Friday, March 26, 2010

Daytons --Future Legendary Car?

I could be putting my foot in my mouth just for posing the question. But the car stand on it's own. We'll see what happens soon.

Luckily I shot a short video just before Thanksgiving documenting the car as I got it. You see some of the interior, the top, and the overall look of the car close up.

Daytons isn't much different from many nostalgic hot rods being built today. It has everything any great hot rod has and more. Some of the parts might be hard to get, ie. the wheels, but with patience they can be found, I guess. The difference is, the car was assembled in the 50's.Will it become a legend? The car has really never been known before. There are no pictures of it in early magazines that I've seen. No-name builder, don't know yet. But time will tell.
Well the car will be hitting the streets soon, it's first shows season is here... featured in a magazines maybe. I call it 'Daytons', what is everybody else going to call it?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

An End To Muscle Cars

And so closes another chapter of my life. I signed over a car I have known since 1996, my good friend, my 1969 Torino GT.

Farewell old friend –I will miss your loud exhaust, your gas fumed filled interior. I will miss the difficulties I had parking your 16’ 7” stock-car inspired body.

You may have had some minor faults like a water leaky interior & sticky starter (not to be picky), but you were always loyal to me. Never leaving me stuck on the side of the road or embarrassing me in front of others. And isn't that what matters, really.

And even though I had only driven you about 5000 miles in the thirteen and a half years that I cared for you, I haven't any regrets. Goodbye

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

At Least It's Not Denver...

I feel so lucky I can enjoy vintage hot rodding in its birthplace, Los Angeles. A perk is the consistently great weather. But lately, it hasn’t been so enjoyable. It seems to be raining every weekend. Unfortunately, I actually have to build my cars in The Great Outdoors. I have no garage. Hold for a small (very small) workshop, most everything is out under the stars.
Like many, I live in an apartment. Not far away is the house I grew up in. My mom still owns it thankfully. This is where I spend most weekends, outside, tinkering and fixing-up coveted jalopies.
Let me introduce you to the stable, all wearing classy winter regalia.
1927 Model T, on Model A frame. My on-going project, currently non-going. That's a new tire on the left, I normally don't keep it there. Wind isn't my friend either. If I don't have enough clips holding the plastic down --I'll let you imagine what happens.
The Daytons roadster. Doesn't it look great? All cozy under warm blankies. Wet weather causes ill effect on metal, paint, leather, wheel cleanliness, the polish on aluminum --shall I go on.
This is the driveway. Most hobbyists would be familiar with a sight like this, but most car enthusiast have indoor space too.
Still, I am a happy guy don't get me wrong. I have a secure, familiar workplace, rent free, I can do almost whatever I want. Although painting cars isn't the best, but I sweat the small the stuff.