Friday, May 19, 2017

The Beatnik Bandit clone project

sometimes I just cant get into it and then again I build up some steam and get going on it, I did a lot of work that just wasn't "Blog" worthy but the headlights are something i have been avoiding doing, its a very intricate area on the Beatnik Bandit, I made a stencil or guide out if some old plywood and traced it out onto the plaster, had to do some shaving and got things in about the right area, then I made guide lines and used a sheet rock saw to cut the headlight holes in the plaster, a set of four old plastic Folgers coffee cans were cut down and stuck in the holes so i would have a circle lip to guide the plaster so i can get the body line just so, it looks kind of like a 1960 buick la saber headlight bezel on the real car. its gonna be a lot of work but thats how it goes when you take on a project like this, Get Out In The Garage And Build Something! -FRITZ-

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Slot Mods (online) Magazine

Slot Mods is an online magazine for slot car racing guys, you remember the 60's & 70's racing those 1/25th scale hot rods on those big ass race tracks! I do! I did an interview with them and here is the link for those that might be interested. Get out in the garage and build something, Yes even slot cars!!!!!! -FRITZ http://slotcarmods.com/spring2017.html

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Remembering "Ed Big Daddy" Roth 1932-2001

On this Day the back yard builder and do it yourself engineer lost their greatest influence. Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. "Once a Fink always a Fink" today of all days is the best day to get out in the garage and build something, Make the Old Rat Proud!!! -FRITZ

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Detroit Autorama 2017

Been on the road for two weeks straight, First we did the Kansas City world of wheels show, but thats right in my back yard so i don't count it as an "away trip" but the following week was the Darryl Starbird show in Tulsa Oaklahoma then home for a few hours to do laundry and go on to the Detroit Autorama. I haven't been to Detroit for about 5 years, not since my friend JR passed away , he use to own the show and i must say that the new people are not car people and just care about the buck, its sad. I won't go into the behind the scenes BS and politics cause in the long run what does it really matter. I had the Baja Bndeeto & my panhead chopper in the show and they both won first place trophies in their class. trophies are nice but they don't pay the bills, Im not really and external validation guy. i was happier that everyone was digging the fake cactus I made for my display! the real purpose of the Detroit Autoramam trip was so I could visit with friends and paint slobbering monsters with friends in the artist ally in the basement, thats where the action is gang. now i have two weeks to get some work done and then its back on the road for that last show of the winter season for me. enjoy the pics then get out in the garage and build something -FRITZ

Saturday, February 4, 2017

1926-1927 Ford Model T Coupe Body

Back In the late 80's and early 90"s I had a bunch of old cars, My Fav's were a 1932 Chevy woody wagon with IFS and a small block chevy v-8 and a chopped & Channeled 1930 Ford coupe with a flathead ford, this is way before the internet and the HAMB. Yah I was so cool i was frozen! well this little 27 Ford T coupe body just kinda fell in my lap. Long story short I traded a 1970's Harley motorcycle 4 speed transmission for it. one of the many reasons i love living in the mid west, all this neat stuff is just laying around!!!! I have no idea when I'll get to it, but its in the stable of dreams for now, Get Out In The Garage and Build Something!!!!!! FRITZ

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Darryl Starbird Offical car show T-Shirt!!!!! and guess who's on it gang!!!!!!

I keep good company, the Baja Bandeeto along with cars from Chip Foose & Darryl Starbird on the official Darryl Starbird custom car show t-shirt, get Yerself on down to Tulsa Oklahoma and git herself one!!! just another great reason to go to this show and have some fun!!!!!! FRITZ

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bill's Pontiac Starchief update #6

I had to go way back about 9 months to see where I left off on this, Its been to long for an update. as it is all not fresh in my mind anymore I'm going to just wing it. the rear body cross brace on Bill's car was totally rotted and shot, and 'cause of this the main trunk floor would flex from stuff being in there and got stress cracks here and there. we wanted to install a new gas tank that had a late model fuel injection pump in it and the closet one we could get was a 1957 Chevy for the 1957 Pontiac. so my bright idea was to replace the center of the trunk floor with a Chevy panel so the gas tank would line up with the "notches" in the trunk floor, anyone that has done a gas tank on these vintage cars knows what Im talking about. I had to replace the rear cross brace body bushings and have a sheet metal shop bend up a top & bottom rear cross brace as my metal brake wasn't wide enough or deep enough to do the job and it was some good thick stuff and a bit hard for me to bend. from here on out I'll let the photos do the story telling I'm sure you'll get the idea. I am a lot further along then this so in the coming weeks I'll try to get everyone up to speed. Get out in the garage and build something! -FRITZ