Finville, USA

Welcome to: Finville, USA

“A place where steel sharks are still lurking, flanked by rocket outlets and chrome”

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Photo (and owner)  Jon Radue from Wisconsin, USA

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Fins doesn’t have to be stock to be enjoyed.

Steve Gould Colorado Springs, CO sent us this picture of this custom truck.

1960 Tbird

1960 T-bird

Photo: Casey Tarp

Fleetwood in The Rain

1960 Fleetwood in the rain

Photo: Wayne Liles from Asheville N.C.

1961 Cadillac fin aiming for the sky...

1961 Cadillac fin aiming for the sky…

Photo: Heine Hansen


Jim from Canada sent us this shot of his 1960 Impala:

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1960 Cadillac

Lloyd , Cindy and Damiën  from the Netherlands sent us this photo.


1957 Chevrolet

1964 Chrysler 300 Convetible

Photo: Michael Clay Andersen


Photo: Gary Baker


1958 Buick Limited Riviera
Photo: Kris Trexler


1958 Continental Mark III coupe
Photo: Kris Trexler


Plymouth Plaza


1960 Chrysler Imperial


1960 Ford

1960 buick

The fins on the 1960 Buick became somewhat more sedate than the ’59 Delta wings, but they are very classy. This photo came from the owner of this 1960 Buick LeSabre Convertible, Denis Lachapelle from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.


This 58 Ford Fairlane 500 is looking awesome at this angle.

Photo: Charlie Barone

1959 Dodge

Very few fin-cars can compete with the rocket outlets and chrome of the ’59 Dodge. Is this the ultimate set of fins??

1959 chevrolet

The gull-wing fins of the 1959 Chevrolet has always been a favorite.

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The Cadillac fins got smaller for every year. This 1964 Cadillac shows what’s left. Check out the reflection in the paint, a 1963 Corvette split-window!


This 1959 DeSoto Sportsman are sporting some aggressive fins.


58 Buick offered some very massive fins, as on this Century.


This 1957 Olds remind you how much the designers were inspired by space design.

1959 Lincoln

Ok, these are rather modest fins for the late 1950’s…However, this 1959 Lincoln convertible is sporting a very massive rear treatment, with acres of chrome.


The 59 Cadillac is probably the most recognized fins in the world. And yes, they are still cool!


The 1959 Buick fins were called “Delta Wings”, as shown on this Electra, in a rare rose color.

60cadThe 1960 Cadillac is sporting smaller and more restrained fins. Many folks thinks the ’60 Cadillac is a better looking car than the ’59. That discussion will go on until the world ends or internet stops.

Taco Time!

Found: 2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner with 12K miles.

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Why is there a Japanese vehicle on this mostly American Hot Rod site?

  1. World War II is over.
  2. Because fast or fun cars are made worldwide.
  3. I am the Editor so I do whatever I want.

As an old car guy (yes, that means old guy that like old cars) I have no interest in owning a new car. For work and commuting I have been driving a 2003 Ford Ranger that I bought used and it has served me very well.

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With the odometer approaching 140K miles on the Ranger it was time to look around for a suitable replacement truck. I think the current Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet trucks today are just so boring…and common. Non of them offers a sport truck unless you want to shell out 40K for a Dodge 1500 R/T Hemi. I pegged the Toyota Tacoma to be the best choice as it offers the right size and as we all know, they are quality rigs.

Small caveat appeared in the midst of looking for trucks!

However…big however…A quick glance at the calendar made me realize that it is time for a mid life crisis car!! You know, something flashy red with a roaring engine, stick shift and posi-traction. Yeah, I know Posi Traction is a registered trademark of Generous Motors but it sounds so much better than “limited slip”!! Slip what?? Slip on a banana peel??

There are plenty mid-life-crises vehicles to choose from these days but after some reseach a few cars rose to the surface. The Nissan 370Z and it’s sister car, Infiniti Q35/Q37 would be excellent mid life crises vehicles. They offer a powerful and great sounding V6 engines, they can be had with manual transmission and that damn limited slip that I apparently have to have.

I was flipping thru the virtual pages on the great big interweb and I found both nice Tacoma trucks and suitable coupes. By the way, one benefit with virtual pages is that you do not have to spit on your finger in order to move to the next page.

Among some of the Tacoma trucks the X-Runner made it self present. The X-Runner model was a limited production factory hot rod released in 2005 replacing the s-runner. It has a powerful V6, six speed manual transmission AND limited slip!!

There is however an inherent risk in buying a used X-Runner: the kid factor. Most of these were bought by testosterone laden young men that always wanted to explore the extreme limits of everything including the syncros, rev limiter and of course…the limited slip. A bit of a generalization perhaps but those boys also tend to modify factory these rigs and many times not for the better.

