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WTF Friday: The 8th Dwarf

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One of the best things about the car hobby is that there are literally no boundaries to what you can create, so long as you want something bad enough.

If, say, what you want is a 1/4 size (give or take) replica of a car you already own, well then, the only thing stopping you is several thousand man hours.

Photo: Casey Simspon

I saw this car in a Facebook group I am a part of, and while it was my first time seeing it, the car has actually been around for some time.

Built from scratch by a determined man named Gene Tweedy this car is actually 11/16th scale when compared to the original 1:1 version he owns and modeled the car after.

The chassis of the car, which took five years to craft, was made of flat stock and the body was crafted out of refrigerator metal a tactic that was originally used by Ernie Adams the definitive god father of Dwarf Cars.

Running gear wise the car borrows a lot of parts from a 1970 Toyota Corolla, meaning it has a proper 4 cylinder motor rather than say a go kart motor or something of the like.

The dwarf Bel Air and a Corolla are apparently not all that dissimilar in weight so no motor modifications were done. Dwarf cars are legally registered to drive which means that they are not just an artful exercise.

Photo: Casey Simspon

Below, Ernie Adams (whom I alluded to above as the Dwarf car originator) talks about how he started out building Dwarf cars.

Ernie didn’t build the Bel Air that triggered my trip down Dwarf car lane, but in he also recognizes Gene as the only person he considers to have built a dwarf car to his exacting standards.

The (Aka where Ernie houses all his creations and seemingly sometimes Genes) is in Arizona. I don’t know if I will ever be in Arizona myself, but at least now I have a touristy thing to do if I am.

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The dwarf race cars look particularly bad-ass wonder how they’d go with a GSXR motor or something similar…

Theme Tuesdays: GTA Then And Now – Pt. 3

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There are a lot of photos on this site and with each event coverage post I add to the ongoing history that is created by said collection of photos.

Going back through the archives is a great way to see not only how much the scene as a whole has changed over the years, but how much specific cars have as well.

Some have changed quite subtly, color changes and wheel swaps, where others have gone through several motors or even had a set of doors added.

Hai Tran’s 1958 Bel Air

This car is a pretty good example of the ‘wheels are everything’ motto that Mark over at is a proponent of.

The wires wheels on this car make a huge visual impact. Changing it from an awesome cruiser to a true and proper lowrider. The car looks exceptional on the new wires.

Kevin Grasely’s 1939 Ford ‘Thunderball’

These photos are going to look very similar, but trust me quite a bit has changed with this survivor custom car.

In the photos above this heavily modified custom, was just pulled from a barn. At that point it was sitting on a fairly rotten frame with most of a mouses nest still inside.

Below the car has gone through an extensive overhaul, and made driveable, but what makes the Thunderball, the Thunderball has been retained because that cannot be replaced.

I won’t go too deep into the story here, because I hope to one day feature the car properly, but in a nutshell the person who found the Ford gifted it to Kevin’s Son and now Kevin and his son are the cars current care takers.

Luigi Saullo’s Genesis

A lot has changed on this car from 2016 to 2017 but, I actually only have photos of the outside. Last year it was covered in the quite popular black rose wrap.

This year its got a custom color by Smart Automotive done with Autodip. Yes that means it is somewhere between paint, and dip.

The car retains it’s full trunk set up done by Chop Shop but now the diamond stitching in the trunk area carries through the entire car.

Jason Gale’s Varis Kamikaze Nissan 370Z

I alluded to this transformation in the recent Importfest coverage, but here’s a direct before and after of the car.

It started as North Ameircan’s first Varis Arising II kitted car, and now it’s North America’s first Varis Kamikaze equipped car. I do believe it is also the only car with the Kamikaze kit molded to it.

In additon to the kit the car has new HRE wheels and healthy amounts of Carbon Fiber additions.

The Instigator

I saw this Mercury Comet Gasser for the first time at Motorama in 2015. Apparently at that time the car had already been sold, being purchased at Autorama a few weeks before.

