Monday, May 1, 2017

Rotting In Style - 1981 Chevy Chevette Scooter

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As always, it’s been ages since my Rotting In Style post, but for this one, a 1981ish Chevy Chevette Scooter! The cheapest of the cheap cars you could get. This time I am back in Skagway, Alaska, my favorite place ever. If you follow my other content like Torino Time, you’ll know that I got a new camera, but this was filmed years ago with my Droid Razr Maxx. WooHoo! 

Anyway, again this was the cheapest of the cheap cars. Just over five grand got you this thing back in the day. It was so cheap that the back seats were optional, the bumpers were painted instead of chrome, the chrome trim was all removed from the outside, there weren’t even any arm rests, and the emblems are stickers! This car does have a chrome/plastic strip going down the side of the car, but I think that was aftermarket or custom, because I was only able to find it on one other picture online during my research. 

I did find an ad for this car, and it is included in the video at the end of this article. As it’s going through a list of standard features, it clearly says excluding the Scooter. Poor little car. There was also some ridiculous financing available that Arkansas wasn’t happy about. 

Now, while it may have gotten decent MPGs, the 1.6L inline 4 made a whiplash inducing 65ish horsepower. Jalopnick did an article on one that found today, these cars now make around 23 horsepower. 

I don’t imagine this car would do well in Alaskan winters, but this car was originally from Arizona. Based off where this car is in this lot, and the key is in the ignition, this car is probably still a daily driver. This is Rotting In Style, not Abandoned In Style, and this car is rotting, though not as bad as others have of this year. 

There is something really good looking on this car though: the reflection of the mountains. I really love and miss Alaska. 

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1981 chevy chevtte scooter chevrolet alaska skagway abandoned daily driver

1981 chevy chevtte scooter chevrolet alaska skagway abandoned daily driver

1981 chevy chevtte scooter chevrolet alaska skagway abandoned daily driver

1981 chevy chevtte scooter chevrolet alaska skagway abandoned daily driver

1981 chevy chevtte scooter chevrolet alaska skagway abandoned daily driver

1981 chevy chevtte scooter chevrolet alaska skagway abandoned daily driver


Monday, April 17, 2017

Dirty Windshield Solved! (Torino Time)

1971 ford torino 500 restoration torino time florida fluid leak 

I had a little bit of time, and a new camera that I wanted to test out, so that means my 1971 Ford Torino 500 got a little more work done, and Torino Time got another episode. This time, I tackled the windshield washer fluid system. 

Now, why did I go for something so minor versus tackling the rust or turn signal? Well, this was easy, and cheap to do. The motor worked, so all I needed was to replace the hoses. Before I started this project, I removed the fluid reservoir, and broke it in the process. I had to seal up the bottom. I time went on, I realized that I didn’t do a great job on that.

Regardless, the old hoses literally fell apart in my hands, so those had to go. I got some cheap hose from Home Depot and went to work. It was pretty straight forward with removal. The hardest part was getting the rubber grommets in the hood out in one piece, which I did manage to do. Then it was equally as challenging to remove the old hoses from those grommets. Basically when the hose was stuck anywhere, breaking them was the answer.

Installation was a breeze. However, I nearly gave up when the reservoir started leaking, and nothing was coming out of the sprayers. I popped one of the hoses off the sprayers, engaged them, and got sprayed with water. So, there was pressure, but it stopped at the sprayers. Turns out, they were painted over. 

I sanded the ends down, and shoved a metal pick in the front of them to pry them open. One more test fire, and they worked like a charm. The driver one sprays over the roof, while the passenger one is about half the power. Either way, it works for me! 

Want to see my process? Check out the video! Now, I got a new camera, and I am still getting used to the settings. There was a lot that was out of focus. Sorry! I’m a sound guy, not a video guy. 

There is still so much more to do with this car, but I would hope that you join me in this adventure. Want to find out what I do next? Follow the series on this blog, or check out our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for some exclusive content and updates about what will be happening to this car next! Thanks for stopping by. 




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mustang Arm Rest Cover – Long-Term Review

mustang arm rest cover american muscle review 2005 - 2009


Mustangs are the AR15s of the automotive world. There are so many customizable options. From performance parts, to dress up parts, you name it, someone has made an aftermarket version of it.

