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While We Are On The Group “B” Rally Subject

More Group B Fun

More Group B Fun

While I am obsessing about the Audi Coupe, here’s a good article in Hemmings Motor News on the Cars of the Group B Rally series in the late 80′s. The RS200 Ford is my all time favorite and one of these days I will own one.

You can’t really look back at the Class of 1986 without taking a look at the Group B homologation specials that reached their zenith that year, the last for the highly advanced, extremely powerful and now legendary rally cars.

The original intention of the FIA-sanctioned Group B rally and sports car racing category, accepted for the 1983 rally season, was to replace Group 4′s homologation regulation of 400 units with half that number to encourage more manufacturers to join the fracas. With a need to produce just 200 cars, the acceptance of all-wheel drive, exotic materials and very low minimum weight restrictions, manufacturers pulled out all the stops and created street-going race cars, like the outrageous, flared-fender MG Metro 6R4… read more at Hemmings.

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Old World Wool Seal Making

Wool felt front wheel seal

Wool felt front wheel seal

Today Peter created new bearing seals for the 1934 Lagonda M45 Rapide. The seals of the day did much the same job as today’s plastic over steel equivalent. The main sealing surface is wool felt that, soaked in oil, does a good job holding most of the oil and grease in place. The tools of the trade are pretty simple ones: a spoon, a ball-peen hammer, scissors and a razor blade. The thick wool felt is traced and cut via razor blade.

To make the wool a bit “proud” – to stick out like the chin of a duke – paper gasket material can be cut and built up behind the wool. A spoon and a ball-peen hammer are all that is needed to make an imprint to cut out.

This twenties automotive seal technology was used in agricultural equipment for decades such as wheel seals on an Oliver or Cockshut tractor.

Using the ball-peen hammer to trace the inner lip on the gasket

Using the ball-peen hammer to trace the inner lip on the gasket

A spoon has a nice radius for tracing the outer edge of the seal

A spoon has a nice radius for tracing the outer edge of the seal

Lagonda M45 Rapide front brake shoes and axle with hub removed

Lagonda M45 Rapide front brake shoes and axle with hub removed

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1950 Ford Pickup

What would you rather have, a boring old Ferrari or this Ford pickup. Can you imagine the possibilities with this rig, move that old toilet off the porch, fill the bed with ice to keep your beer cold, steady your 12 gauge on the rails so you can shoot stuff.

Since this truck is so nice and sorted I can’t let it go for less than $24,000

Ford Pickup 1949

Ford Pickup 1950

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Vintage Cars At Mt. Washington

Rear suspension 1935 Ford Amilcar

Rear suspension 1935 Ford Amilcar

While Steve and Nate are at Northwest Passage; both the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb and the historic Mt. Washington Hillclimb are all going on simultaneously. The vintage cars at Mt. Washington are rich with ARCA history. They are the reason the Climb to the Clouds is a prestigious event. I, Bill, am at Mt. Washington and have taken just a few pics with my iPhone while walking through the pits.

Take a look at the gallery here on the Climb to the Clouds Facebook page.

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1954 Ford F100

110324_rpm_f100_1530This super cool 1954 Ford F100 just came up for sale at the shop. At first glance the truck looks very good with good paint and trim, of course the next thing to look at are the floors and the cab corners which are both solid. The panel gaps are good and the floors seem to be in great original condition. This F100 has the appropriate 4 pointed star on the grill that indicates that it is powered by a 6 cylinder engine which is rare to find because so many have been converted to late model V-8 engines and automatic transmissions.

What always strikes me about these 1950s American trucks is their incredible simplicity, everywhere in the engine bay are basic and proven ancillary items such as the Holly Carburetor, AC fuel pump and Delco Electrical components. We are going through our normal process on cars that are new to us which include re-coring the radiator, rebuilding the generator and starter and replacing all of the brake components. We always overhaul the generators and alternators on old cars because it’s cheap and typically no one services these items until they fail.  If it were an aircraft, you service components based on strict intervals so you don’t fall out of the sky, but on a car, the risk is much less as you roll to a stop on the side of the road which makes maintaining things like starters or generators less urgent. When we finish these projects, the truck will be driven and sorted so the next owner can feel confident when driving to the hardware store… and returning home.

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’33 Street Rod

Have a look at this killer ’33 Street Rod. My friend Tony is looking to sell it and I would like to help him find a new home the car. He had a blown Chevy big block in the car but decided to sell the car without an engine.

Tony Street Rod '33

Interior tint

Interior tint

Tony Street Rod ’33

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Gus is Back | Ford F-100

Our shop mascot and Peter’s personal daily driver, Gus, is back on the road for spring. Gus is a sweet Montana F-100 that hasn’t seen wax for years. His body weathered like the hands of an old farmer, still, Gus has appeal that can’t be matched, and does hard work making runs to the hardware, auto parts, and tractor parts stores.

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Period Magnetti Marelli decal

Period Magnetti Marelli decal

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Oliver Collector's Association decal in view

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