The raised rear end sort of kills gasser look of the car, but the new owner mentioned that the car rubbed quite a bit. Personally I would have tried another option but it is not my car.

In addition to the stance being changed, the intake set up has also tweaked. Originally it had an Edlebrock X-C8 dual quad cross ram intake with side by side Holley carbs, but now it has a more straight forward intake with a single carb. It has also, judging by those headers, seen a few miles.

Jon Fiddy’s GTR

Seeing Jon Fiddy’s car at Cars & Coffee was a complete shock. After eventually disappearing from the competitive field of CSCS racing I assumed the car had died a quiet unceremonious death.

Unbeknownst to all, or at least most, of us he was bringing the car back better than the last time it left.

As you can tell being a competition vehicle took its toll on the car leaving it pretty rough in spots. It’s not uncommon for a purpose built car to have some rough spots but Jon clearly decided the car deserved better and brought it back as you see below.

I don’t think the car gets slid much anymore, but after restoring it to the shape it is now I don’t blame Jon for not wanting to slap the car around.

Jordan White’s Ford F-100

When I saw this truck at the E.L.T.A. Summer Bash I was absolutely blown away by it. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is really quite incredible.

It’s not just chassis work, or engine work, or body work on the car that is incredible. All of it has been finished to an incredibly high standard.

After drooling over the photos I decided to take a look back in the archives and see if I had seen the truck before. Turns out I had, at Northern Showdown in 2015.

At that point it was very much a work in progress but the potential for awesome was certainly there.

If you want to see more photos of this truck head over to the E.L.T.A Summer Bash/Big Go Drags coverage for more.

Keith’s ‘Binbrook’ Coupe

Keith has had his T coupe for such a long time, I feel like going on 15 years, and in that time he’s done a few modifications to make it more road worthy, but nothing like its most recent rebuild.

Torn completely down and redone in every way possible it is almost hard to belive that it is the same car above and below.

Like the Thunderball this is another car that I hope to catch up with and tell its story.

Chris Matton’s 1930 Ford

Truth be told, until I started digging for before and after pictures of Keith’s car I didn’t know I had before and after pictures of Chris’ ’30.

I seemingly only saw the car unpainted once, at a Roadmates Corn Roast (that I unfortunately missed this year). Much like Keith’s car the spirit of the car remains the same but it was given a proper once over and a lot of shine before reassembly.

Rob’s International

I’ve talked about this transformation before, and I’m sure most of you are wise to it. But this truck did indeed gain two more doors over the years.

The swap was accomplished by using a 1963 International Travellete cab with the original 1977 Loadster fenders and hood. The chassis also looks to have changed slightly and the wheels change back and forth between Alcoas and the wheels above.

Obviously I can’t do an International Theme Tuesday without a fe photos of Rob’s International

Any number or doors, and any color the truck remians awesome.

Javed’s EL

I’ve always been a fan of Javed’s car and even though it totally could remain the same it changes year after year.

The car hasn’t just changed visually however, it has continued to evolve under the hood. From B series, to K series, and now back to turbo B.


No matter what motor sits between the strut powers however the swap looks darn good.

That’s it for this round of Then and Now but you can take a look at parts one and two here and here.

WTF Friday: Tangerine Dream

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Nash Metropolitans are cool, they are also somewhat rare. A small, sub compact car before sub compact was coined, the car was sold for 8 years. Which isn’t all that long but also not all that short.

I’ve seen a few over the years, most of which have been hot rodded, but somehow this one from Barrie has managed to elude me. So when I saw it on kijiji last night cruising for WTF Friday picks, I knew I found what I needed.

Now I know there are plenty of Nash’s with 355s or similar under the hood, but this one looks, well, rather odd.

Well maybe odd is a bit harsh, but definitely quite different. At certain angles the front wheels are all but hidden and the side skirts are quite aggressive.

Never-mind the orange on orange with a splash of green for that 90s flavor.

Now the , and thus so is this post, but I think this car was just crazy enough to share even though it’s a little light on the details. Hopefully you agree.

