Performance World 2011

So… they made me the feature builder this year at Performance World!  -I hesitated a bit, I was getting used to the hermit life style, never going out, working all hours of the night, always something to do it seems. I sat down did some reflecting about the past and thought why not –shows are fun and gives me a chance to reconnect with the public and friends who also never get out of the shop, The Performance World car show is the first one out of the gate for us and I believe it gets people pumped about the upcoming summer. Over the years in various capacities we have made a lot of unusual vehicles for not so normal people, what better way to bring awareness to the practical side of Hot Rodding. Times have changed but we’re still here working with like minded people to build a new future, the wheels are spinning and the ocean is still blue, many opportunities await us for glory –this summer should be interesting.

We’ll be right smack in the middle of Hall 3 this year, come on down and say hi, I don’t know what we’ll do for the display as of yet, but I’m sure it’ll be interesting. The new car I’ve been working on will be there the “Bootch” is its nickname at this point, I will need your help for it –I have no idea what I want for taillights yet, it can’t be anything typical, something modern in function but is from the 20’s/30’s era (I’ve always had problems with taillights)

The New Year, etc

Happy New year and all that stuff, I’m getting good vibes about this year, we’ve got lots to do (still playing catch up) and we’ve got a whole new batch of cars lining up to get in the door –might consider another expansion this summer –TBD. For now the snow has us working inside where it’s warm. As I look outside at my 12 year project sitting under a mountain of snow, I think to myself… this is the year.  -if anyone out there knows where I can find a 4BT Cummins in Ontario -drop me a line, I’m brewing up another idea.

I think I’ve nailed the T-shirt printing process down now, they’re looking good -I had a whole bunch to send out for Christmas – I trust eveyone got them OK.  I’ve been making jackets again but I didn’t get any shots of the last batch before they left (I’m smart like that) and will get the shots up soon.  I’ve been experimenting with T-shirt colours; the grey I like, black is always a staple, but my entire T-shirt drawer is black -I needed something else, I like the brown, and the red is really bright. I was thinking about doing some in Army Green and change the grey to green as well… or something.

The Bootch Update

December 31 – last day of 2010!

More pics of the Bootch are up –working on the roof, drip rails, cowl, door strikers/ dovetails and rear trunk frame over the holidays. -I dig this car -Patience was something I didn’t have in my youth –get it done and drive it!  Now that I’ve reached my “Carlsberg Years” I enjoy every minute I work on it, I build every car as if it’s for myself and I won’t compromise quality for time –do it once, do it right….. until I decide there is a better way, then cut it out and redo –do it as many times as it takes to do it right!

November 30 2010    We’ve been busting butt all summer trying to play catch up and stay on top of jobs, now it’s time for the winter projects to come back online, The Bootch (as I’ve taken to calling it now) is back full steam ahead, I can’t rush quality it takes as long as it needs to. Since the last update I changed a few things –we had a Rolls Royce donor car here for a bit, so I took the column and shifter mechanism (electronic shifter for the th400 –slick set up (if I can figure out the wiring!) We also got the Hydro boost brake master in and I swapped out the power box for a power rack, this thing will steer and stop great with those giant 22” aluminum blank rims. I’ve been hammering away at the interior and getting those doors chopped down to the right height 7” total removed, brought the sill up 2” and the top down 5” now for the roof…..

August 10 2010 -Well kinda Bucciali-ish, not really, well not even close -kinda sorta, maybe if you squint.

I had pics of this car on my wall forever; Dave asked me on day about a project and I jumped at the chance to put my spin on this car. I don’t know what the final out come will be for this one yet, I’ve pretty much got all the big stuff  thought out and located. The Donor started out as a 4 door Essex, to keep the proportions right I took 6” out of the back doors and added it to the rear section. It was widened 8.5” to give us some room for the interior and I leaned the “A” post back so the hood will clear the visor; It still needs a chop and I might raise the window sills up 2″ to make the doors look bigger.  The original car was front wheel drive, we went rear wheel with a big block. I vision this car looking like a modern version of a playboy’s car from the 20’s, with loads of engine turning.

It’s not much to look at right now so -Stay tuned for more pics 

David B’s Roadster

We don’t normally do traditional customs and without Dave’s guidance I have no idea what this car may have looked like if I had creative freedom on it –it’s nice to pay respects to the roots every so often. This was the most traditional car Oddball has ever built (although I did convince him to let me install some H4’s so he could see at night) I look forward to other projects that make me back up in time.

 I don’t think Dave or I really understood how far we’d get into this car when we started, when it came to the shop, it seemed good and solid –it ran, but had no brakes, once we got into it –it was in need of lots of “love”

We ended up going over the whole car, rad, grill, steering, brakes, e-brake, wiring, cowl, windshield, dash, seat, gas tank, trunk floor, rear frame, bodywork and paint and exhaust –etc. With Dave’s “Magic Fingers” at the ready on EBay, he was all set to find everything cool when the situation arose. Anyone can build a car out of a catalogue of parts, but then it looks like everyone else’s car –lame, I don’t think people know how much time goes into researching cool stuff for cars, in this case having the customer doing the looking was perfect

The car has a 40’s dry lake look about it, and the pipes up the side really set it off, I though it was going to be louder but the flatty just sounds like a tractor; I installed Harley silencers in the ends of the pipes just to take some of the “crack” out of the music.

