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About capngrog

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    I enjoy both classic and modified (hot rods) cars. I'm lucky in that I enjoy doing all my own work, because I couldn't afford to pay someone else to do it for me!

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  1. I was using Google Earth to explore the Macungie, Pennsylvania area when I happened to scroll across Macungie Memorial Park and noticed something interesting. The date of the current Macungie googol earth photograph is Friday, June 06, 2018, and, on that date, it appears that some sort of vehicle show was setting up in the park. The vehicles seemed to be a mix of old fire engines, wreckers, fuel tanker trucks, semi-trailer cabs etc. What kind of a show was this? Did anyone on this forum attend? Whatever it was, it looked to have been very interesting. To find the event, go to Google Earth and enter Macungie, Pa in the search box. Macungie Memorial Park is about 1/4 mile east of the of the town center. Cheers, Grog
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    Old gas station in downtown Detroit.

    Here are a couple of photos of an old gas station not very far from where I live. This gas station was constructed in 1926. While it wasn't overly tight getting the old Chevelle into the fuel area, one needs to pay attention to the clearances between expensive sheet metal and immovable, abrasive, brick surfaces. Cheers, Grog
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    Any Car Shows / Swap Meets in Tampa?

    There seems to be quite a lot going on, car show-wise, in the Tampa area during this time of the year. Check out this website: If you can find a copy of "Mike Kelley's Cruise News" while you're in the Tampa area, that is an excellent resource of information on car show schedules. The Cruise News is often free at the counters of auto parts stores. Enjoy your stay. Cheers, Grog
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    Those Pesky Wheel Ants

    Worse than wheel ants, lug lice, transmission ticks, motor moths or even carburetor butterflies, is the dreaded "Spider-With-A-Wooden-Leg" (SWAWL), the most elusive, ill-natured and unpropitious of all mechanical bugs. I'm chasing one right now that is making its home in my newly installed tri-power set up ... the SWAWL is winning. Speaking of the 1954 movie, "Them": it's one of my favorite movies of all time. The production values of that movie are extraordinary for a movie of that period, and despite its horror movie theme has some great characters in the form of old cars, trucks etc. I have the movie on DVD and watch it every year or so. When I first saw the movie in 1954 I was a 10 year old boy living in the small Georgia town of Winder. It was dark when the late Saturday matinee let out, and I had to walk home from the theater. It was only about a one or two mile walk, and the first part of the walk was fine, along a well-travelled road with an occasional house and street lights. Turning down the road to my house, I left the light and all civilization behind to walk between recently-harvested open fields. Whatever evil insects were living in the fields were purposely making sounds just like the giant ants in "Them". Needless to say, from that point on, "I Ran All The Way Home" (apologies to the Impalas). Cheers, Grog
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    Upcoming AACA Winter National Meet

    Thanks everyone for your replies. I plan to be there and will bring some of my local gear head friends. Cheers, Grog
  6. I live in Paisley, Florida, not far from the site of the upcoming AACA Winter Meet, and I plan to attend the show on Saturday. I'm a member, but I don't own any show cars, and was wondering if the show was open to members not showing a car and/or to non-member gearhead public. Cheers, Grog
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    Restoration vs. Preservation ??

    Leif; You are apparently a great custodian of this old Chevy truck, and while it remains in your care, it would probably be fine with efforts at preservation. Once you have moved on to other things though, do you think that subsequent custodians will be as interested as you have been in its care? A good restoration would give the vehicle some defense against possible future neglect or less than "stellar" care/maintenance. Paint is the first line of defense against rust on metal and against rot in wood. In my opinion, the decision between restoration or preservation is a tough one. I tend to prefer preservation; however, a good restoration could add many years to the life of a vehicle over and above that of preservation. Cheers, Grog
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    grease and oil cleaner

    I've had real good luck with plain ol' Fantastik, by Johnson & Johnson. I use it to clean surfaces of routine dirt, dust, grease, grime and grit and have found that it works better on my hands than Gojo. I always had a bottle of fantastic laying around, and a number of years ago, when my Gojo ran out, I used it on my hands. To my surprise, it worked great. Unlike Gojo, water is not needed to clean grease etc. from your hands ... just a shop rag or paper towel will do just fine. I'm sure there are a lot of fine cleaning products available these days, so it probably just comes down to personal preference. Cheers, Grog
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    Boxing Day favourites

    What is the above car? I don't know what it is, but I like it. Cheers, Grog
  10. How do you know you got took? Have you tried contacting them via email? Their website looks legit to me. Let us know how you make out on this deal. I believe that just about everyone on this Forum is or has been, confronted with an over-abundance of rust, so I'll bet that just about all of us would be interested in this product ... if it works. Cheers, Grog
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    So, if he's from Tennessee, he's an " ... uneducated, backwoods hick ...". Cheers, Grog
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    cast iron manifold welding

    Is it the 1970's reproduction that " ... were cast from poor material, and are very thin and prone to failure in six or seven places." or the original 1929 manifolds? Cheers, Grog
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    cast iron manifold welding

    Where are you located? A friend of mine, a retired welder, routinely welds cast iron. Cheers, Grog
  14. Back to the Original Poster's (History Buff) question: "Are Design Renderings Done At Auto Makers 'Fine Art'?" Well, History Buff, you sure know how to kick the top off the ant hill don't you? As with other respondents to this thread, I don't think that there is a single answer to that question. In the past, design renderings, automotive or otherwise, were not considered fine art, but were, instead, considered to be commercial/industrial art. Fine examples of commercial art can be found in any newspaper or magazine, but are not considered to be "fine" art; however, the line between the two can be crossed, as exemplified by the works of Andy Warhol. In my untutored opinion, most of Warhol's works are merely commercial art. For example, Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans": This work relied heavily on a screen printing process, which is frequently used in commercial art works. It sure looks like commercial art to me, but was dubbed by "elite taste makers" (Thank you Bhigdog) to have been fine art and worthy of hanging in the finest galleries. As Bhigdog stated above: " ... it's all in the eye of the beholder ...". I have seen some renderings that I think are "fine art" (whatever that is), and some "fine art" which I feel is not fit for the local newspaper. Just my opinion, and like another asset, we all have one. Cheers, Grog
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    woody 50 guy speedometer problems

    Some more information such as the year, make and model of car would be helpful. By " ... bouncing all over the dash ... ", do you mean that the speedometer needle is bouncing or the cable itself? Cheers, Grog