Saturday, November 03, 2007

October was a crazy month

I'm gonna keep this kinda short and let the pictures do the talkin because there really is too much to talk about.
We took the Crow to bonneville with a new intake and carb to try and grab the open record for the fuel class. We ran a different blower with methanol.

Here's the result of 6 lbs of boost and a broken ring landing. haha. Prety ain't she?

But despite the blown piston we had a great time and as usual met some great people, even other tank people:

And even though we killed a piston, it could have been a lot worse, here is a picture of Roy Creel's motor from the same meet:

I guess he spun a bearing, broke a rod, and sawed the motor in half. Ouch. But I'm sure he was going faster than me when it happened. He always does.

here is a link to more Bonneville pictures.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bonneville Speedweek 2007

Were back and feeling good !!!!!. The week we spent in Wendover UT was great!!!! And we came back with a record. Official record: 12-Aug-07 Old Crow Speed Shop V4 BGL 104.365 mph
Do we plan to go faster next time? Of course !!!

A big highlight of the week was hanging out with the Tom Beatty Bellytank
This was the car that inspired the look of the Old Crow.
Looks like Father and son huh?

As you can see in the picture below, our 50 yr. old unopened bottle
of Old Crow bourbon has been opened, consumed, and filled with Bonneville salt.
It will now have have a new home in our shrine to the gods of speed.

But the celebration didn't stop there, oh no.
In true conquering hero fashion, I gotta get a tattoo.
Master tattoo artist Zulu lays out Coop's old Crow

A fitting end to a fantastic week.

To see more pics of our Bonneville week visit Coop's album: Photos here.

And for the best Tattoo artist around, visit:

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Bonneville bound

After fixing all the bugs were ready to hit the salt. If you make it out to Bonneville this year, stop by and say hello.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

That's Racing

Well,... After fixing the broken drive shaft in the blower, and rebuilding the waterpump and adjusting all the valves, the old banger decides to blow a head gasket.
No time to locate another one and swap it out before El Mirage today. So there goes our last test run before Bonneville. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to wing it.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Vintage Trailer rally

There is an obscure event that happens every year here in Southern cal.
It's called the Vintage Vacations trailer rally, and I try to make it every year.
It's a great way to spend a day in Orange County, Newport Beach to be exact, which is kinda of the Beverly Hills of Orange County, and normally I would'nt spend much time there, but they do have a really nice RV park in wich to house this fine event.
It's put on every year by an old friend of mine, Craig Dorsry, you can find out more about him and the event here:
Here are a few pics, and a link to my photobucket account with a bunch more pics. Enjoy.

More pics here:

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The ugly electric fan

If your like me, there's nothing that can ruin a period perfect automobile worse than a "stick out like a thumb" modern piece of equipment on a car that far pre-dates it's modern upgrade. Most car people have their own pet peeves when it comes to this. For some, it's disc brakes, or an alternator instead of a generator, for others it's air conditioning, but for me, it's electric fans. Uugh.

Well,... As you can imagine, when I found myself with no other option but to use and electric fan, due to an engine swap to a much larger motor, I was not very happy.
I was hoping to hide the fan in between the radiator and grill shell, but there just isn't enough room. So my only option was to put the fan on the engine side of the radiator, but in a roadster with no hood or fenders, there's really no hiding it.
So I decided rather than hiding it, I'd dress it up to fit with the time period of everything else around it. I had seen pictures in old Hot Rod magazines of a couple cars that experimented with the use of electric fans on cars in the 50's. Most looked like house fans, and that was the inspiration for the treatment of my modern plastic necessity.

The following is a pictorial. Perhaps it may inspire others to hide their ugly moderness, and keep me delusional as to the decade I'm living in. LoL. Enjoy.

Cut away as much plastic possibly, that is not absolutely necessary.
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Find yourself an old table fan with the right diamater screen.
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Spray anything showing with old timey wrinkle paint.
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Cut off the finger guard of an old 40's or 50's fan, and attach it over your electric fan.
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And voila, modern cooling that's easier on the eyes.
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Friday, January 26, 2007

Grand national roadster show

Here is a sneak peek at the display Lucky and I put together for the roadster show.
I will post again later with more comprehensive coverage.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

The finished product

Well,... the aluminum head fairing has been engine turned, and the paint is applied, and she's lookin good.
My friend Ruben Haute is a designer for Lucky Brand clothing,
but before he did that, he used to paint cars. I called him up and he
came over with some One Shot paint and brushes, and knocked out the logo
and name on the Bellytank.
It came out perfect, and very Old Timey. Here are the pics:
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