Thursday, October 30, 2008

Want to Build Something Truly Unique?

I ran across this 1957 Chevrolet/Roadster project on eBay tonight. The description says that it is all steel.
This will certainly make someone a pretty unique and cool looking rod.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More Photographs from Walker's Sinister Rods

Sinister Hot Rods is located on US 40 right outside of Lewisburg, Ohio. It was great to see Taz and his wife pull into the show in their slick Chevrolet pickup.

This cool graphic graced the door of another 50 chevy pickup. This one was "barn fresh".

One thing I like about rat rodders is their creativity and ingenuity. Check out the accelerator and brake pedals on this rat.

Here is a shot of the interior of Taz's pickup truck. Check out the metal flake teardrop knobs and the cool swivel bucket seats.
Hey! I recognized this Ford. This is the guy that "lit up" the asphalt in Lima, Ohio!
Daddy Katz pulled into the show in this sweet metallic green Chevy Panel truck. I'm hoping to get to his "Reapers and Rods" show on October 31st.
When is the last time you saw a 1957 Chevrolet Wagon Gasser?

Well, this post ends the pictures I took at the 2008 Blacktop Bash. Thanks Porkchop for a great time!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More from the "Blacktop Bash"

Monday, October 27, 2008

Blacktop Bash 2008

This is "Porkchop" Walker's roadster. He is the owner of Walker's Sinister Rods.

Well, the weather in the Midwestern United States is starting to turn colder, but that didn't stop folks from cruisin' out to Walker's Sinister Rods & Customs in Lewisburg, Ohio for their annual "Blacktop Bash".
Walker's has several project "in process" in their Lewisburg shop. Here are 3 that are already looking cool.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Walker's Blacktop Bash 2008

My oldest son, father, and I checked out a cool "get together" this weekend in Lewisburg, Ohio. We got there @ noon. I took a few pictures that I'll be posting in the next few days. It was our first time driving over for this annual event. From the looks and sounds of it, we got there a little too early. We ran across some folks we know. (i.e. Taz and his wife in their slick Chevy pickup). However we never crossed paths with others we knew planned on attending. Thank goodness our friends Tim & Lynn took some great pics and video of some of the action that occurred after we had already left. (guess we'll know better next year!)

I grabbed this video from Lynn's hub garage site. (Hope ya don't mind Lynn!)

1959 Chevrolet Pickup For Sale

I ran across this truck the other day outside of Arcanum, Ohio.
No one seemed to be around, so I got out and looked the truck over. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry to get somewhere and didn't have a chance to really inspect the truck.

It appeared that someone has shot a quick coat of paint on the truck without finishind the body work, but it would be interesting to see what the owner is asking for it. This year of Chevy and GMC pickup was soooo ugly that they are soooo cool.

Unfortunately, when I snapped a picture of the for sale sign, I didn't get close enough to make
out the handwritten telephone numbers. I'll have to try to get back in a few days when the weather around here is a bit nicer to give this truck another look.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Check out Hub Garage!

I ran across another interesting site this week. It's a lot like motortopia, but even cooler. You can set up your own garage, check out cool 'gearhead' stuff, and mingle virtually with other greasemonkeys!

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Couple of Upcoming Area Events....

Just found out about a couple of area events I might try to get to over the next couple of weekends. On October 25th , Jerry "Porkchop" Walker will be hosting the Blacktop Bash at his Lewisburg, Ohio shop, located right on US 40.

Another upcoming event in the area that sounds like a great time is the Reapers and Rods Kruse-in at Daddy Katz in Dayton, Ohio on October 31st. Daddy Katz features art, clothing, furniture and accessories…new and used, music, hot rods stuff, tikis, books, stickers…..You know…All the Kool Stuff ! You can check out his website for more information on the event at:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Crankshaft Clothing!

Wow! My friend Vinylynn is at it again! Just spoke with her the other day and learned that she was working on a new "project". Today, I received a link to her new website, and I've got to say that Ol' Scruffy was blown away.

Now many of you may know Vinylynn through her Whitelinedesign business (see link in right column of this blog) that specializes in retro, antique, and vintage-inspired logos and designs for signs, banners, decals, stencils, and more. Believe me, from what I've seen, she does some awesome work, but this new site has "taken it to the next level".

I spent some time on the site this evening, and let me tell ya, Scruffy is already putting together a wish list. (Friends and family know that I've got a birthday coming up in November....and Christmas is right around the corner!)

