Thursday, April 30, 2009
Just wanted to drop you a line and say how awesome I think your blog is. I've been reading it for years, its one of the first things I check when I get online in the morning, and always keeps me interested and entertained throughout my day at work.
I was introduced to your site through my buddy Jesse, who runs Just A Car Guy (http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/ ) [Scruffy says, "This is a great site"!] and told me about your site when I was looking for some pictures of scalloped cars to get ideas for painting my '56 star chief. I found a ton of scalloped stuff on your site, which I gave to my buddies over at San Diego Rod N Custom (http://www.sandiegorodandcustom.com/ - I built their website) for ideas when they painted it.
I've been meaning to email you and show you some pictures of the finished product, after all - your site gave me the ideas for the paint job! [Scruffy says, "I am truly humbled....your Pontiac looks GREAT!] I know you were thinking of scalloping your 1950 Chevy, so this might give you some ideas now. Feel free to post any pictures on your site if you are interested, I have it documented throughout my process, from the original car when I got it, through all the bodywork that was done to remove a ton of rust, through the paint job, and the finished product. [Scruffy says, "Readers...you've got to check out Ian's album which documents the "build"...you can see it at: http://picasaweb.google.com/icgrist/1956PontiacStarChief# ]
Anyway, hope things are going well for ya, keep up the good work!
I had a brief opportunity to check out the website you built for SD Rod and Custom. All I can say is "wicked"! GREAT WORK! I really enjoy messing around with my blog and would love to be able build sites for folks. Everything I know about the computer (as well as cars) is pretty much self-taught. Just jump right in and "get at it."
Again, it is truly an honor to get some "kudos" from a "West Coast" guy. It's great to think that the Internet allows global exposure to a lot of Midwestern events and cars that would most likely be overlooked by most publications.
The pictures of your Pontiac have actually got me thinking in a WHOLE new direction concerning scallops on the Nifty Fifty. I've got some scratches and paint issues in several locations that I'd like to fix. I've also got a set of fender skirts that I've been wondering how to color match...(also don't like the color of my new sunvisor). I REALLY like your flat black/green scheme. Maybe the answer for the Nifty Fifty is a reverse mask. I like the custom blue color of the '50, but the blue/creme scheme just doesn't have that "kool" factor. Maybe creating a mask that leaves some blue scallops and creates "fields" of flat black is the answer. Thanks for making me "think outside the box".
Have a GREAT week!
p.s...still dreamin' about takin' a trip out your way some day via Route 66. Old rod or bobber, either way, the trip would be worth bloggin' about!
[Scruffy asks...."What's YOUR story? Would love to hear from more readers like Ian. Got a kool car, truck or bike? Maybe a new "project"? Tell me about it.]
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Members of our car club "The Righteous Rodders" have been meeting to discuss and plan for our first "hosting". Custom hotwheels and trophies are being created, flyers have been printed and are being distributed, my friend Vinylynn from Whiteline Design (http://www.whitelinedesign.com/) is working on some sik club decals and an AWESOME new club banner (see preview of design above). She is also working on some custom cardstock for the back of the custom event hotwheels that we will be giving to first 50 entries.
I'm really hoping mother nature cooperates this year. Last year, I helped a buddy organize this same show (prior to the formation of our car club). We had to hurry the awarding of trophies and top 15 recognition so that everyone could scatter before a BIG thunderstorm rolled in. It was the first time I had driven the "Nifty Fifty" in the pouring rain, and I learned that the old vacuum windshield wipers are not nearly as effective as today's wipers!
Well, you can bet I've got the camera batteries charging for this weekend's events. The IVY Tech show in Richmond, Indiana always has a decent turn out. It is schedule for Saturday. I'm planning to go and pass out some flyers for our show. National Trail High School in New Paris, Ohio (right off of US 40....hence the name of the HS) is hosting a show on Sunday afternoon. I may try to get over to it as well.
Have a great weekend! Hope the weather is great in your neck of the woods!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Still don't know if I'll ever put a headliner in the car. I've been slowly putting dash plaques and the like on the roof for right now. I was thinkin' I might just paint the underside with a flat blue or something. At any rate, I've been trying to think of a good place to keep track of my sunglasses. I have a history of sitting on them or lossing them. My 2002 Impala has a nice little "cubbie" above the rearview mirror. This old Tiki mug I've had since I was a kid seems to do the job nicely and fits with the decor.
Lots of kool stuff in the works for the Nifty Fifty. A buddy located a set of fender skirt for her, and another friend is working on a scallop design. My neighbor saw me out working on the car this afternoon and drove his newly acquired 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo down for me to check out. It's a "barn find", pretty good shape with only 52,000 miles. Anyway, we got to talking and he told me he's got a split manifold for the Nifty Fifty I can have! SWEET!
Have a GREAT week!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Well, I appreciate the emails and comments encouraging me to continue to post. And I certainly apologize for the lack of new posts over the past week. Several things have contributed to my lack of new material on Suede and Chrome: #1) Internet issues. I haven't been able to use my wireless connection the last couple of days. Back to good ol' dial up! #2) Lack of events in the Midwest. The indoor stuff is over and the outdoor events haven't really started yet. #3) Spring Break. Trying to get some stuff done around the house and on the Nifty Fifty during the whooping TWO days I had off for Spring Break this year. (We made up 3 snow days on M, T, and W, so we only got Thursday and Good Friday off.)
Well, I did have a chance to talk to my friend Rocky during the past week. He gave me a call when he ran across some fender skirts for the Nifty Fifty. Thanks Rock for picking them up for me. Can't wait to figure out a way to get together to get them from you.
And speaking of Rocky, he sent me a few more update pictures of "Project 39". It's been great to be able to follow the build even though he lives a couple of hours away. When I talked to him last week, he told me he plans to drive the '39 to Beatersville in Louisville, KY in May.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Yeah, I know I've posted all of these photographs throughout the past couple of years on Suede and Chrome, but I think it's a lot easier to access them when they are organized as they will be on the Hub. And...if you want to see all of them, there is ONE catch, you have to become a Hub member (why not IT'S FREE!).
I've already uploaded pictures from 3 events (that's close to 300 pictures alone!). It's time consuming, so I'll try to "recap" an event or 2 a week. Hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
If my story is correct, Ben is the spotter in this video. He's the guy in the red shirt stayin' a few steps ahead of the Jeep tryin' NOT to get run over! :)