Click here to read the Hemmings Motor News article from 2013 on the 1967 Marlin.
As a kid, I was sort of a fan of the 65-66 Marlin when it first came out. Like the Mustang being built on the compact Falcon, and the Barracuda being built on the compact Valiant, the Marlin was built on the compact Rouge. However, in 1967 that changed when the Marlin moved onto the full-size Ambassidor chassis. When I first saw a picture of the longer and lower Marlin, it instantly became my favorite car. Over the next 40 years, I attended hundreds of car shows and auctions, but never saw a 67 Marlin in the Wild. That’s just how rare and obscure they are.
For more years than I care to remember, I searched for a 67 Marlin in good enough condition to easily restore. About ten years ago I came across this one with a nice body and interior. It was in the collection of an older man with Stage Four cancer. The car hadn’t run in a long time, and had electrical issues. I bought the car with the Intention of restoring red/black with black interior. However, time slipped by and now I’m selling my collection – and this Marlin. All of the electrical was properly addressed, the ignition updated with a Pertronix distributor, the carb rebuilt, and the car has been completely gone through. A ton of work has been done on the car and now It runs and drives great.
Below is a gallery of photos I took last week. Click on the small version to open the full-size version. With some browsers you may have to right-click and select open.
I took a video of me driving the car, but it somehow got corrupted and plays in slow motion. I’ll do another soon, but in the meantime here are a couple short videos.
I’ve been incredibly busy, mostly with starting a new business for my son and I, but some stuff has been completed at the shop. Some on the Texas Thug, some on the Screamin’ Woody, and some an some of the other vehicles I have. This will be the extremely condensed version, as even that will be a little long.
Vitamin C Sold
Yup, I sold the Vitamin C. It gave me 10 years of loyal service but it was time for another caretaker. I sold it to a 70-year-old drag racer in Tulsa by the name of Dave Lewis. He’s in the process of stripping it down and will freshen it up in the same Vitamin C theme.
I mentioned that I started a new business with my son. We sell, install and repair Blinds, Shades and Shutters. It is now running and my eldest son is now handling the day to day operations.
The Texas Thug has a new rear ProGlass window installed to replace the one that skated across the finish line at 140 mph in Indy last year.
The underside has been cleaned, the every nut and bolt has had a wrench put on it, and the valves run. Everything was looked over and appears well. The oil still needs to be changed and the car a good polishing. I had wanted to redo the inside of the trunk – but that might have to wait.
Not a whole lot of work has been done on the Screamin’ Woody. The block has been machined, but the crank had a crack – so I’m shopping for a new rotating.
I just bought a 4’X8′ piece of 1/8″ Lexan; stainless steel #10 buttonhead/hex drive machine screws and nuts; and some weatherstripping – so the windows are next on the list.
Years ago, I bought a Tube Chassis Barracuda and restored it. It’s spend about ten years in a bubble – until taken out last week.
Everything was gone through, filled with new fluids, carb rebuilt and a new battery installed. The car was started, tune and I took it for a shakedown drive. It’s now for sale, as I’m going with the Japanese Kondo philosophy of it doesn’t bring Joy – get rid of it,
The Demon that was Dallas’ first race car wasn’t so lucky. It’s ten years in a bubble cause a pin hole in number 6 cylinder. It took me half a day to tear down the motor and get the piston out.
It’s one of those deals where the sum of the parts are worth more than rebuilding the motor for it. I’ve already sold the heads, intake and rocker assembly. The car was been detailed and I’ll be listing for sale.
Next up, my 64 Imperial Convertible.
I’ve had a full size Chrysler convertible since the 70s. First a 67 Newport, then a 64 300, then a 65 300, and then I bought this from the original owner in her 90s about 18 years ago. I stopped driving it about 10 years ago. So in the last couple of months all of the brakes, brake lines and master cylinder was replaced. Gas gauge sender replaced. The carb was rebuilt. The power window switches disassembled and reassembled. The convertible pump system rebuilt. A brand new complete factory exhaust system installed. Brand new tires. Odometer rebuilt. The AC system rebuilt. The paint was power buffed. The leather conditioned. All off the dash chrome meticulously polished. Right now I’m waiting for the power steering pump to return from the rebuilder. Then the only thing left is redying the carpet when it gets a little warmer. I’ve really loved getting reacquainted with this car again. It’s a blast to drive.
In 1964, I remember the Mustang, Barracuda and Marlin fastbacks coming out. I loved all three of them. When the 67 Marlin was released on the fullsize Ambassador, it looked so much better than the smaller 65-66 versions on the compact Rouge chassis. There were very few made and all of my life I’d only seen a picture of one, and never one in the wild. About 20 years ago, I started my quest to find one in good original condition. About ten years ago, I ran into a man with a large car collection who had this car from Florida in it. He was dying of cancer and selling his collection off, and I bought this car. It had electrical issues, so I had in the back of my warehouse and planned to restore it to Red/Black with black Interior some day. That day never came, so the car was pulled out, the electrical completely redone, the ignition replaced with a Pertonix, the carb rebuilt, new battery, and new tires. The car runs like a Champ, but I’ve decided to keep it original and find a new caretaker for it. I’ll not drive it enough with my busy life.
The Leaning Tower of Power and 3-on-tree that was in my 60 Plymouth Post car was pulled in favor of a bad ass 383 that was recently rebuilt for it. When I drove this car home from Arkansas, I had it over 100 with that engine and skinny ass 25-year-old tires. I’m looking to put a 4/5/6-speed that has overdrive. That car is a keeper.