Readers may know that I have a 2005 V6 Mustang. It’s my daily driver, and I’ve had it since 2009. Yes, it’s only a V6, but I still love it, and have done many things to make it mine. One of them was an arm rest cover from American Muscle. They offer a few different versions. I opted for the running pony one.

Installation was pretty straight forward. You have to remove the arm rest/top of the center console, fold the cover over it, and use a staple gun to get it into place. The first issue I had was with fitment. The rounded corners at the front seemed too thick, and it started to pull and separate the cushion of the arm rest from the plastic. No big deal. It wasn’t bad enough for me to care.

Once I got it on, it looked fantastic! It really dressed up the car, and I was super happy. That was in 2012.

As time went on the, the stitching started to get dirty. You expect that. What I didn’t expect was for it to start vanishing. Not pulling, but parts of it would simply disappear. Then the leather started to crack and peel. That caused it to poke into my arm. Now, five years and 46,457 miles later, it looks like absolute garbage.

I also can’t just take it off, because remember that pulling I mentioned? That won’t settle back down, so I’m kind of stuck with it.

At this point, as I mentioned, it has been on my daily driver for five years 46,457 miles, and sat in storage at one point for six months straight when I put my car in a garage while I left for a long term contract. It did start to fail after a year or so and got progressively worse.

I attempted to bring this to American Muscle’s attention, but I was ignored. That is highly surprising as they have fantastic customer service. I hate to talk bad about products, especially when they are from companies that I like, but I figured that I would warn anyone interested in this product that it won’t last. 

I put about 75 miles on my car per day, it stays outside in the Florida sun, and I open and close the console a lot. However, I would have expected this to hold up a little better, especially considering it started to show signs pretty early. Oh well. I guess you get what you pay for! 

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mustang arm rest cover american muscle review 2005 - 2009

mustang arm rest cover american muscle review 2005 - 2009

mustang arm rest cover american muscle review 2005 - 2009


Saturday, February 25, 2017

One Rusty Torino - Torino Time!


1971 ford torino 500 rust restoration random automotive florida 302 v8














Yes, I am alive. For the die-hard readers, you know the story: I’m working all the time, and have little time to dedicate to this kind of stuff. Anyway… This video was actually filmed when I fixed my door, but I never got around to editing it.

This 1971 Ford Torino 500 is plagued with rust. One of the first areas I decided to tackle was the trunk. I have never attempted rust removal and treatment on this scale before, so I figured the trunk would be best. Why? So if I mess up, no one will see it!

The right way to do this is replace the gas tank (since it has nine holes in it), grind out all the rusted metal, and weld in new metal. Since I’m cheap, I will be doing none of that. I will be plugging the holes with gas tank putty, sanding down (by hand) the rusty metal, spraying the area with Rust Fix, going crazy with fiberglass patches, and finally priming and painting the area.

1971 ford torino 500 rust restoration random automotive florida 302 v8

1971 ford torino 500 rust restoration random automotive florida 302 v8

When I started this, it proved to be much more challenging than I originally thought. There will be multiple parts to this trunk fiasco. 

Basically, this time around was just the sanding and Rust Fix. I got buzzed off acetone and the Rust Fix, and discovered another hole in the gas tank. I did make a lot of progress, but I have so much more to go. If you’re so inclined to see me inhale vast amounts of rust dust before submitting to the common sense of acquiring a mask, please watch the video. 

1971 ford torino 500 rust restoration random automotive florida 302 v8

1971 ford torino 500 rust restoration random automotive florida 302 v8

There is still so much more to do with this car, but I would hope that you join me in this adventure. Want to find out what I do next? Follow the series on this blog, or check out our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for some exclusive content and updates about what will be happening to this car next! Thanks for stopping by.




Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fixing My Door - Torino Time

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For the first restoration/repair work of Torino Time, featuring my 1971 Ford Torino 500, I tackle that damn door. As I mentioned in the Torino Time intro, the driver side door stopped working from the outside while the engine was being worked on. I assumed this would be an easy fix, and something that I really wanted fixed soon, so that’s what I tackled first. 

First step was removing the door panel. It was a couple screws and some bolts. I was not prepared for the bolts holding the armrest in, but, whatever! I got them off after some time. 

I knew that something had just come disconnected. When I finally got the panel off, I found out that this had happened before, because the zip tie holding the mechanism in place from when it became disconnected in the past had broken. If it was good enough for the previous owner, it was good enough for me! One zip tie later, and I could use my door again. 