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Eventually this 2006 X-Runner popped up on the interweb and I contacted the seller immediately. That was a good thing!

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One local adult owner since new, non smoker and under 13K miles. It has never seen rain. The black undercarriage and wheel wells are still…black. Not a scratch…anywhere!
It is truly NEW.

This owner changed oil change every year. Yup, that is about every 1000 miles. Yeah, I was thinking the same: give me your old oil!

It killed me to pull it out in the rain but like someone said: it’s just water. So true.

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The original owner even had a floor mat to protect the floor mat!


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The Bridgestone Potenza 255/45/18 tyres are partially responsible for the 0.90 G rating on the skid pad. When WOT is enjoyed these rubber donuts are screaming for traction but at least the effort is evenly distributed with the help from the limited slip.

The truck also came with much sought after and very collectible TRD hat, TRD watch, car cover…well, truck cover, all paperwork including window sticker, invoice and service record.

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Initially I thought to upgrade the exhaust with something with more of a rumble but it turns out that the stock exhaust offers plenty of rumble so I will leave it alone and rumble on. The size of the exhaust pipe is directly related to manliness. This pipe is BIG!

2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner emblem elec outlet

The bed is equipped with a 110 volt power outlet and I can’t wait to go camping and hook up a toaster oven and make myself a grilled cheese sandwich!


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The 4.0 liter engine with the purdy plastic engine cover is rated 240 hp and 270 foot pounds of torque. To keep that power to the ground the frame is braced with an X-frame, stiffer and shorter TRD springs, Bilstein shocks and anti roll bars in both ends..

Toyota claims that this 4000 lbs truck can haul from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds. I will be sure to test this.

So there it is: A perfect mid life crises vehicle…with a bed! Haul stuff and haul ass!

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The “Rolf Coupe” still going strong

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod in Germany

I sold this coupe back in 2010 locally but a year or two later it found itself in Germany where it lives an active life in the hands of Marco and Silvia Wenzel. They are in to American cars of all shapes. I get regular up-dates from Marco and I felt it was time to share.


1931 Ford Model A Crusing

It is used the best way possible: By driving it!…a lot.

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Germany

The hot rod is a frequent guest at many events in Germany with likeminded guys and gals.

Ford Model A Hot Rod

Staging in at the drags.

1931 Ford Model A Drag RacingHere is Marco ready to abuse it in a drag race. Yes, of course he won!
1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod

The car was sporting black walls when it left the States but now it is back to wide white walls and I think it looks much better.


1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Finland truck

The hot rod was invited to a Finish Hot Rod show and Marco was quick to oblige, It was tucked in a trailer and off to Finland it went.


1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Finland

Marco’s hot rod was listed in the show programme the Guest from Germany. That is what “Saksan vieras” means. “PAKKO NÄHDÄ” means don’t miss! So don’t miss the Guest from Germany!


1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Finland show

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Finland visitor

One of the show visitors was Mika Kari. Mika lived in Washington state for a year and I met him several times. He did a feature of the car for the Finish magazine Primer at the time. Mika stopped by and visited with Marco. Mika on the left and Marco on the…you get it.

Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, Marco.

Photo: Marco Wenzel

Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Car Race Day

The best part of this annual historic race event is all the great classic cars that shows up. They had a car corral for several brands and clubs to display their beautiful cars.

Here is a sampling of some that caught your Editor’s eye.

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Jaguar XK-120, 3.4 litre


1953 Jaguar XKC-041, 3.4 litre, 4 speed

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So you think Panhard only made bars? Here is a car.

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1964 Datsun pickup

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Sleeper of the day. MGB with small block Ford.

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We like the fact that the owner resisted conventional dual exhaust. Classy!


SNORTHY is a 1956 MGA

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Volvo 444

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Volvo 122S

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Some folks know how to pit: Huge Kenworth with monster trailer, Cadillac Biarritz convertible for pit car, matching scooter and six white table cloth tables for your crew and friends to dine at. It’s a rough life.

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1957 Chevy truck project, part 4

Somewhere along the lines of this project I decided to do some body work and then I shot the truck it hot rod matte black. I am not a fan of the “rat rod” look but I prefer it was uniform than spot painted. I left the interior in the Cadillac Poly green metallic as I think it is a nice color and it may get that shade added later.

1957 Chevrolet truck hot rod project

Since this is going to be a driver,  I added spray on protective bed liner.



Once I got it rolling again I brought it out for the whole picture look. Those polished Americans Racing wheels with rubber band tires ain’t makin’ it!!

