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!

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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. 




Monday, October 17, 2016

Removing Hidden Rust


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It’s been while (I think every recent post has started like that), but here is something different for you guys. I noticed a while back that the floor mat of my trunk was wet. I peeled it back, and sure enough, there was a pool of water and some nice rust. Thankfully, this was in an area that didn’t need to be made looking pretty, so my goal was to remove the rust, neutralize what remained, seal the leak, and call it a day. 

This is what you will need: 
  • Rough/low grit sandpaper 
  • Rust remover/neutralizer 
  • Primer (optional) 
  • Sealant 

Now, I am not a professional, and this was my first time doing this. Also, again, this was not meant to be a professional job. It was supposed to be quick and dirty. 

The first thing you want to do is find out where the leak is coming from. If you don’t stop that, your problem will keep happening. For me, I narrowed it down to two spots. One was an alignment hole for the real valance/bumper, and other was some damaged sealant. I took my sealant and smeared it over the alignment hole. That was simple.


The CORRECT way to tackle the other area would be to remove the old sealant with a wire brush, but I opted just to clean the area, and apply the new sealant over the old stuff. Preparation is everything. In the long run, this could bit me in the butt, but I just wanted to get this done quickly.


After that, you want to start sanding down the rust. I found some 80 grit sandpaper, so I attacked it all with that. Again, it doesn’t matter how this area looks for me. After you sand the area down as best you can, you have to clean it. A shop vac would be a great tool. I didn’t have one, so I managed with fingers and paper towels.


Now it’s time to treat the metal. An epoxy primer is probably best, but again, for quick and dirty, it was suggested I use Dupli Color Rust Fix. This stuff chemically converts whatever rusted metal is left into a black primer. It was pretty cool to see it work. Just follow the directions on the can. You might have to use a couple coats.


When that is dry (a full 24 hours would be best to wait), you might want to hit the area with a good primer just to tidy it all up. If you want it to look really good, apply some body filler to the area and sand that down to a smooth and factory looking finish, and follow it up with some more primer. I just left it at the Rust Fix state. Again, this is not in an area I care about.


If you see rust in an area like this, do your best to stop it as soon as you can! Rust spreads like a virus and can kill cars. Find the leak, stop the leak, remove the rust, treat the metal, and you’re good to go! 

To see me tackle my car, in a perhaps not so informative way, check out the video below. 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. 



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Action Gator Tire – Casselberry, FL Review

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Action Gator Tire

980 N Semoran Blvd

Casselberry, FL 32707


Story One – You Win Some 


When I find a shop that I like, I tend to stick with it. If I am looking for a new one, it’s because I need a specialty service done, the previous shop I went to messed up, or simply somewhere else has a better price. The main reason I go to shops is for an oil change. I don’t like changing my own oil as it takes time I don’t have, and it’s cheaper to do it at a shop. 

My reason for stumbling across Action Gator Tire in Casselberry (Florida) was because I needed tires. They were running a sale on Pirelli P4 all season tires, and I was currently driving on dry-rotted, rock hard, cheap-o-matic things that resembled tires. I generally buy cheap everything (as I’m on a budget) and can usually make things last that are not supposed to. Anyway, these tires were about $40 each! How could I say no? 

Well, I couldn’t. I went to the shop one morning and asked for the tires. The price I was told was not the price that came up online. That should have been my first flag. The man behind the counter wasn’t aware of the sale, so I had to pull up the ad. After a bit of negotiating, we got the price for four new tires, mounting, and all that to something I could agree to. Negotiation is rare, but they worked with me. 

I sat in the lobby and waited. It was what you would expect from an older shop: basic chairs, a little dirty, and so on. Nothing disturbing or anything. It had the expected look and scent. 

It really didn’t take that long, and I was on the road. 

Story Two – You Lose Some 


I always went to the same shop to get my oil changed. However, after my brakes had a catastrophic failure after they touched them last and assured me that they were fine when they started to rattle, I decided to try out Action Gator Tire, since my tire experience went well with them. I looked online and saw that they had a coupon for $19.95. 

I called and asked to make an appointment. I was met with a questioning rebuttal stating that they don’t accept appointments. Strange, but okay. I decided I would go in one morning a little bit after they opened. Here is where things get interesting. 

First off, I was told that they could not get me in because something broke in the shop, and the technician that would do my oil change was out taking care of that. The man behind the counter said, “This is why we don’t like to allow appointments, so when things happen like this, we don’t let customers down.” While this seems sincere, that leads me to believe this happens more frequently than they would like to admit. 

Fair enough though, right? Stuff happens. I asked when I could come back, and they said that a few hours should do it. Not what I wanted, but okay. I decided to inquire about the price of the oil change with the coupon before I left. Good thing I did because the final price (and this is WITH the $19.95 coupon) came out to over $30! What? Well, apparently you have to add on shop fees and things like that. That’s normal and expected, but generally just a couple extra bucks. 

At that moment, I walked out to their parking lot, looked up a new shop, and have not been back since. 

Bottom Line 


This is classic case of “you win some, you lose some”. Their service and price with the tires was really pleasing. Their service, lack of dedication, and obscure pricing regarding oil changes was not. Did I overreact by not coming back? I don’t think so. There are dozens upon dozens of shops begging for business. You mess up on one of my first encounters with you, I’ll simply go to another. 

