Buggy Project – Bringing Home the Blazer

The buggy project takes another important step… Bringing Home the Blazer.

This is a 71 Chevy Blazer that I was able to purchase from my friend (Thanks Kam!).  It’s already seem it’s fair share of part-swaping to get the best combination:

– SB 350 bored 30 over.
– Tranny is a 4speed MT SM465.
– Transfer case is NP205.
– Rear end is the GM Big 14 bolt, full-floater.
– The front end Dana 60.
– Both front and rear drivelines have dual CV joints.

All in all, it’s got all the right stuff where it matters most.

This is going to be fun!

More pics as the project progresses.

Project Buggy – Pre-Planning Stages

I’ve been dying to start on a project like this for the last few weeks, er, months, er, years…  and I’m proud to announce that the pre-planning stages for “Project Buggy” have arrived.  Now before you all get uptight about this sudden public address (especially my wife), let me clarify a little.  I said “pre-planning”, as in, before planning… as in, I have not yet even started planning for the day I will begin this glorious project – but the determination is still there.

So, do we go with pure tube-frame?  Use a stock-ish Toyota frame with no cab, just body panels?  or try to keep the frame and cab in-tact and try to make the thing [more] street-legal?

Here are a few awesome pics to get the creative juices flowin –
After all, that is the very first step, right?

tube-shark-buggy

toyota-buggy

Next, we’ll have to think up a good name for this project… Any suggestions?

(Photos courtesy http://www.trail-gear.com/events/2010-koh/ )

Bountiful Car Show and Parade 2009

What an AWESOME car show!!

The Bountiful Car Show was put on by the Bountiful Rotary Club, all for charity called:“Cruisin’ the Boulevard Coats for Kids”

I have been coming to this car show for years, but must say this year was the absolute best! To make it even better, my wife and daughters loved it just as much as I did.

We arrived about 6pm to relatively small crowds, purchased our “kid bucks” to use on food and face-painting. Food vendors from the likes of Marie Callender’s, Texas Roadhouse, Costco and local favorite Vito’s, donated their time and food. Amazing!

Now on to the cars… there were Camaros, Corvettes, Vipers, Mustangs, Chevelles, Choppers, old trucks, ‘32 Fords, ‘55 Chevys, and many others.

My absolute favorite was the black Shelby Cobra. We watched it compete in the “burn-out” competition and I think it did the best. Super Cool!! After the burn-outs, we walked over to the car and got some pictures… overhearing the owner talk about it: 860 HP (I think is what he said), and he told a story of getting up to 140 on a freeway on-ramp just before seeing the cop. He was pulled over, but the cop was amazed. Cop asked him how fast he got up to, and upon hearing “140 mph” just said “Nice!”… THAT my friends, is AWESOME!! (and no ticket). Afterwards, I thought I should have gone up to him, shook his hand, and said “What do you do for a living?”… “When I grow up, I want to be like you” Maybe I’ll go back tomorrow and do just that.

The burn-outs were so cool – even my wife and kids loved watching them. So many LOUD and FAST cars just out spinning their tires for fun. I couldn’t help thinking of my days in Detroit as a missionary. We went to weekly car shows (to make contacts, of course) and saw, and felt, many many loud cars… probably louder and faster than any we saw tonight. I didn’t see any wheelies tonight either.

Guess I should stop rambling and let you see the pics, huh? Well, here they are:

[ pics coming soon ]

If you didn’t get a chance to go – there is always next year.

The “Dreamer” inside me was revitalized tonight. My tank is full and I can keep on dreaming for another 6 months or so (at which time I’ll have to find another car show to fill my dream-tank). Someday, I do hope to have a car like some of these… not sure exactly what that car will be, but I can assure you it will be sweet. Those of you that know me, already know I love cars and have a hankering for making them a little unique. Its been a while since I’ve gotten the chance to work on something, and I’m itching to get back into it.

Hopefully, you can stay tuned and someday find out what I’ve chosen to work on and restore… uh, resto-mod, that is!

Respected Ford Fan and the New Camaro

I’m a huge Ford Fan, but I gotta throw this out there…  Every since its concept debut, I have loved the new Chevrolet Camaro.  I know some of you will be thinking that this Ford guy has finally joined the Chevy team.  For me, I hate people knocking Fords and I’ll stand up to it, but not because I’m so single-minded that I believe Ford is the only “true” team, but because I’ve played the field.  Of course, I’ve got to relate this somehow to life or business decisions and this is where I’m headed…

You’ll often find people more than willing to give you their opinion as fact regarding a particular topic or idea – or they’ll be the first to let you know you’re making a horrible business decision, despite the fact that they have NO experience whatsoever on the topic.  A good friend once told me to only take business advice from someone that drives a better car than mine.  The point is, don’t take seriously anyone’s ‘free’ advice on a topic you know they have no real experience in.  Ninety percent of the time, it is something they read or heard and in turn, believed without testing it themselves.  Don’t get me wrong, if someone were to tell me that now would be a bad time to sell my house, I would agree even if they drove a 1979 Chevette (no offense) – its probably all they have left after trying to sell their home in this market.  If you’re smart and think completely through your life and business decisions, you’ll find that you’ll need to filter out many of the opinions you get from everyone around you.  Do that and you’ll be able to take the good, and turn your ideas into something bigger and better than before.

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”  – Henry Ford

Don’t take someone else’s word for it.  Think it through for yourself.  Maybe next time you’ll look at a Ford for what it really is – a company that has grown internationally, endured 100+ years in operation,  and literally changed life as we know it because one man decided to “improve upon an idea”.  How cool is that?!

General Motors is nothing to shrug off either.  We can all only dream to have companies as successful, and have products or services as sought after and respected.

My 1986 Z28 Camaro

New Chevrolet Camaro