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30TH ANNUAL TOY DRIVE FOR NEVADA COUNTY FAMILIES - Saturday, December 7th, 9am-2pm at the Kmart Center.

Time Machine

As I observe our fast paced plastic world of gadgetry, I begin to realize my sanity is beginning to stretch its imagination to the breaking point to meet this high tech new millennium.  I am thankful I can still find radio stations that play Blues and 50s’ Rock and Roll music. So what does an old codger like me have to do to keep his mental normality and retain a wholesome out look on life? I slip away to my garage where hidden under a cover is my precious Time…

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Back to the Mid 50’s

Back to the 50’s is a 3-part series by Ray Y.  Read Part 1: “Back To The Early 50’s“. Well to continue, by the mid 50’s times was a changin’, most of us had some sort of vehicle we were able to keep running. Regular gas was about $.21cents per gal. and Ethel was about $.25, and that was for 100-plus octane. By now most of us were hangin out at Charlie Sphans Texaco station. (He could fix anything). Besides his son Mike hung out with us. He was always makin…

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Is your car heating up? Need a new radiator?

Which is better, a brass or an aluminum radiator? I had a discussion with a friend of mine recently because his car was overheating and he wanted to buy an aluminum radiator. Well, I don’t claim to be an expert on radiators but I know if you have 2 radiators exactly the same size, one brass and one aluminum, and everything is equal the brass radiator will dissipate more heat. The reason the factories use aluminum is that it is lighter and cheaper. When you are engineering a new car…

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Bright Tail Lights

Making Taillights Brighter When I was fixing up Colleen’s ‘56 Chevy, one of the things I wanted to do was make the stop/tail lights brighter. First I washed the lens and cut out reflective rings for the housing. I used a 3m diamond grade sign reflective sheet scrap which really helped. (This is available at Highway Sign Shops). Second, I ordered #1157 “Brite Light” from one of the speed shops. These ‘babies’ are bright! (50/8 watt). Unfortunately, when all the lights were on and you hit the brakes, the thermo-breaker…

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Is your speedometer accurate?
speedometer hooked up to a rev-counter

If your speedometer is mechanical and not electronic this should work to make it accurate. When I had my ’32 with the Hemi in it, the speedometer was way slow. Here is how I fixed it. First you have to disconnect the speedometer cable from the back of the speedometer. You need a rev-counter like the one shown in the picture or one similar that will work. You then hook the end of the speedometer cable to the spindle on the rev counter as shown in the picture. I used…

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Lift That Engine… Have you ever wondered?

– A point pondered and drawn by Lanny Lifting an Engine Some of us occasionally have the need to lift an engine, possibly with the transmission attached. How often have do we use a lifting plate that attaches to the intake manifold by four 5/16th bolts? How about if that manifold is made of aluminum? Have you ever thought about just how much weight is riding on those four little bolts screwed into aluminum. I know I think about it every time I do it. Well, I guess someone else…

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Remembering Pete Peters
Pete Peters with his Nomad in 1964

Pete’s life was too short, only 21 years. But boy, did he have a flair for it! June 22, 1944 to August 1,1965 Second President of the ROAMIN’ ANGELS 1962-63. Story By Lanny N. with Maggie, Pete’s sister. My memories of Pete are of a young man who seemed to be always in a hurry for the next challenge. Most of the time that meant a drag race somewhere. In October ’01, we were privileged to have a visit from Will Peters and Maggie Laney, Pete’s father and sister. Will…

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Lanny’s ‘Blast’ from the Past
Lanny's 1947 Coupe

I know we have all heard this phrase, usually referring to one of the good old songs from our era. Recently that expression took on a different meaning to me, it became a reminder of something that happened almost 50 years ago. I was 16 years old and trying to be a bad-ass kool guy. I had the hair slicked down with Palmaid, a cigarette between my lips and, of course, a real black leather jacket. My car was a 1947 Ford coupe with a built flathead and twin carburetors….

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Back to the Early 50’s

Well, it’s time to sit back, open up a brew, prop up my feet in their worn out Nikes, I wear em every day. I remember when you only wore your PF flyers to gym class. I turn the radio to K-AHI, and listen to some of that old time rock and roll. Im a-gazing at my latest project. Funny it must be Dae ju vue. (That’s French ya know). About 50 years ago I was workin on the same kind of car. Only I paid $50.00 for it then….

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History of the Car Radio

Seems like cars have always had radios, but they didn’t. Here’s the true story: One evening, in 1929, two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering drove their girlfriends to a lookout point high above the Mississippi River town of Quincy, Illinois, to watch the sunset. It was a romantic night to be sure, but one of the women observed that it would be even nicer if they could listen to music in the car. Lear and Wavering liked the idea. Both men had tinkered with radios (Lear had…

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