600+ H.P. Small Block Available for the ’09 ‘Vette

January 13, 2008

Were he still with us today, the late Chevrolet Chief Engineer Ed Cole might not be surprised that GM’s classic Small Block V8 will be offered in a 2009 production Corvette with a rating of more than 600 hp (447 kW). After all, Cole (who later became GM’s president) was a visionary. When he and his assistant Harry Barr began sketching the new V8 in 1952, they designed in ample headroom for future development.

I found this in the January issue of Automotive Engineering International magazine. I’m not much of a Corvette fan, especially the later models, but 600 horse power in a small package sounds like fun.

The whole article is available here.


End of the Season

October 9, 2007

The last few big shows happened over the past couple of weekends close to home. Stuff happened that impacted my ability to go to the Ducktail run, and carried over to kill my ambition to attend the last few small shows in the area. If any of the other cruisers provide photographic evidence they actually put their rides in gear and went someplace I’ll post them. Otherwise this is the end of the season post.

Somewhat fitting to me as yesterday would have been my mothers 67th had she not passed away from cancer when she was 42. She is, unwittingly, responsible for my buying and working my tail off to restore the car below. She worked as a secretary for Al Packer Ford in Maryland when I was a tyke and bought a ’65 Mustang 2+2 Fastback, finally got rid of it just before we moved to Indiana in ’72. 25 years later I found a ’66, close enough, and came from the factory the same color as hers. So I bought it and went to work. 6 years later it looked like her car with the exception that her idiot kid put those gawdy white stripes on it and Centerline drag racing rims, built and I mean BUILT a 408 stroker engine to put in it with a Tremec 3550 5 speed followed up with a 3.89:1 9″ R.E. …testosterone took over finances…

Anyway what you see is part of how 2007 played out here in Northeast Indiana. See ya next year. And happy birthday mom.


(originally drafted on 10/07/07 )


Churubusco L.C. show

September 4, 2007

I didn’t go to this show since it was rained out on its original date, but Ron went and sent a few pictures he took.

Here’s what he liked, click to enlarge.




August 12, 2007

I didn’t make it to North Manchester Friday night. I did make it to Larwill Saturday. As usual about 50 showed up, most of them have appeared on here before.

A few new pieces of eye candy, as usual, click on them to enlarge.



Saturday on the Square

August 5, 2007

About 200 showed up, not bad for only the sixth year. Not too many pictures since I didn’t notice I had left the camera turned on for the past week which left the battery low.

So, here they are. Click on them to enlarge them.

Next weekend the North Manchester show on Friday and Larwill on Saturday. Maybe some bonus pictures from the Muddy River Run which is going on all weekend.


3 Rivers Festival Show

July 22, 2007

It was a nice day for a show, not too hot for the middle of July and a nice breeze all day. Although my day didn’t start off all that well having pushed my luck with the gas gauge a little too far. I ran dry before leaving the driveway to head for the gas station around the corner, then after pouring a couple of gallons in the tank the new battery I bought back in March died. I hooked up the battery tester and it indicated the battery was bad, so I spent an hour trading the battery in for a new one. The only good thing to come from that was the new battery was free.

Considering the entrance to Lawton Park is located on a somewhat blind curve it was nice of the Allen County Sheriff Department to have a deputy parked at the entrance flagging traffic over to the opposite lanes. I left a few minutes ahead to the crowd, I can imagine what it would have been like trying to get 200+ cars out of there without their help. I doubt it would have been pretty, and possibly would have been expensive.

Here are a few of them, click on them to enlarge.






Update: By the way if you’re interested in the cream colored ’32 roadster with the for sale sign in the windshield, click on comments at the bottom of the post and say so. I wiped out the phone number but have my copy of the picture which I can read the number, I’ll check with the owner to see if it’s still available and let you know how to get in touch with his or her permission.


A little politics

July 14, 2007

I’d vote for him


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