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Sweet Street Rod #2!

If one is good two has to be better, right?  Well at least that’s what I think when we received such an overwhelming response to the “PolynesianSpectacle/Tiki T” from Doug Weigel.  So, in lieu of a Builders Showrooms “Pick of the Week”, this week I’m bringing you a Doug Weigel two’fer.  This time time it’s a all steel 1916 Ford Model T milk truck.  Yep a Hot Rod milk truck.  This vehicular virtuoso knows no boundaries when it comes to creating one of a kind rides.  When talking about the evolution of this trick truck Weigel said "If there's no plans, you can't make any mistakes.  The milk truck was built in 90 days"... "some people have said you think outside the box, you can think outside the truck.  I'm fortunate" , and so are we Mr. Weigel.  

The French Broad Dairy Model T was fashioned after the trucks that were used on Weigel's grandfather's dairy farm, located on the French Broad River in Knoxville, TN.  The truck is painted with both the original name and phone number of the dairy, but me thinks the modern treatment would blow Weigel's grandpa's mind; particularly from the firewall forward.  It’s got a blown Chevy 350, 400 trans and 8.8 Ford rear-end.  The aluminum milk jugs, breathers and interior were and just about every other dang thing were all hand fabricated by Doug.  I’d say this is one heck of a tribute! 

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Growing up on the dairy farm clearly left a lasting impression.  I would happily pay the extra delivery charge to have this baby bring me my moo juice very week.  This thing's “Got Milk” and then some! Genius.

Things are finally starting to heat up in our neck of the woods and that only means one thing.  We be hitting the road soon- very soon!

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Tricked Out T

I'm in the mood for the unexpected and I'm not using unexpected lightly here.  How about trying on  Doug Weigel's "Tiki"/"The Polynesian Spectacle" for a walk on the wild side.  This ride most definitely blurs the lines between art and automobile and is totally unexpected.  I saw the "Polynesian Spectacle"/"Tiki" up close and in personal at the GoodGuys Southwest Nats. and lucky for yours truly, I was able to chat with creative genius/builder extraordinaire Doug Weigel for a few minutes.  When I asked about the inspiration for his radical ride he humbly replied,  "I get an idea and it just grows from there."  He's a self described "local guy with a bad habit".  I hope he never gets over this "bad habit"!  As a car builder and working artist, he is a steel sculptor by trade and his mad skills are evident throughout this wild build.  In addition to the all the hand made elements on this terrific T, the ""Polynesian Spectacle"/"Tiki" boasts a blown Chevy small-block, sure to get this rolling wonder where it wants to go post haste!  Weigel's work is a genius blend of imagination and innovation, making this ride a truly unexpected "Spectacle".    

Take a gander at this completely hand built, one of a kind 1910 Ford Model T.   As the Polynesians would say that's one lolo ka'a! (That's "crazy car" for us Yanks)  

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By the by this baby won the Go For The Gold Award in 2010 at the Darryl Starbird's National Rod and Custom Car Show.  Doug won $20,000 for his efforts.  Not bad for "local guy with a bad habit"!  Keep on letting those ideas grow Doug.

Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Nostalgia with a Twist.

More of the good stuff is what you ask and heck yes is my answer.  I posted a video of this ride on FaceBook right after vintage Torque Fest and to put it mildly, it blew the heck up.  Um, you loved it and wanted more of it so here it is.  Unfortunately builder Russ Eggleston signed an agreement with a print mag that he would give them exclusive access to any further info on "Sentimental" for the next 9 months so he was unable to give me any comment on the build.  Not to worry, I’ll be calling back in 9 months and 1 day to get the skinny straight from the builders mouth on this chariot.  For now thankfully, the display provided a rather extensive build card and I’m going from that.  Thanks Russ, you’ll be hearing from me January 2018.  I can't wait to hear more, more, more about this ride.

First and foremost, this ride was the last project car owned by Danny Eggleston and builder Russ Eggleston proudly brought it to life, doing so in the memory of his Dad Danny.  It was written that Danny was "a hot rod builder, metal fabricator and an inspiration and mentor to his sons."  Although Russ says his Dad was the most talented man he knew, it's clear Russ has some pretty mad skills too.  Russ says "I don't want to show off a bunch of fancy tools. I want to show you what I can do with the few tools I have".  Well friends, all you have to do is take one look at "Sentimental" and it's plain to see Russ can work magic with a "few tools".     

There was a ton of info on "Sentimental" right at the display, almost too much to reprint so I'll try to condense it the best I can.  This ride is truly Kustom with a capital "K".  The rear half and the front cowl of a 1928 Dodge 4 door sedan was the starting point for "Sentimental".  Unibody construction was accomplished using modified '32 Ford rails.  You kind of can't miss that '65 Chevy 409 power plant.  That beast is married to a Chevy T/H400 tranny.  The rear differential is a centered Ford 9" with a 4.10 gears, by the by the alternator is mounted on the rear diff.  The suspension is spring over in the front and coil over in the rear.  The body has been chopped, channeled and wedged.  The dash is from a '60 Impala that has been shortened and centered.  The cut and flipped steering wheel is from a '61 Buick Invicta.  Those insane taillights are from a '59 Caddy, the headlights are from a '36 Ford.  There were about 15 more specs and suffice it to say each element was from a different source and all artfully joined to create the one of a kind "Sentimental".

