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The Volvo Deluxe


This project brings so many of my interests together – creative repurposing, mid-century modern design, vintage car audio, electronics, woodworking, and metalworking. The features of the Volvo Deluxe ShifTone Radio: Volvo SR-2120 AM/FM radio from a boneyard 240 Volvo EQ-101 … Continue reading

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The Test Mule


I’m not sure exactly where the idea came from. I suppose it is like most others, a tiny little grain of a thought gets stuck in your head and layers of ideas form around it. There were quite a few … Continue reading

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Long Time


Wow. Has it been that long since I’ve posted? I certainly haven’t been sitting on the couch, eating bon bons and watching Oprah. I moved to a new house (believe me, I have a lot of heavy crap – just … Continue reading

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Super Spark Sunday

It’s somewhat of a tradition for me, while the everyone else is watching the Super Bowl I like to take a drive. It’s like starring in The Omega Man – no one on the streets, no traffic, and usually, no … Continue reading

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Scraps in the mist

Wow! It has been over a year since I brought home the Frankenroadster – a 1967.5 Datsun 1600 with the body from a 2000 and an H20 engine from a forklift. Here are a couple of desktop images for you … Continue reading

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Lying to the man behind the counter

Sometimes it is just easier to lie. Especially when you are wrenchin’ on something unusual – a Wartburg, an ancient Datsun or any car that has had an engine swap. At most chain parts stores, the first thing they do … Continue reading

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I’m not sure if it’s because of Grand Turismo, or animé, manga or just the fact that Japanese classic cars may finally be getting some respect, but everyone seems to know the roadster as a Fairlady. As in, “Oh, a … Continue reading

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The knee bone’s connected to the leg bone

Well we all know how this one goes: you start out checking the air in the tires and before you know it, there is a new set of Panasports wrapped in fresh rubber on the project car. “While-you’re-at-it-itis”. My friend … Continue reading

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Underhood bling – or “man jewelry”

You might need sunglasses for this post! There’s nothing quite as sexy to a car guy as a set of big, honking, ….. side-draft carbs. And a set that has been completely gone through and refurbished – every piece checked, … Continue reading

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Wake Up Call

My daughter bounces out of bed somewhere between 5:45 and 6:15 AM with a “Daddy, I wake up!”. On the other end of the baby monitor, I usually just roll over and hope she’ll go back to sleep. The new … Continue reading

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