Event Coverage: Importfest 2017

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With so many new shows popping up in Ontario there’s a lot of pressure on to live up to their ‘Biggest and Baddest Slogan’. With over 15 years of events behind them the Importfest staff is of course used to this pressure and manages to rise to the task every time.

Putting on an indoor event, in the middle of summer, in downtown Toronto, is not an easy task. In fact it is a very large production with logistic considerations and overhead that I don’t even want to imagine.

With this comes a higher than average entry fee of $30, at that price anything but an A-list selection of cars simply wouldn’t do.

Importfest uses their screening processes, combined with a network they’ve grown through the years of running the show, to put together a competitive field of the best show cars currently active in the community as well as a few heavy hitters from eras gone by.

I have not been able to attend the past two events personally, but from what I’ve been told the quality has seriously been ramped up both years.

For 2017 all of the usual suspects were well represented; Nextmod, Next Level, Alpha Motorsports, BMW True North, Elevated, Grounded Conceptz, Team Mayzn, Royalty Auto spa and more were joined by groups from the United States that came to join the party.

Stateside entrants also drove from Boston, New York and Buffalo to see what the Canadian hype was about.

If Instagram and Facebook are to tell the story, it sounds like these out-of-town folks enjoyed their stay in the city.

Like any show of this size there were plenty of cars with bolt on wide bodies and fender flares.

To many this look is getting a bit long in the tooth, but it’s really hard to argue with its popularity given the sheer number of cars that use it.

That said while there are plenty of poor examples floating around Imporftest showcased some of the more tasteful applications of Liberty Walk, Rocket Bunny, and Clinched body parts.

M-tech Auto and Nextmod collaborated on this Pandem e46.

The gold BBS wheels and livery are reminiscent of “classic” BMW builds which is something that I can really appreciate. I’d be curious to see how many of those stickers remain on the car for day-to-day use.

revealed their Pandem R32 which is the first of its kind in Canada. Previously fuchsia and known as “Pinky” the car looks great in its new more contemporary styling.

The kit and wheels on the car look great. But –sorry Neal– I’m eagerly waiting for those coils to be wound down a bit.

That said the car is part of the Performance Auto And Sound Tuner Battlegrounds competition. The grand prize for that includes a trip to SEMA and Airlift Performance Suspension so maybe if we all throw him we can bring the car closer to the ground.

When the kits were released I knew it would only be a matter of time before they ended up in Toronto, but I really didn’t expect their to be two cars fit with the kit so fast.

The first car, dubbed Ultron, was part of an elaborate /tires display. It’s one of the best looking displays I’ve seen out of Nextmod and that’s really saying something considering their previous displays.

and Importfest collaborated on the second car, that sat right down on the red carpet thanks to an air ride installation done by .

The Florida based crew at Vossen loves Importfest so it wasn’t surprising to see that they pulled out all the stops for this show.

Vossen doubled down on thier Porsche offerings with a bagged Rocket Bunny Cayman.

The car was fit with one of the first sets of USA made Vossen three-piece wheels. Vossen’s catalog gets deeper and deeper year after year, and their marketing machine just doesn’t quit.

Jason Gale’s, Galeforce 370z, is currently the only car in North Maeirca with the Varis Kamikaze 370z kit. To kick things up another notch the kit has been molded to the car making it a true 1 of 1.

One of the most complete show cars in the area, it took home a well deserved best of show at Importfest 2017.

The amount of carbon fiber on this car is mind-boggling and while I liked the Volk Wheels it wore last time I saw it, the HREs are a better fit for the new aggressive aero.

Eschewing the wide bodies for a minute, this Toyota Celsior is an excellent example of restraint. In comparison to many of the other cars in the venue it is fairly understated. Less is more here for sure.

MKII Gollfs are seldom seen outside of Volkswagen specific shows these days so I wasn’t expecting to see this car in Chris’ coverage.

The grey paint and Simmons wheels on this car are a great match for one another.

Under the hood (if there were a hood) is a shaved, contrasting color, engine bay that draws your eye to the 1.8 T motor swap.