It wasn’t as good of a zip tie as the one that broke, so it will break again, but at least I know it can be fixed again! Aren’t old cars great? Check out the video for the full adventure. 

There is still so much more to do with this car, but I would hope that you join me in this adventure. Want to find out what I do next? Follow the series on this blog, or check out our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for some exclusive content and updates about what will be happening to this car next! Thanks for stopping by. 




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Torino Time!

1971 ford torino 500 302 v8 restoration florida classic muscle car














Well, here’s a different one for you. I bought a 1971 Ford Torino 500. I have actually had this car for about seven months now, but I have really only been driving it for about a week. Why, you may ask? Because after about a week of owning it, she burst into flames. Yeah.

Anyway, here we are. I hope that you follow me on my path to restoring this car. It’s not going to be a full top to bottom restoration. There is too much to do, and I don’t want to put that much money into it. However, much of this stuff I have never done before, and I’m new to carbureted engines to being with, so this will be a learning experience. 

The good news about this car is that it runs and drives. That’s pretty much where the good news stops.

Rust has plagued this car. The trunk pan is rusted through, which includes the gas tank (I plugged eight holes in). The floor boards don’t exist. The roof is starting to go, though thankfully that is only surface rust for now. Also, there are rust holes here and there throughout the body.

1971 ford torino 500 302 v8 restoration florida classic muscle car

1971 ford torino 500 302 v8 restoration florida classic muscle car

1971 ford torino 500 302 v8 restoration florida classic muscle car

After the car caught on fire (due to a leaky fuel line), to did get some engine work done before I started this little series. The 302 V8 now as an electric HEI distributor, a new carburetor, new air filter, new spark plugs, and new spark plug wires.

1971 ford torino 500 302 v8 restoration florida classic muscle car

1971 ford torino 500 302 v8 restoration florida classic muscle car
There is still some work to do under there: new battery terminal to replace the one the fire department broke off, fix or replace the fan shroud (probably fix since a new one costs too much), and just tidy it up and clean it. 

The interior, besides the rust, needs to be looked at for small and big things such as the passenger window crank knob, dome light lens, gauge lights and glass, and stuff like that. Also, the driver side door no longer opens from the outside ever since I left it for the six months. 

There is a lot to do with this car, but I would hope that you join me in this adventure. Follow the series on this blog, or check out our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for some exclusive content and updates about what will be happening to this car next! Thanks for stopping by. 




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Removing Fuel Drip Marks

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Fuel drip marks are ugly, but pretty common. However, they are very easy and cheap to remove in less than five minutes, if you don’t let them get too bad. Here is a quick and easy way you can remove them by hand with one trip to Walmart and $15. Everything you buy, you can use again for other projects as well. 

For this, you need three things: 
  • Polish (or a compound, depending on the severity) 
  • A microfiber applicator pad 
  • A microfiber towel 
fuel drip marks removal polish buff

Out of all that, the polish will be your most expensive at probably around $8, while the rest will run you just a few dollars. 

Step one is to wash the area. While you won’t be able to wash the marks away, you will be rubbing the polish in. The last thing you want to do is rub any sand or dirt into the paint. Even though the polish will get rid of it, it’s best to work with a “clean” surface. 

Step two is to apply the polish to your applicator pad. A nickel sized amount in the middle is a good starting point. NOTE: Make sure you are using a polish, not a wax. Wax is for protecting, but a polish actually contains abrasives that cut into the surface. A rubbing compound is even stronger and may be needed if polish doesn’t work. 

Rub the polish coated pad in circular motions over the stained area. Don’t push hard enough to bend metal, but don’t be light enough to have the pad slip past your fingers. A moderate amount of pressure will do. Keep working the polish in. The area/polish will begin to haze. Let it sit for about thirty seconds or so. 

Step three involves some buffing. Take your clean microfiber towel, and with those same circular motions, buff the polish away. Perhaps a little more pressure, backing off to a little less. You should see that the marks are gone. If they are not, repeat the process again. If they really don’t seem to go away, try the same steps, but with a compound.

fuel drip marks removal polish buff
fuel drip marks removal polish buff

It’s really that simple. No special tools needed, and this literally takes less than five minutes. The results: looks brand new! 

Check out the video below for me doing this to my car. What to see more stuff like this? Make sure you head on over and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for some exclusive content! Thanks for stopping by. 




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