2017 – A Year in Review

Well, another year has gone by and we have had some milestones happen. This has been a good year for us, so, in an effort to recap what has been happening, let’s look back at last years review. (Make sure to scroll down and check out all of the articles. Also, write a comment on your favorite article, or articles.)


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As for this year, well, let’s just say it started a little slow. January through April, we had a total of 1,019 views to our site. Four months and we barely had any viewership, which made me wonder if this was at all worth it.

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Hot Rod Fuel Hose – The Company

Recently, I found out that there is this small start up company that was making a product based on real needs of the Hot Rod community. (Actually, I won a free Sticker and that led me to their story.)

These guys had found a need, based on their own issues in building a project and decided that it would be a great idea to make a product that was superior. Below, you can read their story and see why they did it, for yourself.


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This is their story, who they are and why they feel they will succeed.

So, Justin Gorzitza, tell me a bit about yourself, why you started this.

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Check them out at hotrodfuelhose.com

High school was when I first inherited my dad’s 1980 Chevy C10, boy did I ever have big plans for this thing. At 15 when I started working on this puppy I wanted it to have the best of everything and spent way too much money to try and make that happen. I also had no clue what the hell I was doing and a lack of confidence in how to make it happen. I took a lot of stuff apart including the engine, transmission, and the rest of the drive train. Spent too much money at the speed shop and then didn’t know how to get the thing back together again.

It Sat and Sat and Sat, I got married, had a Son, and It followed me as I moved multiple times but never really got the time or the desire to get back onto this project until 2015 when I finally got serious again. My desires changed at this time and I thought it would be really impressive to rebuild this back to a stock look and still be a reliable driver. You can check out my build thread on 67-72chevytrucks.com The idea was to impress my dad with this truck that looks just like when he bought it.

1980 C10 by Hot Rod fuel hose

So, what made you get into fuel hoses and lines? Why would that even be an issue?

I had been reading lot’s on fuel injection over the years and considered installing a Mega Squirt at one time and converting some type of other injection system to my 383 stroker that I had built, but was always turned off by how much work would have needed to go into learning how the mega squirt and fuel injection system worked.

The year I started back seriously on finishing this project a company called FiTech released an affordable fuel injection system and it had great reviews and was gaining a following of automotive enthusiasts. So I gave it a shot and ordered one up.

I went down to the local speed shop and was seeking out ways to install my fuel system –

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A sample of their fuel line and connections

Well, they want almost as much cash for the rubber stainless steel braided line as I paid for my EFI FiTech system. That’s not right! I thought I could do better than that, my gut told me so.

I reached out to a ton of manufacturers and ordered samples, tested the product, and negotiated like crazy.

Once I had a product I believed in, at a price I felt is better suited to people like me, we ordered some. A LOT of hose and A LOT of fittings – probably too much but we believed so strongly that there is an opportunity for a High Quality PTFE braided hose in the market with awesome looking AN fittings that we committed to taking the idea forward.


A side note, so everyone is up on the terms and what the products are.

What is PTFE hose and what is it used for?

PTFE is a specific chemical composition commonly referred to as Teflon. We chose to only offer PTFE lined AN braided hoses due to better chemical resistance with common automotive fluids and specifically the higher ethanol content gasoline that is offered today.

It is most commonly used for fuel lines and transmission cooler lines. Many guys use it for LS swaps, EFI installations, and good old reliable carbs. Typically fitting adapters are needed to convert to an AN style fitting.

What are the fittings made from?

Our PTFE hose end fittings are made from 6061 Aluminum alloy and anodized to give it a sharp look. We also engrave our logo to really make them pop.


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A close up look at a fitting with their logo.

Ok, so, you have your fittings, you have your hoses, what’s next?

Well, we are still a new business selling PTFE hose for Hot Rods so we want to do a great job at getting our name out. Sales so far have been very strong and in fact above expectations. We have had to order new product already thanks to support from our Awesome customers and we look forward to becoming a premier supplier of Hot Rod fuel hose and AN Fittings and continuing to search out new opportunities for finding quality products at great prices so we can all continue to enjoy this hobby we have (and that our wives definitely don’t like) and I hope you will all support us and let your friends and hot rodding buddies know we exist as that has definitely been the biggest challenge in this venture so far.

