• Eastwood Daily News

    • Here's the full write-up and a nice batch of photos from the Hotrod Hoedown Show I attended this weekend. Enjoy!... http://fb.me/15SMjExQP #
    • Here's the full write-up and a nice batch of photos from the Hotrod Hoedown Show I attended this weekend. Enjoy! http://fb.me/MSkZl684 #
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  • Philadelphia Rats, Rods, Rust +Race Coverage

    More and more these days you are starting to see more "lifestyle" grassroots types of shows and events popping up. It seems you could fill every weekend during the summer hitting all of the gatherings for cars, trucks, bikes, etc. With this, comes a lot of events that fail because they are done for the wrong reasons, have poor planning, or just have a bad vibe overall. These things can easily ruin it for everyone. When we put on our Eastwood Summer Classic event we had to avoid those very same pitfalls, it really is a chore to put on a automotive gathering!

    One show this season that was put on in a near "perfect" manner was the "Rats, Rods, Rust +Race Event. It is put on by the folks over at Philadelphia-based Hotrod Hoedown. This event was the first of a few this season held at a hidden gem called the Simeone Museum. And as the title suggest, anything from vintage gassers to rusty rats were welcomed to show, and like-minded individuals were urged to attend.

    I showed up early, and was pleased to see cars lined up early. Many of the swap meet vendors were in place as well, and they had a wide variety of nostalgic "stuff" to browse through. Regardless of some heavy traffic on highways bringing you into the show; vehicles were rolling in steadily. It was nice to see such a wide variety of vehicles cruising in, a nice break from traditional Hot Rod or Street Rod shows where the cars tend to blend together.

    After viewing a pretty diverse show field, I took my free tour of the museum and gawked at the extremely rare collection held in the Simeone Museum. I really do suggest if you are in the area to come check it out. There is hundreds of years of racing and automotive heritage in that building, some so rare you may never see them again! I'll be doing another entry soon with my photos from inside the museum, so stay tuned.

    After picking through the swap meet, and grabbing a new shift knob for I was thoroughly pleased with the event, and very happy I made the 1 hour drive to check it out. I want to thank everyone that put on the show for such a nice laid back event at a perfect location. I'll definitely be back for more of your shows, and hope I can bring my pile of rust next year!

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  • Eastwood Daily News

    • Here is a clip from the Summer Classic where some of our local customers show off their work and tell us about... http://fb.me/19PnoTTSc #
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  • Project Pile-House Gets a Donor Skeleton

    Since my last entry, I've been searching for a suitable, short bed, standard cab S10 or Dodge Dakota donor for my project. Unfortunately it seems so is everyone else! So everything I found was so far gone, or too nice to cut up and they wanted way more than my cheapskate budget allowed for. I went so far as to check in with some local junkyards, and even though they had the EXACT chassis that I needed; they wouldn't sell for legal/title reasons. I resorted to going back to craigslist and broadening my search for a long bed truck.These aren't nearly as desirable, much cheaper, and you don't have to look hard to find a beat-up one for sale on the web. I got even luckier when I found one that was approximately 5-6 miles from Eastwood headquarters for "pennies". I made my way over with a friend to grab the truck, and after a jump start we had it on the trailer, and on our way back to Eastwood.

    This truck has been sitting for a few years after a fuel leak, rust, and the need for maintenance became too much for the previous owner to deal with. I am happy it is safe enough to drive in and out of the shop under it's own power. That will save us a lot of hassle jockeying cars around the lot when I want to work on it. So late last week I began tearing right into it. The first initial goal is to test fit the front end of Pile-House over the donor chassis. Once I get the front end position of the body sorted, we can then start working on the cab position in relation to the front clip.

    I snapped a few pics of the process of the front end removal. Some parts just basically fell off due to rust around the mounting holes. Made for a quick job of removing the front end!

    I then jumped into the interior and got to removing the dash. This truck has been "messed-with" before, so a some of the bolts were either loose or missing for the dash. Needless to say it was pretty easy to get the dash out. With the dash removed I can start to eye up where I want to cut the cab to retain the donor firewall and how I will graft it into the Pile-House firewall/cab.

    After attending a Hotrod show in Philadelphia this past weekend, and chatting with a few guys that had done the same basic project with their old 50's truck.. I really have the itch! So stay tuned more to come this week!

    Oh and anyone need some spare S10 parts? I have a bed-full already!

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