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Theme Tuesdays: Billet Wheels, Small Cars


This week’s Theme Tuesday is an offshoot from another Theme Tuesday idea I’ve currently got on the back burner. I’ve always liked the right billet wheels on a Europoean car or import so for this post I decided to seek out more.

While titled this post Billet Wheels, Small Cars, some of these cars are not exactly small and some of the wheels are not billets.

However I couldn’t figure out a shorter title for “wheels usually found on hot rods, muscle cars, and mini trucks used on cars” so here we are. Wheels like Boyd Coddingtons, Centerlines, American Alloy, Eagle Alloy and so forth are the name of the game here.

I’ve posted this car before. I think it looks pretty perfect
I couldn’t find complete photos of this Caddy sadly – Photo:
I did however have a gif of it kicking around
The Coddingtons look great under the ‘dub, very period correct – Photo: 
I feel like these wheels were hopping around for sale for a bit
I have no idea what wheels these are, or how you mount them, but they are indeed unique
I wish I could have found more pictures of this car, it’s perfect
A Prius can spin large billet wheels? Who knew – Owner:
Same could be said for this Peugeot
Centerlines fall under the may or may not be Billet wheels category, but I couldn’t leave ’em out
Full polished Centerlines under Japanese tin is great – Via
BMWs and billets, a mismatch made in heaven
Looks stellar rolling too
Going to close it out with this wagon that I’d glady roll around in –  via

Returning to Binbrook


It’s been two years since I last took a trip out to Binbrook Speed & Custom, my friend Keith’s hot rod shop. In that time Keith has impressively grown the operation while continuing to build some of the best traditional hot rods in Ontario.

As a show of appreciation for the support he’s received since making the transition to building Hot Rods full-time, Keith held a BBQ at the Binbrook shop for customers and friends alike.

While a proper visit back to the shop, free of adult beverages (or perhaps, with adult beverages not being the focus), is in order I couldn’t go and not take a few photos.

For at start-up, mostly one man and a few friends, operation Keith manages to get a lot of work done. Especially considering how busy he has been after having several cars on display at the Canadian International Autoshow and then Motorama in 2015.

His shop is currently full of projects, both inside and out ranging from driver quality hot rods, lead sleds, show grade builds, and even a milk wagon.

Being too busy is something every shop wishes for, and Keith takes things day by day. He’s got a leg up on most people’s jobs commute wise as he’s about sixty seconds total from bed, to shop, and back again.

Not without his humor, even while at full capacity, Keith scrawled this little note about the application of small blocks on the side of one of the current builds in the shop.

Somehow, while neck deep in customer projects, Keith found time to redo the Binbrook Coupe the first hot rod he built mostly in his mother’s garage.

This time around Keith spared no time or expense building the coupe. Getting the car presentable for the was the goal and on that front he succeed despite a few set backs along the way.

As it sits in the photos the car is a roller, and Keith wants to revisit a few things before it hits the road, but it looks incredible all the same.

The body and paintwork are now immaculate and the flake is easily some of the best I’ve seen, and darn near impossible to capture accurately on camera.

You can bet I’ll be back to take more photos of the car when it’s complete. I mean just look at it, how could I not?

WTF Friday: What’s Old Is New Again


I receive a lot of s about the WTF Friday content I post. Surprisingly most of it is positive (thanks), and often updates on a project or more information.

Last year “Shinejug” commented on a post titled Bike Ram Rod that featured a Harley converted Quad.

He mentioned in that comment that a friend’s father recently purchased the bike and that when done it would be for sale. I have not heard an update since but a few weeks ago something very similar popped up at the in Thailand.

Now some things look different, but a lot looks similar. Is it a copy cat or the real deal now in Thailand?

I’ve yet to determine but I’m hoping that perhaps someone will see this post and fill us all in. Inquiring minds need to know!

Event Coverage: Fitted Lifestyle 2017


For an event dedicated to a genre of automotive modification that many assumed would be a quick flash in the pan, has evolved into quite the show.

Expanded far beyond its original parking lot roots Fitted remains the most well supported and longest running aggressive fitment showcase in Ontario.

Operating as a well oiled machine, the curated competitor/exhibitor field at Fitted always carries with it a certain level of diversity. Because of the varied show field Fitted is an event that remains on my calendar year after year, even when life dictates I can only stay for a few hours.

That was the case for this years show, I had a prior engagement later in the afternoon, but I did still manage to fire as many shots as possible between conversations with people I have not seen since last season.

The aggressive fitment community has become synonymous with builds that seemingly exist only to cause a reaction. With each passing year the number of cars that are built, or at least temporarily set up, to cause a stir increases.