This is a new company with some great reviews already. (Check out their reviews!)

Want to contact them? Check it out!

Email us at info@hotrodfuelhose.com

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Call US (866) 797-0384.

Let them know you saw them here. We don’t get anything from it, but, it would help them to know that they are out there.


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1965 Cadillac Combo (Hearse/Ambulance) by Superior Coaches

This combo is just getting started in it’s journey to a new life, but, oh, what a story it has already had. We will follow the journey as they go throughout the year and hopefully, by next Halloween, it will be ready for a new feature article. So, sit back and enjoy learning about this former “Razorbacker” and see where they plan on taking it in the future.
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What type of vehicle?
1965 Cadillac Combo (Hearse/Ambulance) by Superior Coaches
Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?
It was bought from service in Tennessee by  Joe & Edith Reed of Conway, AR in the 1970’s to be used to travel to every Arkansas Razorback game. They no longer own it, they sold it in 1998.
When was it purchased?
I purchased it in October of 2017.
How much was it purchased for?
$3500.00
Was this a father/son, Daughter project?
No
Why this vehicle?
It is one of 3 hearses/coaches I own – the others being a 1998 Cadillac and a 1987 Cadillac both by Superior Coaches.
I’ve always wanted a hearse. They’re beautiful, unique, and versatile vehicles. They’re made to order, so no two are alike.
My favorite thing about the mid 60’s Superior made coaches, is the roof line. It gives them such a sexy silhouette.
Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.
I’m no mechanic, but cars are in my DNA.
I was raised in a junkyard and spent summers and weekends at racetracks. My grandpa and step-dad were tow truck drivers, and I was babysat at the junkyard. I learned to read by reading license plates and badges on cars.
Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)
I’ve only had the car for about 2 weeks. So far we know it needs some carburetor work, and some wiring (the headlights work when they feel like it).
She runs, but she is not exactly street ready. It once had a spare tire mounted on the rear door, which the door isn’t set up to support, so the hinges are sprung and the latch is broke.
It needs paint, a windshield, and quarter window.
What have you done to it so far?
Nothing yet, still in the planning stages. Still mapping things out, figuring out what all we need to do to get her back on the road.
Any help you have gotten? 
My boyfriend, Paul, and our friend Ian at Oak Valley Customs has been helpful with advice and is going to help here soon with getting her going.
Also the myriad of hearse clubs & Facebook groups that have been helpful in sourcing parts.
The car has quite a history. Like I said it was purchased from service in Tennessee, and brought to AR to be used to travel to Razorback games. It was originally black (according to the handwritten TN title included in the paperwork I was given when I bought it), and was painted red & white and lettered in the 70’s.  It was then called “The Razorbacker,” and was featured in a 1979 issue of Southern Living magazine, as well as other local publications. (I’m told, although I only have the copy of SL, not the other publications.)
The rear compartment was customized to seat 6 with a bench seat and fold down seats. The rollers and casket/gurney bed was removed and red shag carpet was installed.
The car has sliding glass dividers that separate the cab from the rear – between this divider and the bench seat, beer coolers were installed.
Mrs Reed hand sewed the curtains that are still in the rear. They installed a PA system, and several novelty horns as well.
The documentation I have with it says that a man named Richard Nicholson bought the car in 1998 and was trying to get it registered/recognized as a state historical object. What I gathered from the paperwork, it wasn’t old enough at the time. I’m not sure why he sold it, he seemed pretty determined to do something with it as late as 2013. The guy I bought it from didn’t seem to know much about the car aside from the paperwork, and had just bought it on a whim, then discovered they aren’t cheap vehicles to restore.
I don’t plan to restore it back to The Razorbacker, but I think I am going to keep it red (maybe red & white), get the upholstery redone, get her running again – hopefully next year in time for Hearsefest in Hell, MI.



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1956 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Combination

I generally take the information given and fashion it into a pleasing article all can enjoy. However, this particular article was written by the owner and carried itself as such a well done piece, in and of itself, I decided to just go through, correct minor grammar and punctuation and let it roll.


