I’ve been slack, I know. Three months without an update is a bit of a poor showing on my behalf, especially when I’ve been so busy with the car. Amazingly it still looks like it did a few months ago, however I’ve been sorting engine wiring, plumbing various sensors, ordering gauges and a hundred other … More There are 100,000 tiny jobs that swallow days during a build, which is why I haven’t updated this blog.
My 1964 Bonneville is a huge land barge (hence the name of this website) that I am rebuilding into a car that will cruise the streets and highways with ease. It isn’t a tyre-frying muscle car built to slay drag strips, or go drifting, or even win trophies for Shiniest Undercarriage Painted In 2pack at … More Why air suspension is mandatory on old full-size cruisers if you actually want to use them.
I’ll say this straight up – I liked the white-over-blue two-tone paint my car wore when I bought it. Originally delivered in Pontiac’s very early/mid 1960s colour “Aquamarine”, at some point my car was resprayed with more blue in the mix, and a pearl white roof. The resprayed blue works well with all the chrome … More Paint stripping is much easier than sanding paint off but isn’t without its own hazards.
I’m not sure if I flat-out wasn’t told – maybe I wasn’t listening. Knowing how I am, I may well have been distracted by shiny things when the sage advice was imparted that could have steered me away from embarking on my folly-filled journey to build my Pontiac. The fact remains what really causes large … More Electric power steering is immeasurably better than old school hydraulic power assistance. Fact.
Have you ever pulled on a thread in a much-loved piece of clothing, focusing on the single strand of fabric growing in your hand, but only to recoil in horror when you later realise you destroyed that favourite sweater or T-shirt? I did this with the steering and braking systems on my Pontiac rebuild . … More I accidentally rebuilt my entire steering and braking system after buying one $8 part.
I have zero training when it comes to fixing or modifying cars. My father was a property manager, not a mechanic, and I never grew up around guys in the automotive trade. When my cars broke, generally I was too poor to afford to pay someone to fix them for me, so I had to … More Being a self-taught amateur mechanic means I know it is OK to screw-up and have to redo work.
The backstory behind buying my gigantic money pit … More How I found my land barge