But that seems to have become part of what the aggressive fitment community is all about. Think things have gone too far? Well to prove you wrong, or just plain provoke you someone is going to take things further.

To the most casual observer this might seem unusual, offensive and a waste of time. But often the cars are a few spanner turns, or the replacement of a control arm or two away from a more traditional set up.

The owners just happen to enjoy seeing just how far they can push the limits of drive-ability, and how many keyboard smashing, temper tantrum throwing, reactions they can evoke.

That is the case with the Miata above, that, , appeals to a much wider set of people.

The civic above, if I recall correctly, spent most of the event last year pushing around the gravel in the parking lot. This year it was accepted as part of the main event.

Static, this Civic employs the DGAF in your face aesthetic often seen on cars from Japan. The car might look un-driveable but it gets spotted bouncing around 400 series highways fairly regularly throughout the summer.

The CB Accord above attracted me from a far simply because this chassis is now seldom seen around Ontario thanks to rust and mother nature.

Our climate is particularly vicious toward quarter panels, and usually the area you see above is completely rotted away.

Here the quarters remain and have been pushed outwards (along with the door) to accommodate extremely wide wheels.

If you prefer your Hondas a little more conservative you will probably enjoy the eg above. It’s simple yet eye-catching, and if you look extra close you can see racing buckets and an X brace inside.

Gray (), and Gill (), could also be found parked among the dandelions showing off their respective cars.

Gill was later joined by a seven series with the most appropriate vanity plate I have ever seen.

Parked beside Gray’s Mazdaspeed was this wild Subaru wagon from Quebec.

With wide Work VS-KF wheels all around this car has molded custom flares in the rear, and bolt on ones in the front. In any color other than black I probably wouldn’t like this car as much, but the deep black paint really suits it.

Before we step back inside here’s a look at a trio of beetles that rolled in near the middle of the day. 2017 actually marks the first year in recent memory where no beetles were found on the show floor.

That’s OK though because I think everyone at the show stepped out to take a look at these cars.

Stepping back inside Fitted has, for the last few years, held space open for RC drifting.

The area allocated has always been more than just a few cones and duct tape affixed to the ground. Strictly Sidewayz does a great job setting up the drift area and the scale cars are always worth a look.

It’s crazy how accurate the details are on this RC. From the switches in the dash, to radiator and mounts, there’s even a positive lead hanging off the battery.

Then you look at the work cart and start to wonder where exactly one gets scale air tools.

Taking some post apoplectic Mad Max influences the 370 above looks like it’s ready for war. Again the detail work here is tremendous and everything has been weathered to match the motif.

Like R/C drifting custom motorcycles have also become a Fitted staple. This makes sense because I think a lot of the organizational staff are now into vintage motorcycles.

I’m not a motorcycle guy by any means but Haybusas seem to be a bike that people consistently modify.

The most obvious modifications on this bike are the extended swing arm and ultra wide rear wheel. Any of the riders reading this want to hazard a guess at how this bike handles now given its modifications?

On the topic of wide wheels and rubber this Golf debuted at Motorama blue with bolted on .

Now it’s black and said flares have been permanently molded to the car. Molding the flares and painting the car shows follow through on the original idea and I’m curious to see if there are plans to widen the rear bumper to match.

BBS RF wheels are, in my opinion, vastly under appreciated. I’ve yet to see them not suit the car they’ve been bolted to.

Call me old-fashioned but the cars with measured restraint are starting to stand out more than the extreme ones.

I really dug this Volksagen Golf R, simple at first glance the half cage and Corbeu seats hiding inside make me curious about what, if anything, is going on under the hood.

Unlike the Golf R, that kept its secrets close to chest, the latest competition build kept nothing to itself, sitting in the Rota Canada booth all day with the hood open.

The big turbo 2jz is permanently on loan from their former WRX competition car as they campaign this more traditional platform state side in Formula Drift Pro 2 for 2017.

Also in the Rota Canada booth was Datsun 620 truck.

I’m told the truck gets slid at local drift events and I know it has had a motor swap. Sadly I’m drawing a complete blank on what was swapped in.

I did however get a bit of info that could allow me a closer look at the truck later.

The A3 you see above is no stranger to this site, I’ve posted it here a few times when it was in the hands of a different owner.  After a bit of a rough go near the end of that owners time with the car, the new owner gave the car the TLC it deserved to get it to this point.

Now tucking Verein Sport wheels the car looks, in my opinion, phenomenal.

Unique wheel wise the custom splits found on the green 190e below take the cake.

