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- Season 13: Episode 9
'73 Honda Amen/CB750Jeff KoopWaterford, MI.
This project isn't a car or truck but a motorcyle out of the 70s. I chose to build a 73 honda bobber because of a friend that has a 70s honda chopper he has owned since 1979. In the early 90s I asked if he would be willing to part with it and it was a solid no. If I recall his exact words they were not on your life. Fast forward to 2013. My friend sent me a text with a link to a 70 amen hardtail frame, that's when first project began. For the next 10 months I sanded, welded, and began collecting parts. I ran the wiring through the frame and welded a hidden seat hinge to the frame. I built a custom fender that displays led lights over the rear tire. August of 2014 that motor came to life. I hit that starter button and it fired up. I found that the project never ends, I'm always improving or modifying each year. I'm currently working on a new motor. My plan is to add a 836 kit with a little cam and valve work. I want to thank you for allowing me to share my project.
- Season 13: Episode 8
'88 Suzuki SamuraiJose CruzPlant City, FL.
I picked this project because when I lived in puerto rico they were just everywhere every one had one and I loved to see them being used off road and seeing them at the beach and I just wanted one so bad and Finally a few years later I managed to find one. This project is very important to me because me and my father have always talked about building a project together and it has been a learning experience not only with the project but with him it has brought us a lot closer to each other it's very special to us. Once we complete the project I plan on leaving it original and taking my dad and my daughter o. Rides on the weekends and of course to the beach with the top down cruising lol. So far we've rebuilt the suspension bought a new body because the original was rotted and missing part of the floor. Also just finished rebuilding the original 1.3 engine and so far still looking for other parts to finish the project. These parts and easy to find lol. But over all it's been a really fun project specially having my dad help me out.
- Season 13: Episode 7
'66 Ford F100Tony CaprettiLebanon, PA.
I’m 55 years young and I own a 1966 Ford F100 that I bought in high school. I purchased the truck in 1979 from a dealership I worked for in the body shop. I spied the truck sitting on the back lot with all the traded vehicles and knew I had to have it. There it was, a Rangoon Red 1966 F100 Short bed, with white bumpers and grill. At the time. I was really looking to find a Ford truck that fit my desire to own a Ford truck. My dad always owned and drove Ford trucks and I wanted to do the same. When I asked the owner of the dealership what he wanted for the truck, he said, he wanted one thousand dollars for it. Well, at the time I was making $3.15 an hour and to come up with a thousand dollars would be tough. As hard as it was, I told the owner I couldn’t afford it. I think he knew how deflated I was and how much I really wanted that truck. When he saw my reaction to the price, he said, how about $450.00. Of course, my reaction was excitement and joy. I said I needed to ask my Dad if it was ok and I wanted him to look at it before I bought it. I could drive it home to show my Dad. My dad looked it over and said it was good buy. A few days later I was the proud owner of my first Ford truck. That day fulfilled my desire to own a Ford truck. After driving the truck, I wanted to make it look better, so I saved my money and bought white wagon wheels and tires. That enhanced my love for this truck. Then, one snowy winter day on my way to the Vo-Tech school where I was taking Auto body, I ventured down the sloped parking lot hitting a patch of ice and slid into a parked car. That was the last time I drove the truck. The crash destroyed the front bumper and right front fender. At that time, I wanted to restore the truck. My first step was to remove the damaged parts and repair the typical rust those trucks were known to acquire. While I had it apart, I thought this would be good time to replace the very dependable but tired six-cylinder engine. I traded the white wagon wheels and the six banger for a 289 V8. After a few modifications to the engine mounts, the 289 was installed by myself and my Dad. The engine needed a little help with the top end. A friend of my Dad’s, who is a Ford man, came out to help. He brought a 2-barrel carb and valve guide seals. After a few short hours the 289 was running smooth. I tried to fix what I needed to make the truck road worthy again. At the time I was painting customer cars and my truck took a back seat to customers and earning money. By this time, I was out of high school and wondering if painting cars was going to pan out. After watching my best friend shove off to the U.S. Navy, my desire to make painting cars a business was even stronger. I made a go of it for the summer of 1981. With the lack of health insurance and trying it on my own I rethought my decision and decided to follow in my friend’s footsteps. I joined the US Navy in December 1981. After boot camp I was stationed in California leaving me no chance to work on the restoration of my Ford. Following almost four years serving in the Navy I was fortunate enough to land a job with Rockwell building the B1 Bomber. I stayed with them for about two years thus two more years from restoration efforts. Finally, I decided to move back home to Pennsylvania. At that point I thought I could get back to my truck, however, along came a marriage and followed by two kids. We purchased our first house with no garage about an hour from where my truck was stored in my Dad’s barn. With little money to spare and a family to support it left no time or money to press on with my restoration. After a couple of years, I decided to join the Pa Air National Guard with the hope to land a full-time position. In the meantime, the family decided to move back to our home town of Lebanon and to a house with a garage. I did manage to eventually get a full-time job with the Air Guard. Things were looking up, a house with a garage, a new job and maybe some time and money to restore the old girl. As fate would have it, joining the most deployed unit in the Air Guard, I was deployed during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. More time spent away from my restoration project. I was never able to get the truck to my house and purchase an air compressor to work on the truck. I’m now retired from the PA Air National Guard after 34 years of military service.
