So…. what the best way to make 70’s boats economical?

Stick a DIESEL in it!

Oh and the engine mentioned in the article is wrong -its a 3.9L Isuzu 4 cylinder 4BD1T Turbo Diesel

Extremely cool Switches

NOS WW2 military aircraft switch’s, etc -check out the “stuff sale page”

Mikeโ€™s Cadillac

We talk to people all the time about cars, ideas and dreams. Sometimes the dreams are too big based of the pile of rust they start with, as you may know in Canada we spend a lot of time building the cars back up to where we can actually start customizing them. Mike’s Caddi is different, it may look like a half done project, but everything is square, and it has really good “bones” plus it was started by a really cool shop out in San Jose California called Gambino Kustoms ๐Ÿ‘ So is it worthy of finishing? Of course!!! So much of the work has already been done to the car, but it seems it’s been sitting outside for a long time as the rust is deep in places; thus would be a great time to try one of those “laser” rust removal tools ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚ Its also missing so much of the original pieces it leaves Mike options to build it as he wants -like there was any rules in hot rodding anyway… #seriouslycoolcar ๐Ÿ˜Ž looking forward to this one!

Ronโ€™s Oakland

This was kinda of a “survivor” car. It had been modified and the mechanicals had been swapped out, but the body was in amazing all original shape and was complete… although missing it’s roof section (was a sport coupe) but over the years the door tops had been cut off as well. We left all the original wood intact for now, reinforced the frame, and simply put it back together with all the speed parts that came with it. The cars with the cheap paint are the ones we have the most fun with. BTW twin carbed 350’s should be in wooden bodied cars!!! #waytoofast #sleeper ๐Ÿ˜‚

Early Econoline Disc Brakes!

The problem with this style of Blog style website is the cool stuff gets buried, I receive lots of questions about this conversion throughout the year so I’m bring it back up to the top.

Once upon a time I had a fast Econoline -and because of the OG drums I was running I would just plan my stops accordingly, every so often I would coast through or into an intersection while pulling up on the steering wheel, then one day BAM -I hit the backside of a Neon. When I looked around no one was making any disc brake kits -so I made my own. It’s a little cross pollination with some Japanese parts, but they came together amazingly smooth. I like to go fast and I want the option of stopping fast if required.

I’ve added the actual CAD drawing if you want to cut them out yourself -its a 3/8 steel plate. Just make sure all surfaces are clean and burr free. I’m sure if you are attempting this you are confident in your ability. this mod will also require you to adjust your steering stops if you have a front sway bar… I found that one out the hard way as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Mini bomber seat?

Sure why not, I was surfing around one day and came across plans for a bomber style hot rod seat -right click copy and save for later, well the day came to do something with it. I have a bag of super small .060 aluminum aircraft Rivets so I scaled the seat to about 1/3 of the actual size -about the right size for the rivets to seem about 3/16 in full scale. Now back to regular work… like making a mini belly tanker to put it in ๐Ÿ™‚

Georgeโ€™s 34

We only helped out on the louvers on this one -it’s great when the customer sends back shots of the finished product ๐Ÿ˜ I’ve never seen the original California kid car, and I couldn’t find any exact measurements of the louver pattern, but there are just enough telling photos to determine how they are laid out… now he’ll have to find the opening bridge shot to recreate it

Road Test

Just a short video of me dropping off Travis’s truck -or on the way… ๐Ÿ˜

Dodge Chargers

This has been the winter of non stop 68, 69, 70, B body Dodge Chargers, one after another. The learning curve has been steep on these cars -a few things we learned about them after cutting them apart and welding them back together -If it had any kind of horsepower, it’s probably bent -it probably left the factory “good enough” even the roof dimensions on either side are different -and no wonder they went through so many of these cars in the movies, there is nothing to them -probably a high impact with a shopping buggy would bend it. ๐Ÿ˜‚ And they are huge cars at 18′ long. But when all back together they look AWESOME even with miss matching panels in a “Joe Dirt” style -looking forward to the new “ratty muscle car” era! Lots of more pictures to come.

Just some cool stuff

A lot of what we do never see the light of day, I spend a lot of time sending customers photos of all aspects of their build, and they end up with a photo documentary of the entire process at the end. These are some shots or Jer’s rusted out front fender lips on his 65 Chevy van, some panels we can buy, sometimes we have to make them -sometime the panels we can buy are crap and need “tweaking” to fit right. These are some photos of the process to make this lip in our Pullmax machine. PS -I LOVE this machine ๐Ÿ™‚