December 30, 2008

An excellent post on rust repair and patch panel fabrication found on  


Take a look at this great post over at where one member shows how to fabricate and install patch panels and fender braces. He makes it look easy.

I came across this post after a member over at pointed it out here.

Check it out.

December 24, 2008 T-shirts on sale; Last chance  


My buddy Joe over at made a batch of really cool T-shirts to support his website. I've read that the original batch is almost gone, and there probably won't be anymore made, so if you want one, you'd better click on this link and get busy.

While you're at it, check out some of the other stuff for sale at 3Wide's gift shop, like some vintage Flemington Speedway DVDs.

December 13, 2008

New Vintage Drag Racing DVD: Seven Second Love Affair  


While surfing around at, I came across a news article and video clip from a vintage drag racing DVD called "Seven Second Love Affair." Pretty cool stuff. These guys weren't just racers, they were friggin daredevils.

The DVD can be ordered from a site called, which takes you to an eBay buyers page that has the DVD. I must confess that I did order one, and that will probably be the best 20 bucks I spent this Christmas.

Here is another clip from the DVD up on YouTube showing Top Fuel racer Rick Stewart crashing:

Check out this Site!  


There is a new website up that I highly recommend. It's called

It's run by a guy named David Freiburger. Sound familiar? Dave was the former Editor of Car Craft, Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, and other mags for many years. In my opinion, he singlehandedly brought Car Craft back from the brink of death in the mid 90's.

The fact is, I have been silently loyal to him for years, following his writing and editorial style as he went from mag to mag transforming them into successful and compelling publications.

Freiburger definitely brings a grass roots perspective to hot rodding, but also can get as technical and high tech as anyone. Check out some of the site's project cars here to get an idea of the kinds of things they do; old school, new school, rock crawlers, junkers, land speed racing, drag racing....

How about a 56 Chevy body dropped onto a mid 90's chassis? Or a 1973 Camaro with a twin turbo fuel injected 1500 hp small block that is totally streetable (well, sort of)?

Anyway, check it out for yourself. Don't forget to check out the forums as well.

November 23, 2008

Hot Rod Photos from Allentown, NJ Harvest Festival 2008  


1959 Cadillac....Fleetwood?

Another nice T-bucket

Ford Model A?? Not sure of the year. Cool ghost flames though. Nice classic look.

1940 Ford Deluxe Opera Coupe. 1949 Flathead. Old school. Nice.

1956 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis

October 17, 2008

Video footage of the 1934 Indianapolis 500  


Check out the footage from the 1934 Indy 500. I wanna give a thanks to the Jalopy Journal, where I first saw this footage here. The footage is also on YouTube, where the above link is from. YouTube is loaded with great Indy 500 videos. You can find many more that are worth watching here.

1934 Ford Cabriolet at Wildwood Boardwalk Classic Car Show September 2008  


1956 Buick Century at Wildwood Boardwalk Classic Car Show September 2008  


This 1956 Buick Century just caught my eye. Lately I seem to be ignoring the muscle cars and being drawn to the classics. Cars like this are getting rare I guess, which make them more interesting when they do pop up.

October 3, 2008

Wildwood Car Show Photos September 2008: Part 2, Oldsmobiles  


This is my 2nd post of photos from the Wildwood weekend. The 1st post can be seen here. I thought I would highlight a couple of Oldsmobiles that caught my eye.

The 1st car below is a 1979 Hurst/Olds in just excellent condition. These cars came from the factory with a 350 Olds. Pretty stout for 1979. You can learn more about this model and other Hust/Olds cars at, which has some great photos and history of the Hurst/Olds.

1979 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds

The next car is a 1977 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Indy Pace Car. I've never seen one of these before, but it's a cool car and this one was in excellent shape. The only complaint I have is that the car's owner put signs in front of both wheels on the driver side, which really detracts from the photos. This car has red Olds rally wheels, which would be a unique look, but they are completely hidden. Oh well. You can find more information on the 1977 Olds Indy Pace Car here.

September 27, 2008

Wildwood Boardwalk Classic Car Show Photos September 2008: Part 1  


I attended the 15th Annual Boardwalk Classic Car Show in Wildwood last week. Great weather and lots of cars. There were hundreds of cars on display on the boardwalk, but there were even more just cruising around all weekend.

The show is limited to 1983 and older, which seems to coincide with New Jersey's definition of an antique: 25 years or older. I believe the Spring show is open to all years, so they offer a chance for everyone to participate.

The best part of the weekend is actually at night. There are hot rods and muscle cars just cruising the streets, trying to sneak in burnouts when the police aren't around. Hanging around on the corner of Ocean Ave. and Rio Grande on Saturday night brings you back about 35 years to the heyday of the muscle car era.

Here are some of my favorites:

1975 or 1976 Chevrolet Laguna S-3. I don't know enough to tell the two years apart. Feel free to comment if you know. Super clean.

1968 Chevrolet Impala. Straight Six.

1977 Pontiac Trans Am. I had a silver one in college. Shoulda kept it.

1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. This one's for 3wide.

1954 Chevy Wagon 2 door. I've never seen a 1954 Chevy wagon, let alone a 2 door. This thing is kewl and rare. You'll never have to worry about seeing another one at the local cruise night.

Vega wagon. Had to include it.

The Mystery Machine. Zoinks! My kids loved this thing.

T-bucket, driver quality, for sale for $7500

Billy Pauch 1976 Vintage Modified on Display at New Egypt Speedway  


I am a little late on this post, as this car was on display at New Egypt Speedway back on August 30. This is the actual Sportsman Modified that Billy ran in 1976, win several features and championships.

I love the fact that this car was not over restored. The paint job and graphics are excellent, and in my opinion, authentic to the era. No over glossed paint or decals here.