Back before electricity was widely available, most machines ran by hand crank or small gas engines, including washing machines. This is a 1941 Maytag twin cylinder washing machine engine, made in Newton Iowa. It puts out about 5/8 hp. I have a love for all things mechanical, but not much storage space so these little engines are great !!! I started with a pile of parts. A friend had started to tear down the engine to rebuild it but both pistons were stuck and he couldn’t get them out so he gave up and sold it to me. I soaked all the parts for a few weeks in a parts washer, and used pressurized grease to push out the pistons. I fallowed a step by step series on you-tube on how to rebuild the engine. I worked on this over the last winter in my little free time during paramedic school and finished it in June. The engine runs as great as it looks and will be running on display at my local antique tractor show in August. Meanwhile it looks great on my shelf in my garage next to another twin cylinder that I have. I also have a 1919 Fairbanks Morse 1 1/2 hp engine, and a 1952 Ford NAA tractor that I restored. I attend tractor shows in the summer with my dad and his 1950 Ford 8n tractor.
I am 36 years old, and a long time fan of you and your work. I have been watching you on TV since back in the TRUCKS days, and remember watching you build Copperhead, Crazy Horse, Sgt Rock, and every project since. You’ve inspired me for years to go out and work on something. Thank you for all that you do for gear heads like me.
We found a sand rail that was made from a vw beetle. My husband and I removed everything down to the frame. We have never done anything like this but wanted to do a project together. We sanded the frame, repainted using spray canned paint, ordered new parts, rewired, found sheet metal and slowly made something we were proud to drive down the road. Love to drive and tell everyone this was a husband and wife project. Love showing it off.
It started as a dream in high school. I always wanted a front engine dragster. I bought a Te440 replica chassis from cornfeild customs and hung it in the rafters of my upholstery shop for a couple years and saved up all the parts. The engine is a 235 bone stock 57 Chevy 6 cylinder out of my first car. I always saved it with this plan in mind. It has a shorty powerglide and a narrowed ford 9 inch with a 4.11 gear. My buddy jason helped fab a lot of the brackets and sheet metal for it. It was really a blast from start to finish. I ran it the first time at the meltdown drags in Byron Illinois. And there I may have made the slowest passes there but I managed to win the non-conformist award. Not too many people expected a big bearded guy climb out of barbies dream dragster. Now it’s just a long list of bugs to work out and my dream dragster is done. I named it the seam ripper as I am an upholsterer by trade. I couldn’t be any happier with it. It’s been so much fun that a parts pile for the 292 straight 6 powered seam ripper 2 chute pack rail is already piling up.
This is an Oliver crawler that had been through a forest fire. It was 90% burnt so I dismantled it, sand-blasted repaired all damage, painted and reassembled. When i was young, my father owned one like it that i used it for moving logs around during the times I wasn’t in school my father has passed on since so this machine brings back memories of being a child working with him. Now that the main work is done this machine is used at least once a week around the yard moving and lifting various items and plowing snow from the yard during the winter. I have put 250 hours of use on it in one year with no issues, because the entire machine got dismantled: every nut and bolt taken out, the little 3 cylinder hercules diesel engine was rebuilt, transmission rebuilt, all hydraulic cylinders got rebuilt, full painted and decals to make it look new. The best part is every time i use it just cant stop smiling!
My dad (Mike Keller) has a 1961 International Travelette (Brown), which got me into IH trucks. One day I was looking around one day on google, not knowing how rare these trucks actually are. I found a cool looking IH truck and told my dad I might want it someday. He told me: “good luck because they only made 17 of them!”. A few years go bye, and I thought I would never get my own IH truck. Then when I was 15 years old, the exact truck pops up for sale on facebook (White) for only $1,000! Me and my dad went to get it right away. We loaded up his already working IH with our neighbors trailer. On the way home there was a big snowstorm. It should have only taken 4 hours to get home but it ended up taking 9, not only that but we almost got run off the road by a semi. when we did get it home I cleaned the whole thing out, and then we started to address the issues. The seats had to go and the floors needed to be replaced. Under the hood there was a 401 NailHead Buick engine. We put a new hood and my dads old back bumper from his truck onto my front. Everything was put into the truck very choppy. the mufflers were stung up with wire, there were spots where the frame was cut, to fit in the engine, it was all very bad. We took out the engine early december 2017. We bought a Strait six BG 241 IH engine to put into it in the spring. Since the axles on these trucks are so hard to find new parts for, we bought a Dana 44 Front axle and a 14 Bolt axle for the back from a 1978 square body chevy. Once everything is put back into place we will wield up the floors and put in seats, and the truck will be going.
There are only 8 of the 1957-1958 Travelette left to my knowledge and only 6 left of my dads 1961 Travelette
I have a 66 c30 dually that has been in my family as long as i’ve known it. its been passed around more than a set of hooker headers! My uncle and cousins had actually street raced it from time to time, with a 383 stroker then a 427! Everyone from my distant uncles to cousins, step dad, myself and even my mom has driven this truck. I drove it in high school but lost track of it in 1993. My 8 year old wanted to build a hot rod for his first car and i immediately thought of the old truck. It took over a year to reacquire the truck but to my luck it was still in the family but buried under 20 years of junk in a field. We dug it out with a tractor and a 4×4 but someone had broken windows and trees had pushed against the body. To my amazement, the interior was perfect so i brought it home and taught my boy how to change those huge 19.5 tires using only pry bars. I showed him how to replace the glass and seals and he took to it like a pro. Next was to address the worn out 305 that somehow found its way into the truck. My son really wants a hot rod motor so i thought why not carb a 5.3 LS and get reliability and old school looks? I found a 5.3 from ’04 avalanche and got to work mixing some old with some new. My boys, 8 and 3, have been a part of this since day one and even my wife jumps in from time to time. I hope to have it done soon so we can cruise with the wife when she takes out her ’66 mustang I built for her. Your show gives us inspiration and very good tips on builds that, unlike the other shows, your builds are realistic and results actually obtainable by home mechanics! Thanks for the great program and my boy says he loves Sgt Rock’s machine gun and the green jag!
This car was purchased on July 3, 1968 by my father at Joscelyn Dodge in Culver City, CA. I was 14 at the time and went with my dad to help pick out the car. The purchase price was $3,912.00. It was originally yellow with a black vinyl roof and was a daily driver with a 318 engine. In 1978 I purchased the car from my father. I rebuilt the engine and transmission in 1979 and drove the car up the coast to Carmel, CA on my honeymoon. My wife and I drove the car until 1987 when it was parked in my garage for the next 20 years. In 2007 I decided to restore the car and do some minor upgrades. This started off as a simple project turned into major upgrade modifying everything from the engine, suspension, brakes and interior. I got the car running in November of 2008 and it has been an ongoing project ever sense. Everything has been replaced or modified in the vehicle. The vehicle has approximately 4,000 miles on the rebuild and averages 4-6 MPG.
Ever since I was a kid the Autopia ride at Disneyland was my favorite. I loved being able to drive a car at a very young age. In 2002 when Disney got rid of the “Corvette” style bodies I new I had to have one. My wife actually bought one for my birthday. I had it hanging in my garage for a few years until my kids bugged me enough to get too it and build a chassis. It was my first real welding/fab project. I built the frame out of square tubing. Bought a 13HP electric start engine. A brake system from a Quad. And assorted parts from Ebay etc. It does 30 mph now, way up from the 8 mph at Disneyland. I now drive it around my neighborhood and car shows the have cruises.
For 1966 the Ford Ranchero has a Falcon nose and a Fairland tail. There were somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 1966 Ranchero’s produced, making this a rare although underappreciated aka affordable, hobbyist car. This Ranchero appeared to receive enough cosmetic attention in the early 1980’s, nothing professional, that kept the car alive as a daily driver and out of the hands of the crusher.
Due to the low production numbers, finding parts was a challenge. It was great to learn from folks in the different Mustang, Falcon and Fairlane clubs which parts where shared with different models give or take a year or two. The 1966 Ranchero shares most of its suspension and steering with a 1967 Mustang, so the aftermarket for suspension was rich with options.
In 2013 I finally had the means and place to completely restore the Ranchero. The Ranchero was placed on a rotisserie, sand blasted and all the metal work done. I recently finish in Spring of 2018. I did all the metal and body work. I also painted the car myself in my home garage. Twelve hours to spray the car and one hundred hours of cut and buffing.
I recently retired and decided that I wanted to restore a classic vehicle to keep myself busy. My wife, who has never hesitated to lend me a hand in the garage while maintaining our daily drivers, suggested finding an early 50’s Ford pickup. She has fond memories of these trucks because when she was young her grandfather took her with him to farm sales in his early 50’s Ford F1. I have always thought that the Ford Flathead V8s were pretty cool so I thought this would be a fun project. I am not a trained auto technician but my father, who was an Aviation Mechanic in the Navy taught me how to service and maintain my own cars. I also have a son who is an auto body tech so this just seemed to be a perfect opportunity to involve the whole family in a project that is meaningful to each of us. I found a 1952 Ford F1 in California that was originally purchased new by the US Navy. It has a brass serial number plate to prove it. Having a Navy connection reminded my of how my Father developed my love of vehicles and the fact that this was a California vehicle with relatively little rot struck me as this was what were going to start our project with. I disassembled it down to the frame, cleaned and blasted the frame and painted it. I have replaced all bearings and bushings in the rear end and spring ends and have installed a Mustang II IFS with disc brakes and rack and pinion steering. I have also updated the master cylinder with a vacuum assist, dual reservoir unit. I have also rebuilt the three speed transmission. The engine is currently at the machine shop and the cab has been totally disassemble for preparation for the sandblast shop. Finally, I have purchased an aftermarket bed assembly that we are currently welding together. When completed we plan to join local cruises and taking it to local car shows. Another way to share quality time with the family.
My son (Bradley) and I are working on his first vehicle. He worked all summer on a almond and cherry ranch to buy what he wanted and he wanted a project truck being the mopar family we are he chose a 1973 Dodge with a 360 eng, 727 torqueflight trans, divorved nv205 transfercase open nuckle dana44 up front and a 8 1/4 rearend that he bought for $800. Now when we picked it up the transmission was out of it and completely disassembled. We borrowed a flat bed trailer and used two hand held come alongs to winch it up. We bought a overhaul kit and rebuilt the trans our self in the garage. He also learned how to weld by replacing both rotted out floor pans. Also replaced the missing exhaust sytem that we found at pick n pull. He is learing alot and if there is ever a problem down the road he will know what it is and how to fix it. We spend a lot of time going to local pick and pulls and finding parts. It’s a slow project but it’s quality time spent together in the garage,not many kids these days want a project vech for there first car, Brad couldn’t be happier, his plans include a 4″ lift kit 35″ tires, chrome out the eng from parts at a local swapmeet, and body ,paint work. In between football practice,work,and school,and wathing gearz on the weekends Brad is 15 years old and by this time next year he will be driving it.
My husband had a ’62 impala and had novas back in the day and I knew he could help me build a nice car so we looked for a 69 nova and found a food project car. I’ve always wanted my own car and so far I’ve sanded the paint off, got the interior out, took out the v6 engine and itis currently having floor pans and body work done. We are taking a grandmas car and making it into a super sport! I can’t wait to see this project complete!
I loved these trucks since I was a kid and wanted to buy one to convert to an expedition camper for cruising around Ohio. Bought the truck in NJ. Added a Petronix ignition upgrade added new clutch and flywheel. Replaced the generator, and added a Ron Davis Aluminum Radiator. Replaced the brake master cylinder. Rebuilt the carburetor. For the Radio Box, removed the swing fire heater, raised the ceiling and welded and added steel siding, installed hard wood flooring, built a cabinet and added sink and propane stove, with fresh and brown water tanks, added a Renogy 400 Watt Solar Panel electrical system, added lighting, added a refrigerator, two Dinette Booths that convert to a queen size bed and a folding table. It also has a water filtration unit. Working on other interior items.