Now all we need is black and white photography and some salt. Check the pics –they tell a better story that I can type.

A video of the “unveiling” is up on on the Canadian Rodder channel on YouTube



We have this big old louver press sitting in the corner, doesn’t get used much -at the same time, not many people ask for louvers any more. Jim was looking around trying to find a place to have them done and as it turns out there aren’t many in Ontario. We worked with Jim coming up with different layouts till we found one that worked. Jim has a really nice 36 ford, he wanted to freak out the norms by telling them he is hot rodding it –or hot rodding his extra hood is more like it, this way he can go back and forth whenever he chooses. Jim will be sending along some more shots after they’ve been painted. BTW -We can do louvers from 1″ to 5″ in one inch increments. And ideally before punching louvers we need all paint removed, sometimes it’s required to remove the inner bracing in trucks or hoods. And No we can’t punch louvers in fiberglass (I’ve been asked)

We made it into the new KBC tools catalogue

I’ve been shopping at KBC for years now; they’ve got loads of great stuff and loads of stuff I dream of owning one day.  It was a nice surprise that they asked me for some shots so they could put me in there new catalogue. Check them out.

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Dave’s 30 Plymouth

This is a really cool car, David was in the right place at the right time for this one, a good customer of mine Bill was looking to sell this car after most of the fab was completed -David was looking for a car he could drive around all the time and gain attention everywhere he went to promote his business, we have build lots of cars together over the years, and I think he’ll like this one the most –till the next one anyway.

I really like the way this car looks gangster, I had a vision to paint it like you’d see a black and white photo of this car in various grey tones, but then keeping with the sinister theme it would look better if the body was in Satin black and everything that was chrome goes gloss black with tinted windows, because it’s a Plymouth it’s got a Hemi -so the sound is right as well and the Daytons are a perfect fit for vibe. Dave has abnormally long arms and legs so we had to revise the seating arrangement for him, but the back seat is still huge. This car is Super slick and mean.  A/C -power windows, it’s got it all -and with the fenders, I’m hoping he’ll drive it in the winter as well!

The car is done for us, he’ll have the interior, windows tinted and the paint redone over the next month at various places. For now the car sits at his booth at the CNE.


Hemi-Roid -mark III

The HemiRoid –mark 3!

                Well kind of; The car the “HemiRoid” was put in storage and left to die, been there done that, I never move backwards always forwards –it didn’t really need anything except some love to get her back up and on the road. As some of you may know the car was never really finished, after I mocked up for Billetproof 06 that was it -it stayed on the road till I lost interest; it went into storage -got rusty then I really wasn’t interested in it. It had its share of fame, international magazines, car shows, photo shoots, fanatics in France building scale models (Kryss Michel) etc.

Then my friend Jason asked me if he could buy it…… I hummed and hawed, couldn’t really come up with a price let along figure out what I wanted to do with it, but a deal was struck and off it went. Jason saw the car for what it could be; he took it to a level where it should have gone in the first place. We ripped the car back down the chassis, painted the frame, bottom and inside of the car black, added a new wiring harness and A/C!, it needed windows to hold in all that cold air, a sunroof, door seals and a ton of Dynamat . Now the car is a full on street rod that works.

Both Jason and I like the polished metal surface but over time it had faded and the condensation from being locked in a container for a while had eaten through all the years of WD-40 that I sprayed on it. Jason had found this product called Shark Hide(brilliant stuff) we repolished the surface back up to a mirror then painted this stuff on, it says it hold the rust back for 6 years! We’ll see……

Check the pics of the up dated version, let me know if you want to know anything in particular, I’d be happy to answer.



George is Going Postal!

George has a vision for his Mail truck –He won’t even tell me where he’s going with it yet, we’ve added the post apocalyptic zombie killing bars to the front of it –lowered it and installed seats for the family. He’s got more plans for it –but like all of us –plans change, I not sure how it’ll end up but I’m sure it will be cool! You’ll have to check back to see if more progress has been made.

Jason’s 50 ford Pickup

Jason’s Ford pickup

Jason came in with an idea about a truck, he’s a big guy and driving a chopped 30’s cab wasn’t going to work for him, he found a 50’s ford that would allow him to sit comfortably with his creature comforts in style.  The cab and box had the usual amount of rust which makes an excellent candidate for a custom; the unusual part of this build is the grill, a Hudson Terraplane. The Grill is narrow at the bottom and looks skinny compared the cab and as always the challenge is to get a project to flow right. I found these giant headlights that filled up the space nicely. Jason had procured a late model F150 rear end that we used in the truck with airbags and a 4-bar; with these rims and tires on the back the total width is 4” this side of an H1. We widened the box  6” to compensate, which makes it look like a Fleetside. The interior has all the nice stuff you’d expect, power windows, heat, A/C, a ton of sound deadening. It’s running a warmed over 354 Hemi backed up with a 5 speed. Jason has big motorsports history and expects a lot of his vehicles, he hasn’t broken the truck in half yet….. so I guess building things like tanks has paid off again!

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