This is a full frame off restoration, almost 40 years in the making. The truck lived its life in Pennsylvania so could imagine the amount of rust the truck had. The typical areas, floors, cab mounts, cab corners, fenders, inner fenders, radiator support, all of which have been repaired or replaced. I removed the rusted rain gutter and flared the roof line at the top of the doors. I converted the front to disc brake twin I beams from a 1973 F100. The engine is still the 289 I originally put in it. It’s being rebuilt, bored 30 over with an Edelbrock top end kit giving it about 300hp. The three speed on the column is being replaced with a Tremic T5 5 speed on the floor. The original rear was replaced with a Ford 9” with 3.50 gears. The plan is to keep the truck it’s factory color of Rangoon Red base coat clear coat. The frame was completely stripped, blasted and powder coated. The truck was a basic no frills vehicle. For the most part the truck will look original, no power steering or A/C. Originally the truck only had one outside mirror on the driver’s door, I will be adding a mirror to the passenger door. Another upgrade will be to add a passenger side sun visor as the truck only came with the driver side. A rather unique upgrade I did to the truck was to cut out the entire steel bed floor center section and I converted it to a wood bed. The bed wood is local red oak that was planed and cut to size to fit the bed.
- Season 13: Episode 6
'79 Cushman TrucksterAndrew SturnioloVirginia Beach, Virginia
I am working on a 1979 Cushman Truckster Police Vehicle (Meter Maid). I was looking for a project that I could do with some help from my Dad and use the skills I am getting from power and transportation class in school. This class shows students how to rebuild, and diagnose small engines. I was looking for a riding lawn mower and almost bought one to convert to a race mower, but stumbled across the Cushman Truckster for sale. It wasn’t running very well and the brakes didn’t work. A deal was struck and I had a project I could work on.
My Dad helped me get it home and I started to acquire parts. Finding parts for a 1979 Cushman Truckster was a lot more difficult than going to a parts store and have them look it up. eBay and a couple online parts places got me what I needed to get started. The engine is an OMC 18hp air cooled. When it did finally get started it would run for fifteen minutes shut off and not start again until everything was cool again. The engine front plate was removed to discover a large plastic garbage bag wrapped around the flywheel and starter motor gear. Getting that free and cleaning everything inside the cover, solved the slow starts but didn’t help the length of running and restarts after it got warm. Cross referencing the spark plugs and wires and finding new coils solved that. The engine now turns over and runs great.
The brakes where completely rebuilt with new mater cylinder, brake lines, shoes and springs. My first couple of tries at bending brake lines didn’t go so well but I eventually got the hang of it and was able to bend a couple nice bends to get them to follow the proper path. My Dad helped me bench bleed the master cylinder and get it mounted. The brake drums were in great shape and just needed some cleaning. It now stops straight and safe.
My next projects are to fix some rust areas and paint the original colors of blue and white. Until that projects starts I can drive it and have fun. Once I get it completed I plan to enjoy it and take it to motorcycle and car shows around the area.
- Season 13: Episode 5
'55 Cadillac Series 62Ryan CorderoHouston, TX.
