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