it was other things about that car that I remember more than the hot starting problem.

The car had some cheesy fake snap on Moon Disc looking caps on it that would cause many hot rodders to get a good laugh.

I had no idea driving to Ft. Smith Arkansas for Hanging Dice (sometime in the mid 80's) that I was loosing caps off the car. I never heard a sound, but driving along the car was flinging the caps off into the air like UFO's.

One hot rodder behind me caught up to me and said I lost a cap that sailed like a flying saucer up into the air and off into the weeds on the side of the road and that it flew perfectly like it had been thrown.

I had no idea that it had happened at all. I pulled over and not one, but three caps were gone.

I pulled the last one off and prayed that none of them had done any damage to any cars on the road.

When we got to the show I was told that on a bridge a moon cap was laying up against a wall like somebody had placed it their showing zero signs of damage.

Another cap was picked up and was also perfect with no signs of damage.

These things came off with no noise and appeared to have not done any damage to anything...thankfully!

I ran the car without caps the rest of the trip.

The issue became a running joke to many of the people at the show and the story spread and jokes were made.

The best joke was "too bad it is not a 1951 Ford, then it could have been the Area 51 UFO Ford."

On the way home we ran into some bad weather. Driving along we saw the cap we were told was sitting on the bridge. It really did look damage free and was sitting up against the wall like it had been placed there.

We did not stop because the weather was looking bad and it was starting to rain.

We hit some really bad rain and that is when I learned that the windshield was not sealed good.

I almost drowned from the rain pouring around the glass.

A few weeks later somebody at a car show/cruise night decided they really wanted that car, so I let the UFO tossing car go that almost drowned me.

I have to admit, it is one of the cars that does not bother me at all about letting go.

Some cars you miss, some you don't...but it was an interesting experience owning that car.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Scorpion

Local hero, metal man, and car builder Don Ross has been recreating the infamous Scorpion drag cars as a labor of love for the last few years.

Like many early drag cars several versions were created over the years of the Scorpion, similar to the evolution of the Swamp Rats.

The first car Don built is just plain killer and at the same time crazy.

It is funny to think how guys gave no thought to the dangers of front engine dragsters and how wild the rides were.

Some time ago I scored another stash of old car magazines and in one was a story on one of the original Scorpions.

I thought some of you readers of my blog (all two of you) might like to see the article.

This is another version of the Scorpion Don has built. Both were fired off for the crowds at the Dallas Autorama this year.