Vanning is a compulsion, an obsession, an occupation, an affliction, a fascination, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it, must. Those who don't, think it's a waste of time. For me it is a calling.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The next adventure.

  It has been quite a while since I have had the opportunity to do anything with this blog. I want to update you followers as to what has been going on.  When I was in Vegas for the S.E.M.A. show, Scotty and I went down to Parker, Arizona to visit my buddy, Jimmy C. He has a 1965 Dodge A100 van that I have been bugging him for years to sell. While we were there I wanted him to show us the van.  It was in a storage lot where it has sat for over 20 years.  the van had 2 inches of dust on it.  The tires were rotted away and anything rubber had since turned to concrete.  But, the body was in excellent shape.  Very little rust.    After some haggling and working on Dena,his wife. Jimmy sold us the van.  the problem is that we both wanted the van. so we bought it together!  since we had the trailer with the vans from the sema show we loaded the Rainbow van in the back and I drove the A100 pickup back to Ohio. More on that later.

 We had the Surfink and the L600 at a show in downtown Vegas.  We were a hit.

On the way into Vegas we were stopped by the biggest DOT asshole I have ever come across. After an hour of harassment he finally gave up trying to pin something on us..

into the trailer she goes

there were a lot of doodles on the dash and the walls.  They looked familiar 

After some research we have been told that this van was the Roth Studios shop truck in the mid 60's. WHAT A FIND.  You have no idea how excited I am about this one!

guess we're gona leave it like this for awhile. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Heading west

Heading west to eventually arrive at the SEMA Show..  Making a stop near Salt Lake City for the Kulture Krash car show.  A bunch of my pinstriping bretheren put togeather a show in Riverton , so we decided to hit it on the way.and of course, a stop at the  In n out burger

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This was a delivery that I did several years ago.  It was repaired and I got to do it again.

I have made a lot of progress on the early Dodge
I took off the exhaust system to polish it., touch up paint, and install shocks.
all shiny   lol

got the seat trims installed.

the door handles are painted.

the last major thing to finish is the bed top.

I took the I.D. plate off to paint the door jams.

one of the last things to do.
The sign board is finished.
 I wanted a retro look for the dash so I used the stock dodge steering wheel.  add a chrome horn ring from the custom model{ thanks scottie} and you get this!   

Next time, finished pictures of the Surfink!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

It's been warming up. been workin like a fool!

As you have seen in earlier posts, I have a digital dash in the stock instrument cluster. It is a very cool addition but trying to hook it up to the trans has been a pain.  It requires a pulse to drive.I also want to hook up the stock Chevy cruise control. Dale found me a solution.
Dakota Digital has a unit that will drive any digital speedometer. The ultimately cool
thing is that it doesn't hook to the trans or drive train at all. It uses GPS satellite technology.
It picks up the signal and uses it to determine movement and turns it into a pulse to drive a digital speedometer.  It only needs  hot and switched 12v, a ground, and a lead to the speedo. It also has a separate hook up for a cruise control unit. You can program the pulse number to drive any unit from 4000 per mile to 32000.Once you get it set it will put out a test pulse to check the display. It will read 60 mph. Programed and tested without leaving the garage.  Worth every dollar!!!
Since the unit should be able to see the sky for the best results I decided to mount it on top of the dash, where the stock ashtray was.
and of course I had to take most of the stuff in the dash out. It's getting crowed in there with the stereo head unit ,air conditioning, and assorted wire and hoses.
Here it is mounted. I made a wood plug to cover it and it will be covered with the same leather as the interior.
I got the door panels covered and door pull assembled. I will wait to finish mounting them till later.
Another quandary has been the headliner over the front seats. There is no structure there to hold up a board, so Ron suggested gluing it all into place. 
I masked up the area and sprayed contact cement to both surfaces and wrestled the material into place. 
worked like a charm.
Got the overhead console mounted and all the electronics hooked back up.
 Interior lighting,power window switches,Sirius radio dock, and camera monitors both sides and rear. 

             THE SEATS ARE HERE!
  I've been waiting with great anticipation for the seats to get finished. Ron Petrella,an old club member has been busy working on them. He did the interior on Rick Swanks' van, that won best interior at last years Nationals.  He is quite good at it.
The stitching design was done by Rick's wife Elaine Swank, before the panels were sewn into the seats. Awesome job,.  
I couldn't wait to see what they would look like in the van.
O man I'm digin' it!!
I also did a mount for my Ipad under the dash.I have all my music on it and it can be controlled thru the alpine head unit. This makes it look built in and the Ipad wont be flopin' around while driving.

I am at the point where I need to take EVERYTHING out and start covering it all with material!   I'm done building and its time to assemble it all.     woohoo !

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

          Every once in a while something comes along that you never expected.  Such an occurrence happened to me today. I have been into the custom paint thing since I was about 20 years old. I didn't know much about it at the time. but I wanted to do cool things with my rides. I was never into the go fast thing. I was more into how it looked rolling down the street.
 Being a young kid ,living in Columbus (read that cow town)  Ohio. I was about as far as you could get from the heart of the custom car culture. The big daddy , rat fink  and the like, may as well have been on another planet.
         I was first exposed to the pinstriping world when I came across an article in Hot Rod magazine about Von Dutch. That was in the 70's.  It had a brief history about the man who is credited with starting the custom pinstriping art form ,and several pages about the basics of striping.  What paint to use, brushes, thinner, technique etc. It was enough to get me to buy some brushes and play with it.

       A short time later I started my correspondence with Ed Roth.  He really was the one to teach me most in those days.  As many of you know I was asked by Ed and his wife Ilene to paint his casket when he passed away. That was an honor that I still can't believe was given to me. 

       Well, today I was honored to be asked to do some striping on the newly restored Von Dutch bus.   If you wrote a movie script using Dutch's life it would be so far out there, not to be believed. He was a character to say the least.  Not only was he a famous pinstriper . He also loved to work in metal. building vehicles from scratch. Knives and guns were also a favorite of his.  His knives alone command a healthy price now, into the thousands of dollars..
       For many years Dutch lived in this bus and would park it in the desert and create in his portable machine shop.  After he died in 1992, the bus was stripped and was left sitting in a field. years later,  Steve Kafka bought the bus and restored it. He found a lot of the original machinery and parts and put the bus back the way it was when Dutch was living in it, complete with some of his cigarette butts on the work bench.  lol.

    My bud Magoo ,from Vegas ,was also to do some work on the bus, so we met up at Steve's shop near Phoenix today and went at it. I was to do some striping on the panel that was just above Dutch's  bed.   The design I was asked to do was, the some what famous Dutch design, of "Harvey shaken by cross breeding". 
It was an almost spiritual experience being in his bus and striping on a wall panel having gotten started 40 years ago with advice from him.  That along with my association with Ed, I am humbled to have ended up here.