Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Red Wing boots, made to kick ass.

Most know me, as the Converse or Doc Martin guy, since I have not left my house, for the past twenty years, without my beloved high-top Chucks or my 80's era Docs.

A recent foot injury had forced me into exploring different shoe brands, because I needed something that was actually comfortable and supporting, to my aching ankle and foot.

I came across Red Wing Shoes. They look cool, the company has been in business for over a century and as an added bonus, the boots are hand made, in the USA.
They come with a life time warranty on the top leather part, free shoe laces for life and re-soling them will run you $80.
They are super comfortable.

Granted, they offer a cheaper Chinese version, don't buy them, just man up and do the right thing.
I believe that the American workforce should support the American workforce, while we still have one.

Hank approved

Mad Fabricators 6

Adventures of the coupe devils - Viking Run & Fun from Piero Deluca on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Casny Shoebox for sale!!!

The time has come. I'm getting ready to move shop, and trying to scrape some money together. I had to make the decision to sell my 1950 Ford Shoebox.
Send me an e-mail if interested, I'm asking $20'000 USD.

Link to the ad on the HAMB

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mulholland Bridge in 1942 and now. Bill Armbrust 1935 Roadster.

I stumbled across this article and pictures on Rik Hoving's site, while doing some research on 35-36 Ford Customs.
This picture of Bill Armbrust's 35 Roadster, stopped me in my tracks, not only because, it's a superb car, also because the location this picture was taken at,  is very familiar to me (I live 5 minutes from there).

I had taken a picture last year of my car in the same location, and I stood exactly where the photographer stood facing south towards Hollywood in 1942.
This is the Mulholland Bridge in Hollywood CA.

I get a kick out of finding stuff like that.

Look at the mountain range

 Bill Armbrust's 1935 Roadster on the Mulholland Bridge, Hollywood CA, 1942.

Here is the article on Bill's 35 Roadster.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Auburn dash panel, gets a new insert.

I decided to make an insert that fits inside my Auburn dash. Originally these dash panels had inserts, either engine turned aluminum or some other material. My insert is missing and I decided to make a new one from a 50's style metal laminate.
This will solve a major problem. It will allow me to drill smaller holes to accommodate my gauges, without disturbing the Auburn dash, until original gauges (out of my price range, for now) are found.

I basically made an accurate 3/4" plywood patters that fits perfectly. The insert material was then attached with double stick tape, and then "routed out" with a router and a flush trim bit.

Here is the result.

Without insert
The material

Finished product, without holes cut

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Vinegar solution. Rust removal the stinky way.

Rust, rust, rust, is what you hear, when you talk to anybody who has ever worked on old cars.

Hot rodding seems harder now, than it was 60 years ago, when guys would pick up a 30's car and just build it, without ever mentioning rust.
We are pretty lucky here in California, we don't encounter severe cases, like our East Coast or European counterparts, but we still have to deal with it.
After reading several methods on removing rust, I decided to give vinegar a try and I have to tell you, it freaking works.

Here is how it works:
Get some sort of container, big enough to fit you part.
Buy some cheap 5% white vinegar (I paid $2.10/ gallon at my local Smart and Final store).
Submerse your part and let it sit for three days (might take longer).
Take your part out of the container, it will still look rusty.
Pressure wash it well.
Nice shiny metal will appear.

IMPORTANT: after pressure washing, blow your part off with compressed air and let it sit in the sun to get it completely dry. If you skip this step, rust will form within 10 minutes, it's amazingly disappointing, I tell you.

I like to sand the part a little to get it really clean and lightly spray it with Gibbs, an oily substance that will wipe of with lacquer thinner later, when you are ready for paint.

1936 Ford hood sides before the vinegar treatment. 

The louvered hood sides have been sanded, the solid hood sides after pressure washing before sanding and Gibbs.
Ready for paint.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday morning fun

Every once in a while a bunch of us get together, with our hot rods, have breakfast, talk shit and simply do what car guys do.
Besides building cars, driving them is what it is all about. Car shows are fun, but they seem superficial compared to white knuckeling a hot rod at 70 mph down a California freeway.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Powerglide #19 Cover

At the risk of sounding pompous, here is some news I'd like to share, since I'm pretty excited about it.

French Magazine Powerglide chose my car for their cover of issue number 19.

For this shoot I suggested to meet at my house in Hollywood instead of the usual, my shop in Burbank CA.
Yes, at my shop there is more to look at, cool parts, unfinished projects, etc, but I was simply running out of ideas on where to shoot, within the immediate area of my shop that didnt look familiar to magazine readers.
So, we decided to shoot the whole thing, right in front of my house

Many thank to Etienne Butterlin, editor and photographer for making this happen.

I'll post the whole article, which looks pretty damn cool, after the magazines October 10th release date.

PS: Powerglide #20 is supposed to feature my 1950 Ford shoebox, shot by Swiss photographer Marc W├Âltinger, keep your eyes peeled for that.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cutting the floor

I started work on my 1936 Ford 3 window coupe. The first thing that had to go, was the rusted out floor. With little effort and a grinder, the floor is now an art object hanging on the wall in my shop.
More progress to follow.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mad Fabricators 6 wild schenanigans

I've been asked before to participate in other car themed movies/DVD, but I've always gracefully declined the offers, until my friend Piero DeLuca asked me to be part in the latest Mad Fabricators installment number 6.
After having done some driving scenes and interviews month ago, with my 31 coupe, it was time to shoot the epic brainchild of Piero's, the downtown Los Angeles nightshot. Seven cars would be driven across the 4th street bridge, 3rd street tunnel and some crazy underground street where oval portholes offer the only glimpse of the night sky, vaguely familiar from the movie "The Soloist" with Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx.

Underground was where things got wild, homeless onlookers witnessed a seven car drag race, with Tim Sutton and Brad Masterson leading the pack and the rest of us following, peeling out and burning rubber. It was great fun and I sure hope it translates to DVD.

Thanks to all the guys that were there that night, it was fun. Surprisingly no arrests were made.

Here are some crappy pics from that night, September 4th 2011

Smugmug and my photography

Art is in the eye of the beholder, we all know that but I would never call my shit art, thats for others to decide. I however dabble in photography, I've done many features and articles over the years, for various car magazines, even made some ok money doing it, but first and foremost I dig having a creative outlet that doesnt involve powertools and heavy labor.
Here are some of my meager attempts to be artsi through photography.

Here is a link to my smugmug page.

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6 over

Matt and Dean from Dice magazines, latest project is called 6 over, here is a teaser that makes you want grow a beard and ride a bike.

6 Over - Teaser from Wild Honey Productions on Vimeo.

Another cover

I've neglected this little blog for quite some time. Here is another, some might say, bragging post. Bottom line is, my little 50 Ford custom shoebox got it's first cover, on European Rolls & Pleats magazine coming out in September 2011.