For another dose of stock body perfection one needs look no further than the ‘Project 86’. In conjunction with Toyota Canada Pat and the guys at Cyrious Garageworks put this car together in 86 short days as a project for Toyota Canada.

Unlike some of the other project’s he’s built for Toyota Pat gets to keep this car at the end of the day, so really he built his dream ae86.

A black top 4AG sits under the hood and it’s been fit with ITBS on the intake side and a pretty wild-looking Cyrious built header on the exhaust side.

On the extreme end of the ae86 spectrum turbo F20 powered ae86 is always worth a second look.

At this angle the snail on this car almost looks larger than the motor itself, but that’s always been the Dyna Motorsports way.

With Cyrious bringing a street car, the drift contingent had to be represented by someone else and for that the job went to Peter Chrisikopoulos who brought out his 2JZ swapped S13.

This car was completed a few years ago, and participated in a few events, but I don’t think it ever ran quite as well as Peter hoped.

So he did the only logical thing to an enthusiast, he tore it apart and rebuilt it. The car is now in running condition but I think there’s a few more things yet before he takes it back out into competition.

Clearly the owner of this S2000 has a brand loyalty to Spoon, rocking both the front bumper and fenders. It’s a really great combo when paired with an aggressive CF lip, Volk Racing wheels and a black hard top. A very tasteful car overall.

Actually if pictures tell the story, most of the Hondas at Importfest 2017 were done quite tastefully. Which is always nice to see considering how much flack the Honda community still receives online based on stereotypes from days gone by.

I thought all the Del Sols had more or less vanished but Elevated added this one to their 2017 Importfest line up. Much like the header on Pat’s ae86 the one on this car is a work of art.

This MK4 Jetta is a car that I’ve posted a few times on the site, mostly because I can’t get enough of the air set up.

The vintage extingishers and polished hardlines just look so good in the trunk. Especially under the led lighting.

Inside the interior is absolutely crazy.  is responsible for this one as well as a few other, similarly impressive, interiors at the show.

Two completely unexpected ‘star cars’s made their way out to Importfest. It’s pretty funny to look back at these cars now. I imagine sixteen years from now the cars that look popular currently will look about as strange.

Going to close out this year’s coverage with some more photos from Chris Johnston.

It looks like it was a great show this year and hopefully I can return next year as I’m sure 2018 will be just as good if not better.

Theme Tuesdays: Recently Viewed – August 2017

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I work near the water and last week there was a windchill factor. I mean it was still t-shirt weather, but there was a windchill factor none the less.

Winter is coming. These monthly video round ups just make me more cognizant of the fact, this is the last one for Summer 2017.

Most of the videos found below are from last month, though there’s a few stragglers. The hard line video, while really dry, should give you an idea of where I’m planing on going with Project Why Wait once I get there.

Fun times ahead this winter for sure.












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WTF Friday: Pro Street TR7

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The ELTA Big Go and Summer Bash were great, which you already know if you’ve read the coverage. With a wide variety of vehicles present chances that I’d come up with something worthy of a WTF Friday post was high, and this is it, a Pro Street style Triumph TR7.

When Triumph released the TR7 1/4 mile times were not their priority. They came with a 105 horsepower four-cylinder motor that was never designed to set the world on fire.

Still though the TR-7 is a distinctly remembered car because of its wedge-shaped design.

That recognizable shape helped me identify this car from a far, and to be honest I almost walked past it until I noticed the small crowd around it.

With a black paint job, and the retention of the large 80s era plastic bumpers, this car is somewhat understated.

Understated until you notice the twin exhaust tips and wider than factory rear tires , then as your eyes move up you’ll see there is a black padded roll bar as well.

Moving to the side the car is less subtle. The stance is fairly raked, thanks to the classic Weld Wheels Big and Little treatment, and as a result every inch of the rear arch has been filled with tire.

Under the hood is not a Rover v8 like you see in many eight-cylinder Triumphs but rather a Chevy 355 that features an upgraded top end via an Edlebrock Performer RPM package. The rear end is a Ford 9 inch hung between a modified version of the factory four-link.