I’ve done a lot work on that car, which is a topic for another day. The point for this post was that I Cleaned the engine up and hit it with some Slant 6 blue. I’ll wrap and store it for a future project.
Finally, two of my Magnums had a lot of work done on them. I’ll be keeping the big block XE that is now exactly how I’ve wanted it for years. I just bought some new wheels for it. I’ll take it next week to get tires swapped over. I love the look of the Keystone Klassics on the car, but the Uni-lug design keeps having the nuts loosen up.
The rare 79 GT with E58 Cop motor has been completely gone through, detailed and I’ll be selling.
The shop has actually been busier than that, but I hit the important stuff and that catches me up.
Please read 28th amendment. Please Read, and forward. This will only take 1 minute to read! 28th Amendment, 35 States and Counting.
If you agree, please pass it on. It’s an idea whose time has come to deal with this self-serving situation:
OUR PRESENT SITUATION!
Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans.
Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to pay back student loans.
Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.
Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live. For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.
And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects. We must not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants and then putting themselves above the law.
I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever. The self-serving must stop. Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states.It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention. If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days most people in The United States of America will have the message.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States ...”
This is an idea that should be passed around, regardless of political party. Congressional Reform Act of 2017
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office. And, no more perks go with them.
2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress must purchase their own retirement plan, just as ALL Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people (i.e. NO MORE INSIDER TRADING!!!).
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts by and for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor and privilege NOT a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work … not get all kinds of freebies.
Facebook has proven time after time that you can hate Jews, Christians, Trump, Guns, the Wall, Conservatives, or White Hetero-sexual Men — but criticize Zuckerberg, Obama, Moochelle, Hood Rats, Islamic Terrorists, Illegal Aliens, Hilderbeast, Facebook, Waters, Chucky, or Fancy Nancy and your speech will be called hate and racist. 7000+ moderators, none of which I’ll assume are White Hetero-Sexual Christian Men, will find something in their 1500 page “Bible of Banning”.
In 2018, Facebook has banned me 11 times for 30-days. I’m seldom un-banned for more than two or three days before banned 30 days again. Every time it’s pure Chickenshit, if I’m even given a reason at all. Look through my page at https://www.facebook.com/dave.schultz1 and you’ll be hard pressed to find anything offensive, but the doesn’t stop Facebook’s Gestapo. I appealed the first couple of times, but they went unanswered.
I just came off a banning a couple of days ago, and was banned again today. So what is the great offense this time?
It was this totally vile photo of me and my Schnauzers Smith & Wesson, which was posted over a year ago. It appears that their Gestapo has me on their harass list to perpetually ban me for 30 days every month. If we were wearing Pussy hats there wouldn’t be a problem. But I digress.
Facebook’s stock has dropped like a lead balloon in the last three months while most other’s have one well. Closed at $134 a share, down from $220 a couple of months ago. If you’re a FB stock holder, you’ve lost have of you’re business. If your retirement is in a Mutual Fund holding Facebook positions, you’re losing money.
The reason for their stock dropping is a combination of the fears of all of the suits against that are sure to come down from US and European government agencies, and the record number of people downloading all of their data on Facebook – which is an indicator that a pissed off person will soon delete their Facebook account. These are very bad trends, and Facebook’s future is starting to look bleak. They’re committing suicide from their Uber Socialist slant on postings an the privacy violations. I just two words to sum up my feelings of Facebook. Fuck Zuckerberg!
If you’re reading this on Facebook, consider sharing with your friends so the see the real Facebook.
The Maniacal Ravings of Dave Schultz page on Facebook had been active for eight years, and recently increased its followers to over 8,000. However, Saturday the Facebook Gestapo took it down as being Pro Trump, Pro Life, Pro America, Pro Christian, Pro Capitalism, and Pro Republic appears to violate the Community Standards Agenda of the Anti Trump, Anti Capitalism, Anti American, Anti White Hetero Sexual Male Gestapo deciding what people should be viewing.
I just bought a business franchise (more on that another day) so for the last three weeks I’ve been busy with doing Due Diligence, traveling to meet the Franchiser, meeting with my lawyer and accountant, setting up the business entity, and other business crap – so my time at the shop has been a little limited.
Today I dyed the door panels to my Magnum, as they were looking pretty ratty. So I took them off
Wiped down with wax and grease remover, scuffed, and masked off the courtesy lights and trim.
I generally start with two light coats, and then one wet coat. That worked well for the hard plastic and carpet, but the soft vinyl would have parts that looked like it was soaking it up. It was splotching with parts being gloss and parts being flat. I thought I’d must done something wrong in prep, but it finally came out OK by the time I’d hit the soft vinyl another six or seven times with a wet coat, waiting about 2-3 minutes between. It took a full 12oz can for first panel.
Same deal with second panel. I made sure I’d rubbed off all of the wax and grease remover, and let it air dry for an hour. However, same deal. Hard plastic and carpet looked good after two light and one wet coat, but I had to keep hitting the soft vinyl with more wet coats where the dye dries into a flat splotch. When the soft vinyl finally was a consistent gloss, I had just enough left in the can to give the entire soft vinyl an even wet coat instead of just dressing up the splotches. So figure a can per door panel.
I think it came out looking pretty good. The gloss makes the soft vinyl look a little loose, but I’m hoping that between clipping back to the door and the door handle that it will tighten the look a little.
Last week I sold the Jerico DR4 that I use to run in my Red Coronet (I’d since converted to an automatic and gave to my son Dallas), and yesterday I ran to my old shop to bring it and some furniture I had stored there back to Beasley. I crated the transmission and wrapped it to be picked up.
