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WTF Friday: Floor It Again Tony


For most of my youth –actually up until their Chrysler re-branding– Fiats were the butt of reliability jokes. The most familiar being “fix it again Tony”.

The joke was of course not all that funny, not all that accurate and perhaps a bit racist. But it was the 80/90s and darn near every joke ticked all the same boxes.

I’ve never driven a Fiat, nor have I ever seen one broken down at the side of the road. So my opinion of them is fairly neutral.

That is outside of a few pretty cool ones I have seen over the years, and this ’37 Topolino is one of the cool ones.

As you can see the silver Topolino is a far cry from its original form. In reality it’s actually a fiberglass body that mimics a Topolino.

Built by RCD Race cars the car has a roomy 112″ wheel base thanks to a custom 4130 cro-moly chassis. The front suspension is RCD inboard rocker arm while the rear is and RCD built four link.

As it’s size and shape suggests this car is not a canyon carver.

Instead it is built for the 1/4 mile, capable of low 9 seconds at 149 miles per hour.

Sticking through the hood is a healthy Rodeck 6 bolt main 406 cubic inch aluminum small block. Fit with BRODIX heads, new cranks and rods, and an 8 trumpet stack the car is no slouch.

A reverse manual valve body turbo 400 transmission backs it up, supported by a Ford 9 inch and upgraded center section.

It also fully opens up, just like a Funny Car would, to allow the occupants to get in and out and giving onlookers a gander at what lies within.

The car was quite successful in the early 2000 show scene wining a variety of Best engineered awards and shows such as the Detroit Autorama.

Now though, the Fiat for sale on  waiting for the right owner to come scoop it up.

The 95k asking price isn’t chump change but, it looks like you get a decent amount for the cash. According to the owner 125k was invested overall.

If you want to take a look,

Using a Bead Roller and an English Wheel to make Patch Panels


Metal working is a skill I am extremely envious of. Cutting a patch panel with a grinder and zapping it in is one thing, but to making a panel look like a work of art? That not only takes tools I don’t have, but skills currently not in my wheel house.

Most of the panels I drool over on completed vehicles have some sort of bead rolling done to them. Bead rolling adds that extra custom touch to panel. It’s an extra bit of flare that works really well on any style of vehicle.

The firewall fillers I purchased for Project Why Wait are bead rolled. As is the bed on “Tiffany” C10 and the interior of the Distorted Vision Fargo project.

Getting started with a however is a daunting task. To remove some of the edge from the learning curve, and get you mastering your new shop tool,  sent through the following tips:

When working with older vehicles, rust is unavoidable and eventually certain panels will get to the point where they need to be replaced. In some cases, you could source the part and just buy it online, however with some vehicles that can be quite difficult.

In this situation, you might be tempted to just replace the panel with some sheet metal and be done with it. However, if you’re wanting to recreate the original look then there is a way; bead rolling.

Bead rollers use male and female dies to press form the metal into shape. Using this tool allows you to achieve the same intricate designs that were present on the original parts. Using a bead roller on a flat piece of metal will cause it to bend, but luckily there is also a solution to this problem. By using an English wheel on the areas that you intend to bead roll, you can stretch the metal so that when you bead roll, it will use the ‘extra’ metal to create the corrugations that you make.

In our example, we’ll be going over how to carry out this process on a flat sheet of metal:

Step 1 – Marking your metal

Before you do anything, its important to mark the desired bead lines on your metal. These will be your guide throughout the entire process.

Step 2 – The

To prepare your metal for bead rolling, you’ll want to prepare it in the English Wheel. Firstly, put your panel into the wheel and tighten the wheel down so that it applies a moderate amount of pressure to the metal. Then, proceed to wheel the area that you would like to bead, ensuring that you keep your passes close together, trying not to stray too far from either side of your line (0.25” is about as far as you should go). Once you have done this, there should be a slight bulge in the metal where you have wheeled it.

Step 3 – The

To get your wheeled metal into the bead roller, then you may have to straighten it out by hand as the process will have caused it to curve. Once the panel is in the machine you can begin to roll over your lines, pushing the areas that you stretched with the wheel back down the opposite way. If you do this correctly, then you should end up with a flat, beaded panel.

Hopefully these tips, along with the video above, have helped you out with your next metal project. Balielgih tools are readily available online at retails like , and if you can think of another DIY fabrication topic that should be covered here on Grosirbajuanak let me know in the comments below!

Theme Tuesday: 2018 Canadian International Autoshow Wheel Gallery


The is currently running now through February 25th at the International Center in downtown Toronto.

