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2020 Roamin Angels Toy Drive in conjunction with the Toys 4 Tots for the Salvation Army – Saturday, December 5

Hot August Nights with an Ultra Van
Ultra van

I attended Hot August Nights in Reno Nevada this year – August 6th thru 11th. This event is held throughout the town of Reno and Sparks – The Bonanza Casino; Downtown Reno; Grand Sierra Hotel; Victorian Square (in Sparks); The Atlantis Casino; The Peppermill Casino. All of these venues had events all through the week. Show car parking in each of the parking lots, with prizes for each venue and each day. Estimated 6,000 cars registered for the event. From antiques (1924 Dodge Brothers) to hot rods and special interest…

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Future Cool

I rarely watch racing from start to finish but Jean was out of town. settled in to watch F1 racing delayed and NASCAR live each featuring a couple of hometown kids. I remember Alexander Rossi in the shop with his Dad when they owned “BP landscapes”. Good family, nice kid, RA scholarship winner. There he is with a shot to become the first American to finish in the top 10 in F1 since some guy named Andretti. A thousand miles to the East of Austin, my Ex Neighbor is racing…

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Restoration/Modification Of My 1956 Chevrolet 210

Here are photos that document the progress we are making on our four-year frame off restoration/modification of my 1956 Chevrolet 210. This car was a low miles one-family car from the Bay area – Totally rust free. The power train has been upgraded to a 350 vortec and 700r 4 speed with A/C, power disc brakes, and power steering.  The suspension has been upgraded.  Exhaust by M&M. We are currently having the interior installed at Romans Upholstery. Story and photos by Jim D. These are pictures of the current progress.

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The Restoration Of Jeff Gordon’s First Two Sprint Cars

After finding a photo on the internet of Jeff Gordon and his 1985 Sprint car and seeing the write up on Roamin Angels’ website by Randy Kirkham about Jeff Gordon in April this year, I decided to try to contact Randy to possibly get some more photos of Jeff’s cars after seeing that he had crewed for him in the first days of his Sprint car racing. In doing so, I have been asked to share a story on the restoration of the two cars I own. Hi, I am…

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Pontiac Project

It all started with Diane wanting something special for her 50th birthday in 2006. Having been bitten by the car bug after hanging around with Roamin Angels for 10 years, she decided she wanted a ’57 Pontiac like her parents had owned many years before. She found one in Maryland. Although she had pictures of the car from the owner and her cousin from New Jersey, she admitted that she paid far too much. Caught up with buyer’s frenzy and excited that it seemed the car she wanted, she bought…

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What Goes ‘Round

What goes ’round…. About eight years ago I bought a 1961 VW from a neighbor. Dan had been on the Home Owners Board with me for about 6 years. I pestered Dan for a dozen years to sell me the Bug that sat in his field attracting snakes and leaves. “No, you don’t want that old thing Mike” was always the response. Early in 2012 Dan’s son came into the shop and we got to talking about the car. Turns out the Bug had been a project with Dan and…

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Dashboard Hobbies

One of the things I like to do in my garage is to restore old dashboards from vintage cars. I have about nine of them now hanging on my walls. I try to imagine all the hours someone must have spent looking at these over the years. Imagining what they looked like when the brand new car was brought home. This one is from a 1946 Plymouth. It was in remarkable good shape for it’s age, so it was an easy one to do. I have two more to restore,…

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Burma Shave Revisited

Last month’s article brought back memories, to when I was a little kid we would read the signs when we traveled. My dad used to take us to the small town of Centerville Indiana, for our haircuts. It was about ten miles from our house and haircuts were only fifty cents. I was about seven years old and my brother was five. We would pass a sign that read: Listen birds These signs Cost money Roost awhile And don’t Get funny As young kids we didn’t know what that meant,…

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Killer Corvair

He Could Have a V-8 Although the body was essentially the same from 1965 to 1969, the introduction of the beefier Saginaw trans is what made possible converting to the V-8 that is nestled inside this Corvair. The radiator and shrouding now takes up much of the front trunk. While some people might be satisfied with the stock flat six engine in their Corvair, John Pritchard was not. He wanted a V-8. Now he’s well on the way to seeing his desire fulfilled. It all started a couple of years…

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Garagemahal

Garages are an unusual place. I think when man went into his first cave looking for shelter; he actually went into the first garage. Think about it. It’s dark, dirty, and if you make a mess-who cares. It’s a place to store stuff out of the weather and to keep it out of the reach of other cavemen. It’s a place to get away from the world’s woes. It’s a hiding place from the angry cavewife. It’s where you can just hang and do nothing. It’s a place where you…

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