Tire Tracks

Tire Tracks

The price of admission

When the time came to build my engine I thought I was ready. I was wrong! In recent posts I spoke of the virtues of the new aged powerplants and how easy and reliable they were. In many ways that is true, yet there was one glaring aspect I forgot to...

It’s only an engine!

  I had planned, purchased, and prayed. The time came for me to build my first engine. I had been anxiously awaiting this bucket list project for quite some time. I had thought I would ease into engine building with the simple and well-documented SBC, but as you might have learned...

The winds are a blowin’

As I sit here writing, I look out my office window and see golden bushes and blazing red trees. There is only a mere hint of green poking out beneath the fallen Locust tree leaves. This is the time of year that we cherish for the crispness in the air, the...

Can you have it all?

  I am speaking to all of you out there that are faced with the age old question of whether to use OEM replacement suspension pieces or upgrade to more exotic performance alternatives. Sometimes the original replacement parts no longer exist and you have to upgrade to new technologies. For example,...

Going out west!

  It is funny how some of our best memories somehow revolve around cars. Out of the blue I had a flashback the other day about something that happened 39 years ago when I was 4. To all the math geniuses out there you now know how old I am; you’re...

To defy the laws of tradition

I am going to come right out and say it. This post might raise some feathers in the Old Cars Weekly crowd. First, I would like to state on the record that I have immense respect for fully restored, unmolested classic cars. If the car is a numbers matching piece of...

Sins of an old car

  One of the most frustrating aspects of working on a classic that was born and raised in the upper Midwest is dealing with the truth that, to borrow the title of the Neil Young album, “Rust Never Sleeps.” What lurks beneath the paint and in crevasses will bring the most...

How long was your longest relationship?

  How long was your longest relationship? No, this isn’t an online dating questionnaire or an afternoon life affirming TV talk show. I am talking about something infinitely more important than that. I am referring to your obsession with your car. In the literary world the word that comes to mind...