Like the previous five or so years I had the privilege of being accepted as media. Being able to attend the show before the massive, record beaking,  crowds is always appreciated.

Broader coverage of the event will of course be coming later this week, but in the meantime here’s a quick wheel gallery I was able to pull together from the forthcoming coverage.

OZ Racing Superturismo GT wheels under a Fiat Rally car
Crazy looking wheels on the Toyota i-Tril a unique tilting two-seater car Toyota debuted in 2017
The new Porsche 911 Turbo S 20″ wheels. These wheels use a center locking system and a two-tone finish. These wheels are nearly as impressive as the massive brakes they sit in front of.
Enkei RS05RRs underneath Can Jam Motorsports “Black Storm” which was on display in a room dedicated to tuners
This is a bit of a combo breaker, with the angle the photo is shot at, but shout out to Mazda Canada for bringing this killer line up of their most well-known classics
The lightweight 18″ wheels on the Dodge Demon are shod in hefty 315/40/18 tires
This ’69 GT 40 was one of the highlights of the always popular ‘Auto Exotica’ room at the Autoshow
Mills Motors brought out another one of their crazy lifted GMCS on Matttracks, not exactly wheels but a noteworthy addition to this gallery 
There will be lots of Pagani Huayra photos in the forthcoming coverage
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is an easy highlight of the show, this car is… ridiculous to say the least
End things off with the ultra light wheels that sit under the AMG Project One

Check back later this week for more coverage from the 2018 Canadian International Autoshow.

Theme Tuesdays ‘First’ On Air


Saying ‘first’ on the internet always causes a bit of controversy. Especially when it comes to car modifications. Typically the instant you say you’re first somebody, somewhere, says their brother’s friend’s sister’s cousin did it before you.

That’s what made the “Anyone else the first person to ever bag your specific car?” post on so interesting. While there may have been a little posturing, for the most part, people who contributed were within the first three to put their chassis on the ground.

There were even a few legitimate one of ones.

One Of Few

David Caron started the post, and he was the first SVX on air, quickly followed by approximately four afterward – Photo: Dave Caron
There have been a few bagged limos but David Withrow figures he’s one of the few with this generation  – Photo: David Withrow
Similarly, I don’t imagine there are a tremendous number of bagged Hi-Aces  – Photo: Jackson Healey
This Fusion, which I’ve seen at SEMA and The Air Lift Performance Facility is one of few of its kind

Steve Gyrbell’s ’72 Corvette just might be the only one of it’s kind but he hasn’t actively looked to see if there are more

One Of The First

Paul Tait has the the first bagged 6th generation Accord SIR, which is drilling down really far, but it’s really cool  – Photo: Paul Tait
Alfred Acosta’s Jeep is one of the few in this post I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person
Though it was a night and oddly missing a taillight
Here’s a better photo of the entire Jeep  – Photo: Alfred Acosta
Another bagged and bodied Jeep, owned by Russell Barnes this turck looks crazy  – Photo: Russell Barnes
He’s putting an SRT 8 drive line in it as well  – Photo: Russell Barnes
Dean Thurman’s dad bagged and bodied one of the first quad Cab Dodges  – Photo: Dean Thurman
Jamie Webster posted what he said was the first bagged second generation Ford Lightnings  – Photo: Jamie Webster
Rodeo’s are so rare and this was the first bagged and body dropped one –  Photo: Brian Splawn
Craig Christian’s ’59 Mercury Monterey  – Photo: Craig Christian
The first 4th gen Fourrunner bagged  – Photo: Tony Rispoli

One Of One

It’s pretty cool that the first –and only– bagged H3 was built right here in Ontario
Last I saw it, it was white but who knows what it will roll out as this year
I’ve posted Sean Veva’s 454 SS before, or at least thought of it, I love this truck – Photo: Sean Veva
I always assumed the chassis was fairly straight forward but it looks like I was quite wrong – Photo:Sean Veva
Jim Harbe has the only, actual, bagged Syclone, the rest are clones or Sonoma GTs maintaining the all wheel drive angles at ride height is what has caused the camber laid out – Photo: Jim-hrabe
I feel safe in saying AJ Hoover’s Subaru is the only SBC swapped bagged Legacy, with no roof – Photo: AJ Hoover
It’s certainly unique – Photo: AJ Hoover
Miles is definitely the only bagged Isuzu NPR
Richard Peterson figures he just might own the only bagged 56 Hudson Hornet – Photo: Richard Peterson

If you want to dispute some of these claims, or join in on the conversation, hit up

Motor Monday: LS4 Cavalier


Ontario has, or at least had, an oddly ambitious J-Body community. Jeff’s famous, yet unfinished, right-hand drive Cavalier was from here. L67 supercharged examples are not uncommon. And most notably the Northstar V8 swapped example was from here.