The car is reportedly quite quick and reliable and is for sale now on Kijiji for just under . Looks a treat, hopefully it goes to a good home.

Theme Tuesdays: Non Traditional, Traditional Lowriders – Pt. 2

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Back like I never left, with another outside of the box Theme Tuesday. The last non traditional, traditional lowrider Theme Tuesday was posted in 2012 and it has always been a topic I’ve wanted to revisit.

It’s a bit of an odd topic to search for however, but, with a little digging I managed to pull out a few gems, thanks to google and . No thanks to PhotoBucket of course who’s made Theme Tuesdays a bit of a challenge.

Russia is apparently doing it big, these cars are wicked – Photo:
They do a little chippin’ too, and it looks like their paint work is on point – Photo:
I’m actually a little surprised there are not more Roadmaster lowriders to be honest, this one is in Japan too!
The big, somewhat round, Buicks look great on the ground
I guess you can take any Buick (like a Century) and throw it on wires and hydraluics on it and end up with something interesting
Just a low Camry right?
…and then…
There are actually quite a few Dodge Neon Lowrider pics kicking around but I posted this one based on lift alone
I can’t image the looks on people’s faces when this Neon rolls by on three
I am go out on a limb and say the owner of this Van is a fan of the electric lettuce
Jag done super traditionally, mural on the trunk mural and all
This Ford Ranchero looks great, those rear arches were made for some dish!
A UK special Dodge Commer dumped on what look to be Truespokes with a classic window AC. AMAZING
Don’t typically see many slammed third generation Camaros so seeing this one is pretty cool
It lays frame according to this very old
on this ’89, it’s a completely different car than the one above
It’s actually on bags, which to some means it’s not true lowrider, but personally I am  not picky
The Pontiac Grandville is a car I would overlook on 9 out of 10 occasions
This car is of course the exception, it looks fantastic – Photo :
Another somewhat obscure Pontiac to be done lowrider style, a Lemans

My favorite part about this car just might be the vintage audio system and switch set up
Japan continues their tradition of doing whatever the heck they want

Ever seen a Suburban hop? Before this video I could say I hadn’t either.

on Instagram is great at digging up classic, obscure, lowrider goodness, so I am going to close out wiht a few awesome ones that he shared lately.

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Two Days Of Hot Rodding: The E.L.T.A. Big Go and Summer Bash

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At the time of writing this I’ve personally attended three events held by the East London Timing Association (aka The E.L.T.A) with each event being better than the last.

The E.L.T.A. holds a tremendous amount of respect among the Ontario automotive community. This respect could easily come from the quality of their cars, the awards they’ve won, and quality of their events but truth be told it comes from the people. It’s hard to capture through words just how much everyone in a black shirt with E.L.T.A across the front loves car culture, but trust me if you ever come across one you will know from their demeanor and following conversation.

Their positive reputation precedes them and when they host an event people come out to support because it will always be something worth attending.

This year the E.L.T.A. hosted two events back-to-back, their first Big Go Summer Drags that was followed the next day by their famous Summer Bash.

After missing last years Summer Bash I made sure to circle this year’s date on my calendar as soon as it was announced and when I learned the E.L.T.A. was also taking over taking over the St. Thomas Raceway the Friday before it was a no brainer. I simply had to make it to both.

St. Thomas Raceway has been around since the sixties and was reportedly the first purpose-built 1/4 mile in Ontario, so it would be the perfect venue for the start of two days of hot rodding in its purest form.

I had never been to St. Thomas before, and despite my best efforts I’ve been able to attend an Ontario Nostalgic Drag Racing event so this allowed me to more or less check two items off my list.

True to form for 2017 Mother Nature was being her natural fickle self and it rained on and off throughout the morning and drive up to the track.

However when we did get to the track around noon the rain had stopped and the track staff started the task of getting the track ready for an abbreviated day of racing.