I would recommend these guys for tires in Florida, and their other services may be great, but in a very competitive market (mechanic shops), it’s not hard to find another. They do have plenty of coupons online (that may or may not have your total price be reasonable), and they do run lots of sales on tires. They are a chain, so again, this one is only talking about the one in Casselberry, Florida. 

Have you been to this shop? Let me know what you thought about them in the comment section. Thank you for reading, and I hope that I helped! 

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rotting in Style - 1968 Mustang GT Fastback

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I have filmed and taken pictures of a lot of cars now for Rotting in Style. When it comes to muscle cars, I find Camaros all the time. However, this time, I bring to you a 1968 Mustang GT. Oh, and it’s a fastback!

Mustangs have been very hard for me to find, let alone a classic fastback. I guess that means Mustangs are worth keeping and Camaros are not? That’s right, I went there. Anyway, this fastback is indeed Rotting in Style at the Retro collection in Central Florida.  Not as bad as other cars featured on here such as the old El Camino in Alaska I filmed a while back. 

The condition is decent, actually. There are some bad rust spots, and the paint is shot, but the interior seems good, and so does the body overall. The driver side door is the worst. When you close it, rust falls like rain onto the pavement below.  However, the owner has told me that he has acquired a new door for it since I filmed it. 

That brings me to my next point: this car is NOT for sale, so please don’t ask. It belongs to one of the top dogs at Retro. It was originally his dad’s car, and he has some plans for it. He has acted on some of them including swapping in a fuel injected five liter from a 1980s Mustang. The rest of the plans include making her like Eleanor from the 2000 version of “Gone in 60 Seconds”. 

She is a slow work in progress, but a work in progress none the less! Now, I have been told that this car is going to be getting a second chance, so if you want to get updates about the progress on this car, I would suggest subscribing to our YouTube Channel

Until then, this car shall remain sitting, Rotting in Style. 

Oh… Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well, and drop by Retro’s Facebook as well and tell them The Random Automotive sent you. Thanks for reading!





1968 ford mustang gt fastback abandoned rusty 302 5.0 retro florida dylan benson

1968 ford mustang gt fastback abandoned rusty 302 5.0 retro florida dylan benson

1968 ford mustang gt fastback abandoned rusty 302 5.0 retro florida dylan benson

1968 ford mustang gt fastback abandoned rusty 302 5.0 retro florida dylan benson

1968 ford mustang gt fastback abandoned rusty 302 5.0 retro florida dylan benson

1968 ford mustang gt fastback abandoned rusty 302 5.0 retro florida dylan benson

1968 ford mustang gt fastback abandoned rusty 302 5.0 retro florida dylan benson


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rotting In Style - 1936 Chevy 1.5 Ton Truck

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With having about two days off per month now, bringing you quality content is becoming a little tough. So, I figured if I was going to bring you something, it might as well be good. Well, isn’t it always? Regardless, I’m back at Retro and bringing you what appears to be a 1936 Chevy 1.5 ton truck! 

I was originally told that this was a 1934, but based off a little research, the hood of this truck makes it appear to be at least a 1936. I’m not a truck expert, so I could be wrong. If it is a 1936, that makes this the second oldest vehicle to be featured on Rotting In Style so far. The oldest is a 1934 Austin 7 from the Gabel Collection. That car was known as the “Baby Austin”, but this truck is anything but baby. 

Now this thing is a truck. It’s wood, steel, and glass. That’s it. It’s one of those, “they don’t build them like they used to” things for sure. 

Getting the specs on this was easy. The GM Heritage Center has the original documents from 1936 that cover EVERYTHING about this. It’s a really cool document, and if you want to learn everything there is to know about these trucks, then it will be a good read for you.

Now, provided I looked up the right truck, this thing has a 206 cubic inch inline six that, based off the dyno sheets, yes dyno sheets, makes about 73 horsepower. Well, they look like dyno sheets at least. They are in the first few pages of the document. 

This looks like it was partially restored at one point. It doesn’t look new, but she doesn’t look like a barn find either. The interior is a bit rougher. The seat looks like it exploded, but it’s from 1936, so I’ll give it a break. The cool thing about the inside is, aside from the seat, it’s just like the outside: wood, metal, and glass. 

I’m a car guy, and I’m a Ford guy, but this truck has those sweet curves from the 30s, and it is an American classic regardless, so it has my vote of something awesome. 

I’m also sure she’s getting a second chance, because I don’t recall seeing her the last time I was at Retro. I’m sure wherever it is now, it’s being loved. She might have been saved from Rotting In Style.

UPDATE: She is still for sale.  Contact Retro for more information if you want it!

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1936 chevy 1.5 ton truck chevrolet abandoned retro ridez garage florida rotting in style dylan benson

1936 chevy 1.5 ton truck chevrolet abandoned retro ridez garage florida rotting in style dylan benson

1936 chevy 1.5 ton truck chevrolet abandoned retro ridez garage florida rotting in style dylan benson

1936 chevy 1.5 ton truck chevrolet abandoned retro ridez garage florida rotting in style dylan benson

1936 chevy 1.5 ton truck chevrolet abandoned retro ridez garage florida rotting in style dylan benson

1936 chevy 1.5 ton truck chevrolet abandoned retro ridez garage florida rotting in style dylan benson

1936 chevy 1.5 ton truck chevrolet abandoned retro ridez garage florida rotting in style dylan benson

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