Continuing with the trend of ridiculous today’s #motormonday features a LS4 swapped Cavalier.

This red devil was spotted at the 2017 Truck and Tuner Expo.

The car is owned by a local female enthusiast named Alysha who did all of the work to the car herself. When I say all of it I mean all of it. Including all the carbon fiber she does under the name AK Carbon Fiber.

The motor is mated to a 4T65E-HD transabd has a 3″ exhaust all the way back. It is more or less stalk but really that is more than enough for a front wheel drive car of this size.

It runs and does drive, but it is predominantly a show car so it doesn’t see a lot of miles. Still though, it’s a FWD LS Cavalier.

Now Playing: Our Lifestyle The Podcast


When I’m out in the garage working on Project Why Wait I always have something cranking through the speakers. One of the podcasts I listen to the most is ““. I got hooked on it after  where they had fellow Canadian Todd Robinson on.

Near the end of 2017 host Jason Ballard reached out asking if I’d like to be on the show. Obviously I said yes.

It took a bit for our schedules to connect but we recorded it last week and it’s live now as Episode 52. We covered a wide range of topics as the two of us are quite similar. Cars, BMX, the start of the website nothing was off-limits. I’ve embedded the episode below, give it a listen and go easy, it’s my first one!

Theme Tuesdays: Detroit Steel Wheels


have become staples in the aftermarket automotive industry. The cause for this is two-fold. First, the guys at have a relentless work ethic, promoting and manufacturing them tirelessly. And second, large steel wheels just look great on a wide variety of vehicles.

Trucks, Hot Rods, Cars, Rat Rods, European cars you name it. 18″ and bigger steel wheels are in.

The Smoothie

The ‘Smoothie’ remains the most commonly seen Mobsteel wheel. With no holes on its face it looks the simplest but has the widest appeal.

This Bel Air is the first car I remember seeing on Detroit Steel Wheels
Cruise height wasn’t much higher than park height
I believe this original paint car is known as the Detroit King or something along those lines, it’s sitting on smoothie wheels with bullet caps
Matching the portholes to the wheel centers is perfect here
With oem style caps used the look of the smoothie wheel is further transformed, blending old and new
Bullet Caps and Mobsteels look great under John’s Mercury M1
a few years ago at Vanfest, love the retro paint on this truck
The Taylor’d Custom “Dirty D” Dodge sits on 20″ black Detroit Steel wheels
These wheels have the push through bullets installed

Mike Livia’s Task Force wears 20″ Detroit steel smoothies with dog dish caps
Not just for trucks and Hot rods  ‘s Merc looks stunning on Mobsteels with MB caps
on smoothies – Photo: @
20x14s are on the back of this Dodge owned by , they look massive!

Artillery Wheels

The Artillery wheels came out in 2016 or so and, if I were to run Mobsteels, these would probably be the wheels I would run.

It’s hard to see but Willys is indeed on Mob Steel Artillery Wheels
Again a little hard to see, but artilery wheels are tucked up under this Advanced Design truck

Delrays And Beyond

Late 2017/early 2018 Detroit Steel Wheel released revealed two new wheels at SEMA, the Del Ray, which has square slots repeating over the face of the wheel, and a second wheel that has four slots in the face.

The Del Ray on a Stoner’s Speedshop AD build, AD’s and Mobsteels go hand in hand I guess
The ‘Slameo’ tuckin’ the newest wheel from Mobsteel in 2017
A better look via the
And finally the new wheel with a vintage looking cap, great touch

Got a wheel I should do a Theme Tuesday on? Let me know in the comments below, and if your car matches this week’s theme tag me on Instagram () or post up below.

And, no, don’t take this post as an indication I am stepping away from 15″ steels or Astros for Project Why Wait 🙂

Project Why Wait: Unboxing Lange’s Shop Firewall Fillers


With the chassis of Project Why Wait steadily humming along its time I start gathering parts for the cab. Like most trucks of this era mine does need some rust repair. Cab corners, toe boards, things of that nature.

Repair, rather than modification, is in order for all areas except the firewall. The firewall is one part of the cab that I’ve always planned to modify.

Imagine, if you will, the firewall above with all the accessories removed. The result would be a panel riddled with holes.

