Let’s go to the swap meet…

Swap meets are great. Parts and vehicles for sale with something for everyone.


Here is a very manly 4X4. All of the truck was powder coated. Very nice. Displayed by a powder coat company.


1948 Chevrolet sedan delivery. Total restoration and for sale for $16,500.00. You could not restore one for that.
Model A truck project
Another manly truck.
There is that word again. I wonder if it’s a complex issue?? I may have to talk to my psychiatrist…or bartender…they do the same thing.
1973 Fart…ahem, Fiat convertible
Super clean model  A roadster
Street Rod thingie
Very clean 60’s Chevrolet truck
Straight and complete model A roadster pick up. You can haul stuff and get a tan at the same time!
This swap is one of my favorites. Here are some two wheeled reasons:
1907…something-something. Forgot the brand. Cool bike, though…
Cool Indian project
How about a Harley Davidson for $500.00? Pretty decent and could be a runner.
Like new 1974 Kawasaki 900. Mint condition. Love that color!
You meet the nicest people on a Honda…or?
1974 BMW R-90 with side car. That seat and the Hella light looks a little out of place but a beatiful bike and color combo.
Ariel. Don’t know the vintage.
Very nice 1946 Indian
If one carburator is good three must be better! For a Chevrolet small block.
There you go, another swap in tha bag. Looking forward to the next one.

So I met this guy…

I went to the LeMay open house, to attend the old car auction. On my way to the auction site, I stumbled across this cool looking ’32 Ford. It stopped me in my tracks, and it didn’t take long to notice that the car did not have an ordinary engine.

It was powered by a jet engine!

The 1932 Ford Roadster is now owned by LeMay Auto Museum but the builder Lenny was there to show off his engineering masterpiece. Lenny spent a fair amount of time with me, showing the various features of the car. He was fascinated when I told him that I used Ford F-1 shock mounts, dropped axle and split wishbones on my hot rod.

He said: That what we did in the “old” days !

Not just the average 350/350 combo, huh?

Before embarking on the jet build, he spend lot’s of time racing his car.

Lenny also spend several years racing on the salt flats in the early fifties.

Lenny worked for Boeing in Seattle, so the jet engine solution was probably close to home.


Gotta love those shocks !

Once he learned that Your Humble Editor was born in Sweden, he told me he worked in Sweden for Volvo Airplane Division in the sixties.

Funny story: Most of the engineers in Sweden at that time spoke good English, but most of the mechanics did not. There was one air plane mechanic that really wanted to learn English, especially the name of various engine parts. So every time Lenny pointed out a part, the mechanic would pull out his note book and write it down.

One day they were working on an engine that was just run, and Lenny leaned in on the exhaust pipe and burned himself. He said “Hot Mother F…..he stopped abruptly, realizing that was not appropriate language. As he walked away, he turned around and saw the Swedish mechanic mutter to himself while he wrote “Hot Mother” for the English name of the exhaust pipe.

We can only be grateful that Lenny did not complete the sentence !


1932 Ford hot rod: The fendering is finished

1932 Ford Five window Coupe fenders

After all the fenders had been test fitted I shot the inside of the fenders with etching primer and then applied a rubberized undercoating. This prevents “tneds”  That would be “dent” backwards as the rock would leave the tire and make an “outie” Get it?


1932 Ford Five window Coupe fenders

Also, the wheel wells got a shot of the undercoating as well.


1932 Ford Five window Coupe fenders

I made these simple upper shock mounts that clears the fender.


1932 Ford Five window Coupe fenders

Then it was time to squirt some paint on the frame rails as well.The rear quarter panel was not painted when I originally painted the cowl and doors to remove the ugly lettering so this was a good opportunity to make sure everything match.
Puh, that was a long sentence!


Back in the “showroom” for assembly. The Volvo wheel is just temporary until I get new rear rims. I ordered new 16’s with 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern in order to solve the axle width. This way I can eliminate the adapter and save an inch. Hopefully it will be enough as I really don’t want to tear down the rear axle this year.


Yup, the whole damn shop is red. My interior decorator is going to be sooo pissed!

The white paint on the headers was peeling badly and now would be the time to fix it.

As I will not run hood sides and the fenders and top hood with sort of picture frame the engine it better look good. This looks cleaner.

So how did it come out? Pretty damn good I think, It certainly changed the look and feel of the car.


The OE frame horn covers fits better than the repop


I was concerned that there would be too much red but the chrome acorns and adding a chrome license plate frame it looks pretty balanced.


The not so faux Olds engine is nicely framed between the hood and fenders.

I plan to change the top insert to black and also the dash and steering wheel should be black. For right now I just plan to drive the crap out of it.

Volvo Spring Meet

Puget Sound Chapters of the Volvo Sports America and Volvo Club of America had their annual joint club spring swap meet and car show show at the beautiful Juanita Beach Park. The weather was just perfect.

Your Humble Editor’s 122S wagon being overshadowed by Gary Ramstad’s 1967 Volvo 122S coupe.

 Let’s take a closer look at this beauty:


No matter where you look, the detailing is excellent.





Very nice 1962 Volvo PV 544. Just imported from California.


1965 Volvo PV 544


1964 1800S. This one is using the 140 front and rear suspension and that means 4 wheel discs.

Let’s end this with one of these square boxes. Now a classic in it’s own right. The very popular 245 wagon. This is a GL model and that included among other amenities leather and power windows. The came originally with the turbine wheels but we think these turbo wheels looks great.

Great day, great cars..


