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The Cruisin the Pines Car Show has been postponed until 2021 due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19.

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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The Early Years of Jeff Gordon Racing – Part II

Before I begin this segment, I need to do a quick correction- I stated John Bickford built and owned hardtops driven by Gene Dudley.  Actually, It was Gene’s brother, Darrell, who was partners with John and drove the #97 Hardtop.  Their younger brother, Lee, was also involved with Hardtops and stock cars over the years. When John came home with the two Quarter Midgets, he was envisioning a sister – brother racing team.  Well, after a few parking lot tryouts, Jeff was totally into it but Kim would rather be…

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Wax On, Wax Off

Many of the Roamin Angels are ‘gearheads’ i.e., the type of guys who can rebuild an engine better than new and enjoy doing it, but not all are. Some are what Steve DeSena terms ‘wax on, wax off’ people, those whose automotive talents are basically limited to keeping their car shined. And he calls himself one of those guys. It has nothing to do with lack of love for cars, but mechanical ability. Steve fell in love with T-Buckets (topless hot-rodded Model T roadsters) when he was sixteen and rode…

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Bev’s Baby Bird

Although husband Gio had his Model A and ‘34 Ford street rods (what he calls his “adult toys”), Bev Giovanetti was never comfortable driving them. It wasn’t that she didn’t like classic cars, but petit Bev had trouble handling Gio’s cars. As Roamin Angels, they went on many cruises with the club and Bev was always riding shotgun. Finally, in 2000 she decided to sell some stock in her retirement portfolio and buy a more active stock: a stock ‘57 T-Bird. She had loved the Baby Birds since her high…

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Selling The Chariot?

The intention of writing this article is to help you prevent some of the pitfalls of what happens when a survivor of your family is faced with selling your prized hot rod, classic, or muscle car. First of all, the last, worst, and most dreadful thing you can do with the all the stuff you leave behind after your death is NOTHING. Right now, I just want to get into how to set up the paperwork for that wonderful chariot you leave behind and prevent the nightmare your grieving survivor…

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