Exotics at Redmond Town Center

Exotics at Redmond Town Center is a casual meet every Saturday morning in…you guessed it…Redmond. It is a place for enthusists to show off their…you guessed it..exotics.

Being in the town center and near the mandatory Starbucks you can have them whip up your favorite hot drink and walk around amoong these beauties. There are worse things to do on a Saturday morning.

Exotics at Redmond line

If you want to enjoy a good selection of high end super cars this is the place to be.

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Exotics at Redmond brakes

Do you think the brakes big enough??

Exotics at Redmond

The late model super cars are great but this vintage stuff this is what your get your Humble Editor all hot & bothered!. This Ferrari is a perfect example, I am not sure of the model year.If someone knows, feel free to ping me.

Exotics at Redmond

Exotics at Redmond Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe

Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe

Exotics at Redmond Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe rear

It is not hard to see where the designer of the Volvo Amazon looked at when he penned the car.

Exotics at Redmond Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe interior

The coolers steering wheel there is…check Driving gloves…check  Well worn original leather that still smells like leather…check!

Exotics at Redmond Ferrari 308

Dave York’s ridiculesly perfect Ferrari 308.

Exotics at Redmond Ferrari 308 rear

Exotics at Redmond 1970 Subaru Van

Exotics at Redmond Jaguar E-type convertible

A red Jaguar E-type convertible. They say that from drunks and small children you will heat the truth. It is said that Enzo Ferrari said that the E-Type was the most beautiful car ever made. It was also spekulated that he was drunk when he said so.

Exotics at Redmond Jaguar E-type convertible engine

This Jag is well detailed under the bonnet as well.

Exotics at Redmond Datson Roadster

Datsun roadster rolling in with a very dead guy as a co pilot.

Exotics at Redmond Alfa convertible

Alfa Romeo convertible rolling in.

Exotics at Redmond Alfa convertible rearExotics at Redmond Saab Sport rear

Maybe not an “exotic” but this Saab Sport was in an amazing condition and a pleasure to inspect.

Exotics at Redmond Saab Sport

Exotics at Redmond Saab Sport interior

Designed for narrow Swedish gravel roads the Saab with it’s front wheel drive was a formidable contendor in rallys all over the world. What a pleasure to pilot this beauty from this cockpit.


Exotics at Redmond Mustang Fastback

Mustang Fastbacks are exotics too. This example with Steve McQueen five spoke American wheels is a nice example. A little extra chrome under the hood make it go faster.

Exotics at Redmond Rolls Royce

How about a huge ass Rolls Royce? I think this is from the rarly 30’s.

Exotics at Redmond 1959 Impala

Tastefully decromed 1959 Impala rolled in and settled on the ground with a hiss.

Exotics at Redmond VW bus

Hey,how about them VW Buses with all them windows?

Exotics at Redmond Jaguar E-type convertible Volvo

They even let Volvos in here!

This meet is now closed for the season. Check their website in the spring:
Exotics at Redmond Town Center

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Build

The Model A build is still sitting on static pages but I have made this directory. These links should be all pointing to the build pages. If you find any bad links feel free to ping your Humble Editor.


Frame and suspension

Frame Part II

Frame, part III

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod frame
1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod frame pinch
It is not necessary to pinch a 1932 frame to accept a ’30-’31 body, but I think one should, and here is why..

To pinch or not to…

Engine and Transmission

Including carburation options and accessories

Wheels and Brakes

Including pedal assembly



Including gauges and steering column


Electrical and Heater

Various Mock up stages

 …this one being an early one!

Body and sub-rails

Body Part II

Body, part III

Body, part IV

Body part V

Roof Insert


Including floor, trunk with gutters, and tank

Well, how did it come out?

High (and Low) Tech: High and low fog lights

“High and low fog lightsHuh??

I think I am being incredibly witty here, follow along and let’s see if you agree.

I admit it: I am a light junkie. I like to see well at night as well as being seen. Washington state offers incredible summers for cruising but the winters can be soggy and dark especially on those two lane black tops.  Also, driving a classic car makes me a bit more paranoid when it comes to other drivers. Being seen early can be a matter of life and …well, not so much life.

I usually upgrade all the lights equipment on my vintage cars to halogen headlights and new reflectors but you can’t really add modern auxiliary lights to a vintage car as it would look out of place. Here is America it is legal to run fog lights with your low beams. I know that is not the case in some countries.

So what do we do to improve a vintage car? How about adding some vintage fog lights? Great idea but yesterdays fog lights are usually powered by a weak incandescent bulb.

How do we fix that?