While the track staff worked feverishly getting the surface safe I took the opportunity to walk around the pits and take a look at a few of the cars that were parked around.

Darn near every generation of drag racing, and automotive customization in general, was represented in the pits. It would have been easy just to stay in the pits and to comprehensive coverage of those cars.

However even though there was no shortage of awesome everywhere I looked I reminded myself that I’d see many of these same cars tomorrow, and that my focus should lie on what was about to happen on the track.

It’s been a few years since I’ve shot the quarter-mile, so it was pretty exciting to see if my skills had improved or worsened.

St. Thomas Raceway ran an abbreviated tech inspection for the day which meant a couple of cars that would usually sit on the sidelines found their way into the staging lanes, and ultimately the track.

The variety of vehicles pulling up to the line was pretty awesome as a result.

Heck, a Milk wagon even took a trip down the strip and there was some debate from where I was sitting about whether or not the driver even had the side doors to close.

I didn’t look at the time it ran, but when you’re in something as cool as a Milk Wagon your pass time doesn’t matter.

As more, and more, cars pulled up to the line I feel like several gentleman’s debts were settled and perhaps a few modifications may have been purchased later that night for next year’s Big Go drags.

I shot as much as I could before the clouds started to get dark and the wind kicked up to notify everyone rain was coming.

Before long the rain came down quite hard putting an end to the day and forcing hasty retreat to the car. Of course as I dashed  through the parking lot I couldn’t resist another photo or two.

On our way out of the park, even though it was raining, E.L.T.A. members faithfully stood by the exit thanking people for coming out.

The plan for Saturday, the day of the Summer Bash, was pretty simple.

My wife, son, and I would go to the event earlier in the afternoon when it was ‘quieter’ then my wife and I would return later for the real party.

Well, we did do exactly that but I don’t think ‘quiet’ ever happened. The street on which the E.L.T.A. clubhouse is located was pretty well packed all day, despite the fact that the main artery road leading up to it was torn up for construction.

Again, for any other club gatherings the fear of construction, traffic, and inconvenient parking might scare some people away, but for the bash? Not a chance.

I’ve mentioned before that one of the downsides of attending so many events a year is that I see the same cars repeatedly. This isn’t bad, but variety is always nice and the Summer Bash delivers just that.

There were several new to me cars at the event of all makes and years.

I was told that there were roughly 650 – 700 cars that came out and several thousand people in total, from all over Ontario and a few people from the United States.

Remember, this is an event that is pretty well park and look. There’s not set agenda other than to have a good time and in comparison to other events it is very under promoted.

But again that speaks volumes about the E.L.T.A. their humble genuine approach brings people out. There wasn’t a time in the day or night when a car wasn’t rolling in.

After heading out for dinner and returning sans child my wife and I arrived just in time for the famous Cackle Fest.

Many of the events that I go to often discourage revving but at the bash revving is welcomed just at the right time and the Cackle Fest is that time.

I’m not sure how many of you have stood near a Nitro car running, never-mind while it’s revving while it’s revving, but I both recommend it and don’t recommend it. It’s an awesome feat to witness but in short order you start to wonder what the long-term effects to your hearing are.

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On the flip side I’m sure I shed a tear or two at how glorious they sounded. That or the nitro fumes got into my eye, I’m not sure.

I didn’t get to go to Vanfest this year but as luck would have it a few “Vanners showed up to the bash. I’ve seen the ‘Heavy Burd’ Ford Ecoline before but honestly that paint gets me every time. It’s just perfect.

The Ace of Spades is a van that’s been in a constant state of modification longer than I’ve been alive. The signboard that was in front of the truck later in the evening did a great job of chronicling its modifications with the most recent taking place in 2015.

The interior below is actually the most recent modification being completed in 2015 if memory serves correctly.

Vanner’s march to their own drum for sure, but it’s truly amazing the hard work that goes into these rigs.

I loved this Ford. It was visually quite loud and reminiscent of something that could have been released as a model kit with the word “Radical” scrawled across the box.

The flames, the side profile, the pie cut slicks and mag wheels. It all just works together.

