Building a car is 5 big jobs, and 75,000 tiny ones (AKA putting my intake manifold together and working on my fuel tank)

Generally, when talking about rebuilding cars we break them down into several large chunks, including: engine, paint & body, suspension & brakes, drivetrain, and interior. But cars are actually several thousand tiny jobs loosely grouped together, but also intertwined. I can’t finish off the cooling system until I have my crank pulley back on, which … More Building a car is 5 big jobs, and 75,000 tiny ones (AKA putting my intake manifold together and working on my fuel tank)

Fancy stance pants (AKA air bag suspension rules if you want to use your car and keep it looking cool)

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 Fancy stance pants (AKA air bag suspension rules if you want to use your car and keep it looking cool)

What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas (AKA why I chose to run Accuair ENDO-CVT air suspension)

I finally received the new compressor for my air system so I figured I’d give a breakdown of the air suspension system I’m running in the Pontiac. I am running one of Accuair’s ENDO air set-ups as I wanted to keep my air suspension simple, quiet, reliable and easily engineered. ENDO is basically a modular … More What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas (AKA why I chose to run Accuair ENDO-CVT air suspension)

1960s cars are made of more stuff (AKA I never knew how involved trimming a car was)

I took my Pontiac’s seats and door cards up to Steve at Trim Lab in the NSW Hunter Valley as he will be recovering them in a new style. I wanted to update the factory tri-tone pattern and the blue/aqua colourscheme won’t work with my new green paint, so I’ll be going for a simpler … More 1960s cars are made of more stuff (AKA I never knew how involved trimming a car was)

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)