Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bling Bling (Yo)

Bling - Gaudy over the top hideous and wholly unnecessary

I’m starting my new exclusive mini-series named “Bling”. I’m going to show some of the little unnecessary features that I’m adding to my car just because I want to. None of these items are “necessary” except to make my car stick out from others (as if a blown big block Fairmont Futura isn’t unique enough).

But as I started thinking about it I realized that hot rodding is really all about the “Bling”. It’s doing something different because you want to. It’s what makes building a car fun. It makes all those endless hours searching ebay for that perfect part (in my case the extremely rare factory radio delete plate) all worth it.

1 Peter 3:14

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Quote of the day.

Ran across this in the latest issue of Car Craft, made me laugh.

"Since we are finished with the screamin' 302 that will prove unreliable yet
entertaining between the fenders of some Ford, we've decided to play with a real
engine. By that, we mean a Ford Racing Boss 302 with forged internals and
a roller cam so we can spin it to 8,000 without showering the dyno room with
blue confetti. Watch for our testing Car Craft-style."

No more adding a quart.

Well, I've got about 500 miles on my car since all the recent maintenance. To my surprise, it appears that the valve seals I replaced have did away with the engine's 1 quart per 1,000 mile thirst. 500 miles, and it doesn't appear that the oil level has dropped at all. Deep down, I figured the seals wouldn't have helped a bit, but convinced myself to give it a shot. The blue smoke out the exhaust seemed to be getting quite bad whenever I'd jump on the throttle, and was quite sure it was due to cylinder wear and a need for a rebuild. Now I seem good to go and likely to hit the desired 200,000 mark before a rebuild/replacement of the engine.