I’d bet everywhere this car goes it turns heads.

I’ve been following the build of the Ford F-100 Instagram for the past six months or so, but I wasn’t expecting to see it at the bash.

If you like your trucks clean, well, this truck is very clean, and if you like your trucks low, this car is also very low.

The hardline plumbing of the fuel, brake, and air systems was impeccable, and the bead rolled detail within the bed, also picture perfect.

Inside the interior is equally fantastic and nearly finished. The black satin dash and red worn leather seat were great as well and the monochromatic color choices.

Additionally the custom wheel is pretty trick as well, and should look even better once the wood trim ring gets added.

Under the hood is a 4.6L Ford and surrounding the motor are some of the best wheel tubs I have ever seen.

Can’t wait to see how good this truck looks once it is completely finished.

I’m sure you Ford fans reading this noticed this gasser Ranchero in the Big Go Drags portion of the post. This car actually has a pretty cool story behind it.

In the sixties it was a fully prepped drag car before being sold. At that point it was converted back into a street car.

Al Dixon The original owner now has it back and recently just competed restoring it to the condition you see it in above and christened it with some track duty.

As good as the car looks it sounds even better.

My first introduction to the 1949 Ford Meteor known as “The Thundberball” was last years Jalopy Jam up. At that show the car had basically just been pulled from the garage it was found mouse nests and all.

After a winter of thrashing the now owner Kevin () has the car back to working order.

Under the hood the original (well, original after the cars modifications years ago) 1955 Corvette motor was brought back to life with a rebuild and detailing.

The chassis, which was heavily customized but rotting away, was replaced with another ’49 Ford chassis that the owner replicated all of the original modifications on.

Aesthetically the owner will be leaving the exterior of the car as it came and honestly I wholeheartedly agree with that decision. There’s so much history and story in its current condition that would simply be lost if the car was refurbished beyond what has already been done.

It’s pretty cool to that the car came with all the trophies and awards that it earned during its first time around the show circuit. Again preserving the history of this car is incredibly cool.

As the sun started to set I took my final few photos before putting the camera away and sitting down and taking it all in.

I’ll end this post with a few shots from the interior of the E.L.T.A. clubhouse, a room that honestly is better deserving of a post all of it’s own.

Big thanks to all the members of the E.LT.A. for everything you do. Your events are great and I can’t wait until next year.

Theme Tuesdays: MkI/MKII Volkswagen Scirocco

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When it comes to Volkswagens Beetles, Busses, Jettas, and Golfs, basically hog all the glory leaving the other models to fight among themselves for their recognition.

One model that doesn’t ever seem to get it’s fair shake is the Volkswagen Scirocco. I mean yes, the marquee was brought back in 2008 which means Volkswagen corporate does respect the name plate to some degree, but, but as cool as the third gens are they share the same down falls of all comeback cars. That is, much larger proportions than the original and laden with technology.

The MKI and MKII’s are the OGS and despite not being a bad looking car I really don’t see too many of them at shows or track events. Corrados had a shorter run than the Scirocco and though still rare they are significantly more common.

‘Rocco’s were overdue for a Theme Tuesday and today I’ll do my best to give them a fair shake.

This Scirocco, that I spotted earlier this year, is one of few I see semi regularily
The car is clean throughout and the modifications have been done with restraint
This one comes via  I can’t quite tell if it’s got a Boser type hood or its just the angle of the photo
It is my understanding that the ‘TV’ headlights are rare and desirable
They really make quite a visual difference, the first time I saw a set I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at
I do believe this is the same car,albeit at a later stage, but I can’t be certain
Great looking engine bay in it too
I’ve had this photo saved for so long that I really don’t remember where it came from. I absolutely love the color combination
I wish I had more photos of this one kicking around but alas
The green, 3m scotch tape like, interior is love hate but I’m on the love side
I’m not huge on ‘Zero lip’ wheels but they do seem to work pretty well here – Photo: 
Old photo, retro styled? Could go either way but the image size suggests old photo – Photo:
One of the coolest things about Sciroccos is the variety of wide body kits that were available for them ‘back in the day’
managed to catch two widened Sciroccos in the same place – Photo:
It actually seems like Ladislav is part of, or has connections to, a Scirocco club – Photo:
I quite like this one a lot. Be sure to check out all his work –
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This local Zender kitted Scirocco is a pretty fild car

