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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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.

Take a look below at the photos of Shaun’s Cadillac.

 

 

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1990 S10 Rat Rod Build – Andrew Underwood

OK, so, many of you are going to say that it cannot be a Rat Rod because it is too new, but others are going to say that it is what the owner says it is and that is that. Well, whatever your side, or, if you are somewhere in the middle, this article is not about that, it is about a man who chose to build something different.

He chose to define his build, his way.

Now, isn’t that the whole reason Rat Rods were built to begin with?

See our article on Rat Rods. No matter your thought on what a rat is, or is not, this build deserves respect. It is a labor of love and a well put together piece of machinery. Read down to see what Andrew built.

Make sure to check out the links throughout the article and to Check out his YouTube channel at Murdime Garage.

What type of vehicle?

It started life as a1990 Chevy S10, pick up truck.

Who is the first ow20160617_143812-1ner of the project and is it still their project?

Well, I bought it at the junk yard, so, I don’t know who had it first.

When was it purchased?

I purchased it in 2003, for $200.

Was this a father/son, Daughter project?

I have 3 children, 2 girls and a boy. They have all helped along with my father.

Now, the question everyone is dying to ask, why this vehicle? Why would you rat out a Chevy S10?20170517_142013

I wanted to be different.

Everyone does the same thing, builds the same builds.

I just wanted to be a little different.

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the door handles on the truck actually came from my father’s front door at his Homestead house that was built in the early 20s

Give me some backstory, some info about you.

Well I am disabled now. I became disabled 2 years ago I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. (Link provided for anyone interested in what this disease is.) No it’s nothing to do with your teeth, it is a type of muscular dystrophy.

I use to be a mechanic before the disease. I can remember being 4 years old and helping my dad build hot rods and I feel in love with the car scene. So from there I started getting dirty. I love to make parts, weld etc. I enjoy every aspect of it.

I begin losing feeling in my extremities from the peripheral nephropathy, breaking bones in my foot causing me not being able to stand on my feet, or being able to walk very well. It then forced me to sit down and take more breaks and got worse and worse and finally my doctor told me if I keep going I won’t be able to walk any more.

So, how was the truck prior to starting the build?

I started with just the junk yard truck. It was in was rough condition.

The bed was damaged, so I said, “Let’s build a wild rat rod!” and went to town getting parts in line.

I am still no where close to being done.

What have you done to it so far?

I started with a  262 v6 out of an 86 full size Chevy. Same as 4.3. I went through it. Bored .30 over with flat top forged pistons, new rods and crank.

Comp cams made a mean mother thumper cam for it.

The heads have be worked over, with new valves and springs for the big cam.

Had to use 350 push rods because they are longer.

1.6 ratio roller rockers, Edelbrock rpm intake, with 675 cfm street demon carberator.

Msd ignition.

The trans is a turbo 350 with a stage 3 shift kit has 2300 stall converter by Summit Racing.

The drive shaft came from a 65 Chevy C10 short bed, the rear end from a 4×4 s10 blazer.

2″ drop spindles and coil springs up front, mini leaf and 3″ block in back with air shocks.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?

I would say it is 50 percent done.

Any special parts you have used?

it has a original 1927 model a grill shell s10 cab and a 38 international bed cut down to fit

On special parts I found a 1938 International bed in a field. I asked the old man who owned the field if I could have it and he told me if I wanted the bed that I was more than welcome to it.

I got the grill shell off the 1928 Model A at a swap meet.

My father has the same condition I do, also, he is a Vietnam veteran. I learned how to work on cars from him. Growing up as a child, we always had a hot rod, so it became instilled in me at an early age. Now, he’s always there to lend a hand or give me some advice.

See the pictures of the build below, but, to see the build as it happened and to keep up on what is going on, check out his YouTube Channel – Murdime Garage

 

 

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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Ocean City Cruise week – 2017

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Ok, so, we tried something a little different. We got some new equipment and decided to do a video blog about our trip to Cruise week.20170518_183700

See the Video Blog Here.

We decided to go down, on Thursday, May 18, 2017. We went down for the afternoon, thinking, (My first mistake), that we could use the daylight to park and talk with owners, then hit the vendors in the evening.

20170518_195250Unfortunately, in OC, trying to do a video interview is almost impossible, but, we did get 4 of them from the Ocean City Cruisers, prior to actually getting to the show.

We tried to make it like a trip, so, you could see what we saw, but, you have to remember, we are not paid professionals, we do this because we enjoy it, so, no critiquing my skills. lol.20170518_200253

 

 

 

 

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Jack Thomas Rat Rod Truck – Video Interview

14922264_189153588202777_7543960104164625955_nJack Thomas graciously allowed me to do a video interview with him on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Ridgely, MD Car show.

This is his video. Jack Thomas Video

 

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