Here is my solution:

1937 Ford Vintage Fog Light
This is fog light made by S&M Lamp Company in Los Angels. It is a Model 570.

1937 Ford Vintage Fog Light lens

The lens is easy to separate from the old reflector. As you can see, the old reflector is nothing to be proud of. Also, it hosts an weak incandescent bulb. Double Dim!

IMG_2363This is a 5 1/4 inch Hella eCode headlight. Unlike the horrible Sealed Beam lights it has a removable H4 halogen bulb and a very high quality reflector. The H4 bulb has two filaments, high and low beam.


The plan is to remove the Hella lens from the nice reflector. The H4 bulb only goes in one way so we need to make sure the reflector is clocked correctly.

The glass is attached with a strong adhesive sealer so in order to remove the glass I have to brake it. Other than fixing things we do like to smash a few things as well. It is also quick and cheeper than seeing a psychiatrist! I filled the light with clean paper towels to protect the reflector.

Then I put the light in a plastic bag and then…


Some Euro guys with an Alfa or Volvo would probably think this is blasphemy but these lights are from current production and not obsolete by any means. As you can see, the plastic bag prevents any glass chards from flying around.

NOTE: Gloves, protective clothing and safety glasses is a must when performing this part of the job. Safety First!
I applied some heat to the seam with a heat gun and pried away the rest of the glass. Keep gloves and safety glass on! Clean up the area well afterwards.

IMG_2369With very light pressure I used a clean cloth towel to remove any remnants of the glass.

A screwdriver or knife is helpful to remove the last of the sealer.

Halfway there…here is a nice reflector ready to be married to a vintage lens.

Luck has it that the Hella lens have a notch right at the top. Even though we have marked the top position this will help when installing the glass with precision.
More luck. The old lens also had a notch marking the top position.

The marriage. After cleaning the inside of the lens we are really to marry the two.

Fits like it was made for it. Only 60-70 years between the two items!


I have used latex or silicon sealer to install the glass on the reflector in the past. There is always a chance that it can get messy as the sealer can get pressed in to the reflector. In this case I used tightly applied electrical tape. It worked very well and it is easy to remove if I have to replace any part.


This is when we say: “Ta-Da” or “Look at me!”…or “Damn I’m good!” Well, you get the idea. Vintage look with modern power.


1937 Ford Fog Lights Low

Here is the cool part. In low beam mode (above) it functions as a regular fog light and you can run it together with your low beams. (As always, check your local laws and regulations of course)

1937 Ford Fog Lights High Beam

When you hit the high beam in the fog light will aid your car’s high beam by increasing the output while still looking vintage.

Model Y Hot Rod Truck, part VI

The project is coming along nicely with the practical elements taking as much importance as the aesthetic ones. The bed is finished and Mike is on to the next item on the list; the battery box.

battery box round bar

Mike started by welding a rounded metal bar to the chassis.

battery box sides

With the rounded metal bar now fitted to the chassis, Mike created the sides of the box with sheet metal and it was welded to the round bar and the frame.

battery box bottom

The bottom was added and…Voilà…a battery box is born.  Simple, easy and out of the way.

battery box

The area in front of the battery can be used for the fuse panel. The area will be serviceable via a access door in the truck’s floor board.

As always, if you have any questions or if you have any ideas as to what you’d like to see done to the 1935 Ford Model Y Hot Rod, then head over to CVI’s Facebook page and check out their blog for the latest updates.

Model Y Hot Rod Truck, part V

In the fifth installment of the Ford Model Y Hot Rod Truck project Mike is focusing his attentions on the bed.

As  the bed is rather noticeable, Mike spent a lot of time ensuring the wood fits well.
To keep the vintage look to the project Mike opted to use stained recycled wood and it’s safe to say his work looks great.

1935 Ford Model Y Truck 2

Drilled brackets are ready for the wood.

1935 Ford Model Y Truck 3

Looks good.


1935 Ford Model Y Truck 4

All the inserts are now cut, fitted and bolted to the frame.

1935 Ford Model Y Truck 5

The bed was test fitted to the frame and body.


1935 Ford Model Y Truck
In keeping with the vintage style of this build, the tried and true 1939 Ford tear drop tail lights with blue dots were used.

1935 Ford Model Y Truck 8

The project is taking shape and a hood has been test fitted as well.

If you have any questions you would like us to ask Mike then please get in touch via CVI’s Facebook page and make sure you visit CVI’s blog to ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest news on this project.

Stay Tuned…

From the archives: Volvo 164

Sometimes we look through an old photo album and find a picture of a person or place and we will be waxing nostalgically about that memory. For us car dudes and car dudettes there are other things that may be hiding in old photo albums: Old CARS!!