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1472018_10153462354440506_814941106_nIt is not often when best friends stay that way for 40 years.  My friend and owner of Dutchman Customs, Bill Ade, has been part of how I got involved with cares and just finished a 3 year build on a very rare 1956 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Combination coach.

Bill Ade grew up around a dragster family, his father helped race and set up some of the first race cars in the Edmonton, Alberta area, along with Sitko family who are still racing in Edmonton with their nostalgia nitro car and I helping on a nostalgia car called White Trash.

I myself am a big Halloween nut and have been doing a haunted house for many years and our original hearse was a made up 2007 HHR with landau bars on it.  We purchased our first hearse, a Blue 1991 Cadillac Brougham.

We had found a local hearse club and joined in going to car shows.  One of our hearse 994018_10153308766385506_578336658_nfriends posted about this teal green 1956 hearse for sale on Kijiji.  It was posted on Wednesday and on Friday I went 4 hours south of Edmonton to a town called High River, Alberta and bought the car for $11,000.00 Canadian funds and we drove it home.


Editors Note: Some information about the exterior finish.

The outside of the coach has not been touched since the eighties when it was last repainted … any other 1956 does not exist , other than the stock wiper conveyor to move those every wire has been replaced


The coach had been gutted of all of its original funeral items and made to be more of a limo.  It had a badly installed 350 with an R-4 tranny.  I drove it for about 2 years until the tranny went so it was due for a remodel. Bill had the garage to do it in and decided to take in the task of Project Nightmare, as it was nicknamed.

The first task was choosing a power plant; the LS3 was a popular, modern motor that was being used in may restoration mods.  Bill knew these motors and their capabilities; we want to go forward with this build as I wanted east to replace parts off the GM shelf and all the hearse stuff had been removed previously so it was a new build.


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Next were handling, steering and brakes.

12525393_10156457517235506_4644480465458753588_oMorrison IFS Mustang II modified to fit Cadillac Escalade rims.  All on air ride tech shockwaves designed for diesel trucks as the original weight of the car was a lot of pounds.

Everything other than the sheet metals and windows was ripped out of the car.

In that process we found original interior pieces that were blue for the roof of the car.  It was an original teal color car, although it is unknown if it was a tri-color coach like the advertisement for these coaches.

These cars are custom from the factory, they went from Cadillac to the Miller-Meteor car company in Piqua, Ohio to build the hearse or ambulance component.  The car was basically twice the size of an average build so everything was custom made.

The drive line was mocked into the car after the Morrison IFS chassis was installed.

The power plant came from a 2010 Silverado that was recently rebuilt, we found it was the 6.0/6.3L model, so we bought a Camaro intake and a better camshaft and made our own LS2/LS3 hybrid.

One of the major challenges was the transmission set up, getting it to speak the same 15350640_10157886402055506_2233250092874545458_nlanguage as they were a few years apart and many forums were saying it can be done.  Finding the right guy to speak to about the computer issues was key, finding the right tuner to speak to the LS motors was ultra-important.

I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the car and my friend were 12 hours away in Chilliwack, British Columbia, so helping him was every 2 months for a week or whenever I could catch an air miles flight for a weekend to help with the car, or any help he needed in his garage.

I knew I could never repay him for his work and dedication to Nightmare the hearse project is his stamp on the Hotrod world.  Not only is this hearse a one of a kind, it rivals the Thunder Taker, because it was not built by a team of guys, it was built by one guy, Bill Ade of Dutchman Customs.

Andrew, Steve, Jimmy the Finger, Kracker, Ashley, Avery and Melissa and many others all contributed to making this possible.

They say drag race families are the best around, Bill Ade is one of the special people, through many ups and downs he stayed dedicated to seeing this build on the big teal green Frankenstein aka Frankie as we call it.  It has truly come true to its name as it is a car of many makers, parts from all sorts of things and a mad scientist at Dutchman Customs, Bill Ade.


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1991 Cadillac Hearse – It’s not his, it’s all Hearse!

What happens when a mom wants a daily driver that is more than typical, something other than normal?
Keep reading below to find out!

