Saturday, May 31, 2008

Wilbur Wright Birthplace Car Show, June 21, 2008

A friend of mine is putting on this show. It will be held in Millville, Indiana at the birthplace of Wilbur Wright museum and grounds. You can print out the information and registration below.

Indy Road Rocket Rumble 2008

The 9th Annual Road Rocket Rumble is coming up in a couple of weeks. click on the flyers below to find out more information or click on the link below.

Indy Hot Rod Nationals!!!!

20th Hot Rod Nationals
O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis — Indianapolis, IN
June 6, 7 & 8, 2008
Rods, Customs, Classics & Muscle Cars thru ’72.
Please Note: Online registration closes at midnight on 5/23/2008. (2 weeks prior to the event) Event Registration Drags-for payout and class information, click here

O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (317) 291-4090
Friday, June 6: 8am to 5pm
Saturday, June 7: 8am to 5pm
Sunday, June 8: 8am to 3pm
• Over 5,000 Rods, Customs, Classics thru ’72; Race Cars thru ‘72.
• 3 Big Days of Nostalgia Drag Racing Action & Show n’ Shine• Commercial Exhibits
• Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral
• Poker Run
• Nightly Parties
• Indy 500 Track Cruise Vintage Oval Track Reunion: a special tribute to oval track race cars & racers.
Special Awards:PPG Dream Car, 2008 Real Hot Rod of the Year, 2008 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, Rad Rides by TroySpecial Parking Area Sat 8am-2pm: Ya Gotta Drive'Em To Get There, Youngguys, Homebuilt Heaven, Mighty Muscle ('55-72), Goodguys Pro's Picks, Trick Truck Corral, Gasser Gathering and Suede & Chrome
REMINDER: No Golf Carts or Motorized Conveyances allowed! (exceptions made for disabled participants with single person conveyances only!)No Pets, Cans or Bottles allowed on grounds. No Bikes, Scooters or Skates.
Pit Crew:
Friday: $20
Saturday: $20
Sunday: $20
Weekend: $55

Friday: $20
Saturday: $20
Sunday: $20
Weekend: $55
Kids (7-12):
Friday: $6
Saturday: $6
Sunday: $6
Free at ORP
Sales Department
For Commercial Vendors/Exhibitorssales@good-guys.com2702 E University Dr Ste 103-122Mesa, AZ 85213Phone: (480) 460-1932; Fax: (480) 460-7810
For Sponsorships
Contact Ed Capen at (925) 838-9876 ext. 139 For Advertising
Contact JessAnn Meadors at (925) 838-9876 ext. 130
Arts & Crafts
No Arts & Crafts at this event.
Swap Meet
Brad Roe260 N. Wayne St. Martinsville, IN 46151Ph: (765) 352-1330Click here for more info.
RV Camping available in the pits for racers. RV Camping available at Raceview Family Campgrounds Call (317) 852-5737
To Register
Click here to download a registration form.Open to Rods, Customs and Classics thru ‘72. Pre-Register on-line by selecting the "registration" button at the top of this page, or call Goodguys at (925) 838-9876.Show'n Shine Registration is at the Clarion Hotel Thurs. 9am-6pm, Fri. 7am-6pm, Sat. 7am-3pm, Sun. 8am-NoonRacer Registration will be at ORP- Enter Gate 1: Thurs. 10am-3pm, Fri. 8am-5pm, Sat. 8am-10am.

For class and payout information, click here

Additional info
Basic Event Info: (925) 838-9876Media Info: Besty Bennett (503) 246-0237 Race Tech: For info call Troy Coker (317) 496-9056
Weekend Happenings

Facility Map &Hotel Info
Click here for extended facility and hotel information.

Please Note: Online registration closes at midnight on 5/23/2008. (2 weeks prior to the event) Event Registration

Cool Site and Other Stuff...

I really like the flat Aztec Gold and Black on this Chevy

Today I was surfin' the net looking for sites containing information about 1950 Chevys. While doing so....I ran across a site called The site isn't completely finished yet....sounds like the site's webmaster has loads of great plans tech tips, etc. However the site DOES contain a BOAT load of great stuff! If you are interested in 1949-54 Chevys, this site is definitely one to bookmark in your favorites!

There are several photo galleries, one gallery alone contain over 650 photos of 49-54 Chevrolets! The site also contains loads and loads of links to other great sites. Again, I would encourage any lover of early 50's Chevys to check it out! (I've made that very easy by providing a link at the bottom of this site....just find it and CLICK!)

