Thursday, October 30, 2014

600 hp & Tats & Azz

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This one is titled: “600 horsepower ‘27 T coupe + ‘35 International pick-up + full back piece and sleeve= It doesn’t get any better!”

(Cars by Darkside Performance/ Tats by Lance Norris). Meanwhile the model, Queen Krissy has a nice posi hookup doesn’t she? @

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Race of Gentlemen

The Race of Gentlemen is a nostalgia event on the beaches of Wildwood, NJ founded by the Oilers CC. See, Heres a story from us...

Race of Gentlemen By Rick” CarFixer” Palagyi
With little time to make race date, this event was more than just your average “Race of Gentlemen.”
California Starting Line
It all started of when we were at the Bakersfield racetrack. Sammy Vildasola and I were sitting down talking. I'm downing my 3rd cup of coffee when Sammy tells me about this race that's on the beach in New Jersey. 
 We start talking about our ages and what we still want to accomplish in life and we agree “let's build a car for that.” Sammy will tow it and I'll fly out there and drive it. Oh, I forgot to mention this was one month before race date and we have no car and no parts.
Texas Midway
Monday morning is a quest to locate parts and start a roadster truck build. 
Oh, another thing, besides this car, we’re already building four others but suddenly this one is at the top of list with no room for it. Sammy goes to the Gearheads CC shop and borrows a spot for us for a few weeks. Now I’m working a real job and Sammy is running around, so we get all parts half assembled when I get a call to work in Texas.  Fortunately, Sammy has a shop in Texas so I told him I can help drive to offset gas costs and let's finish it there so off to Texas we go.
I finish my work assignments while Sammy locates more parts.  We got the truck painted, started and off we went to NJ from Texas. 
 On the way, we stopped at the Carlisle, PA. swap meet. 
 Then to NJ. Oh, we did not tow truck, we pulled the front end off and all the tires. We lifted the truck and fitted it to a 1/20 on a pick up. 
 We got to NJ that way then not knowing how to remove it we stopped at a little diner were hot rodders were hanging out. Mind you the whole town was nothing but hot rodders.   We go inside the diner and one guy comments “you guys did not drive from California to this event like that?” Our response, “yep.”
New Jersey or Bust
Now the whole restaurant has to go out and take a look.  People are shaking their heads and taking pics. We start talking to this guy that had a bunch of friends in the parking lot who said, “ come to our spot, we’ll get that truck out.” So off we went with 20 guys ready to help us. We put front end together and started it up and we're ready for race in the morning. While I was working on the truck a gentle man named Tom Sweeney  came by and said, “ You guys really come from California?” We say yes and he says, “Where are you staying?” We don't know so he says “Your staying at my house.”  Wow, three days at a four-story house on the beach!
On Saturday, we got 3 passes in and then blew a head gasket
. Sunday we drain the oil, mix a new batch, make one pass, parked it, put it up for sale. Two hours later, we sold it. 

Going Home
We dropped the truck off in Pennsylvania then went to Hershey swap meet. Got there early in morning but the place was a ghost town so we walked around for a bit then ran across this older guy, huffing and puffing. He had a 45-foot trailer full of stuff. I asked him if he need help and he said sure.  Four hours later we had him unloaded. I asked him if it would be cool if we found parts, if we could drop them off at his location and then pick them up in the evening. He agrees and we came back that night. He told us he rented a house and we're staying with him. It was a farmhouse built in 1700s. We had breakfast in the morning and steak at night while staying there.  We find our later, the man is Terry Cook, former editor of Hot Rod Magazine and a funny guy! What an awesome trip; it goes on and on. It’s called “livin' a dream...”  Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible and for all the donated car parts. Special Thanks: Anna Marco

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bill Hines Family Legacy

Custom car builds are an art form and the best way to learn any trade is by apprenticeship. Several legendary fabricators such as Bill Hines, Sam Foose and Dick Dean were lucky enough to pass their genetic skill set and work ethics onto their sons and grandsons, namely Keith Dean, Chip Foose and Mitch Hines. As the future generation of automotive craftsmen that we admire, Ol Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe features much of their work in the pages of our magazines.

Currently we are covering "Lady Luck," a custom 1955 Studebaker build project under the direction of Bill "Leadslinger" Hines and his grandson Mitch. At age 93, Bill is still working in the garage alongside his grandson Mitch who is also co-owner (with John Oates) of his own shop, Kustom Automotive in Long Beach, CA.

The Lady Luck project is a tribute to Larry Watson and the good old days of cruising Bellflower Blvd.  The Hines Family is conducting installation of frenched headlights, customized 1949 Merc rings, shaved door handles and 1956 Packard taillights.  Watch for our upcoming tech features for that because customized Studebakers are few and far between and a challenge to work on too.  A big thanks to All Pro Glass, Painless Wiring, Mooneyes and Kool Rides for their sponsorship support.

Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes with Bill Hines Sr., Billy Jr. and Mitch. Stay tuned for a tech update in Ol Skool Rodz Magazine. Photos by Anna Marco (c) 2014.