The project I wanted to share with you is actually twofold. It started when I met my fiance Natalie and a promise to her that we'd drive off, on our wedding day, in my 1955 Cadillac. I already had the Cadillac when I met her, but hadn't done anything to it yet. When I bought it, it was completely disassembled and in boxes. I started rebuilding it a little over year ago in 2017 when we got engaged. The second project in our story is when we found a 1955 Cadillac hot wheel towing a vintage Shasta camper. It inspired us, so a few weeks later after searching on Craigslist, Natalie found a 1956 Shasta compact waiting to be restored and bought it.
So now instead of the normal stresses that come with wedding planning, Natalie and I are actually racing against time trying to get our projects ready for the wedding on March 30, 2019! (Were letting her mom plan the actual wedding). The plan is to drive off in my Cadillac pulling her Shasta trailer.
These projects have not only brought us closer together as a couple as we get ready to start our life together, but they have helped us rely on God and His timing.
Natalie stripped the Shasta down to the frame to replace a lot of rotted wood and interior Burch. She also replaced some rotted floor wood, and rewired the entire trailer. She's now in the process of installing new metal. She's refinished all the interior cabinets and fixtures, and upgraded exterior lights to LEDs. Then we'll paint match the trailer to the Cadillac.
As for my Caddy, I had the frame sandblasted and replaced a lot of rusty metal in the body floor. Once the frame and body were together again, I installed a 4-link rear suspension and air bag system. I'm using shockwave bags in the front, and an accuair Endo CVT tank, which has the compressor and valves built inside of it. Then I cut off the awkward tailfins and replaced them with 1957 Packard taillights. This was my first time doing anything like this, so I relied on a lot of gearz episodes for guidance! I'm now barely in the process of metal working the body to get ready for paint. I have a lot to do by march 30th, and pray that I can get it road Worthy.
Once complete, we're going to take our huskies camping, since we love the outdoors!
- Season 13: Episode 4
23 Ford TGary BonnellNew Port Richey, FL.
I picked this project because I wanted to build a car from the frame up and my 5 year old granddaughter liked it. She had fun helping with the build and learning to use a ratchet and wrenches. I plan to cruise around the parks around here and attend a few car shows. I started with drawings from California Custom Roadsters, some 2"x3" rectangular tubing, 1/4" and 3/8" plate and catalogs from Summit, Jegs and Speedway. I fabricated the frame, brackets, motor mounts, brake lines, radius rods, tie rod, and drag link. The LS1 and 4L60E are out of a 1998 Z28. The rear end is from an S10 Blazer and the steering box is a Corvair unit. The body, fuel tank, coil overs and front axle are from California Custom Roadsters. It took me 1 year from start to finish.
- Season 13: Episode 1
64 Jaguar MKII 3.8 ModGary MeesQueen Creek, AZ.
About this Project
This is a 1964 Jaguar MKII Manual with Over Drive and I have owned it since 29/4/1988 (4/29/1988) sorry I’m English old habits die hard J, the way I found it is a whole other story.
I have been working on it for years but the usual, lack of time but had the money, lack of money but had the time has delayed it so many times.
In the time I have owned it I have been through redundancy more times than I care to think of, been through divorces, I have moved houses, moved countries, moved house again and then moved states and been made redundant again a number of times, now I am retired and thought great I have time to finish my baby, but of course finances dictate the speed at which I can go, I just hope to complete it before I die.
Why did I pick this project
The reason I chose this car goes back to when I was roughly 10 years of age and my father was a policeman in the flying squad in England and in order to keep up with the criminals the police had to have Jaguar MKII’s the same as the crooks, one Christmas us kids (me my brother and sister) were taken to the Christmas party in a Jaguar MKII squad car, being the youngest I was allowed to sit in the front (wouldn’t happen today with these pussies J) I was obviously smitten with the car as the family transport was a motorbike and sidecar, I sat there playing with the police radio (probably turned off) and soaked in the luxury and speed of the car.
Why is this project important to me
I purchased this car and hoped to finish it to give my dad a trip down memory lane unfortunately he died before I completed it and I regret it to this day now I just with to complete it in his honor, and the fact that I think this is one of the most beautiful cars ever.
What do I plan to do with it once complete
I plan to use this car not just for shows but every day so people and I can enjoy it, unfortunately money slows everything.