Tucked under green fenders, split by grey two lower body cladding, the white faces and gold bolts really bring the whole car together.

For those curious the wheels were done by a local machinist that is building a himself.

Parked adjacent to the 190 was this event older Benz. Dumped on air, and wearing Dodge diplomat police car hub caps this car was one of my absolute favorites at the show.

I’m going to admit something here, 2 Fast 2 Furious absolutely ruined this generation of eclipse for me. in that movie is so bad that I usually ignore all of them whole sale, however, this one was hard to ignore.

It was actually the prominent air set up, more than the wrap or wheels that had me giving this car a once over. Built by it is a pretty tidy car throughout.

Grounded also brought out their Skipper equipped GTR that rides on Vossen/Work wheels. I tried to shoot this car last year but it never materialized. Maybe I’ll start barking up that tree again later this year…

As I start to bring this coverage to a close I’m going to highlight a few of the award winners from Fitted 2017. The first is Performance Auto and Sound Magazines tuner battlegrounds winner for Fitted 2017, a Liberty Walk equipped Audi S5 that is part of Next Level.

Brian might have spent time getting his car to sit even lower aired out this year, but it was engine bay that netted him an award this time around. The Red hatch at the start of this post actually took home best hatch back this year.

Luigi, also part of Next Level, took home the best of show at Fitted 2017.

His Genesis is really the complete package, and I imagine it is going to keep winning award after award as the season progresses.

For 2017 PASMAG (Performance Auto And Sound) had an editors pick award for the event and for the inaugural award they choose Aidan’s IS300.

Dubbed “the unicorn” by myself and others Aidan had the car completely redone for 2017. Wrap Works took care of the exterior finish while made sure that the car could ride at a height befitting of a VIP car.

The new red wine red color and oem lip kit really give the car the VIP feel that Aidan was always shooting for. After being under the knife for so long its nice to see the car back out where it belongs.

Congrats to Aidan on a well deserved trophy and hopefully the Unicorn makes a few more appearances this year!

I might not have been at fitted long but I did take a lot of photos so instead of extending this coverage another hundred words here’s a few more of the cars that were on display in no particular order.

See you guys at the next one!


Theme Tuesdays: Recently Viewed – May 2017


Another month, another collection of videos to suck away your data. This month a few great videos dropped from the usual sources, and in the comment section of Jalopnik I discovered a compilation of all the jumps from the first three seasons of the Dukes Of Hazard.

Grab your dixie horn and some pop corn because it’s time for another Recently Viewed!

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WTF Friday: Quick Estate


Hit up  this week to see what the warmer months have to offer for WTF Friday content and I actually came across something that blew me away.

It’s not uncommon to find various Pro Street and Drag vehicles on Kijiji at any given time (usually very dated examples or ones missing their motors) but a COE set up to blast the quarter-mile? Now that’s rare.

With branding on the bed I foolishly assumed finding information on this truck would be easy. I quickly learned that there isn’t much on the truck to be found.

Well not much if you don’t count the video below of it running 6.47 at 105 mph.

That’s fast, really fast given it’s size and even faster when you consider the pass was made basically sitting dead center over top of the axle.

But still, I was hoping to find a bit more info, maybe something about the builder, or something about the power plant. Every avenue I explored however I came up snake eyes.

The for sale ad reveals the  truck is set up for SemiPro or Super pro and runs 6:40s on alcohol (as seen above) and 6:50s on pump gas.

It comes with a 26′ enclosed trailer which is presumably the one below, and it is part of an estate sale.

The truck is currently in Ottawa (and I feel pretty confident in saying in that area) with a 30k OBO asking price.


Theme Tuesdays: C10s Part II


This weekend, while listening to C10 talk out in the garage, I decided it was due time for a second C10 Theme Tuesday to follow the original post from 2013.

C10s have always a great platform to start with, but they have become particularly popular in the last three years or so. At this point they are, or at least are quickly becoming, the ‘new’ affordable classic truck.

In Ontario we’re lucky enough to have several cool ones floating around many of which are in this post. I have also included a few noteworthy examples from SEMA trips over the years, and a couple popular internet trucks for good measure.