As much as I like shiny stuff it has to be the right shiny stuff. A friend told me that there was a time when hot rodders thought that adding polished Americans will beautify anything. I bet that is true but it sure does not work right here in my driveway.

Traditional style have been popular for some time now and it is over used as well but is also timeless so let’s go with that.

Just like Clint Eastwood can draw his trusty 45 faster that any of the bad guys I can draw my Visa card. Swoosh! …and there it was next to the lap top.

1957 Chevy truck chrome wheels

A week later the brown truck stopped by and gave birth to these!



15X6 for the front and 15X7 for the rear, chrome OE steel wheels. OE stands for Original Equipment as in stock style wheels. Much better!

Well, let’s pop them on and have a look see shall we?

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1957 Chevrolet truck hot rod

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Much better. After alignment and charge of the A/C system I got myself a great parts chaser.

1957 Chevy Truck project, part 3

1957-Chevrolet-Hot-Rod-Pickup-truck seat base

I found a pair of aftermarket bucket seats on Craigslist and I built these seat bases for them.  I lost the glove box because of the A/C so I installed this lockable drawer under the frame. I is actually a Bulldog gun vault so it is plenty strong. A perfect place for valuables and paperwork.

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Carpet in place. The rear wall was covered with sound deadener and then carpeting.

1957-Chevrolet-Hot-Rod-Pickup-truck kick panel

We need tunes and for that we need speakers. The speakers speak the tunes, that’s why they call them speakers. They are permanently mounted in this kick panel made from textured automobile panel. If they were not permanently installed you would call them guest speakers.

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Kick panel in place and kickin’ it.

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Cell phone fits perfectly behind the rear cup holder and the charging/AUX connectors. Now I need a tripple latte’

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A throne for a king.


The previous owner had a smoothie attack. The dash was filled…for what? Where am I going to put my tunes?? How about right here!!


The radio is vintage looking but with modern guts. The radio offers AM-FM and it is connected to the AUX jack in the center console. Tachometer is a vintage unit from Dixco.

More later…

1957 Chevy Truck project, part 2

Since I am going with bucket seats for now I need a mid console.

1957-Chevrolet-Hot-Rod-Pickup-truck armrest

This is the armrest from an old Volvo center console. I had it recovered in leather. Leather = good!

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Frame for console.

1957-Chevrolet-Hot-Rod-Pickup-truck cup holder

Cup holders….cup holders, man…gotta have cup holders! Found these stainless units on the great interweb. They have a lot of stuff there.

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The cup holders did not have a way to be held in place so I added a stud and made a c-clamp.

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Phone charger with USB and AUX jack.

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This is Landau foam.Yup,the same stuff that is under your grandpa’s Cadillac vinyl top.

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I re-used the 1957 cigarette lighter as a power outlet as well. Console done and ready to offer a supporting roll in this truck’s future endeavors.


1957 Chevy Truck project, part 1

One lousy garage sale!

I like “garage sailing” but my life is so busy that I really don’t have time for it. Also, most garage sales offer things that I don’t need, like telefones (remember those?), worn out toys and casette players.

On my way home on a Saturday morning I saw this “Moving Sale” sign and it was close to my house so…what the hay…I swung in.

It took me all of thirty seconds to confirm that I did not need anything layed out on those rickety camping tables. I turned around to leave when I spotted a dirty 1957 Chevrolet truck sitting under a car port with the bed full of junk.


Of course I had to open my mouth and ask: Is this thing for sale??


After a good scrubadub it look pretty decent.

1957 Chevrolet truck, 383 stroker and automatic transmission. A Lincoln Versailles nine inch rear axle put the power to the ground and offers disc brakes in all corners.

Front end is the tried and true Mustang II setup with rack & pinion power steering. The rear axle is held in place by four link rear suspension with coil-over shocks. Fuel is stored in a 17 gallon aluminum tank under the bed.

Rolling stock are polished American Racing 17 inch rear wheels and 16 inch in the front with silly looking rubber band tyres.


The Polish-Americans…ahem, polished Americans need to be…well… polished and the paint is starting to haze a bit. It is obviously missing the grille.


Total street rod treatment. Filled bed rails and smooth tailgate. Not really my cup of tea but it’s OK. Amateur paint job makes it a driver.


The previous owner did not redo the stock bench seat and that’s OK with me, I got some ideas.

What I don’t care for are all those mandatory “street rod” components added for no functional reason. The ugliest thing is probably the “steering column cover” Why would you be embarrassed over a column anyway?? It has a FUNCTION!


Engine compartment looks like all the rest of them. Red engine with some chrome added. Booooring !!

The all new 383 stroker runs strong but needs some attention. It has a rough idle or some sort of low rpm balance issue. We all have some issues, right?