Now take a look for yourself and you can see the art, the craftsmanship and the vision of Russ Eggleston and his "Sentimental". 

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Hold on tight another episode of your new favorite TV show, Builders Showrooms TV is up next.  This episode starring none other than the latest from Eggleston Kustoms - "Sentimental".

Shows are on the horizion, stay tuned.

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Builders Showrooms "Pick of the Week" - Ring Brothers "Happy Camper"

This week's Builders Showrooms "Pick of the Week" is pure childhood nostalgia for yours truly and is brought to you by the Brothers Ring.  

World renown hot rod builders extraordinaire, the Ring Brothers have been creating outstanding, award winning, industry leading builds for decades but they really upset the applecart when they turned talents to an entirely different arena, that of the recreational vehicle.  A '72 Winnebago Brave to be exact.  I can personally appreciate this build because as a "young filly" many, many hours were spent road tripping in our family's own Winnebago Brave.  I can tell you Outdoor Resorts ain't never seen the likes of this Winnie before!

The "Happy Camper" drove into life as a righteous stock 1972 Winnebago Brave, but in 2014 the brothers Ring decided they would take that bold brave to a whole new level.  They set their minds on creating the ultimate cruising machine for the SEMA Show and suffice it to say, mission accomplished.  The interior was completely stripped and reworked with a vintage/retro WWII Bomber meet surf shack vibe.  Adios to the faux wood paneling and plaid upholstery.  Replaced with bare metal covered in a minty green paint, new gages, custom leather upholstery and a glass doghouse so the curious or gear head minded can see that supercharger and all those horses hard at work.  Add to that a flat screen TV, a boat engine hanging off the wall, a "bar" and some neon lights and you have the envy of the park.  It's a Ring Brothers build so you know the internals were completely reworked as well.  Gone is the original engine, and in its place sits a stout Wegner Motorsports LS 408 supercharged V8 motor, getting you to Jellystone Park in no time flat since it outs out 900 horsepower!  That beast is fed by MSD Atomic EFI and an Aeromotive Stealth fuel system.  To cope with the additional power, the engine is coupled to a 4L80 transmission on to a Dynotec driveshaft and a John’s Industries Dana 80 rear axle with 4.11:1 gears.  WHEW!  The exterior modifications were kept to a minimum, one doesn't want to mess with such classic styling.  Some sponsor decals, and a uber cool detachable motorbike was about it.  And there you have it folks, the "Happy Camper".

Now feast your eyes and tell me this isn't one of the koolest RV's going.  Oh, and Dad when I make it big I'll be dropping off a GMC Eleganza II at the Ring Brothers with your name on it!  

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I can tell you for sure the hours of "go fish" games my sisters and I played in our Winnebago Brave would have been that much better if they were played on a surfboardesque table!  Now that "Happy Camper" has wet your whistle for the talents for the Ring Brothers talents, be sure and hit up their All-In-One Gallery in their Builders Showroom.  There you will be able to peruse all the up to the minute posts from the Ring Brothers across their social media pages.  

Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Vintage Torque Fest 2017

What happens when a cavalcade of cool rolls into into town making it the epicenter of traditional Hot Rodding culture, Vintage Torque Fest happens that's what.  And let me tell you Torque Fest 2017 was a feast for the hot rodders soul!  There was something for everyone with gears in their heads.  Live music yep it was there on three stages all day.  Hot rod drags on the dirt track, heck ya and get this the winners gave their prize money back to the foundation, more on that later.  Pin up contest, the best!  Vendors, vendors, vendors.  And a huge swap meet, fab fairground food and a variety of adult beverages,( if that was your thing).  Oh ya last but not least about 700 of the Koolest of the Kool and the  Radest of the Rad rides filling the fairgrounds from too many different states to count.  Um ya, it was festival indeed.

The folks that organize Vintage Torque Fest like to call it a "participatory show" and let me tell you, I was hard pressed to find a single person just hanging with their ride.  The fans of the Vintage Torque Fest are a hardy bunch.  Rain, shine or threat of snow this gang is out in force, thankfully this year Mother Nature cooperated with an amazing day.  This is the first time I've seen Dubuque in the sun and I've gotta say it's right nice!  Torque Fest was packed.  Packed with people, great rides and good times.  Everyone was enjoying the heck out of everything that VTF had to offer, in other words par-ti-ci-pating!

A super cool aspect of Vintage Torque is that the proceeds from the gate, the silent auction, and the panel jam go to the Helping Hannah's Heart Foundation.  Helping Hannah's Heart was created by show organizer John Wells and his wife Kim to help families with children who were born with congenital heart defects.  Their daughter Hannah successfully survived a risky experimental surgery and their hope is the Helping Hannah's Heart foundation can help offset the medical expenses for many families in need.  Mad props for putting together an outstanding show for an amazing cause.  That vibe of giving was prevalent throughout the show.  I mentioned, the drag winners giving back the purse, a Pontiac of an undetermined vintage was donated to be raffled off and the army of volunteers was so big it could put the Salvation Army Santas to shame.  Way cool all the way around!     

For now, less words more rides from this "Festival of Vintage Torque".  Let your peepers roam over these cherry chariots and you'll see for yourself this fest has passed the acid test!

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To check out more of the VTF finery, hit up the Most Recent Gallery there's tons more to see!

I'll be bringing you more from this fab fest, more Super Stars, more of everything!  

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!