An Eaton M90 gives a bump in power under hood
Them hips don’t lie…
There’s a thread on S, the photography and car look great – Source:
Spotted at the same Vagkraft this Scirocco is purpose built

Purpose built cars seem to be a great way to end this post so I’ll close it with this and videos of two more – Photo:




Not Just Another LS Swap: Brad Ruiter’s Wicked Miata

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It seems cliché to say it, especially considering how often I say it when I post this car but, Brad’s LS3 powered Miata is one of the best built driven cars I’ve come across.

Brad’s car also has the distinction of being one of the few cars I vividly remember seeing for the first time on . After being tagged, and looking at the , I was blown away that someone took a Miata engine bay that far.

I stared at the photo in awe, wondering just how much work it took to make a swapped engine bay look so damn flawless.

Much later that I found out that it took roughly three hindered and fifty hours, and the entire removal of the factory metal forward of the firewall to do what Brad did.

Brad’s ultimate goal for the car was to build something that he could drive, track, drift, and show, all in the same day and to that end he decided the best power plant for the car was the dependable Chevrolet LS V8.  Though some are quick to do so calling this car “just another LS swapped Miata” is selling it extremely short.

I’ve seen other LS swapped Miatas. Straight to the point ones, and ones built with presentation in mind, and none of them really compare to the engine bay Brad created or the entire car that follows behind it.

This engine bay goes beyond, shaved, tucked, and cleaned up. It’s hand crafted metal art and looking at it as anything less than that is really sacrilegious.

I’ve talked to Brad for at least a few minutes every time I’ve seen the car and each time he’s manged to show me some detail within the engine bay that I manged to overlook one the previous encounter.

Things like the hidden hardware for the fenders and finished underside of the carbon fiber hood can easily go overlooked when you fixate on the shaved firewall, masterful tube work, and flawless paint work.

It would be easy to assume Brad farmed out this build, and I am sure there are plenty that do assume that, but Brad did the lion’s share (outside of paint) himself.

The son of a hot rod builder the apple didn’t fall far from the tree when it came to Brad and it only made sense in his mind to apply the level of detail he was accustom to towards his Miata.

But, in the Ruiter family, cars are meant to be driven so the Miata was never going to be just a static show piece that never went over 4000 rpm. Driving the car as it is meant to be driven actually meant Brad needed to pull the LS3 at the end of last summer.

A heavy right foot and a bright low oil pressure light are never a good combination, but Brad bounced back and rebuilt the motor with Mahle pistons, ported, polished, decked heads, a Howard cam and ARP hardware. Mated to T56 transmission the motor is good for around 500 horsepower which is more than enough to have a lot of fun in a nimble Miata as evidenced below in a video from Clipping Point Media.

You’ve probably already noticed the aggressive aero package Brad has put together and further helping plant the car is a stout suspension set up made up of custom control arms, Kaiser Automation billet drop spindles and Megan coils.

It’s also caged, got Sparco Sprint seats and an NRG quick release wheel. Inside the custom dash is a Stack cluster and the reservoirs for his Wilwood triple master that is mated to six and four piston calipers.

Now running as it should, Brad’s enjoys driving the car when he can and roasting plenty of tires in the process. However he did mention that he may part with the car if someone comes along with the right offer.

He’s not tired of it but, how’s that saying go? He’s got bigger fish he wants to fry.

It was an honor to shoot such a well-built car for (the photos in this post are alternate shots from that shoot) and if you have not already, head over to and read my more in-depth feature of the car.

I’ll end this post the same way I ended the one on Speedhunters, Brad, if yu are indeed going to build something crazier next do give me a call, I’d love to shoot it when it’s done!

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