BTW, if anyone needs a Long Pistol Grip V Gate shifter – with a button and Jerico Rods – I have one for $350.
Monday I took my 64 Imperial towards my bank, about 45 miles away, then I was going to replace the 25 year old tires. Almost there I started to smell something burning, so I pulled over. When I stopped I saw smoke rolling out from under the hood, so I turned off the motor and threw open the hood expecting to see a fire. It turned out the clutch on the AC locked up and burned up my belts. I cut the belts off, still had a water pump/fan belt – so I headed home without an alternator. Fortunately I made it. I have a mechanic friend working about 10-15 hours a week to help me get my cars ready to sell. He flushed the system and installed a new compressor, dryer and belts – converting to R 134. Still waiting on the expansion valve before the system can be charged.
So I took the Imperial for tires. The kid got the right side off and started hammering on all of the nuts on the left side with 160psi. When I saw him get the penetrating spray, I knew what was going on and went to tell him all Mopars before 1971 were left hand thread on left.
He had to take a breaker bar with a jack handle to break the nuts loose, but also broke a 9/16-18LH stud.
As a side note, I spent 3-hours trying to locate a LH stud and nut, and found Dorman stopped making years ago. They’re now made out of Unobtainium. I ordered 10 Right hand studs and nuts to convert.
After leaving the tire shop, I went to get a couple quotes to replace the exhaust. They were both about $1000. The price didn’t too much scare me, but the both refused to flange and give me new from the manifold back. They both wanted to stub, and I’m not doing $1000 to attach to 55 year old pipes. So while I was finding that you can no longer get LH studs, I did find and buy new stock exhaust system with resonators for $600 shipped. I also ordered new Gabriel shocks front and back.
Speaking of tires, I got new set of tires for my 67 Marlin. I was going to restore, but I’m just too busy to have another project, so I’m getting it running good, fixing everything, and selling. My mechanic bud spent about 25 hours fixing all of the electrics. It was butchered, but now all straightened out. All of the brakes straightened out, and motor now has an electronic ignition. Waiting on wiper arm and a brake hose, and then it will be ready to detail and list for sale.
Back to the Magnum, I made a gauge panel (see a previous post) and my mechanic bud is in the middle of wiring it in.
If anyone is interested in the Dakota Digital dash I had in it, its yours for $100 Fits all 75-79 B Bodies.
That’s pretty much it for this episode of “As the Shop Turns”. I’ve been so busy with this new business (lots more to do before I go for two weeks training January 7th) and the lake house, the shop has been a little neglected.
Last week at the shop, time was mostly focused on a “Fall Cleaning”, organization of the shop, and getting my 67 Marlin running and driving right. The 67 Marlin is a very rare car, one I spent almost twenty years looking for the right one. AMC made the Marlin for the years, 65-67. In 65 & 66 it was based on the compact Rambler Rouge/American, making it look pretty weird being that short. However, in 67 it was on the full size Ambassador platform. I bought this car about ten years ago and put it in the corner. A couple of weeks ago I pulled it out of the corner to start its restoration, which starts with getting it running right before tearing it down.
The brakes were replaced, and parts (carb gasket, starter, alternator fuel pump, Pertonix electronic ignition, battery…) ordered. Gas was drained and fresh gas put in; car finally was started and running Tuesday.
I want to restore the car in red with black roof and interior. I did a little walk around the car to document the before and have a reference. My Shop Rat felt it was a great time to discuss where he put the six thermostats from my lake house, that I replace with Nest thermostats.
A month earlier, we were working to get my 64 Imperial convertible (also not running in ten years) running again. I took it for a little ride to figure out what still needs attention. I’ll be getting new tires, exhaust soon; and bought the caret dye to redye seats.
I treated the Thug to a new car cover, and I ordered a new Pro Glass rear window – which ought to be at the shop by Monday.
The majority of my time was cleaning and organizing the shop.
In the last year, I’ve had mechanic help come in now and then to help out. Between he, I and my shop rat – things start to get out of place with good used parts, new parts, and complete garbage laying around – instead of put away properly. Getting stuff done has taken a priority to organization and putting parts, tools, and supplies away. Currently I’m going through the shop and putting stuff away, and trying to improve organization. Yesterday I spent the first couple of hours putting good parts away, and bad parts in garbage. There was a lot of both. Then I started reorganizing the electrical crash cart, which was a total mess. I got rid of the bad short wires thrown in the cart and wound up good short pieces, sorted and bagged connectors which, somehow got unsorted. I put switches and fuses; shrink tubes and relays; and connectors in cases.
I still have six other crash carts to straighten out, but this was the worst of them. On my stacker, the door cabinet was mounted very low because of some plates I used to mount a puck lock system.
It interfered with the golf cart when loaded. So it got mounted higher today after cutting a relief hole in the back.
Also in the stacker, the aircraft cargo track that got ripped up when I had to lock up the brakes with a car on the lift – had a new one cut, edges ground smooth, bent to fit beaver tail, and screwed down with new screws, lock washers and nuts.
The Magnum has been sitting for a couple of years. Recently the gas was drained, carb rebuilt and car running and tuned before replacing the carpet and seats. It drives great, but brakes were horrible. Originally it was suspected to have been the master cylinder – so that was removed and inspected. It was fine and the brakes bled and adjusted. Brakes still sucked so car was jacked up and both rear wheels still turned while brakes were applied. Since the they bled fine, it is suspected that the pistons are froze up inside from sitting so long – and ones are on the way.
Also in the “spent a lot of time and money fixing the wrong items” department, the hydraulic clutch on my 99 Drifter 1500 motorcycle was slipping. It got replaced last month. Now it has a slight delay engaging. Bleeding didn’t help so I bought a used master cylinder and a rebuild kit as new is made of unobtainium. It was rebuilt and put on, but same issue existed. the slave cylinder was bled, and same thing. The hose between the two was removed. While 150 psi of air was introduced at one end, less than ten psi comes out of the other end – meaning 20 years has degraded the hose and its collapsed. It too is made of unobtainium, so I’ll have to take someplace that can take a hose with banjo fittings.
So a lot of hours were spent wasting time yesterday. Heading to the lake for the weekend, so thrashing resumes next week.
I spent last week at my Little Cabin on the Lake, mostly turning it into a smart home. While I was gone, I gave my Shop Rat the task of doing a Deep Fall Cleaning of the shop. He started in one corner of the building and moved clockwise cleaning/washing walls, purlins, garage doors, shelves and the floor. Below are some photos of his work.
He was also tasked with spreading three yards of dark mulch.
When I returned Monday, I took the coach to the Spartan shop (120 mile round trip) to fix oil leaking from lug nuts, opened a ton of packages of parts needing to get thrown on cars, and mowed the five acres – which had gone wild from all of the rain. It was kinda muddy still, but there was a forecast of another week of rain, so it was mow now or wait a couple more weeks.
Finally, I took some photos of the rust detail on a 60 Plymouth I bought ten years ago to part out, but have decided to just sell as is instead.
The rest of this week I intend to further organizing the shop while having the shop rat detail the inside of the stacker. Then back to work on the wagon and my street car collection.
Dave Schultz is banned on Facebook more often than not (9 or the last 12 months) for the most lame of excuses. Because of this I have a few pseudo personalities, (like Art Deco, Moe Heacan, Al E Gator, Ty Kuhn, Dixie Normus…) most of which ultimately get permanently banned from Butt Hurt Liberal Snitches blowing me in.
Today one of my pseudo got in blown in by a snitch for posting that Early Voting For Democrats begins on Nov. 7th.
I’m constantly getting banned for taking an anti-abortion or Islamic Pedophile stances, yet I see the reverse stances taken by Liberals make it easily through.
So last night I returned after 15 days of drag racing, dropping my Coach off for service, and visiting the “Outlaws” in Western New York. Click here if interested in more of the details on that. Anyway, after 4,000 miles of driving I was 30 miles from home when someone jumped in front of me as the Toyota that was in front of me (with one tail light and no brake lights) locked up the brakes. I had to lock up the brakes harder than I’ve ever had in a rig this big. So hard that the coffee maker in the coach flew into my wife. This morning when unloading the cars out of the stacker, the Genesis on the lift ripped the aircraft L Track out of the lift from that emergency stop.
So got the stacker unloaded and flipped the rig around and opened it up so my wife could clean out.
My shop rat will have a big job of washing 4000 miles of bugs off of it. Speaking of Shop Rat, while I was gone his main job was to take the under belly of Screamin Woody to bare metal, and to apply two coats of POR15 Silver and Black.
The clutch on my 1999 Kawasaki Drifter 1500 was replaced before I left. While the tank was off I figured it was time to change the color from that ugly Maroon, so the fenders got taken off. While I was having the Thug’s body damage fixed at Randy Standsbury’s in Louisiana, I took the bike’s sheet metal for bright metallic red pearl paint. That was delivered last week, and put on the scooter today.
Back to the Woody. The Ford 9″ was torn down, inspected and case painted before I left, and then reassembled today.
My Shop Rat stripped the Four-Link when I was gone, and I taped off ends and hit it with a couple coats of red.
The tail lights and fin trim is now back on the wagon.
I hope to have the rear suspension back in; and the rear compartment stripped, spatter painted, new fuel cell and weight boxes installed by the end of October. The goal is to have the car finished (still dealing with engine) by New Year, and well tested before Bradenton.
I also opened two weeks of boxes that came in while I was gone and mowed the 2′ high grass.
I wanted to paint the “Leaning Tower of Power” that came out of my 60 Plymouth today (Shop Rat made paint ready while I was gone), but only so much time.
Also ordered wipers for 46 Olds; Front and Rear seals for the Screamin Woody’s motor; rocker adjusters for the 383 Motor going into the 60 Plymouth; and brake master cylinder and fuel pump for my 67 Marlin.
Tomorrow is Doctor appointment day, then a weekend on the Lake. Monday I pick up the Magnum’s bumper from the chrome shop and hope to get quite a bit done Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the shop. So much to do, so little time.
That was two cans of red primer and three cans of Banner Red paint. Also, cleaned, scuffed, taped off, primered and painted the wheelie bars.
Pressure washed the engine compartment of the 60 Plymouth after removing hood. The underside of hood needs to be taken down to bare metal and painted Corporate Blue.
The front suspension needs to be rebuilt, washed again, scuffed with brown 3M pads, painted Corporate Blue, and the front suspension painted POR15 Gloss black. The reason for Corporate Blue is that the car will get wrapped to look like the King’s 60 Plymouth (His first Top Rank NASCAR car) that sat out back of his shop for 50 years.
Headers are on the 383 that will go into the 60. Oil pan just came in. Still waiting on a push rod and a pair of adjusters to finish. Yes I’ll put a new Wix 51515 Oil Filter on it.
Bumper came off of my 78 Magnum – Ginger. It took a three hour drive with me to the chrome shop, to be stripped and re-plated.
They jumped on stripping to bare metal and sent me these photos.
They promised it will be ready in three weeks. We’ll see! The huge full width bumper mount will get wire brushed and a couple coats of black POR15.
While on the topic of Magnum, the radio (from a 99 Durango that I Installed 15 years ago) was pulled out and tested as it has it’s volume and reception goes up and down. It works bench tested, but in car its a big power draw. Testing still required to figure out.
And staying on the subject of my 78 Magnum, about 15 years ago I made a custom dash panel and filled it with Dakota Digital gauges. The tach has gone dim on me, and they’re not as Kool now as 15 years ago. Below is an old photo, as the column shift has been replaced with a floor shift and console.
So I bought a stock dash panel to fill with after market gauges.
The gauge holes measure two at 4″ and two at 2 5/8″. 4″ gauges are limited, and I’m two holes short for a full set if I couldn’t find a combo. While pricey, I did find what I needed.
I ordered them with a white face with black day face and green on black night face. Ordered a clock and a oil temp with same face and bezel to fill the 2 5/8″ holes. It rocked me about a grand, and will take 4-5 weeks to make. I’m sure there will be a lot of Dremel tool action to the dash panel to get them in.
The sheet metal was removed from my 99 Drifter 1500 and taken to Randy Stansbury for a 3-stage metallic red paint job. The clutch was rebuilt and drivetrain serviced a couple of weeks ago. Got the frame all purdied up while waiting on sheet metal to get delivered to me in Indy.
That’ my now almost 31-year-old son on the bike. Saddle bags, windshield and Baby Ape Hangers bars have been added over the years.
Red and black is my favorite color combo. I hope it looks good on this bike.
Finally the trees. At my little cabin on the lake, I had a 30′ Oak tree that died. I had a professional crew come out to take it down and grind the stump down. It was surrounded on three sides by a pool, patio and wrought Iron fence – so I wanted no part of it.
Also had three 30-gallon Mexican Fan palms planted.
All in all, I’ve had a pretty busy and productive week. The plan is to just rest this weekend by paying bills and reconcile checking accounts, catch up on some computer work – and watch the Stros, Texans and NHRA. Monday we head to Indy for the Finals.
What does all of that have in common? It and more happened at the shop yesterday.
All of the aluminum in the truck of the Thug got polished up.
I needed more loose weight as I’d been borrowing from 00Joe and Dennis Breeden, so bought a couple dumbbells and chopped off the ends.
Photo is upside down, they weigh 11.1 pounds each.
I bought an aluminum trailer from Jim Bailey, but since his car was much shorter, I didn’t have enough angle for front straps, and damaged the paint on the Thug. Yesterday I cut 3″ holes through the aluminum floor and took a high speed bit to it to shape for 6,000 pound recessed D-Rings. A few bolt holes, carriage bolts and impact wrench to drive nuts on and I’m now good to go.
Moving onto my 1960 Plymouth, the Leaning Tower of Power was pulled in favor of an approximate 450 hp 383 that was in the Thug when it was a street racer 15 years ago. The 383 was assembled as far as it can go until another parts delivery arrives. Also found a bent push rod a two bad rocker adjusters, so they were ordered.
Also painted and wrapped the low mileage and strong 6-banger that came out of the Plymouth, before putting it into the shed.
I bought a set of like new black leather seats from a 2-door BMW and installed into my 78 Magnum. They looked great in the car but my “Full-Figured” ass was too wide to be comfortable. So they were yanked out in favor of new leather aftermarket, which took 3.5 months to get here.
Wrapped these seats, which are for sale. If you have a Muscle Car with black interior, there’s nothing like the comfort of modern power seats.
These are the aftermarket leather seats. No power, and they have a satin look to them, which maybe leather conditioner might shine up, but they’re very comfortable.
Also found a couple of hours to mow my 5 acres and wash Zero turn.
Fixin to head out to the shop for another very full day.
Beware where you buy your Home Warranty. American Home Shield has the worst customer service I’ve run into in recent history.
Gather around children, and let Uncle Dave tell you about two companies you should stay far away from. They are America Home Shield – a home warranty company, and Houston Air Comfort – an alleged AC repair company. I say alleged, as in four days without air conditioning in 100+ degree Texas August weather, I’ve yet to see anyone from that company.
I have had AHS warranties at the house I just sold, my lake house, and a house in Beasley for years. The contract number for any fact checkers at AHS is 232251452, although I will be cancelling it. I pay about $60 month per property, and the contract auto renews year to year!
While it was very easy to sign up, it is near impossible to get anyone on the line when there are problems, or you need to cancel. Last week I sold my house and it took 30 minutes to cancel.
During the middle of the night Monday/Tuesday my ac crapped out. At around 9am Tuesday I went on line at AHS.com and requested service. I receive an email back saying the repair has been assigned to Houston Air Comfort, and that they will get back with me in “24 Business Hours”. What the Hell does that mean?
Wednesday at 9am no one had called so I go on line to check status, and it has me as “unable to contact”. That is complete Bullshit as I had my phone all day waiting for their call, while dying from no AC, and there are no missed calls. I called Houston Air Comfort and asked who called and when, and she said they don’t have that information. I’m told that next appointment available is 9-1 Thursday! I told her to tell him to be sure to bring fan blades!