This “tach pod” is the tachiest thing I ever seen! Get it??!! Looks like a ball sack!…with one ball;-) BTW, this tachometer is completely made of plastic. It was almost a surreal feeling when I took it out, like earth lost half of its gravity!

So the initial though was just clean it up a bit for the summer and just drive it…but…. Maybe I should just remove some of the obvious street rod stuff and then drive it…right?

Yeah, right…here goes nothing:


Looking at it, I need to do more…That horrible steering wheel, billets shifter, billet knobs and the under dash thingie has to go. The “everything beige” theme looks so 2004! Actually, it reminds me of a 1978 Cutlass I owned in 1985!

I ordered a new black carpet that is designed for the 1957 truck without the tank behind the seat so the carpet will go all the way back for a nice finished look.


I also need more leg room and as much as I like a good stereo system these woofers has to go. I need to move the seat further back for comfort. I will install 6X9 speakers on each side. More on this later.

The 383 engine had a strange shaking going on around 1500 rpm. It ran strong but I don’t really have time to investigate. It is an internally balance stroker kit and it has the correct ring gear and harmonic dampener. Go figure…


Ah, screw it! I took the easy way out for now: THE VISA card!!! For 1200 clams ! I got this new, not rebuilt, Chevrolet 350 crate engine. 1200 clams delivered…in a crate.



The truck was equipped with a 700R4. I thought I was burning rubber at WOT but it was actually the transmission slipping! I replaced it with a pro-rebuilt 30 spline 700R4 with a 2000 rpm stall converter. I also got a lesson in how to set up the cable that communicates with the transmission.












Instead of installing tons of chrome (or any at all) I decided to go all black instead. Even the aluminum Air Gap intake got covered in the dark stuff. I am tired of chromed-out small blocks so the least I can do is to avoid that cliché. For contrast all bolts will be polished stainless. The funky bracket on the left side is for the A/C compressor. It is using one of the water pump bolts so I mocked up the compressor when installed the water pump and then I installed the bracket. I don’t like to loosen up the water pump bolts after the fact.


The Mustang rack on the truck showed signs of leaking and it had some slack. Rack & Pinions should NOT have any slack so out with the old and in with a new…rack that is!


The steering olumn in the truck was sloppy so this new unit will take its place. As much as I don’t care for the look of a tilt column I find them adding to comfort in a small cab as this truck. This is going to be a driver so comfort is the key! It will have a leather steering wheel.


The truck had no heater at all and since this is going to be a driver I want A/C as well. Vintage Air supplied a complete behind dash unit and I opted for the Deluxe controls. They have the OE look and are now fly-by-wire, no more cables. Me dig!

So much for a quicky, eh?


The engine compartment was cleaned up and the frame paint was freshened up.


While the engine was out I drilled all the holes needed for the Vintage Air hoses.


Open wide!


…and there she is. I should not be too far away from making some noise!


I am not totally impressed with this TCI front end.  Even if you tighten the bejesus out of the A arms bolts there is a risk they can slip under load. I welded on these sturdy half inch plates with “set bolts”. Once the alignment is done I will run those bolts out firmly against the A-arm rod making sure everything stays where it should.



Plumbing and wiring is pretty much done. Now it’s time for the A/C / Heat combo under the dash.


With all the tubes attached the evaporator is ready to go in. The round thingies on top are servos for the doors that directs the air flow. No cables are need with this fly by wire set up.



I replaced the tilt column but I can’t live with these faux “billet” knobs. They are not even billet, they are just cast cheap looking things. I will replace them with black OE looking knobs or something like that.


The front shocks were very soft so I opted for the best in the business. Bilsteins.


One benefit with buying an old street rod is that everything is all cleaned up and painted with fresh components. Another…ahem benefit is that you will enjoy the previous owner’s fine work…or not. This “worm nest” worth of wires is a not anything I can live with.

He bought a new wiring kit but it seems like he was not big on cutting the wires when they were too long. Gotta fix that!


After cleaning up the wiring I can put a bed back in this thing.


The new rear bumper looks nice but I am not liking the tail lights flopping in the wind. I want something more integrated.


These are trailer lights designed for enclosed car trailers. They are usually mounted vertically. It turns out that they fit perfectly on the panel below the tailgate.


They are very bright, both in running light mode…


…and brake mode. I am straying fom my traditional rules here but since this is going to be a driver in soggy ass Seattle winter weather I want to be seen when I step on the binders.

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 enthusiasts 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.

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If you want to enjoy a good selection of high end super cars this is the place to be.If you want to learn more about owning and trading exotic cars visit Exotic Car Hacks.


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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.

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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