Tremor

June 26, 2017

On the way back home this past weekend we came across a
pickup truck I’d never heard of before that got my
attention. I knew it was an F-150 Ford, yet it was unlike
any I’d seen. When we got closer the side of the bed
proudly proclaimed it was a Tremor F-150.

I also noticed it had “twin turbo-charged” badging which
almost made the low profile tires make sense. It just looked
fast. Turns out Ford has discontinued this series according to
research I’ve done since we got back.

It does have two turbos on a 3.5 liter ecoboost V6 making 365
horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque. That size would equal
about 213.5 cubic inches. With the torque and a set of 4.10
rear gears it would be a stop light bandit. And you could get
it in 2-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive.

Marketed as a truck that would appeal to street truck
enthusiasts looking for V8 power with V6 fuel economy. It does
look like they might bring both the Tremor and the Lightening
as Ford promised 12 new global performance vehicles through
2020.

I looked at the Lightening when it first came out and wasn’t
impressed. Yes it had a V8 and was fast for truck. But it had
as many options as a Cadillac and a stripped down version was
not available. If you want a laugh, go to a dealer and tell
them you want a half-ton pickup with manual transmission but
without air, power steering and power brakes. The look on their
face is something to see.

Enjoy our Monday and have a great one.
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Weekend wrap up

June 19, 2017

We made it out to the Heartland Nova Reunion show, met up with
an old friend, and saw a few more while checking out the cars.
Held at the Casino nestled on the banks of the Mississippi a
constant breeze made the morning perfect.

We haven’t been to a show in a quite a while so it was nice to
get out, meet some old friends, and stretch the legs a bit. We
had good intentions to go along the levee later and get some
pictures of the river but I got distracted so it didn’t happen.
That is on the list.

Back at home we noticed the critters were out in abundance and
acting goofy. Don’t know if they were celebrating Father’s Day
early or got into some fermented fruit. One little bird just
kept jumping in place. He didn’t go anywhere but he sure was
working his legs.

There was even a cardinal who I think believed he was Jack
Nicholson! You could almost imagine him shouting “Here’s
Johnny!” We glad the critters were enjoying the cool down and
they did put on a show.

And as the sun set here on the east coast of Iowa we gave a
nod to our God for allowing us to share another great day.

I stopped by Dad’s Sunday, had a good visit, and we may
write more about that in a later post.

Enjoy our Monday. We’re going to give it our best shot. Now I
smell some leftover pizza that wants to be my friend.
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Rain and a car show

June 14, 2017

After 18 dry days we finally got a little liquid love from
above. It only rained long enough to wet the pavement and
raise the humidity, but we’ll take it. We need a little more
rain.

When things like this happen I’m reminded that a thermometer
is needed in the office. It has natural heating and cooling,
it’s hot in the summer and cool in the winter.

And starting tomorrow, the 10th Annual Heartland Nova Reunion
will be at Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf, Iowa. This event
will be located in the northeast parking lot and will run until
around 2 pm Saturday. This even is free for spectators. This
show is for Novas only and we’re told this one will have one of
the biggest assortments of Novas and Chevy IIs in our area.

Friday from 7-9 pm the Neverly Brothers will play inside the
casino. We’re told this is a great band who play everything
from Elvis to the Beatles and admission for this event is $10.

The proceeds from the 50/50 drawing will go to the charity
Retrieving Freedom, there will be trophies, and the show is
participant judged. There will be vendors and a lot more. The
Casino is located at 1777 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Great show, great cars, and a good group of enthusiasts to
check out. It’s not supposed to rain this weekend and might
even cool off a little so those won’t work for excuses.

Enjoy our Wednesday, we’re halfway to weekend.
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Short list

June 8, 2017

Sometimes as we cruise through life we need to stop and smell
the racing gas. There are a few events happening here on the
east coast of Iowa that will interest some of you who live here,
or close. And here they are.

If you know Yogi’s Rod Shop, now known as Yogi’s, Inc., and
you don’t have much going on tonight, they are hosting a
cruise-in from 5-7 pm tonight. Yogi’s is located at 260 Welter
Drive in Monticello, Iowa.

Saturday, June 10th, the Quad Cities Cruisers’ will host their
Open Run XXXV Car Show from 3-8 pm at SouthPark Mall in Moline,
Illinois. A good show with great people and plenty to do. You
can call their event phone line at 563-355-0036 for up to date
information or changes.

On Monday, June 12th, the Hot Rod Power Tour will be stopping
at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa from
noon to 6 pm. The Tour starts in Kansas City, Missouri on June
10th and ends in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 16th. We went
the last time this tour stopped through and saw several cars
we normally don’t get to see.

