An almost normal dream

May 10, 2016


I awoke this morning wanting to visit the garage in
firm belief I had built a truck in my dream. Since I had
chicken instead of pizza before taking my nightly nap
said dream wasn’t as wild as some.

Back to the truck. In the dream I had built a 60′ Ford
F-100, painted it black with flames, and was very happy
with how it turned out. Standing at the front of this
mechanical marvel I realized it was the look I was after.

In a normal dream that would signal the end but as
mentioned mine are a little different. Everything was
almost perfect until I got to the back of the truck. It
was there I noticed a mistake had been made. While the
18-inch wide tires looked great and filled the wheel
wells, when I looked underneath my mistake was obvious.

Of all the trucks I’ve seen in my lifetime not one
other had three 18-inch wide tires in the back! Yet
mine had three evenly spaced round rubber objects under
it. But since it was a dream I fired it up for a test
drive and will admit I was pleased.

I’m still not sure how it could even work, but if it
moves I’m going to drive it like I stole it. There is no
moral to this story but we’ll leave you with something
to think about.

A 3 years old boy sits near a pregnant woman.
Boy: Why do you look so fat?

Pregnant woman: I have a baby inside me.

Boy: Is it a good baby?

Pregnant woman: Yes, it is a very good baby.

Boy: Then why did you eat it?!
Comments are always welcome.

Have you ever?

April 28, 2016

Went to do something and get sidetracked. I headed for
the garage to straighten up and get ready for some
serious yard work tomorrow when I ran into this critter
who wanted to know what was going on.


Not wanting to seem like a snob I filled the critter in
on a few things happening in our area. So here they are.

Now through Sunday the B-17 Aluminum Overcast tour will
be at the Davenport Airport. They are taking the
restored B-17 Flying Fortress on a tour around the USA
and we’re on the list. You can go here to learn more.

Vintage Torquefest will be in Dubuque, Iowa today through
Saturday. This is a traditional show and held rain or
shine. You can learn more on the website.

Friday night, April 29th will be the Classy Chassy
Cruisers Cruise In held at the Coral Ridge Mall near
Best Buy. I believe this starts around 6 pm.

Sunday will be the 32nd Annual Spring Auto Parts Swap
Meet and Car Corral at the Jones County Fairgrounds in
Monticello, Iowa.

Not sure if we’ll make any of these events as it might
rain and I don’t care to see if I melt when I get wet.
Also there are many more events but as mentioned these
are a few that interest us. Enjoy the upcoming weekend.
Comments are always welcome.

Whimsical Wednesday

March 30, 2016

It’s Wednesday, it’s supposed to storm, and you can
feel the rain in the air. So we went out and snapped a
few more pictures to share.

A little black squirrel was running around like he had
lost his house keys. We aren’t sure what he was looking
for, but shortly after we took a few pictures he took
off. Any pictures posted on the blog can be enlarged by
clicking on them.

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Because we’re getting closer to summer the flowers
made another appearance after a frost. So we picked our
favorite of the pics we took and here it is.

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Some may think I’m obsessed with church steeples but
since we have five churches within a five block radius,
we’ll use what we have to work with. This one shows the
storm clouds moving in and the trees starting to bud
out. Won’t be long and only the top of the steeple will
be visible.

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And just because I’m getting garage fever, here is a
picture of different kind of car. For those who wish to
know this is a 1953 Gaitan Auto-Tri Huevo. No, I won’t
repeat that.

'53 Gaitan Auto-Tri Huevo

Locally we are up to almost 50 confirmed shots fired
calls since the year began. In the newest incident eight
people were arrested after a car chase. Many have their
opinions on how to fix this problem but we are not in
this group. We just know it’s getting crazy.

If you’re getting rain, stay dry. If you’re having a
heat wave, stay cool. And if you’re having a cold snap,
keep warm.
Comments are always welcome.

Bound to happen

March 2, 2016


When something is started there has to be an ending.
The World Series of Drag Racing began in 1953 and was
held in Lawrenceville, Illinois. The following year,
and every year since, it has been held at the Cordova
Dragway Park in Illinois.

Until this year. The powers that be have announced
the World Series will move to the Memphis
International Racway in Mephis, Tennessee. Said powers
state the event will be more centrally located and
have more room for expansion at the new venue. Even
though it has fewer seats than Cordova does.

