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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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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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Happy Birthday, America!

Birthday_America_July_4th_United_StatesAnother year, America!

So glad to be an American and a Veteran. I served this country and love our flag. I believe in the Constitution and truly feel this country has been blessed beyond measure by God.

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My Basic Training Photo, 1988

I want to thank all of those brothers and sisters who have, are, or will in the future, serve our great country. May God bless you and keep you safe. This day is a celebration, from tyranny, it is a remembrance of where we came from and for those of us who served, it is why we chose to lay our lives on the line to allow the rest of the country to enjoy the freedoms that did not come free.

468790_10151966810098378_1075418443_oTo every American, this is for you! The service and the sacrifice, because, guess what, we love you. You are the reason we chose to do it and why we would do it again!

Yes, this day is a celebration of our decision252261_10151966807008378_624855069_nn to be a free country, our declaration of our Independence from a corrupt government. However, this day has meaning in other ways. There has been a lot of people who have laid down there lives for America. The bible says in John, 15:13, Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

However, there is someone who has given the greatest gift, Jesus himself. He laid down His life for everyone, friend and enemy. He b134cc51af5117af0a848905c454584a--heavenly-father-saviorshowed the greatest love imaginable. He gave His life so that you and I could have freedom from sin and eternal life with Him forever.

You can get more information by reading my article called Restoration.

(John 3:16, For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.)

All you have to do is accept the gift and allow Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.

 

Why do we do this?

20170518_195229The video of why we do this.

I honestly started it to make money, thinking that anything about cars should grow quickly and become profitable.

Fast forCustoms n classics logoward about 3 weeks, I realized that I didn’t care if it made money or not, I enjoyed talking with people, especially about their cars. All I had to do was figure out what direction I wanted to go in.

My son, Aaron, became integral. He is my oldest and I saw this as a great way to connect with him, to grow a relationship with him, more that that of a father/son, but, also that of a friend. He goes with me to events and is fast becoming my cameraman.cross_full_full

Then, I realized that I wanted to integrate my faith into this, to have that avenue to share, to pray for people and to be an encouragement to those who are down. Customs N Classics became a ministry.

Now, I can honestly say, I do this because I really want people to get a sense of what goes into these creations, whether it is bought, or built. What stories lie behind the purchase or the build. I want the viewers to feel like they have connected with the owners.

Secondly, I want to share the hope I have with others. I want people to know that there is a better life coming, for those who choose Jesus Christ. I also want to be there to encourage those who need it and to be there to pray for people. Check out the video.

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Eric DeCoste – 1990 Harley Davidson XLH1200

This interview brings in an American Icon, the Harley Davidson. Harley is an institution

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in and of itself, with no other bike in America having the same longevity and popularity.

The amount of stuff you can buy with the colors are phenomenal, but, the bike itself is timeless. From its inception to today, Harley has always stood for freedom, in all its forms.
I hope you enjoy this interview. Leave a comment at the end, telling us your HD story, or just letting us know what you think.
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19182066_1694633970570747_1360936098_oSo, tell us, what type of motorcycle is this?
This bike is a 1990 Harley Davidson xlh1200
How much was it purchased for?
I got the bike from a friend for $1,000 .
Why this vehicle?
I’ve always wanted a Harley since I was 13 and now at 43 I have my first Harley
The bike was sitting in his garage for 10 yrs and not being used, the owner before him had done a lot of custom work to it, such as, oversized cam, S+S carburetor, pipes, custom paint, engraved front forks, hyper charger.

He promised me the bike ran when I purchased it. (We all know how that tends to go.) I got it home and put in a new battery and fresh fuel,well, the bike fired right up, to my disbelief.
I had a vision for the bike from that moment, bars had to go, ugly seat also had to go, however, I had to go through the motor before putting any money in it.
Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really 19126305_1694633930570751_464806089_ogood at body work, etc. Some info about you. Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)
I enjoy building and repairing things, I’m an owner of a building and Remodeling business, but I love getting old dirt bikes and bringing them back to life.
I don’t do restorations on them , just get them back to ride-able and reliable.
What have you done to it so far? (Be as descriptive as you can, I may make it several blog posts if it is long, but, that is OK.)
I pulled carburetor and cleaned it, installed new fuel lines and filter, oil change and filter, transmission fluid change, drained fuel tank and cleaned it out. This was the point I fired it again and it sounded amazing!
My friend who is a welder fabricated the drag bars for free, to my liking, ( 4″ kick back and 33″ wide )
I drilled all holes and painted the bars, also used all grips, levers and switches from old bars.

Found some new/used shorty shocks to drop the rear 3.5 inches from Facebook Massachusetts Harley Davidson for $40.00.
At this stage I was happy with the set up, I was going to leave the paint but it had some good chips in it and I’m not into graphics.
Now, my brother -in-law is a custom bike builder/fabricator and he offered to paint the tank and fenders for me for $300 bucks. I jumped on the offer. He had this amazing custom gray paint left over from a bike he built yrs prior, it came out amazing !
I got the tins back and couldn’t wait to install them. I got fenders on, but I found some bad wiring I had to repair before the tank went on. Once the tank was on, I couldn’t believe how great it looked!
I got a new solo LePara seat that pulled it all together. Then I cleaned the 10 yrs of crap off the chrome with Never Dull and boom, bike looked awesome!
19181928_1694633900570754_1462603437_oWhere is it now, in the rebuild stage?
Only thing left to do is have an electrical test done, may need a new starter or regulator, as my battery isn’t charging while riding.
Also, I am looking for new foot pegs as I don’t like the ones I have, they are all chrome plated with no grip so I’m looking for ones with some rubber
Any help you have gotten? (i.e., friend(s), a garage, body shop, parts supplier, box store or online, yahoo videos that were helpful, etc.)
My friend who is a welder fabricated me the drag bars for free to my liking, ( 4″ kick back and 33″ wide )
My brother -in-law is a custom bike builder/fabricator and he offered to paint the tank and fenders for me
A list of things done & the cost.
Cost:
Bike. $1000
Paint. $ 300
Shocks. $ 40
Horn. $ 15
Rear tire. $ 120
Seat. $140
Misc $ 100
Total. $1715.00

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading the story of Eric’s 1990 Harley Davidson. Please like and leave a comment letting us know what you think. Check out the photo gallery to see larger pictures.

 

Denton, MD Cruise-In – June 2017

20170609_200344On June 9, 2017, Denton, MD hosted there June Cruise-in. This event happens from 6 to 9 pm and is located in downtown Denton. There is food and music available, not to mention, there is a town of shops you can browse in between looking at the cars.

(Photos of this cruise are at the bottom)

(You can view the video of the Ocean City Cruise here.)

Cruise-in plaqueI took my oldest son, Aaron and my youngest son, Benjamin with me. They were tasked with taking some pictures while I spoke with some of the owners. We got great new contacts and had some great conversations. I have new business cards I have been handing out, thanks to Aaron, who helped me make them.20170609_195010

We got there a little before 7 and walked the length of the street before I started taking pictures. I didn’t count how many were there, but, it took over an hour to get photos of all of them and to have se20170609_194550veral great conversations. These guys were here for some socialization and to just enjoy the evening showing others their car and seeing the other cars..20170609_194708

Most cars and trucks there were pre 1970, however, there was definitely a presence for later models and they all seemed to show well. It was a small crowd of people and I did see some cars leaving before and during my time there, but, for the first cruise of the year, (The May one was canceled due to rain.) I thought it was pretty good.

 

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