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22449427_10209801992999105_304927959_oWhat type of vehicle?
1991 Cadillac (Federal conversion)
Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?
Layne Funeral Home. They used it as a funeral coach for several years, then as a first call vehicle. Eventually they sold her to Todd Patton of Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern. My son bought her from Todd and gave her to me!
When was it purchased?
2 years ago last month
How much was it purchased for?
Since my son bought her, I’m not sure.
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It’s kind of a family effort, husband and son. I’m pretty much just the driver.
Why this vehicle?
I had always wanted a hearse, stemming back to when I was a young child. I remember seeing funerals going down the road, all the other cars would pull to the side and wait for the stately, shiny and graceful hearse to glide by.. I knew I wanted one then… but only mentioned it once. My parents did not approve. At all.
Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.
I’m just a mom, but I’m a goth mom. We are far cooler than regular moms!
A hearse as my personal vehicle was on my bucket list, and my son made it happen for me.
My husband looked for a hearse, but he was far too particular about it. He wanted a certain year model…. I would find one for sale and he would immediately nix the idea.
Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)
She was bought as a running, drive-able car.
She still looks as if she could go back into service at a moments notice. We haven’t done much to her yet, new air cleaner, new tires. Put an under body light kit on her, sound system, new battery. Just been driving and enjoying her.
Future plans include new wheels and possibly an air ride system. Also I would like to Replace the vinyl top with line -X for its durability.
16806911_10207994280327418_962627902987718543_nWhat have you done to it so far? 
Not much yet. Like I said I’m driving and enjoying her. She is my daily driver, and also advertisement for the local professional haunted attraction I work at, Gates of Misery in Rome, Georgia.

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2017 Apple Scrapple Festival Car Show – Bridgeville, DE

On Saturday, October 14th, my family and I decided to attend the 2017 Apple Scrapple Festival Car Show in Bridgeville Delaware.

This year marked the 26th annual festival in this little town. We have been going on and off for the last 17 years we have been married, but, my wife has been going longer that that, as she has lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland longer that I have.

Now, as you can guess, this festival is centered around apples and scrapple. (For those of you who may not know what scrapple is, it is scraps of pork, seasoned and cooked and put in a mold.)

The festival is a Friday evening and Saturday event that includes vendors of every kind and plenty of food vendors, with an emphasis on apple foods and scrapple sandwiches. (Again, if you really want to know what scrapple is and my explanation just isn’t enough, ask google.)

Now, this event also hosts a decent sized car show, which is what I will be sharing with you in this article.

You can see the videos, basically, 3 videos that I edited from one large video. This is just a quick walk-through of the show, to give you and idea of the size. I am also adding all of the photos, so you can see some of the best ones there. (All of the cars/trucks were very good, but, I only had so much time.)

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

Video Part 3


Here are the pictures for you to go through.


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1956 Cadillac Coupe DeVille – Shaun Swanson

Sometimes you run into people who have a dream, trying to make it a reality, but, it seems life is against them in every sense. You want to help, because you see their desire and their hard work. This is such a story. The Cadillac is far from done, but the project has been started and could use some help.

Maybe you are one who likes the underdog, the guy/gal who just isn’t “set” to win, but works hard to get where he/she is going, no matter the obstacles set before him/her. If so, this is going to be a good story for you.

Also, I want to introduce a new Facebook group, “Lean on Me” A helps based group, where we try to get together and help someone move forward on their project, with a small donation and a lot of encouragement. Check out the group, then join and see what you can do.

This is the start of a restoration of love. Check out my article on Restoration to see another one made of love.

Without further ado, here is Shaun’s story.

What type of vehicle?

1956 Cadillac coupe DeVille. Production numbers show that there were 25086 ever made.

Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?

I am not the first owner and really don’t have any prior history on it other than it had been parked somewhere between 1976 and 1978.

When was it purchased?

November 1st 2015, she arrived.

Was this a father/son, Daughter project?

I hope to have this 56 done enough to be used to chauffeur my 3 children to prom and also for their future weddings. My children are 16, 14, and 13. Girl Whisper, boy Paul, and girl Lea.

Why this vehicle?

I had always been a fan of Harley Earl and how he designed cars of this era. The 1956 coupe DeVille has been a dream car for me for most of my life. Number one on my bucket list of cars to own before I die.

Tell me the story of how you acquired this car.

