Car Restorations

American Dream Cars

08/20/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

When speaking of dream cars, we have to look at our American market for some inspiration.  Even so, we have to break up the American market into segments.  I thought I would start with Muscle cars.  

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The 1965 Shelby GT-350 photographed at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky.  I was invited to judge the Ferrari class at the inaugural Louisville Concours d'Elegance.  You can see the famous twin spirals in the background.

This is the real deal, first edition of the Shelby GT-350 that really had a raw element to it.  Back seat delete, battery located in the trunk (this was changed during the production run for 65),  Koni adjustable shocks, special semi-racing Goodyear tires.  The motor was bumped up to 306 hp plus heavy duty braking gives you a pretty stoudt package.

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The 1967 GTRX Hemi 440 was a very classy looking muscle car with some very good styling cues.  The above car is one of 7 that year with a 4 speed tranny.  375 hp and and 480 lbs of torque made for a smokey tire stew. 

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OK, so maybe its not an American car but its still ultra cool.  It comes from the Garage of Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire.  The car started life as a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe and then modified to fill its role in the first Mad Max movie.  Andy recently got the blower working on one of his episodes.

 

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Getting to Know You: Garage Squad's Bruno Massel

08/11/2015

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Catch an all new season of Garage Squad starting Aug 11th at 10/9c only on Velocity.

When did your passion for cars begin?

Bruno: I grew up around the dragstrip watching my dad race, we didn’t go to ballgames, we went to the track!  So I was born a gear head.  My first memories are of racecars, so growing up all I wanted to do was race!  I got my NHRA license before I headed off to college, but in my head I’d been making thousands of runs down the race track since I was 3.  So it’s pretty safe to say my passion for cars began in the womb!

How does it make you feel to help these owners finish their abandoned projects?

Bruno: It’s an awesome feeling to watch these owners dreams turn to reality.  Some of them get pretty emotional and I’m a very emotional guy, there were multiple times this year I was wiping my eyes throughout the day, lol!

What’s the most common mistake you see car owners making while trying to restore their cars?

Bruno: Quite simply, people more often than not get in over their heads.  They have the best intentions and the passion for it, but just don’t have the skill set to take on some of these projects.  The end result usually isn’t pretty and can quite honestly, be dangerous.

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What are you most excited for viewers to see this season?

Bruno: The connections that the owners have for their vehicles is really prevalent this season.  I think it’s something that all car guys and gals can connect with and use as motivation to get their own projects up and running.

How would you describe working with the Garage Squad crew?

Bruno: The Garage Squad crew is truly part of my extended family, we spend a lot of time together working on these projects.  Half of the season its cold and rainy the other half ungodly hot and humid, which can make it tough on morale, but its great how we all pull together each week and get the job done.

Describe the worst car you’ve ever had to repair.

Bruno: Without a doubt the Trans Am from season one.  It was rusted out from top to bottom and everything mechanical was a disaster.  We probably should have walked away from that one, but the owner was a really good guy and I think the finished product spoke volumes of what we are able to do when our backs are up against the wall.

What’s usually the biggest challenge during the makeover process?

Bruno: The unexpected!  We usually get blindsided by something on every build.

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What’s your go-to song while driving?
Bruno: Anything from the Pearl Jam “10” album.

When did you learn to change a tire?
Bruno: No idea, but I know I was swapping motors on my dad’s race cars in junior high.

What’s on your key ring?
Bruno: A surf board, always wanted to learn how

What is your favorite food?
Bruno: Pasta, both my mom and wife are Italian and terrific cooks!

If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Bruno: BMAN

Give us your best car joke.
Bruno: Ohh…that’s a tough one, I got nothin! 

Getting to Know You: Garage Squad's Heather Storm

08/10/2015

Catch an all new season of Garage Squad starting Aug 11th at 10/9c only on Velocity.