Pictures of cars or motorcycles we use to own. Of course we always say:
“I wish I kept that one” but you know you would not own any of the other cars that followed if you did, and what fun would that be?

Volvo 164 front 3

This latest photo album dive started with me finding this car behind a house. This looks to be a 1974 with the Federally MANDATED huge A$$ park benches as a sad excuse for bumpers. Other than that: We dig it. Love the color…or what’s left of it.


Volvo 164

This prompted us to take a look back in my brother’s album from 1981. That does not sound too long ago but these are 33 year old pictures. Ronald Regan became president, Muhammad Ali retires, Lady Diana marries some dude named Charles and the 52 Iran hostages was released.

This is a 1972 model. This is the first year for flush door handles. We would probably not opt for the pop-up sunroof today but at the time it was all the rage. We like those super rare optional Volvo wheels. The we sold black but just like the valve cover on this car they got 
polished. Jan Wilsgaard designed a concept car called P358 and that design would be used for the 164 design.

Did you know that they did not have mobile phones back then??!! How did they survive?
I mean, people were not able to instantly post a picture of their meal on the great big web, how did they manage get thru life?? …and what about the people that did not get the benefit of seeing that meal, how did they cope?? Just saying…those were hard times!


Volvo 164 rear

Swedish Butt: The earlier 164 cars had the smaller 140 style tail lights but the big”164″ on the rear facia made sure everyone knew you were traveling in style and comfort.

Volvo 164 side

A stylish car from every angle. Speaking of waxing…my brother is still talking about that super smooth six cylinder with amazing low end torque. This car was equipped with 4 speed overdrive and you could hit second gear very quickly and enjoy the 6 cylinder power.

Photo: Lars Åström

Ford Model Y Hot Rod Truck, part IV

Part 4 of the UK restoration project sees Mike Hill this week welding the pick-up bed frame and repairing the doors on the Ford Model Y. The English Fords had a lot more wood in them than the US counter parts so Mike replaced the rotten wood with steel. Wood worms HATE steel!

Next week there will be an interview of Mike at Survivor Customs about Hot Rod background and more importantly, what are the final plans for the Ford Model Y Hot Rod.

If you have any questions you would like us to ask Mike then please get in touch via CVI’s Facebook page and make sure you visit CVI’s blog to ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest news on this project.


The bottom and rear facing panel is all wood so out it goes. The pieces were used to create a template for the metal that will replace it.

As you can see, originally the tin was just nailed to the wood. Now it will be a steel structure.


After installing the steel the door was stripped and ready for test fit.


During the process the doors were test fitted to make sure of proper gaps.

blured-out-768x1024Mike fabbed up a bed frame that will covered with repurposed wood.


Mike added gussets in the corners that will serve as attachment points for the wood.

Stay tuned!

Model Y hot rod truck, part III

We continue the report on the Model Y hot rod truck taking shape in the UK.


This week Mike turning his attention to fitting the gearbox and shortening the drive shaft to fit the Ford Model Y Truck project.

For more about Mike and Survivor Customs, check out his Facebook page. And watch this space. The project will also be shared on Cherished Vehicle Insurance’s Blog


Fabricated gearbox mount fitted to a modified Model Y Ford crossmember.


BMW E30 drive shaft shortened by 4 inches and now connecting the BMW 5 speed  m60 transmission to the rear axle which is from a Kia Sportage.


The BMW alternator had to be relocated underneath the engine to create more clearance with the chassis. A custom mount and tensioner took care of that.


Original model Y Ford brake and clutch pedals were reused but relocated and modified to fit the Nissan Micra brake booster and cylinder.

More later…

Model Y Hot Rod truck Part II

We continue the coverage of a model Y truck built in the UK.

Mike Hill at Survivor Customs has been working endlessly on the project from his Middlesbrough workshop. This time, Mike focused his attention on certain parts of the vehicle’s body, completing the rolling chassis and mounting the engine in a mock up stage of the build of the hot rod truck.

This project is brought to you by Cherished Vehicle Insurance and don’t hesitate to Facebook or tweet them, they love to hear your thoughts on this project!



Custom built chassis tie bars and suspension setup


Front of chassis and reclaimed front grill from another Ford truck, that has been altered to fit the Model Y


Full custom built front axle and quarter elliptical front suspension


Steering box and body shell mounted to chassis


Engine and gearbox mocked up in place, body shell also mounted to chassis


Engine mounts fabricated and fitted.


Here we are: A rolling chassis and body mocked up with drivetrain.  Motivation comes from a 3.5 liter BMW M62 engine with a 5 Speed m60 gearbox.