Category Archives: Cool Stuff

Dad Was A Pontiac Man

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There may not be gold in them, there hills, but there’s Sylva! OK, bad pun, but I couldn’t wait to use it. My wife and I were visiting one of our daughters in western North Carolina this weekend and spent some time, on Saturday, in Sylva. A small town that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time 50 years. As luck would have it, among the antique shops and restaurants, there was a car show by the Western North Carolina, Early Times, Pontiac-Oakland club showcasing cars associated with the mark from 1920′s to the 1950′s. There were several stunning cars, but what really stood out to me, was how much work the early driver had to go thru to, just to drive. The earliest car there was a 1917 Oakland, that was little more than a horse carraige with an engine. But the most shocking bit about it … Continue reading

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Gadgets To Help You Get There Faster and Safer

I’ve never heard the word “Derecho” before, but evidently it’s a storm. A bad one. With very strong winds and no warning. At least that is how I will remember it. June 29th, 2012 I was driving most of my family from North Carolina to New Jersey. We left around 5:30pm so as to avoid the dreaded traffic in DC at rush hour. Unfortunately we ran into a backup long before we got to DC and detoured onto 301, thereby avoiding DC and sending us up through Maryland to Baltimore. The weather was hot. At one point on the Yuk’s thermometer, it showed 109 degrees. That is WAY HOT for the humid east coast. Other than that, it was clear and calm. That is until about 10:30pm. I was following a semi up near Annapolis when I began to see debris flying around between his rig and my truck. The … Continue reading

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Driving Lights, Bright Idea or Dim Witted?

The LED matches the blue of the bright light indicator

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve been here, my apologies. Let’s get to it. Since I was a kid, I’ve noticed those that like to modify their vehicles really love to install fog lights. There are as many types as there are cars. Fog lights can be extremely useful…well…in fog I suppose, but I find they are most useful on a rainy night on roads without street lights. Even when I had younger eyes, seeing the edge of the road, on a rainy night, was much easier with fogs. However, what I find REALLY helpful are driving lights. I heard that! What’s the difference? They are two completely different animals. Fog lights illuminate the road IMMEDIATELY in front of your vehicle. Let’s say 25 feet in front, and nearly 180 degrees from where your hood ornament would be if cars still had those. Like I said, that can … Continue reading

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A New Life for an Old Fad…I said FAD!

Cobra 75 installed neatly and out of the way

In a continuation of the last post, let me quickly show you how I added a red-necky CB radio in a Denali without making it look like Larry-the-Cable-Guy did it. First, I have two CB’s left from older rides. One a Cobra 29 LTD. You know, the big box with all the knobs, chrome face, hanging microphone, straight-from-the-Kenworth CB. (I know truckers don’t use Cobras, let it go) It’s been slightly modified to have a bit more power, a la Tim Taylor. It puts out about 30 watts max, not massive, but better than 6. It is very functional and has a great range. However, it would be horribly out of place in a modern Denali. AAAAnnnnddd there’s no place to put it other than inside the console. The other radio is a smaller Cobra 75. It’s an all-in-one unit that has all the displays, knobs, and everything in what would … Continue reading

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“How ‘Bout ya Southbound. Ya Got It On?”

Little Cobra 75 Tucked Away

So last week I posted a few things that any driver should be thinking about when they are driving. This week, let me show you something that I use quite frequently on long trips. Back in the ’70′s a song came out that subsequently turned into a movie. ‘Convoy’ was about a group of truckers, talking on the CB radio, that got together and drove lawlessly across country. Now I don’t recommend driving lawlessly anywhere, but there are ways to make your trip a little quicker. Enter the lowly CB radio. Used by over-the-road truckers for decades to get directions, stay awake, find local information, and discuss the finer points of 4 wheelers, seat covers, countie mounties and beavers. Anyway, our little family has had the opportunity to spend an enormous amount of time on the open highway due to travel soccer, swim and dance teams. Listening to the CB has … Continue reading

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Strangest Daytona 500 in History

OK, it happens. The rains come in, and they delay the race for a few hours. Then it becomes evident that the rain isn’t going to stop, so the race is postponed until the next day. So we make our plans to watch, or listen to the race at work. THEN we find out it will start in PRIME TIME! I do like night races. Now the race starts ‘on time’, but there is a big crash on lap 2 that takes out the ‘arguably’ two most interesting drivers that started tonights race. Now everything seems to be fairly normal for a while. Then, when you think you’ve seen everthing, Juan Pablo Montoya, UNDER A YELLOW FLAG, crashes into a Jet Dry truck and ruptures the fuel tank with 200 gallons of Jet Fuel!!! This is like a soap opera! I don’t see how this track isn’t destroyed for tonights … Continue reading

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Where Do You Get To Be a Car Guy?

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Where do you get to go be a Car Guy? We all need some where to enjoy our hobby. Is yours watching a race on TV? Is it Barrett-Jackson on Speed? How about changing oil in the driveway? Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a Cobra replica with a Gurney-Eagle 351 with 4 down-draft Webers and short stacks in the garage!! Well, I can’t be the only one that watches DIY. So between ManCaves and Barret-Jackson I had to do something. We bought a smaller house last time and since it used to be a model home for our neighborhood, and the office was in the converted garage, it was heated and air-conditioned. I came to love that, so when we built this house, we added garage vents that can be opened and closed, as well as having the garage insulated very well. What a great place to build a Hot Rod garage! How to start? I … Continue reading

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Replica of McQueen's "Le Mans" jacket