Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The 700 Mile '70S

A few years ago, I had the privilege of photographing Don Murray's amazing time warp silver '70S for Excellence Magazine. Silver paint, original leather upholstery....mmm...good! A truly untouched example and a terrific source of data for anyone restoring an early S.
Think about it - 700 miles. Essentially brand new. Yet this was a production car with the flaws that production cars have - drips in the paint, primer showing through the paint in the trunk, etc. Who will be brave enough  to document these flaws and restore their car in a truly accurate manner?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Porsche's, VW's and Nostalgia Lakesters? One of these things is not like the other...or is it?  Take a closer look at what is hiding in the back.  Flathead? Chrysler Hemi? Nope, a Harley Davidson V-Rod motor.  And who designed and developed the V-Rod?  Why Porsche of course! (yeah, its a stretch...but that's one of the "bennies" of having your own blog)

One of my regular stops when I am out and around the northern part of my city is Quality Machine, owned by Dave Pleasant and his two sons. Outstanding machinists,fabricators and hard-core hot rodders, "Quality" is the kind of place that you can walk in with a broken part and have it fixed by the time you head home for dinner.They narrow wheels for me and fab all kinds of cool stuff.

This is the latest project being built in a partnership with a customer. They are planning to run it at the upcoming ECTA "Ohio Mile" Speed Trials in Wilmington Ohio. The first event is scheduled for April 28-29 w' Hot Rod Magazine as a major sponsor. The goal is 160 mph in Wilmington and 200 at Bonneville!

'67 Cal-Look VW

Since we were talking about black VW Beetles, let me share mine. This is a car that I bought way back in '93 and spent about 5 years rebuilding into a Cal-Look car. Originally the 2276cc engine had a pair of Weber IDA carb's, but I began to get restless and in the mid 2000's I converted it over to turbo power. Best E.T. is a 10.84 @ 127mph.
Since then, all desire to race the car has gone away. Too many parts broken and too much time invested. Waaaay too much power for a street car! The car is mothballed right now - waiting to be converted back to the original IDA Webers and a more streetable tune. 

Street images: Jesse King
Track image: Unknown

Thursday, April 19, 2012

VW Beetle vs. 996 GT3RS

My friend Steve aka "Kenny Rogers" putting a hurt on a GT3RS (actually, it looks like a 996 w' GT3 stripes, but nonetheless...)with his early Beetle.  All motor - no spray or turbo.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Single Bosch H1 Headlamp for Early 911

Single H1 with the raised logo Bosch. (indicative of original glass) Very nice adjuster screws. Small chip in the chrome near the attachment hole (invisible on the car)  Very nice piece.

Contact me at "Cornpanzer(at)SBCGlobal(dot) com

Price: $old