The curse of old American cars (AKA it is painful dealing with chrome and polished trim)

One reason I love old school cars is the beautiful detail work – the chrome, the polished stainless, the finely crafted pot metal pieces. Style! Design! Beauty! And also rust, pitting and a horrendously expensive project to fix up. I have deleted much of the really wild trim off my car to give it a … More The curse of old American cars (AKA it is painful dealing with chrome and polished trim)

Teasing is a modern problem (AKA the pain when your painter sends you teaser pics of your car’s fresh hue)

I look at my phone and I have unread messages from my painter. As I’m pondering what is going on I open up the messages and am met with a sudden, awesome surprise. Brendan has started laying paint down on the inner panel surfaces! After four years of picking different tones, patterns and colours (colors) … More Teasing is a modern problem (AKA the pain when your painter sends you teaser pics of your car’s fresh hue)

Welding soft metals isn’t for amateurs like me (AKA my EFI intake manifold is rad)

The awesome dual-quad Edelbrock intake manifold I bought for my car was designed to fit two four-barrel carburettors (which is why it is known as a “dual-quad” set-up). Carburettors rely on swallowing fuel and air mixed together in a very roughly calculated amount, straight into the engine. To fit electronic fuel injection (EFI) to my … More Welding soft metals isn’t for amateurs like me (AKA my EFI intake manifold is rad)

The horror (AKA people need to stop using body filler instead of panel beating tools)

People, please. I implore you to stop using body filler (AKA bog, bondo, etc) instead of hammering out dents and fixing car bodies properly. While sanding the rear fenders (guards) on my Pontiac I discovered filler over 2.5in thick in places. Instead of fixing the dent over the wheelarches, someone in the past just put … More The horror (AKA people need to stop using body filler instead of panel beating tools)

Old metal sucks (AKA why I spent $2k on a custom-made fuel tank)

Part of my Pontiac project is adding electronic fuel injection (EFI) to the original 389cui V8, and this required a new fuel system as the old-style mechanical pump can’t supply the required pressure fuel injectors require. So, I needed a better fuel pump, and this led me on a merry course of failure and frustration … More Old metal sucks (AKA why I spent $2k on a custom-made fuel tank)

Swiss cheese is bad for your car’s health (AKA my body guy hates rust)

A few days ago I got a lovely surprise. For almost 8 weeks I have been flat-out with work and a short trip overseas for my girlfriend’s cousin’s wedding. During that time I’ve been sweating about ignoring the Pontiac, and how Brendan and I would tackle that roof rust I posted up recently. This past … More Swiss cheese is bad for your car’s health (AKA my body guy hates rust)