This photo is a big reason I take a lot of dead on rolling shots, it’s so perfect
For those wondering this truck sounds as good as it looks
This truck was the subject of a SEMA Showstopper post from 2016, the subtle body modifications (especially the bed) are stellar
Another SEMA Showstopper, the (infamous?) Radial C10
Really hope to see/hear about this truck running some day
I was, or rather am, a huge fan of phantom grills in the right application, and this is indeed the right application
The last SEMA build I’ll post, this behemoth belongs to Paul Tracy

And now for a brief video intermission:

What better way to tow your project C10, than with a second C10?
This truck is sold now (I believe to a stateside owner) but what a finished product it became
This is going back a few years but the truck is still around as far as I know and still awesome
This truck was from Motorama a few years ago and was built for the same person who owned this previously featured Advanced Design Truck
I have a decade old truck Magazine with this truck in it, miraculously the condition is the same
Now diesel-powered this C10 is a pretty awesome ‘rat’ truck
I believe Carryalls actually carry their own chassis designation code, but for the sake of this post I will leave this one here
The very first time I saw this truck was at SEMA, to my surprise a few months later it ended up here in Ontario
This truck has an impressive presence about it with wide rubber and a healthy motor underhood
‘Tiffany’ was one of my favorite vehicles at the 2017 Detroit Autorama
Sure it was also at SEMA but Autorama was my first time seeing the truck!

Theme Tuesdays: My Ten Poster Cars


As you might have guessed growing up I was into cars. By the time I arrived my dad’s car modifying days were largely over, but he did pass on the torch all the same.

In addition to bringing home model cars fairly regularly, he took me to the Canadian International Auto Show every year. I also somehow always seemed to have a pretty decent cache of toy grade remote control cars kicking around in various states of disrepair.

Television wise if there were wheels, or robots, involved I was into it and when it came to decorating my room car posters were it.

Seeing a Jaguar XJ220 at Cars and Coffee last week reminded me of those posters, even though the powerful Jag never graced my walls. I’ve had the idea to do this Theme Tuesday for a bit but the big cat was all the push I needed.

The Lamborghini Countach: This is obviously most people’s poster car, and had to be the first on this list. The fact that I still have the poster makes it double deserving of lead off honors.
In addition to the poster above I also had a slot car set, and a die-cast Countach that I also still have.In high school as part of auto shop I actually got to help convert a Fiero into a Countach replica (that I’ve posted about before) only further affirming my life long appreciation for the car .

The Lamborghini Diablo:
The successor of the Countach, the Diablo, was a natural car to throw up on the wall. If I am to be specific it was the “SV” edition I was particularly hung up on.

The SV was prominently featured in the original Need For Speed Hot Pursuit and I played that game quite a bit.I’ve seen a few over the Diablos over the years, but the one above seems to be the only one I can quickly bring up photos of.

The Defender: So this is a bit of a lie, because I don’t think I actually had a poster of this car, but it does stand out in my mind as one of my favorite ‘poster era’ vehicles.
If the car above looks a bit odd, but also familiar, allow me to help out. It is the hero car from a short-lived series called “Viper”. At the flip of a switch a standard Viper R/T (another car I had a die-cast of) became the Defender.

After the transformation the car was capable of all your standard TV show nonsense hero cars are capable of.

Admittedly the car now looks ridiculous, but I’d still take pictures of one if it showed up to a cruise in. However I don’t really think many, or any, replicas exist.

Other notable car stars I like(d): The General Lee (obviously), The Ecto-1, and The Party Wagon from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Someone actually did make the latter real as well.

The Dodge Viper GTS Coupe: Naturally since I liked the star car above, I had some appreciation for the standard Viper. To this day my favorite viper body style is the second generation GTS coupe.
The GTS is another one of several cars on this list I built a model of, and though I’m usually not a huge fan of stripes I find them very becoming on this car. Especially because the OEM paint is so vibrant.  I’d say it’s one of the best looking vehicles Dodge has ever built. Shame about that rear arch gap though.

Porsche 935: I’m a pretty big Transformers fan, mostly of Generation 1, and of that generation my favorite character (next to Optimus Prime of course) is Jazz. Jazz was modeled after a Porsche 935, specifically a Martini liveried version, so naturally I had one on my wall based solely on that and not racing pedigree of any sort. 
I’m actually in the market for G1 Jazz transformer parts if any of you have one kicking around.
The one I picked up a few years ago is a little worse for wear.

The Porsche 959 at the time I had no real idea what made the 959 so special, I just knew it looked different from every other Porsche.
It was only as an enthusiast that I came to learn it was a Group B Rally car and later one of the fastest street legal production cars.
Engineered Automotive comes through with poster car dreams again showcasing one at a Cars and Coffee event last year.

