Friday, July 31, 2015

OT: All Better

Got my Miata back from the shop after the jackass hit and runner bent the front fender.  All better and even better, it still has the parts it left Hiroshima with.  Millen Autobody did the excellent work.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NA meets ND

Had a pint with my friend and fellow Bothell resident, Terry at the Hop and Hound.  He just took delivery of a 2016 MX-5 Launch Edition.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Toyota Pickup

I'm too lazy to look up exactly what model.  What struck me was how small it was compared to the $50K Barcaloungers with open air trunks today.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Alfa Romeo Special

Another Steve Walker Close Enough Engineering car.

Powered by a '58 Veloce engine. 

Here's a link to the story of the car's creation by Steve Walker on the Old Car Nut Book site

Friday, July 10, 2015

OT: Dirtbag

My son bought himself a Miata this week:  a Montego Blue '97.  He spent the other evening cleaning out the dirt trap in the front fender:

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

1948 Diamond T Grand Prix Truck

1948 Diamond T GPT

Commissioned by privateer Colin Case for the 1948 season of Grand Prix Truck racing.
Long distance Grand Prix Truck racing started up after the Second World War. Races were held on demanding transcontinental roads built to move men and material during the war such as the Alaskan Highway, Burma Road, Trans Siberia and Trans Sahara.
Sportsman – entrepreneur Colin Case, (an avid yacht racer who also sponsored formula and sports car racing teams, gravity racers, bicycle racing teams and a hockey club), decided to enter the wildly popular new sport of Grand Prix Trucks.

Colin selected Diamond T to fabricate his GPT racer. The premier truck manufacturer in the world from 1911 to 1966, founder C. A. Tilt started out building race cars and established a reputation for innovation and reliability.
Colin commissioned an entirely new design inspired by the forward thinking pre-war Auto Union Grand Prix cars. His mid-engined vehicle features a welded tube space frame, independent suspension, power steering and a straight six engine.
After many seasons of hard campaigning followed by long neglect, this vehicle was in sad shape when abandoned in the Close Enough Engineering parking lot by the last owner, Charles Van Ness.
The ongoing restoration has stretched over years due largely to the shifty character and slack work habits of the occasionally paid personnel of Close Enough Engineering.
Story by GPT creator Steve Walker

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Buick Century

My Grandma had one in this color.