While at the site, I ran across some photographs of some chevrolets with some sic graphics. I would really like to add something to the exterior of my chevy to give it a bit more eye appeal. I get a lot of positive comments about the color of my car, but it looks a bit plain. I've been tossing around the idea of laying down some flames, but I'm really liking the look of some well placed narrow scallops. Here are a few photos that caught my eye.

Love these flames! If I go this route, I definitely like the old school flames that extend across the top of the car.

I REALLY like this! Very simple yet very cool. These scallops look like they would be pretty easy to lay down as my first custom automotive paint project. I've layed flames and scallops on things like mailboxes and my kids batting helmets, but haven't taken the "plunge" to my cars.

These scallops look pretty simple too.

This scheme is more of a paneled look. Looks like a little more than I want to do.

This is a little more fact not sure you can still call these "scallops".

Pretty classy looking scallops on this black Chevrolet. Notice the scallops on the hood intersect.

Drove my Chevy to school on the last day for students. It was the longest distance I've driven the car since I've had it...(about 100 miles roundtrip). No problems and the staff/student reaction was very positive. The coolest thing was the response from parents. We had an award ceremony and 8th grade graduation the last two hours of the day. After the program, several parents talked to me about my car. The coolest thing was that the mother of one of our 8th graders and I spent about 20 minutes or so discussing cars and racing....very cool! Turns out, she has a 54 chevy that she and her husband are working on...As she commented, "It will have a traditional "rat rod" look, but be all business under the hood". Can't wait to see it! I also found out that she races cars (not drag, but oval track) and will be featured in the next issue of Ol' Skool Rodz for a new product that she has invented. She has her own vinyl graphics business and has invented some sort of template to help do-it-yourselfers lay pinstriping on their rides. Can't wait to learn more about that as well.

No area shows this weekend. Haven't finalized any plans...but the Goodguys Indy Nationals are next weekend. Need to things....1) Good weather 2) An understand wife!

Have a GREAT week!


Monday, May 26, 2008

Enjoy the Car...

This Chevy has a nice stance.

Had the Chevy out today. It was a beautiful Memorial Day this morning, with just a hint of overcast skies. Drove the 50 Chevy to my in-laws. They had a big wing-ding. My older kids love to ride in the car, and quiet frankly, any chance I get to get "her" a "good day".

Wide Whitewalls are sic!

Well, on the way to the in-laws, my speedometer quit working. I haven't had much of a chance to check it out. Anyone have any suggestions?

Looking forward to next Friday. It will be the last day for students. Monday, June 2nd will be the last day for teachers. After that, I'll work until the last week of June....but very few meetings, and shorter hours for the month. I'll have some more time to work on the car.
I'm trying to decide what I want to do with the car this summer. Some ideas include:
1) Buy some shackles and lowering blocks and cut/torch the front springs. I'd like to give the car a better stance.
2) Grind the whitewalls to make them wider.
3) Spray some metalflake on the top of the car - OR - try my had at some sic flames or scallops
4) Have the dash, the trunklid, and the hood (above the Chevrolet emblem) pinstriped at a summer car show.
5) Install a split manifold, Offenhauser intake manifold and 2 or 3 carbs to give the car a little more pep and a better "sound".
6) Install some grille teeth.
7) Enjoy the car....enjoy the car.....enjoy the car.



Friday, May 23, 2008


Oh man! Beatersville is this Sunday! Wonder how I can convince the wife that I really need to head south to Louisville?!?!?
Check ou this awesome photo album for pictures from last year's event:

The following schedule was taken from

10:00 AM Car registration starts at and is only $25 and includes up to, two adult admissions. Regular adult admission is $5, under twelve free.
1:00 PM the Miss Beatersville contest starts, be sure to vote for you favorite. Ladies interested in the Miss Beatersville contest should contact us by email to register before the event. Registration will be available at the show but it is highly recommended that it is done before the show so we can get your picture on the net. Details about the contest can be found on Last years winner, Missy Anne went home with over $400.00 in cash!
2:00 Our first musical act Mach Twang will begin.
2:45 Mach Twang off.
3:00 The Phantom Cruisers from Bloomington Indiana take the stage.
4:00 Phantom Cruisers off/ Judging begins
4:30 Louisville’s own kings of swing, King Sonic.
5:15 King Sonic off
5:45 Mandy Marie and The Cool Hand Luke’s, from Indianapolis, take the stage.
6:30 MmaTCHL off
7:00 Awards
7:30 Finals of the Miss Beatersville Contest.
Rain or shine, NO outside food or drink.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Rocky's VW

Well....he said he was going to sell it....and here it is! Rocky's VW is currently for sale on eBay. Check it out by clicking on the link below! This thing is very cool, which I had the garage space for another rod!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Wide White Walls?!?!?

