Sunday, July 15, 2018

Snooze Nooze

Sometimes I go down to the shop, drink a few beers, smoke a couple of cigars and just enjoy the atmosphere. This was one of those times.

I did clean the wagon's old distributor cap off as a test, by soaking it in a bucket of cold water and some Dawn dishwashing detergent overnight. It was caked with a 1/8" thick layer of greasy crap.

Turns out it's an original Mopar Forward Look piece.

Also cleaned the Ball & Ball / Carter 1bbl carb that I pulled off the wagon while I was at it. Now it's ready for re-building.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Suddenly, It's 1977

Searched eBay and found a cool old Cal-Custom bolt on gas pedal foot from back in the day. And that nerdy, late 70s high school look is starting to come together. 😜

I still have tons of sheet metal work to do but I wanted to do some "fun" stuff first.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Prognosis: Fatal

The wagon's been at the shop for 2 years now and Saturday I decided tear into the motor and have a look at the ol' slant six to see if I could find out why the car had been abandoned in the late 70s.

It wasn't pretty.

When the car arrived, the motor was locked up. Since the odometer reading is over 100k I was expecting the worst.

That does not look healthy. And oh yeah, the distributor won't budge.

#1 intake pushrod isn't looking good at all.

#4 exhaust pushrod is gone and probably down in the motor.

And that's why I picked up the rusty but unmolested '63 Fury with the 318 polyhead and 55k showing on the clock.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Shop News 6.10.18

Re-covering the dash visor on the Savoy moredoor has been on my to-do list for a while, got the idea a couple of years ago to do a 70s inspired fake fur thing. Finally tackled the task on Saturday. Looking at it now, I'm thinking I'll cover the instrument panel pod behind it in black fur.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tach It Up

Got my vintage Sun Super Tach 2 wired and installed. See the video clip at the bottom. 👍

Monday, May 28, 2018

A Warm Fuzzy Feeling

...and it aint moldy bread.

This weekend's work included a pleasant surprise as I set out to swap out the right rear brake drum off my '63 Savoy with one from the Fury parts car, on account I booger'd up one of the studs a couple years back. Gathering my tools and setting to work, the Fury's drum came off a little too easily and I found out why; looks like it had received a brake job not too long before it was parked and abandoned. Parking brake cable too. Next job will be to unbolt both assemblies from the rear axle and put them away for future use.

This last shot is of the right rear brake assembly on the Savoy. One of things that appealed to me when I was considering purchasing the car was the fact that besides being unmolested it had recently received a complete brake job, lines, master cylinder and brake cable. Though I do have a complete set of old school brake tools to do my own work when I have to.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Random Thoughts

Was the odd styling and placement of the '63 Plymouth's front turn signals a final nod of appreciation to Virgil Exner, the godfather of Forward Look? That was my thought after seeing this mid 50s rendering of a design proposal for the 1957 Imperial, with its oval, fender mounted headlight assemblies.


Image from "Concept Cars, Prototypes and Show Cars"

Monday, May 21, 2018

Shop News 5.21.18

Fuel system replacement work completed.
8 gallons of fresh ethanol-free gas.
Ran to operating temperature to check for leaks.
Then a quick road test. 👍

Saturday, May 12, 2018


Pump to carb fuel line salvaged off Dragon2 for use in Cap'n Sketchy. It won't be needed on the wagon since I have to pull the drive train and plan on installing all new components anyway.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Shop News 5.6.28

  • Fuel Lines and Hardware from Inline Tube
  • Spectra Premium Fuel Tank and Sending Unit from Rock Auto
  • Sending Unit Ground Strap from Auto Metal Direct
  • Fuel Tank Pad from Detroit Muscle

  • Bumper and Brackets off Fury parts car
  • Bumper Bolts from Auto Metal Direct

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pieces Parts

Nice aluminum dash trim on Uncle Crusty, the Fury parts car, that will be saved for Dragon2. Use of this trim is actually a holdover from the Exner era '62 Plymouth B-Bodies.