We’re told this is a free event for spectators and that you
should park at West High School and take a shuttle bus to the
fairgrounds. We are correctable on that as it is what we’ve
heard.

There are more events going on, our intent was to list these
three. Enjoy our Thursday as that means the working folks have
another day before they get a break.
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Sunday service

May 28, 2017

It’s not what you think. We aren’t going to get dressed up and
preach from the pulpit but will give some help with working on
your classic or antique car. This first installment will deal
with a seldom thought of component of the points style ignition
system.

If you have an older vehicle with points in the ignition a
ballast resistor is used to drop the voltage by about 2 volts
in a 12 volt system and also drop the amperes by about .5 amps
going into the coil. The reason a resistor is used it to
lengthen the life of the electrical components and cut down on
heat.

These resistors are usually located on the firewall with one
wire running from the ignition switch to the resistor and
another from the resistor to the positive side of the coil. If
you remove the resistor you will be replacing the points at a
much faster rate and the ignition coil more frequently.

Ballast resistors do fail and when that happens it is pretty
clear what the problem is. The engine will run with the starter
engaged but stop when the starter switch is turned to the “on”
position. Or the engine may not start at all.

Newer vehicles don’t use the ballast resistor because most use
a crank trigger sensor with one coil for each cylinder or a
pair of cylinders. The modern ignition system is also much more
complicated

And no, a ballast resistor for a fluorescent lamp won’t work.
Get one specific to your make and model. The one pictured above
is for a Chevy V-8. Others will be a sheet metal piece that
may look like an ECM to some. This concludes this session of
the Sunday Service.
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Thoughts on Monday

May 8, 2017

Since it’s the first Monday of the week this is an earest
effort to post something at a reasonable time. We’ve been over
to see Dad but didn’t want to wake him up while he was sawing
logs just to tell him we stopped by.

While driving over to see him I had an epiphany. We were just
cruising along when a song came on the radio and I cranked up
the volume and started tapping my toes. Then it came to me. My
biggest problem is I don’t have a gas guzzling, tire chirping,
extremely noisy hot rod to putter around in!

When I sold the 48′ I honestly believed I could survive just
being the average cookie cutter car driving person after 40
plus years of being the guy that couldn’t sneak up on a deaf
man in my ride. There just isn’t another hobby, or all
consuming lifestyle, that can replace it.

People were told the 48′ it was sold because there wasn’t
enough time to put the engine back together.
Which was partially true but the only thing left to do was
the carburetors back on, hook them up, and start it. The real
reason I sold it was because of my legs.

I’ve had involutary tremors in them for years and it didn’t
used to affect my driving until it got to the point that I
couldn’t trust my clutch leg to do what it was supposed to and
I didn’t want to be danger to others behind the wheel. It took
until this morning to realize that I could run an automatic.

I could still get the rough idle at stop lights and the roar
when the light turned green, just without the clutch. I hadn’t
thought of that before because I’ve always believed that real
hot rods have three pedals.

My legs aren’t the problem, they’re just not getting enough
Valvoline racing oil! What a relief.

So enjoy our Monday. I know we’re going to have another great
one now. Now I need a Snicker’s ice cream bar to give the
power to finish mowing the lawn.
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Just two things

April 28, 2017

The weekend is upon us, we’re edging closer to summer, and car
shows are beginning to pop up. We’ll mention a couple here. The
Vintage Torquefest 2017 is next weekend May 5-6 at the Dubuque
County Fairgrounds in Dubuque, Iowa. John always puts on a
great show and this year is no exception.

Friday is a backroads country cruise to the Potosi Brewery,
mini-bike races on the dirt track, show cars on the dirt track,
a flat track motorcycle exhibition, dirty drags, chain racing,
and flame throwing cars after dark.

Saturday sees mini bikes in the back forty, flat track
motorcycle practice, mini bike and go kart exhibition, the pin
up contest, car owners showcase on the track, more dirty drags,
flat track motorcycle races, an art auction, jalopy heat laps
on the track, and of course bands, vendors, and a swap meet
both days.

All this makes it a fun show and proceeds go to Helping
Hannahs Heart.

The other event is the 33rd Annual Spring Auto Parts Swap
Meet and Car Corral held Sunday, May 7 at the fairgrounds
parking lot, 700 N. Maple Street in Monticello, Iowa. The event
runs from 7:30 am to 1 pm and is open to high performance,
custom, stock, and antique cars and parts.

Monticello also hosts a Rod and Custom Car Show that will be
held February 25-26, 2018. Now you know. We’ll leave it there
and hope you enjoy our weekend. It’s been raining here, but we
all know it has to rain to get a rainbow.
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