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Heather: I inherited the passion for cars from my dad. He made cars fun. He enjoyed driving fast and I loved to ride with him. My father was also very practical and wanted me to have an understanding of how cars worked. He always did basic work on our vehicles at home and my brother and I often helped. I have a lot appreciation for cars because of my father. 

How does it make you feel to help these owners finish their abandoned projects?

Heather: I am so grateful that I am able to help so many people and bring happiness into their lives.  Everyone has a unique story and memories associated with their car and it feels really good to help them achieve something so important to them.  

What’s the most common mistake you see car owners making while trying to restore their cars?

Heather: I don’t think the owners are making any specific mistakes other than thinking they can get the car done on their own. Restoring a car is a very large project and often way too expensive for the owner to outsource. They usually quickly realize that the project is much more complicated than they anticipated and the car just sits unfinished collecting dust. It becomes a daunting task; luckily Garage Squad comes to the rescue. 

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What are you most excited for viewers to see this season?

Heather: We really stepped up the game by taking on vehicles that needed a lot more work done than last season. There is a lot of sweat and long hours that goes into rebuilding each and every one and I know the viewers will appreciate it. 

How would you describe working with the Garage Squad crew?

Heather: Working with the Garage Squad guys is like being in 6th grade all over again.  A lot of joking around, but we learn a lot too. I have a lot of respect for the guys, how hard they work and how much knowledge they have about all types of cars.  Everyone brings their own expertise to each project and we couldn’t get the job don’t without all hands on deck.

Describe the worst car you’ve ever had to repair.

Heather: I would say the worst car this season is the 442 Olds. That car just had a stench that wouldn’t quit even when we painted the stripped interior. There’s something to be said for a plethora of decaying rodents in an area with limited ventilation. I think everyone in there would agree that was nasty!

What’s usually the biggest challenge during the makeover process?

Heather: We have a limited amount of time to assess the car, order parts and get the car running again. As life goes, a lot of unforeseen problems pop up and take us off track. Often we have to source parts at the last minute and have to hold out on making progress on other areas of the car until that part comes in --- that can be stressful. 

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RAPID FIRE WITH HEATHER

What’s your go-to song while driving?
Heather: If I'm on a mission then Gold Guns Girls by Metric.

When did you learn to change a tire?
Heather: My dad taught me as soon as I got my driver’s license at 15. He didn’t want me to be stranded.

What’s on your key ring?
Heather: Just the essential keys, I like to keep it simple and compact.

What is your favorite food?
Heather: I love to cook healthy cuisine; fresh vegetables and steamed fish is my go to meal. 

If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Heather: No vanity plate for me, I prefer to be discrete like a bat mobile.

Wayne Carini Visits the Elegance at Hershey

08/04/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

The Elegance at Hershey just held it's fifth iteration at the Hotel Hershey.  This is a top notch concours d'elegance featuring Pebble Beach quality modes of transportation.  And where ever you have a collection of fine automobiles like this, you have a good chance of Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars showing up in something befitting the occasion.

And what day isn't brightened by the genuine smile of Wayne piloting a rare beast on a fine lawn?  (or brick path)

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Here we see Wayne Carini pulling up in his 1933 Ford-Auburn "Louis Special" Roadster. The radiator is a cut down unit from a L-29 Cord.  The fenders were apprehended off of an Auburn.  The power comes from a 37 flat head 221" Ford.  David R Addison put this all together and then raced the Ford-Auburn at Bonneville in 47 and then again at the Pebble Beach road races.  The car was "discovered" in a container in California back in 2004.  It was restored and took a class award at Pebble in the late 90's.

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Dream Car Week Lineup

07/29/2015

Wake up because Dream Car Week is right around the corner. To help you plan ahead, here's a list of what Velocity is offering, so you can clear your hectic schedule or set your DVR. 

MONDAY--- How It's Made: Dream Cars

Superformance GT40 (9/8c)

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Falcon F7 (9:30/8:30c)

Porsche 918 Spyder (10/9c)

McLaren 650S (10:30/9:30c)

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