Hey everyone!
I've been thinking about how cool it would be to get some wide whitewalls for my 50 chevy. But pricing Cokers I almost got sick to my stomach! You're talking about $200 bucks/tire!!!
I've been asking around about alternatives and friends have told me about Four:
1) White wall paint - I've priced this stuff on eBay and it looks like the cheapest route to go. For about $39.00 plus shipping I can get enough to do 5-6 tires with 2 or 3 coats. I've never actually seen a car that I can remember that has had painted whitewalls. Does anyone know anything about this stuff?

2) Portawalls - Looks like these things run about $90 bucks a set for the size I would need. Does anyone have any experience with these? I've heard they can "flop" around.

3) Shaving Process - I've got a phone number for a guy in Indianapolis that will "shave" regular whitewalls for $15.00/tire and make them wider. Ever heard of this?

4) Vulcanization Process - I recently read about this one on the Internet. I guess there are places that can actually fuse a whitewall onto a tire through some sort of vulcanization. Ever heard of this?

I'm basically fishing for ideas and/or suggestions from readers. I'd like to get some wider whites on my car this summer, but right now buying a new set of Cokers is outside my budget. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Please feel free to post comments to this post!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Last of the Greenville Pictures/Barnyard Visit

Here are the last 3 photos in the series I took at the Rolling '50s Cruise In at the Kroger Parking Lot in Greenville, OH last weekend.
This was a nice looking 1957 Chevrolet.
Right as we were leaving, a couple of guys "tooled in" in a couple of COOL vintage Ford Model T trucks.
Bored sitting by your ride at car shows? This Chevy (see first picture I posted from this Red Chevy Sedan with black racing stripes) had a flat screen TV and DVD player in the trunk. Can you say...."Tom Petty"?

On the way home from the cruise-in, dad and I stopped at the old grain elevator in Woodington, Ohio. A friend of mine's father has an old chevy sitting back in the field and we pulled in to take a look at it.
Well.....there was only one word to describe this project...."ROUGH"!

Have a GREAT week! Only 1 week til Memorial Day weekend....then the Cruise-In/Car Show schedule really picks up!


Some New Updates to My '50 Chevrolet

Well, my Arizona connection flew into Indiana Friday. He is a former student of mine and a friend of the family. I had called him a couple of weeks ago to see if he could get me a deal on some Mexican blankets and he told me that he could not only get them, but he and his wife had made plans to fly home to surprise his mother (Mother's Day) and his younger sister who graduated from college this past weekend.

Well, here are the first pictures taken of the blankets after I laid them on the seats of the car this afternoon. I've got a third blanket. I don't know if I should redo the front seat and use one blanket to cover the seat and one to completely cover the back of the front seat....OR my original idea was to use it to redo my door panels and rear interior panels.

For now though....I think the blankets really brighten up the interior and are an easy way to give the interior a custom look.
Another thing I did this week was purchase some cool "bullet hole" decals on eBay. When I got the car, I noticed there was a couple of spots on the hood where the paint had cracked. There were also a couple of rock chips here and there. Well...bullet hole decals are an inexpensive and "fun" way to easily cover a scratch.

I haven't been able to get a good picture of it yet, but my wife had found some "pimp my ride" decals clearanced at Target the other day. She brought them home and gave them to me...but I really couldn't think of a good use for them. as not to disappoint the wife...(I just thought it was awesome she actually bought me something for my car!)...I decided to use the small letter decals to put the web address to this site across the center of the rear bumper. Now when I take the car to cruise-ins or just drive it around town, I can hopefully bring a few new readers to this site.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

One Nice Car!

Hey....I know it will be hard for some of you to believe the following statement is coming from a "Chevy guy"....but here are a few pictures of a BEAUTIFUL Ford that was at the Rolling '50s Cruise In in Greenville, Ohio last Saturday.

In my option, this was one of the nicest cars at the event. The car was fabulous, and restored period perfect. Nice wide whitewalls and a simple color scheme put this car at the top of my list. I think all start what I'll call in the future "Top 5 Suede and Chrome" event cars. With each event I attend this year, I will picture my 5 top vehicles.
Anyway....this Ford was outstanding!

Still More Pictures from Greenville, Ohio Cruise In

Still more pictures taken at the Cruise in on May 10th hosted by the Rolling '50s Car Club.

More Pictures from the Rolling '50s Cruise In in Greenville, Ohio

Here are a few more pictures taken last weekend at the Rolling '50s Classic Cruise In in the Kroger's Parking lot in Greenville, Ohio.

This '55 Chevy belongs to the 6th and 7th grade math teacher at the middle school were I am principal.

This Chevy belongs to the father of my math teacher.