Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two "Hot Rods"

I decided to play around with my camera, my new Hot Rod Gretsch, and my hot rod tonight.

Any comments on the results?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Goodbye Pontiac!

Above is a scan of an old pic of my 1969 GTO Judge.

Before I became fully converted to world of traditional hot rods and kustoms I, like most American boys growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, had the muscle car bug.

Out of all the muscle machines Pontiac's spoke to me the most.

I don't know why I always dug GTO's so much more than 442's, SS's, GSX's, Road Runners, Cuda's, Stang's and so on, but I always did.

When it came to Goats I always was drawn to two particular examples of the breed...1965 Iris Mist coupes and 1969 Judges in Carousel Red.

Why the heck that color was called red when it was orange as the day is long still bothers me.

When it came down to the quest for a GTO I targeted the Judge and when I was 14 my father and I tracked down a 4 speed, no air, early Judge from a fellow in Lawton, Oklahoma.

I still remember to this day dragging that car home on a trailer and I never though we would part ways.

When I was a senior in high school the bug hit for kustoms and my life became all about 50 mercs and I sold that Judge in late 86 (or maybe early 87?) for what was at the time a ton of money for one of these cars.

Today one of these cars is worth a WHOLE lot more than what I sold it for, but who does not have a similar story when it comes to being involved in old hot rods?

I said goodbye to that Pontiac a long time ago, and sometimes regrets roll into my head about it.

The fond memories are stronger

Now we say goodbye to Pontiac as a whole...and it is with a heavy heart.

My son will never know the joy of sneaking up to the dealer to see the new Trans Ams.

GTO's will be like De Sotos to him...a cool car from long ago.

I weep for the Pontiacs that could of and should have been.

Goodbye Ol' Indians, you will be missed and remembered!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bad to the bone, or at least to the primer!

Well, a good buddy of mine got his rod far enough along to take it to the Lone Star Round Up in Austin, Texas. The car is not 100% complete, but even so it got tons of well deserved attention.

Take a look at what is now on my list of all time favorite hot rods and bask in its glory.

This son of a gun rocks!

Lone Star Round Up 09!

Well, the weatherman tried to rain the show out but the hot rodders still came.

Here are some random shots from this years Lone Star Round Up in Austin, Texas.

Lone Star Round Up 09 cont.

The Lone Star Round Up 09 cont.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Chaparrals

I have the pure honor of being a member of the Chaparrals, one of the oldest car clubs in Texas.

The club was revived several years ago by some good friends of mine with the blessings of the originals and they asked me to join.

They were though to be only a "hot rod roadster club" by many people, but that was not the case...they were just good buddies into cars and several members had coupes and customs along with the drag cars and roadsters.

They never ran a traditional car club plaque originally but instead they had metal tags like the one shown below. At the top of this post is one of our new plaques we had made to look like the original metal tags. The tags were smaller, easy to scratch, and they tended to fade in the sun.

They appeared in Hot Rod Magazine in the early 50's as shown below.

This is one of the original jackets.

Today we now have "traditional" (for a lack of a better term) club jackets similar to those found being worn by great clubs like The Shifters and The Choppers.

We used the original logo from the member "tags"

I am one lucky guy to be in the company of such great people!

My Guitars...

Well, back around Christmas I posted about how I wanted a Brian Setzer Hot Rod and I finally was able to get one.

I got it from Rocky and Street Sounds of New York City. He is the largest Gretsch dealer in the US and he hooked me up...thanks Rocky!

Anyhow, here is a pic of my new guitar and my other stuff.

*It is a pity such find instruments are wasted on my no talent hands!

My brand new Setzer Hot Rod in Kandy Tangerine with TV Jones Classics. I will probably keep round wound 10's on it.

My Burgundy Mist Jazzmaster Thin Skin Re-issue I got from Wildwood that I have show on here before...I love my surfy little buddy. I run Pyramid flats in 11 gauge.

My Electromatic with 11 gauge flats, my Fender Hot Rod American P/J bass that they only made a few years (American made), my Hot Rod Red Fender Jaguar Bass (made in Japan), and my ol' Fender six string I have had since the early 80's.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Stop'n on a dime and givin change!

I mentioned my good buddy Bob Wilson in a previous post and his fine brake products.

Here are some of his finned backing plates on the Goofy Grape.

You want some too?

Get 'em here: Bob Wilson

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Goofy Grapes Mill!

Here is a peak at what will be moving my project down the road.

A true 64 Vette double hump head 327 running six 97's that will be motivated by a M-22 four speed.