1931 Ford roadster parts chasing

A hot rod should have it’s own personality and you don’t achieve this but installing mail order components. For example, I am always on the look-out for interesting guages for my hot rod builds. Usually something comes along that grabs my attention at a swap meet or in this case, my friends garage.

This 1947 Volvo PV 444 instrument cluster was doing service as garage art but now it will once again do what it was designed to do: report speed and other vital information about the engine.

The model A roaster will use this1932 style dash. I did not waste any time testing the fit. I approve. Volvo cluster it is.

Now I best get back to the ’32 Ford and the issues with the rear wheels.

Shop truck: 1980 Chevrolet Custom Truck

So why is there a 1980 Chevrolet truck on a web site that caters to hot rods and vintage cars?

Well, first of all: This thing is actually 32 years old. Secondly, it is a fun project to spiff up a great driver with some used parts for very little money. Third: It is as American as apple pie and…you know… Chevrolet! Fourth: I am the Editor so I do whatever I want. So there!

As found…dirty with flat paint, sitting on soggy small whitewall tires.  Oh yeah, and one ugly canopy!

The good news: Rust free, straight and 95000 miles on the clock and the automatic transmission has just been rebuilt.

It has the gutless 4.1 liter six cylinder with an auto transmission with lock up converter. This is the most plain truck I have ever seen. Rubber floor mats, dog dish wheel covers…even has the super rare dome light and lighter delete option !

The truck was rolling on these un-manly too small white wall passenger car tires. These tiny tires have no place on a Chevy truck no matter how old it is! Replacing these definitely had to be part of the project.

This ugly crooked rear bumper is not much to be proud of. Gotta go!

 Another turn off: The pink? faded door panels. They are in great shape, just damaged from sun.

 First order of business is to bring back the shine to the original paint. I was pleased to find out that it shined up rather well.

Yup, it shined up well. That small passenger car mirror does not meet my specs though.

I added these manly (Ha, there is that word again) mirrors for looks and safety.

Another thing that I like to upgrade on any driver is the lighting system. The old sealed beam are just a poor excuse for lights. These Hella e-codes cranks out twice the light on low beam and three times on high beam. The only way to go.

With a can of SEM saddle color dye the door panels looks like new.

I found this new chrome bumper on Craigslist for $80.00. Works for me.

I found this Draw-Tite heavy duty trailer hitch at the recycling yard for thirty clams. My kinda budget.


I had these laying around in case some rich uncle croaked and willed me a red 1966 Buick Wildcat convertible and these wheels would be perfect for it. Since I don’t have a rich uncle or an uncle at all the chance of this happening are rather small. So…

With the world famous 0000 steel wool treatment and some semi gloss black detailing these Buick road wheels look presentable. They have the same bolt pattern as the Chevrolet: Five on five inch. A set of half inch by twenty chrome lug nuts adds to the look. I will have to find some center caps at the swap meet.


With another Craigslist find, a front chrome bumper for twenty bucks we got a pretty nice driver. The Buick road wheels certainly add some looks to this rather plain truck.

Future plans: Install a Mr Goodwrench 350 that just followed me home and the trailer hitch. Also, I will remove the canopy for the summer as they look better without them.

More later…

Old Car Breakfast Meeting

The first Saturday in every month the Whidbey Island car guys get together for breakfast. It is mostly the very active model A gang that shows up but it is open to anyone with a love for old cars.


I showed up for one of these meeting on a 30 degree day in the middle of winter with a sheet of ice covering the road but all the model A guys rolled in with their old Fords.

Well, on a day like this, the first really sunny day of the year here in Washington the parking lot turned in to a mini car show.


I pulled out my Canon SLR camera only to find out that I left the SD card at home. You will have to live with these lousy cell phone pictures but you get the idea.


This tow truck has been restored to the exact colors and lettering as when it was new. The owner found pictures of the truck when it was new and duplicated everything. It is an amazing truck.


This 1929 Sport Coupe has been in the same family for 70 years and still going strong. The current owners’s dad rebuilt the engine in the fifties and he has not touched it since.


The 390 powered Galaxie convertible sporting Keystone wheels is a nice ride.


Gary Formhals, the current president of the Whidbey Island model A club is doing a great job keeping the club active with many activities. His model A pickup certainly shows his enthusiasm in the quality of the restoration.


One of your Humble Editor’s favorite body styles. These shoebox Fords are just very classy cars.

After breaking bread with some fun loving car enthusiasts I was on my way to take care of the rest of my day in my vintage Volvo 122S wagon. Enjoying a vintage car on a two lane black top country road is one of my favorite things to do.







San Diego Volvo Club Spring Drive

As your humble Editor is suffering from a serious case of excessive moisture here in the North West it is not without some jealousy I admire these shots from the San Diego Volvo Club’s Spring Drive. It has been raining almost daily in Washington State for ninety days and it’s getting old. Well, enough with the weather report and let’s check out some nice vintage Volvos.

Josh Cantor from the club shared some great photos from the event and I am happy to share them with you.

First order of business: Add some high octane fuel for the high compression Swedish engines.

Someone is aspiring to be an airplane pilot me thinks.


Super nice Volvo 142. You don’t see enough of these anymore.


Volvo 122 with fender skirts. Not my cup of tea but creative.


These sculptures are scattered throughout Borrego.  Apparently a home developer has been putting them up to attract attention to the valley there.


The dragon is the most spectacular of them. Makes for great back drop.


A lonely 940 wagon in the desert. Think about it: These cars are going on twenty years of age already. Amazing.

Photo: Josh Cantor