Thursday, April 19, 2007

Viagra for cars








It seems there is a pill for just about everything nowadays. Need to loose weight? Take a pill. Got aches and pains? Take a pill. Can't sleep? Take a pill. Too many bills? Well, there's almost a pill for everything. The good news is no matter what problems you have with a race car there is no way to make things better than to simply dive in and fix what ails you. Hey, if a small blue pill can stiffin up someones chassies just think what a big blue one could do for a race car!

Taking a late model car and adding on some performance goodies is a lot of fun but taking a 40 year old bucket of rust and turning it into a bad-ass monster is a labor of love. There were some that saw my car when I brought it home and asked "What in the hell are you going to do with that!" and they saw a beat up old car that should have been dumped in some river bank. What I saw was one of the most beautiful cars that ever graced the La Carrera Panamericana.. One that just begs to be opened up full throttle and that will create music to any auto enthusiast ears. Building this car is nothing short of ecstasy and every little challenge that pops up just gives me just that much more satisfaction as we bring out fire and metal to restore what years of exposure to the elements took away. I look forward to the challenges of various types of exposure that lay waiting in this years La Carrera Panamericana.

Here are some "Before & After" photos of just a few such repairs.

3 comments:

The Sporting Life Society said...

All those holes give you better access for tightening bolts and nuts and such...

What I love most about this project is that you're taking a car that in some eyes was fit for the crusher, and making it into something that could stomp the best of what was offered back in '65, and has style points that far surpass anything available today.

Gary Faules said...

My mother used to call it "Making a silk purse from a sow's ear."

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