Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


My buddy Matt never ceases to get me into trouble when it comes to hunting cool vintage go-fast goodies. God knows I have more projects than i know what to do with, and any money spent on ...well, anything else is money that isn't being saved for eventual paint jobs, materials, necessary parts, etc.
That said, after looking at his newly polished McCulloch supercharger, i couldn't help myself from looking into them.

A good quick history lesson on McCulloch/Paxton Superchargers:
While perusing through craigslist i came across an ad for an "old big block mopar supercharger." outside of Chicago. With a vague description, and a fairly low asking price, my curiosity was peaked. I dropped an email with my number and received a call a few hours later. What the gentleman told me, was that it was a late sixties unit that was originally on one of Team Plymouth's (or Direct Connection maybe?) drag cars in 68 or 9. That car was wrecked and he bought the unit to run on his big block Duster. It's all there minus the crank pulley and belt (both of which seem to still be available from Paxton). It spins freely and worked when he took it off of his car before he sold it years ago. As far a the official-ness of the history, it's a cool enough story, but I don't plan on looking into it any further.
Needless to say after shootin the breeze and catching some Chicago Drag/street race history, I told him I'd take it.

Now... what the hell am I gonna do with a vintage big block Mopar Paxton super charger? Perhaps I'll just clean it up and sell it to finance some other, more pressing part of the automotive addiction, though I guess my 68 Imperial could use a little extra kick... ;)

Here it is... A bit Scruffy, but turns freely and has all the parts and hardware as promised.

After a quick clean up:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Flatcad Racing Logo (Part 2).

Some finished logos based on what was picked of the first go-round.
We'll see which one Buddy digs the most.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Flatcad Racing Logo.

Recently, Buddy ("38 Flattie" from the HAMB) gave me a call about doing a logo for the 38 Chevy coupe he's building to run at B-ville. After talking over the build for a few, i am super psyched to have any part of his project. It takes a special kind of lunatic to run a blown flat head... never mind a blown Caddy flat head. He'd a super cool, super knowledgeable guy and I'll be anxiously waiting to hear when he breaks the record for that setup!

Anyway, here are a few quick sketches i came up with to run past him for a logo.

Friday, October 15, 2010

UltraCoat Shirt Design

New shirt design for Jeff @ UltraCoat Powder Coating in NY.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Swap meet.

Took the 54 out this morning on what could be one of the last rides of the season before it get cold and gray here in MI, and went out to a swap meet in Davisburg with a buddy of mine. As far as hidden gold, I cant say I ran into much that I couldn't live without, but i did find these hilarious things:

Nothin' screams hillbilly like Bud Spinners.

I did find a dude with a decent sized box full of little books from the late 50's to early 60's. He told me that he had had and entire set of them, and that he even had 11000 of them at one point. After leaving his spot and coming back to look again about ten minutes later, he told me that he had had and entire set of them, and that he even had 11000 of them at one point... again. You meet some interesting folks at these things. Anyway I managed to pick out a few that I found interesting content in. One in particular is especially cool. It's an R&C from 61 featuring "Car-icatures." I'll have to get some decent scans of some of the illustrations soon, so stay tooned.. git it? hahahahhhh, i kill myself. :P

Thursday, October 7, 2010

1955 Escalade!

I was digging through my external hard drive and trying to clear up some space when i came across this unfinished sketch i did in 06 or 07. I remember i was designing in the full size truck studio at work and the idea struck me that if the Escalade is essentially a dolled up Suburban then why couldn't the same rules apply in 55? Granted it might be a bit on the literal side but i always liked the lines of the mid 50's GM utility vehicles and laying frame cant hurt either... :) I think something like this would make people take a second look for sure!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Indy 34

A ways back, my buddy Anthony at Hi Speed Customs ( got at me about throwing together a design for a potential client. He had some rails and a chopped 3 window shell, but wanted to sell the image of what could be. Truth be told, it was slated to be a car that would travel with the companies race team, and serve as a rolling advertisement of their totally non car related product but was still a cool opportunity. Anyway, times got tough, everyone tightened their belts and the car never came to be.

Here's the sketch. I was going for a bit of an early 60's indy car vibe: