This site is undergoing a major change. I have had to curtail most of my car projects in anticipation of leaving CA so the BMW project have been discontinued and parted out/sold off.
I will keep the header articles in place for a while as they are the most visited pages with 10's of thousands of hits over the past several years.
I have been asked by a couple of people that have visited
this site how I acquired the skills to accomplish all the projects without
spending big $$ at a shop. Ok, a quick history lesson.... I grew
up in the '70s owning cars like SS Chevelles ('64, '67 big block),
GTO's (a '65, '66, '69), big block '70 'Cudas (3), a Mach 1 Mustang,
a '69 Firebird (400), and many others from a custom van (ugh!) to a VW fiberglass
buggy. I attended a vocational school for an 11 month Auto Repair course,
then went back the next year for 10 months of Auto Body Repair. I tried
the academic side of the school for a few months and dropped out in '76.
I ended up enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard in spring '77 and stayed in for 28.5 years. I was a Machinery Tech and have been fixing ship and boat engines and equipment for most of my career. I have worked on everything from 3 hp Briggs & Stratton powered pumps to 16,000 hp Pratt & Whitney propulsion gas turbines. Anything with more than one moving part was my responsibility. Now I work for the Corps of Engineers doing basically the same thing.
Over the years I have acquired more skills like: welding (gas, stick, mig, tig), basic lathe and vertical mill operation, electrical wiring, sheet metal fabrication, basic upholstery and probably a few more I can't think of right now. I almost never leave a car stock, even our mini van was modified, my wife called it the "Race Toaster".
I feel that real hot rodders don't pay someone to work on their cars, they do it themselves and if they don't know how to do something they learn!