We have mixed feelings about the move on various
levels but realize nothing can be done. As a spectator
at many of these World Series events I’m sad because
the series does draw the big names. As a former racer
at the track I know I would be welcome to return. And
as a resident of the area I know the revenue brought
in on that August weekend will be sorely missed.

If there is a problem we believe it just the growth
of the organization that runs it and too many mergers
with others who have their own agendas. And at least
we had the event here for 61 years of its 63 year
existence. All that said, we won’t be cruising down to
Memphis the weekend of August 26-27 either.

So we say goodbye to the holy grail of drag racing
and hope they at least air some of it on a sports
channel. If you’ve ever been to one you know you can’t
just walk away.
Comments are always welcome.

Racing to conclusions

February 9, 2016

Yesterday we mentioned the EPA wants to severely limit
production cars that can be made into race cars and
eliminate some parts used. We feel this move proves
that those in leadership roles have risen above
their competency.


Every form of racing has influenced the major
manufacturers in ways that would surprise some and
we’ll mention a few here. Things on our daily drivers
that have been taken from race cars include the basic
design of the engine and where the ignition switch
is placed.

The Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) is common in today’s cars
yet came from Formula 1 racing. The push button
ignition got its start in many forms of racing.

The suspension of our cars have a racing heritage
with either multi-link or MacPherson struts.

Racing has even influenced how the tires on our cars
are made. The grooves in the tread push water away to
give us better traction and sportier versions may have
less grooves to give more contact on dry roads.

Disc brakes were refined on race cars before becoming
standard on production cars.

Engine air intakes (scoops) had their start in racing.

Aerodynamic styling and the use of wind tunnel
testing is another race technology that made the

Weight reduction. Race cars are light which allows
them to go faster and the car manufacturers utilized
light weight materials to help with fuel efficiency.
Carbon fiber and aluminum come to mind.

The rearview mirror that lets us miss the car in our
blindspot got its start in racing.

Magnesium (mag) wheels are now standard equipment on
some models in the showrooms.

Superchargers and Turbochargers got tweeked in racing
and the technology is still used on some cars today.

Alternative fuels were used in race cars long before
greenhouse gases became a political hotbed.

Even the seatbelts most of use on a daily basis got
their start in race cars. Some say Barney Oilfield had
the first set in his Indycar in 1922.

And if there was no racing these innovations may not
be around today. The EPA should butt out.
Comments are always welcome.

The rabbit hole

February 8, 2016

There are days we feel like we’re a character in
Alice In Wonderland. Things just get too strange for
explanation and are so weird you can’t make it up.


If you are a member of SEMA SAN you may already know
this, but now comes news the EPA wants to ban turning
most street licensed vehicles into a race car and ban
some of the parts needed to do so.

SEMA SAN is an organization that fights senseless
legislation as it applies to the car hobby. The EPA
proposal is called “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel
Efficiency Standards for Medium and Heavy-Duty Engines
and Vehicles-Phase 2”.

Just goes to show the insane are running the asylum.
When the Clean Air Act was passed it was not intended
to extend to our vehicles modified for racing, yet the
EPA sees fit to try and override the intent of
Congress. Final regulations are expected to be
published in 2018.

So Washington has taken God out of schools,
been trying to take our guns, started the ridiculous
Politically Correct movement, brought Common Core into
our schools, have limited our free speech, and now
they want our cars?

Stop shipping the bull, ban the phrase “greenhouse
gas emissions”, and start telling the truth.
Comments are always welcome.

Shiny thoughts

January 24, 2016

There might be a new show for us car nuts coming
up. So we’d thought to share this preview so you
could see what you think.

After all, there can never be too many car shows
on TV. With NASCAR changing the rules every few
minutes we don’t plan on spending as much time
watching the coverage this year and depending on
when it airs we might watch the Barn Finds

And a group on Facebook has a lot of videos. We
found this one about an old Ford dealer that has
old cars and more inside.

Looks like it was nippy in New Hampshire when
the video was shot.

And we ran across one more video after talking
with a friend today about the same subject. We’d
guess that people who aren’t car lovers would
never bring up the subject.

We’ve all seen the new car sales data and car
makers brag up who is the best selling each and
every year. But what do they do with the cars
that don’t sell?

One would think the car makers would slash the
prices to sell them all and possibly end with a
great total sales number. Instead they park the
cars and let them rot.

Which made us wonder; if they can rent someplace
to park all the cars to watch them rot, how much
money are they making? They must make enough off
what they sell to turn a profit while sending the
unsold vehicles to a death camp. Just saying.
Comments are always welcome.


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