The Callaway Speedster
I’ve mentioned a few times in this post the significance model cars played on my journey as a car enthusiast and this car is another example. Shortly after building a Callaway Speedster model I found the poster and my school’s book fair.
Looking at the specs now (450 horsepower twin turbo) the car does seem a little tame engine wise, but visually it was unique which is why I liked it. (Interestingly enough I have grown to somewhat dislike the C4 in recent years, blame Corvette roll pans).While the lower roof line and rear windshield glass look great sitting still it does seem a little impractical for the average sized human. Something about cruising around with your face exposed, but chest , is a little…. unsettling.

The Shelby Cobra: Side pipes! When I was a kid I thought side pipes were the coolest thing ever. In video games they shot flames and in person they sound glorious.

I wish I knew where my Cobra poster went as it would be a nice addition to the ones I did manage to hold on to, but the fact I kept any posters from the 80s and mid 90s is a miracle.I’ve seen a number of Cobras over the years, both real and replica, but I’ve yet to get a ride in one. But what’s life without a few goals? Hopefully I can swing a ride sometime before I stop blogging.

Cobras also prove that maybe I am a stripe fan after all, or at least a die hard white stripes on blue fan.

The Ferrari Testarosa As I got older and gained a bit of autonomy my parents would let me hang out at the arcade while they shopped. I plunked an unreasonable number of quarters into Super Off Road, Cruisin’ USA, Lucky and Wild and Outrun.

A rich street racer with a blonde in the passenger seat? Who wouldn’t want to live out that fantasy?
Today I actually find the Testarosa to be fairly dated looking (stock) but that doesn’t keep me from holding on to the poster above.
, the photographer who shot the photo above, still shoots today so I wonder if he would be interested in recreating the poster with the car above? I know I’d buy one.

The Ferrari F40: Did you honestly think this list would end with any other car? The F40 was THE poster car of my generation. Reliability, cost, comfort be damned I, along with many others, will always love this car.

This car above was the first F40 I saw in person after years of build up and aside from the wheels it is a dead ringer for the car below.
I always assumed I’d never see one on the road but changed that last year, with his modified black example.

So there you have it, that’s my ten poster cars, what’s are yours?

WTF Friday: Meanwhile In Iowa, A Hot Rod Porsche


Remember that red Porsche body that was stretched over a custom frame with dually rear wheels? It was one of the first Porsche “hot rods” to gain notoriety online.

Well when I first saw this car I thought it was that car but upon further inspection it doesn’t appear to be. This car also seems like it just might be a darn sight better.

Sent in by these photos were taken by  at an event in Iowa. The photo above is the first one I saw and I immediately thought “cool another Jeep hot rod”.

But then in a pulled back shot you come to realize that yes, that is a Jeep front end, but from the a pillar back is all Porsche.

Well mostly Porsche anyway, because clearly street signs are a far cry from factory Porsche sheet metal. However there is definitely enough Porsche there to make a few people upset about the entire thing.

Power comes from the ever versatile Chevy 350 small block, and I feel like the front and rear axles, and perhaps frame, came from a one ton vehicle judging by the hubs.

Sadly google searches don’t return any other photos so if more info is out there I want it!

Theme Tuesdays: Atypical Volvos


Ended up in a very strange corner of the internet a few weeks ago that was filled with hopping Scandavian bricks on wire wheels.

From there I ended up looking at Volvo hot rods, and things sort of progressed from there until this Theme Tuesday emerged. I acknowledge that I left a few notable Amazons, Wagons, and Volvo powered hot rods out of this post but my goal was to keep things fairly atypical and lesser seen.

The video below sort of kicked this whole thing off, have to thank YouTube recommendations for this one.

From there naturally I had to look for more

And more… of course

Eventually I manged to pull myself away from YouTube and comb the rest of the internet to see just how far the rabbit hole went.

You know I had to post this one. Astros, Supremes, murals? Heck yeah. Makes sense Mike Garrett shot this prior to his tenure at Speedhunters
Produced from ’44 to ’66 these 544s have a shape that lends itself pretty well to this kind of treatment.
I don’t think I’ve actually ever seen one in person though, I’d like to of course
Amazons lend themselves pretty well to ‘Kustom’ treatment as well
This particular car was at Art of Speed Malaysia 2014 via
Sadly couldn’t find much info on this car but it looks darn good
This Amazon actually has an sr20 under hood, which is weird yet awesome.
You can check out
Squint a bit and this almost looks like something air-cooled
It seems to be next to impossible to find a style of car that hasn’t posted
This gasser was found on the H.A.M.B. which seems quite right

Of course I found video of a bagged Amazon

Going to end this post with H.A.M.B member s down right awesome Amazon

Volvo powered sounds like another idea for a Theme Tuesday I should pursue, thoughts?