At 1pm Thursday (Day three without AC), no one has shown and I have to be 80 miles away by 3. So I have an employee go to house and stay there. While on the way to my appointment I call AHS. I get caught in a loop from Hell asking for my contract number or phone number (which I’ve had since 1991) and zip code, then saying they no record of me – and loop to asking for that info again without any other option. I’m screaming customer service while punching 0, get a message to hold on while being transferred, and then get disconnected. I call back and go through the whole routine again, and get a complete moron girl. I explained the whole deal, she didn’t appear to be interested, and I’m “axed” if I wasn’t sure that the appointment wasn’t for NEXT Thursday. I say it better not be, and she says “Letme look”. (Maybe she should have done that first!) I’m then told that I have an appointment for 9-1 today. It’s 1:30, and I said “and well?”, and she then asks if he’s there. I said, “no, that’s why I’m calling”. She says “Hold on while I call them”. I intended to get a haircut on the way, so I pulled into the barbershop, waited for two cuts in front of me, and get my haircut – all while holding the phone on speaker telling the whole barbershop that my call was important, hold for next representative. The whole barbershop heard my story and the nasty synthesized hold noise. By the time my haircut was finished, I was still listening to hold noise. I drove another ten miles, got to my appointment and hung up. No one called me back.
So after the appointment I call Houston Air Comfort, and was told I’m the next call he’ll go on. I told her that my employee leaves at 4 and she said he’ll be there before 4. I’ll assume that its an instant fix as they must. I’m betting he won’t have the parts I told the girl to have him bring. I asked if they don’t give a courtesy call when people wait four hours and there’s a no show, and she said no.
As I write this at 3:30 Thursday, no one has shown at my Beasley residence, and I’m at the lake for the weekend. This is the type of service you can expect if you sign up with AHS for a home warranty, or call Houston Air Comfort for AC repair. You will waste a lot of time and money! I’ll update as this saga plays itself out.
Meanwhile, I’ll tell my story to all who will listen (and post all over the Interweb) as I’m pissed and insulted from the piss poor customer service. The above is 100% factual!
Thursday 4pm, no one has shown, no calls from anyone. I’m now paying overtime for employee to sit and wait. I have posted to both AHS and Houston Air’s Facebook page a link to this page, and have link to AHS via their chat.
Thursday 4:24pm– Tech calls to say that he’s 45 minutes away. So lady who told me he’d be there by 4 LIED, as did the one who said they’d be there between 9am-1pm. I asked if he had blades and he said no. He said he’d not have blades today, by MAYBE it would be fixed tomorrow. MAYBE! Would you believe these liars?
Thursday 5:25pm – Repair guy finally shows up for his 9am-1pm appointment, and in 30 seconds determines it needs fan blades! Well Duh, I told them that Tuesday morning. He doesn’t have so someone will be back tomorrow or Saturday. I’ll hold my breath. Stay tuned.
Friday 4:17 pm– No one came, no one called. I called Houston Air Comfort and they said the tech is off Fridays and they don’t know if he got blades or not, and won’t know until tomorrow. Great customer service. Waited all day, never so much as a call.
Saturday 8:57 am (Day Five in Texas August without AC) – Called AHS and went through the whole drill and was again transferred to a disconnect. I figure that’s what they mus do if no one is available to take call Called again, went through the drill and the call was answered by someone who couldn’t get her company name right. I explained my story more than once, and was put on hold for about 20 minutes. She came back and said Houston Air Comfort ordered blades and they won’t be in until Monday or Tuesday. I asked if she felt that was acceptable, and she said yes.
Monday 9:45 – Day 8 no AC. Couldn’t sleep last night. 9:45 am Call Houston Air Comfort, as they never call me when they 8 hours late don’t come Friday as promised, don’t come Saturday as promised. Lady says I’m not on any schedule. WHAAAT? She can put me on schedule for tomorrow 9-1. Last Tuesday they put me on schedule for 9-1 and he showed up a 5:30 pm, looked at unit for 30 seconds and said he be back in morning with parts. I’ve called Friday and was told he’d be here Saturday. I called AMS Saturday and told he’ll be here today. I call today, and told he’ll be here tomorrow. I post facts on American Home Shield;s page, an now banned for posting there.
Tuesday 2:45 pm– Yesterday I was given a 9 am-1 pm appointment for today, and told he’d be here at 9 for his first call. No one has come or called. I call Houston Air Comfort and told he broke down an hour and half ago. I said that wouldn’t have affected me if he’d been here at 9 am as promised. I asked why someone doesn’t ever call on the four times someone hasn’t shown up for appointments. She said she was the only person in the office, and was busy getting him a tow truck and and ride, but would have called me. I asked when someone was going to fix the AC and said needed to put me on hold to find out. Ten minutes later I got a dial tone.
Tuesday 3:00 Pm – I call Houston Home Air Comfort back, and a different lady answers. So much for the lie of being the only one there. I tell her I’m done with them, cancel the call, I’ll go buy the fan myself and fix. She says she wants to transfer me to yet another lady, and I said “Don’t Bother, cancel the call and watch for me blowing up the Internet about them”.
Tuesday 3:05 pm – The third lady calls me to say that someone was leaving then to come fix. I told her to not bother, I’m done with them. She said that they had already bought the part, and need to fix. I relented and told her to have him hurry.
Tuesday 4:15 pm – Tech calls to say he’s 15 minutes.
Tuesday 4:45 pm – Tech arrives and takes less than 5 minutes to put fan on.
I bought a bunch of Echos for my house on Prime Day. My daughter asked me if I wasn’t concerned about the Deep State, as recently the government subpoenaed the Alexa records of an Arkansas man from Amazon.
I considered that before buying Alexa, but I figured what the Hell. They already have all of my texts and phone calls. All of my emails and banking transactions, All my movements from cell phones and facial recognition from city street and toll cameras. All of my credit card charges. All of my facebook posts. All of my medical records from Obamacare. Their satellite cameras can look in my bedroom window. My cars and trucks have black boxes that report my car’s diagnostics, and a microphone they have control of. They have every Google search I’ve ever made and every site I’ve ever visited. They can take over every camera, phone computer and TV; smart refrigerator and washer; door bell or flood light camera; or anything else with a camera or microphone. My electric smart meter tells them how much electricity I’m using in any given moment. How much more help can Alexia give them on what channel I watch or what music I’m listening to?
For the last 35 years, I’ve always had a large Chrysler vert. There’s nothing like cruising down a country road at 70 with the top down on a land barge. In the 80s I had a 67 Newport and then a 64 300 vert. in the 90s I had a 65 300 vert. About 20 years ago I bought a 64 Imperial vert off the original owner and sold the 65.
So about six or seven years ago I parked the Imperial and haven’t driven it since. Last week I decided that I need to get it running well again and start driving. Yesterday the bad fuel was pumped out and fresh fuel put in, along with new battery. The car started but ran like crap. The plugs, cap, points, condenser, points, and wires were change, and it now purrs like a kitten . Also the value covers were pulled, sanded, primed and painted Mopar engine blue. I’ll do oil change next week.
There were no brakes, so today a new master cylinder was put on, and front brakes got new wheel cylinders. The drums and shoes were good. The back was a little more of an issue. I did have an old school drum puller to get the tapered hubs off, but they weren’t budging with any of the impact guns I have. I had to get my largest breaker bar with a jack handle slid over it – and put all of my 300 pounds behind it to break the press loose.
Again the drums and shoes were good, but the wheel cylinders were garbage. Replaced those, but couldn’t get the fluid to the back, so I ordered a pair of 72″ x 3/16″ brake lines, and a 36″ and 24″ and some couplers to run new lines front to back. That’ll be next week.
Moving onto Ole Blue, my 25 year old Harley. I finished getting the bags back on it, and adjusted the right handle bar controls so I can see out of my new right mirror.
Mounted a 50′ Goodyear air hose (a Doug ‘the Thug’ Duell tip from last month’s race) to my Coach’s 150 psi air supply – so I have air to power a pair of air bottle jacks – should I have a flat on the coach or stacker.
Also mounted a door cabinet on the stacker for cleaning supplies, and to hold a 25′ hose reel. Now I can plug the reel in and air up the race car’s tires without dragging my compressor to each wheel.
This was another theft of a Doug Duell pit tip
The parking light hole in the front bumper of the Texas Thug was filled with amber Plexiglass.
Finally, in the 80s I drove a pair of GT Hawk as my Daily Driver. Over 20 years ago I wanted to Kustomize one of them with a rack and Pinion steering, 340ci Motor, 5-speed transmission, Fins from a 60 Plymouth, and a front clip from a 53 Commander. The car would be “MoHawk”. It has been at various shops in that time – coming back worse than than it was when dropped off after paying tens of thousands of dollars. Anyway, it has been pulled out and cleaned out.
In the near future, I’ll separate the body from the tube chassis to handle making the chassis right at my shop, and I’ll find a decent metal working shop to cut the silly fins from the first shop off, graft on the 60 Plymouth fins, and make the body ready for paint. Then back to my shop for mating to the chassis, drive train, wiring, paint, trim and interior.
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Mostly Original and Mint care taken of it
Cold Factory AC
Dodge made sure that the Lil Red Express would perform like no other. Right from the factory it came with the E58 police package 360 engine.
Here is a list of factory-installed goodies and statistics on the 1978 and 1979 Lil red express truck
Lil Red Express rolled out in March 1978
Lil Red Express Had a production number of 2,188 for 1978 & 5,188 for 1979
Lil Red Express had a short wheel base (115 inch)
Lil Red Express had a gross vehicle weight of 6,100 pounds
Lil Red Express had a 360 V8 with a 850 cfm carter thermo-quad four barrel carburetor
Lil Red Express truck came Equipped with:
E58 Police Engine
Super flow Heads
a police cam
Heavy duty Valve Springs
Cold Air Induction
Dual-Snorkel Air Intake
Came with A-727 Torqueflite Transmission 2500 stall converter
The 1979 Lil Red Express included a Catalytic Converter
The 1979 had the Flat Hood
The 1979 Lil Red Express truck this year came with dual square headlights
Also, you could Find These Goodies on the Lil Red Express Truck:
Gold pin striping decals on the Doors & Tailgate
Oak body trim panels
Chrome Exhaust Tips
Chrome Valve Cover
Chrome Air Cleaner Cover
Chrome Side Bed Steps
Stainless Steel Heat Shield
The Lil Red Express Truck also got about 13 miles to the gallon
Dodge said it was the Fastest American Production vehicle for 1978
The Lil red truck had 225 Horsepower-3 Speed Automatic Transmission
9¼ inch Rear End with Sure-Grip Differential & 3.55:1 Rear Gears
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Power Front Disc Brakes/Drums on Back
The 1978s are faster, more rare and far more desirable than the 1979s.
This is what I know about this particular mint truck:
About 12 years ago, I met a preacher in North Texas who was Little Red Express fanatic. He had two, and wanted to sell one of them. One was a non AC model with red seats, carpet and door panels for $22,000, and this far far nicer one for $40,000. I couldn’t justify paying $40K, and bought the not near as nice one.
Two years later, a lady who worked for the preacher and handle many of his personal affairs called to say that the preacher was terminally ill with cancer, and came down on the price to me because he wanted me to have, before putting on eBay. I bought the truck (about ten years ago) and sold the non AC truck to my son.
The preacher was too ill to meet with me, but the time before when I bought the other truck, he told me the truck was original and that held bought about 15 years prior from the original owner – and had rarely driven it. I asked if the wood was original, and he said he was told it was, but I questioned it being too nice. He said the original owner never drove it in the rain, and it spent every night of it life in a garage. This preacher had a huge beautiful home (preaching was very good to him I guess) and the garage that only this truck was kept in was the Taq Mahal of garages. I too have driven this truck very little, and it is stored a nice garage in a flannel lined custom cover that comes with the truck.
Because the Preacher hadn’t driven the last couple of years of his life, I had to do a little work to get it to run as great as it does.
While I really couldn’t verify all that I was told, I’d given the truck a though going over prior to buying it, and believe the flawless paint is original, as is the interior. The underside also made me feel the truck is an original low mileage truck, and not restored or ever wrecked.
I replaced the dealer installed non-Mopar (very common in 1978) radio Zenith radio/8-track with a rebuilt (and bluetooth added) Mopar Infinity stereo from late 90s and early 00s. It runs and drives great, and the only thing I know wrong with it is the speedometer runs about 20mph fast. it says you’re doing 80 when you’re doing 60.
About four years ago, my son sold me his truck back after it had been neglected so he could buy an engagement ring. I got it running right, polished it up and sold it to a guy in New Zealand two years ago for $28,000. He begged me to sell him this one for $35,000, but I wasn’t ready to sell. Now in retirement, I’m selling half of my 31 cars, trucks and motorcycles to make life simpler. I checked Hemmings.com and there are 8 LREs currently for sale, and the 79s not as nice as this rarer 78 are asking high $30s.
A fair, no haggle, quick sale price is $35,000 – the price I’d already turned down. So I’m not going to start at $40K and haggle down to $35k, but instead say the price is $35K firm – because soon (when I get some share time), I’ll blitz advertise this truck on Old Cars Trader, Racing Junk, EBay, Hemmings…
If you’re interested, email me at Davetheoldhippie @ gmail.com.
There are a few things only that I’d be interested in considering as a partial trade. Click here for the list. Do not call me with your brilliant idea on how to sell for me. I will hang up and block you.
I have far too many restoration and freshen up project cars than I have time to get to, and can offer a very flexible opportunity that might be perfect for both the right retired person and I.
I’m looking for two honest and dependable automotive craftsman looking to work one or two days a week (averaging 10 hours) at my shop, paint room; using my tools and equipment. The below is a portion of what I need to get done.
I’ve always had a big Chrysler/Imperial Convertible a my weekend cruiser. This car is in good shape but needs to be freshened up a little. My son (who works full time as my Crew Chief and Shop Manager) will pull the engine and transmission to freshen, and I need the car to be repainted and the interior freshened up. Since it is a driver — I just need for it to be a 2-3 looking good and having everything working properly.
I need my 46 Olds Street rod finished. Mostly interior and suspension.
These are my backup race cars. We will strip down and mount on the spit and do most of the reassembly — but I need the Plymouth to be stripped of its 30-year-old cracked lacquer paint, a small dent in the hood repaired, and painted. The same with the black Dodge — and the rear wheel area was pulled out prior to the car being tubbed — and needs to be fixed back to stock. Both cars are as solid as a rock without any type of rust.
Most of the bodywork on this A-100 has been done — but it needs to be completed, painted, and reassembled with a Mopar Small block.
Full restoration on this solid #3 1967 Ambassador Marlin, after the unfinished projects are completed.
Inexpensively get the bugs worked out of this 70 Cyclone GT 4-speed so I can sell. Some electrical issues, dash pad, etc.
Custom Plodge (Plymouth Front end on Dodge body) project. Thinking about getting a two door post car to make this a 2-door wagon customized. Mopar big block and 4-speed.
Thinking about making this car a replica of Richard Petty’s 60 Plymouth.
The above is a sampling to the type of things I have going on. These are my personal vehicles. As stated, my 26-year-old son (who races with me on a National Circuit) maintains the race cars and will be able to assist with the heavier work when needed. He’s a good man and is interested in learning from masters.
This is a perfect situation for a retired automotive craftsman who wants to supplement his Social Security with cash, stay busy a few hours a week, but have the flexibility to take a few weeks off here and there for travel and/or fishing. Might work out for Snowbirds looking to spend 8-9 months a year in Texas (30 miles south of Houston in a small town). I can even possibly arrange for a nice place to park you motorhome to live in.
I’m only interested in the following qualities:
A Craftsman who pays attention to detail and works efficiently. Paint and body needs to be of the highest quality. Need the full package.
Vast experience with automotive restorations. I will require and check your references.
Honest and dependable – no flakes. I need someone who will give a fair day’s work for a far day’s pay. While this is a part time offer with flexible scheduling to enjoy your retirement, time at the shop needs to be scheduled, and a reasonable time plan needs to be followed.
I will allow the use of my tools to those who can care for them. I have virtually everything required and will/can obtain what I might not have. I can provide a safe and secure shop area for your tools if you wish to use them. I will pay cash at the end of the week. I’m looking for two craftsmen to working independently on two projects each at the same time.
I’ve tried to completely explain what it is I want, and I am not at all interested in compromising any of it. All work performed at my shop. I’m a fair and honest man without drama — looking for a couple of the same. If you are interested, email me (davetheoldhippie @ gmail.com) about your experience and what you have in mind.