 It came to me from Minnesota through an even trade. Since I had always hoped to own one of these, I started getting worried about them going out of my price range or ability to acquire since I’m a very low income person. I owned and kind of restored/rat rodded/ customized a 1968 Cadillac DeVille convertible and after a 2200 mile, problem free road trip, decided I wanted to sell it or trade it for a 55/56 coupe DeVille. There were a few prospects before this 56 that didn’t end up panning out. When I was contacted with the offer of an even over trade, this 56 for my 68, I jumped on the chance without hesitation.  I was so happy I got teary eyed. On that trailer with 4 flats, rust holes in the body and floors, no back glass or engine or transmission. My 68 ran and drove but I didn’t care, the 56 is what I wanted. I was near homeless, living in a friend’s 32 foot camper in their yard…. but I had a 56 coupe DeVille. It’s like a sickness you could say… any one who has seen the movie “Christine” will have an idea of my mind set when I laid my eyes on my 56 caddy. Since that day, I started searching parts and scavenging supplies.

Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.

I spent most of my life as an auto mechanic and was always so burned out I couldn’t enjoy my cars. With this 56 I decided also I wouldn’t repair cars for a living anymore and I went to work as a chef. I had experience as a chef and as it turns out I’m very good at it. This allows me to enjoy my 56 without being tired of fixing cars all day long.

What have you done to it so far?

The first thing I bought for her was a matching set of vintage Iowa 1956 license plates. Other parts and goodies trickled in the whole time I spent living in that camper.

Back glass came from Kansas city in a guys garage, $30 score. It was OEM blue/green tint back window.

I started hunting air ride stuff for it and found some amazingly cheap deals on eBay and on Facebook groups. I even ended up making some wonderful new friends through the whole process.

Eventually I had all I needed for my air suspension. Lines and fittings were free from a truck driver friend who said those parts are disposable in his line of work and free to him.

Another friend locally works for a metal fab place and got me 12 foot by 5 foot of 18g sheet steel to repair all my rust. Another freebie as it had be messed up and deemed as scrap for his work.

One of my new fender skirts came from an accident at a closed down auto shop/hoarders scrap barn. He was selling everything and I was looking around and tripped over a 1956 Cadillac fender skirt, rust free and perfect! $20 score. How often does that happen?

Not long after that fender skirt find, I got moved into town and into a house. So now I felt comfortable actually taking apart and working on the car.

I had been paying payments to Brandon Strange, owner of an amazing 58 Coupe DeVille in Kentucky, for the engine from his car. So in June of 2017, my wife and I went to Louisville, Kentucky and picked up a 1958 Cadillac 365 and its corresponding auto transmission. Brandon has become a wonderful friend through this deal and I plan to keep my promise not to publicly say what I gave for the engine and transmission.

Right before I left to pick up that engine, I won a 59 tripower Cadillac intake for $125, on eBay. Unheard of steal for a price. With that purchase I decided to step out of the normal Rochester or Stromberg or Holley 3 deuce carburetor combinations and went with 3 vintage carter wd-0 carburetors.

I’ve been slowly hand polishing them to a brilliant shine to help match up with a the chrome, copper, stainless and aluminum in my vision. With that the name Copperhead was born for this Cadillac. I plan to paint the body a copper/Orange color with a pearl white roof, and white interior and trunk.

Most all of my heater hoses, air lines, vacuum lines, will be polished copper.

I have polished stainless brake lines and will have custom steal braided brake hoses up front as well as Taylor steal braided spark plug wires. I did away with the factory tredlevac brake system and have acquired a chrome Corvette booster and master cylinder.

I custom fitted a snow white, pleated vinyl rear seat upholstery and have the same company ready to custom make me matching front seat covers for my 1990 Chevy pickup front bucket seats and console for $137 shipped.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?

Currently, I work a bit randomly on it.

I have patched up one front fender, the whole trunk floor, detailed and installed the drive train and gotten most of the air ride working.

It doesn’t run yet, but will soon. I plan to make it run off one of the 3 carbs and seal the other 2 for now.

I want to be able to start it and move it. It’s far from being drive able due to needing a water pump rebuild, a new radiator($206 on eBay) and all the brakes installed.

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