It is of course possible to fill those holes (as seen below), but that is quite the time-consuming task when you consider welding and proper metal finishing.

Enter . Lange’s Shop, headed up by Chris Lange. Lange’s Shop is an award-winning Alberta based facility Specializing in restoration, and modification.

Metal work is one of several areas they are extremely proficient at.

While building an advanced design truck of their own, Lange’s Shop noticed a significant gap in the market when it came to quality custom filler panels for the Advanced Design truck.

S10, C10 and even Task Force Era trucks have plenty of options for the job, but sadly this isn’t the case for the Advanced Design, or 1947 – 1954 Chevrolet/GMC trucks.

To remedy that problem Lange’s Shop is offering two in-house designed and manufactured firewall filler options.

At the listed –and extremely reasonable– $160 USD the choice to rock these panels was pretty easy.

Using these fillers also offered an extremely rare opportunity to support a Canadian manufacturer while building my truck. Being able to pay in my native currency and not have to worry about extra postage fees is a .

The fillers arrived within a week of sending money, safely flat packed in cardboard and protective wrapping inside. Being 18 gauge steel there isn’t a need for additional bulky protection.

Shipping this way also keep the costs down to a reasonable number, $40 Canadian in my case.

Cracking open the box the first thing I took a look at was the instructions. I plan to dedicate an entire post to the installation of these fillers, so it’s nice to get an idea of what I am getting myself into.

The instructions are well written, easy to read color prints versus black and white re-copies some companies ship their product with.

Lange’s Shop also handily lists their in the instructions for anyone who might need additional help.

Looking at the final installation photos, I honesty can’t wait to cut my firewall out and get started.

Something I wouldn’t have said a few updates ago.

Instructions temporarily tossed aside, I turned my attention to the panels themselves.

They are top-notch pieces that will look great under the hood of a patina’d truck like mine, or a full-blown show vehicle.

High quality steel is used and they arrived, scratch and surface corrosion free. Something that can’t always be said of replacement panels. The markings you see on the panel in the photos are actually my own fingerprints.

The beadrolls in the panel are straight and a consistent depth. Each filler is hand cut and hand rolled too. Making the overall consistency that much more impressive.

I’m so pleased with the overall quality of these fillers that I’m eyeing up the other panels has available for the 47 – 55 Chevy/GMC truck.

My toe board’s are a little soft and their new toe board kit would look great paired with the firewall fillers. That said I’m going to get through my firewall install before I put cart before horse.

Lange’s full line up of filler products for Chevy/GMC trucks of all ages (Taskforce, Advanced Design, c10 and more) is listed on their . For additional information can be ed via , , or .

If you do grab a pair be sure to let them know who sent you.

Now that the un-boxing is done, who wants to see me cut up my truck?

WTF Friday: Mack Rod


While on Reddit I ended up getting sucked into . There I discovered  current project the Mack Rod. The Mack Rod is his way of using up left over parts from other projects. Almost like a dish made up from left overs and presented as something new.

The cab comes from a Mack garbage truck and the front end is largely custom metal work done by the builder using sheet metal.

Out back the bed is from an s10, a first gene judging by the lack of curves. The fenders are from a Task Force (late 50s) era Chevy truck.

The chassis is the equally loved and hated s10 chassis. S10s are under so many hot rods these days it’s almost ridiculous and if you frequent any hot rod forum you can see people arguing about their use.

Some people say it isn’t a good frame to use. Others say it is more cost-effective. Choose your own adventure is the best course of action.

In this case a back half has been added to support the air suspension, as well as a few stiffening cross members to the center section.

From a visual perspective, the truck is 100% unique.

A fellow Reddit user suggested a chop top and section to make the vehicle lower are around, and I’m inclined to agree that it would make the vehicle look better.

The owner however has stayed true to his vision for the vehicle and left it as he saw fit. As you can see from the photo below it does lay out fairly hard at 0psi.

Inside the vehicle shows its service truck roots with switches and gauges nearly everywhere. But for a bit of hot rod flavor the seat has been covered in a “Mexican” blanket.

There’s no build thread or anything for the truck unfortunately If you want to see more a few clicks through will get you where you need to be.

Theme Tuesdays: Recently Viewed – January 2018


Better late than never with the first “Recently Viewed” Theme Tuesday of 2018. I’ve been watching an eclectic mix of old and new videos this month, many from the usual suspects.

If there’s any channels that you think I absolutely must follow for 2018 be sure to add them to the comments below.