She's got it all! Kustom mechanics shirts, sweet looking pinstriped floor mats (man these things are sic!), night lights, and even light switch covers. What's even cooler is that she can custom design any item with YOUR art or logo!!!

Like I said, I was absolutely impressed! And when you go to her site, check out the links in the side columns, they include cool video from some area shows, events, and even some clips of Vinylynn and her hubby Timbo workin' on the Fifty Three....pretty cool stuff.

And if ya look real close, you'll even see a link to "Suede and Chrome"!!!! Lynn....I've got to say, Ol' Scruffy is 'touched'. Thanks for the props! Keep up the great work!

So take my advice and check out Crankshaft Clothing at And while you're there...pick up some stuff for the author of your favorite blog...will ya? :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wheel Glossary

I like the looks of Radir Wheels and Astro Supreme Wheels. This evening I was surfin' the Net pricing sets of both when I ran across the following "Wheel Glossary". I learned a lot reading through it and thought you might learn a thing or two as well.

Wheel Glossary
Backspacing - The measurement from the mounting pad to the inner edge of the wheel.

Bead seat - The position where the tire rests and seals on the inside of the rim.

Bolt Circle/Bolt Pattern - The bolt pattern is comprised of two numbers - the first indicates how many bolt holes are on the wheeland the other describes how far apart they are. A bolt pattern of 5x4 ¾” would mean the wheel has five bolt holes and they are 4 ¾” apart (measured across the center of the wheel).

Center Bore - The hole in the center of the wheel machined to match the hub of specified vehicles with hub-centric wheels and machined to a generic size with lug centric wheels.

Hub Centric - The center bore hole of a wheel matches the hub diameter of the vehicle. This centers the wheel via the center hole rather than the lug nuts.

Load rating - The maximum weight that the wheel is designed to support. To determine load rating requirements take the gross axle weight ration and divide by 2.

Lug Centric - When the wheel is centered by the bolt holes/ lug nuts of the wheelrather than by the center bore. Lug centric wheels should be balanced from the bolt holes.

Mounting Pad - The surface area on the back of the wheel's center that contacts the brake drum or rotor surface.

Negative offset - When the mounting surface is closer to the disk/drum (Inside) of the wheel. Or the mounting pad is behind the centerline of the wheel. This type of wheel is commonly referred to as a deep-dish wheel. This offset is common in older vehicles and many of today's trucks and will bring the wheel/tire combination out away from the vehicle.

Offset - The offset of the wheel is the distance from the mounting pad to the centerline of the wheel.

Positive offset - The mounting pad is forward of the centerline of the wheeltowards the street side of the wheel. This is common in most front wheel drive cars and some newer trucks. Generally speaking a positive offset wheel brings the wheels closer to the center of the vehicle. Plus 1/ plus 2 sizing - A concept to improve handling and performance through the mounting of lower profile tires to wheels that are 1', 2' or even 3' greater in diameter. The overall ride height remains the same.

Rim width - The width of the custom wheelmeasured from bead seat to bead seat not edge to edge.

Rim Diameter - The overall diameter of the wheel's bead seatnot the diameter of the rim edge.

Rim flange - The outermost edge of the wheel's rim that the clip-on weights attach to on most wheels.

Safety bead - The raised area circling the rim of the wheel and located slightly inward from the bead seat.

Torquing - The securing of the wheel/tire assembly to the automobile by the tightening of the wheel's lug nuts to the studs of the vehicle's hub. Custom wheels should always be torqued with a manual torque wrench (not an impact air wrench) to torque rating specifications followed by periodic re-torquing.

Unsprung weight - The total weight of the vehicle not supported by the suspension system. For example wheels and tires.

Wheel weights - Weights that are used to balance the wheel/tire assembly. They are either clippedtapedor self adhered to the inside or outside of the wheel.

Zero offset - The distance from the mounting pad to the centerline of the wheel is 0.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Looking for Advice....

I've been looking at buying a Lil Daddy Flake Bomber. Looks like it will set me back about $120.00 bucks. Anyone out there ever layed down any metal flake? If so, please post comments and give Ol' Scruffy some advice.

Monday, October 20, 2008

One to Plan on Next Year....

Here's one that I just found out about recently through some of my myspace contacts. the Hunnert Car Pileup has been held annually on the second weekend of October for the past 7 years in Morris, Ill.
It's a bit of a drive for me, but from the sounds of it, this is one show you don't want to miss. Last year, they had over 900 traditional hot rods at the show.
The weekend also includes lots of great music and activities.

For more information, and literally hundreds of pictures from the past 6 years, check out: