C10 Nation, Yellowstone and the One That Got Away

I started listening to Ronnie Wetch’s C10 Talk Podcast a while back and it’s very informative and enjoyable.

As a result I looked up Ronnie’s brilliant custom 1973 C20 Cheyenne Super 3+3 crew cab long bed, with the camper installed this thing is enormous!

Ronnie Wetch C10

1973 C20 Cheyenne Super 3+3 crew cab long bed

There is a great article on the truck here from the RideTech website here

All this stuff reminds me of a few years ago when we were visiting Country Classics in Staunton IL during one of our US visits, as you can see the truck was really nice and the price probably even nicer at $5950! Sadly I didn’t pull the trigger….

As you can also see there was a nice red 78 Silverado at $9350

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GM Heritage Center S10 Pickup Restoration Kit Online Documentation

The excellent GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights Michigan,  (which I have been lucky enough to visit see previous post here), has excellent online documentation to assist with restoration or anything else you’d like to know about your GM product.

Chevy S10 Xtreme

S10 Xtreme

S10 Xtreme New Rims

My Chevy S10

 

Obviously my interest is around the S10 for which the documentation can be found here

GM Vehicle Information Kits

GM Vehicle Information Kits

You can search the whole of the GM vehicle information kit range  here

 

Chevrolet S10 Xtreme Speedo Accuracy, Meet the SCU2000

After fitting the new rims speedo accuracy has proved to be an issue.

When I bought the truck it had the 20’s fitted as opposed to the standard 16’s and I noticed the  Jet SCU2000 fitted to adjust for the rim change effect on the speedo and no doubt remove the top speed limitation.

Jet SCU2000

My Jet SCU2000 Installation

My Jet SCU2000 Installation

My Jet SCU2000 Installation

My Jet SCU2000 Installation

Jet Performance Products is a proven leader in automotive tuning technology. Their background in tuning started with Jones Performance Fuel Systems over 40 years ago. The Fuel Systems Division has given Jet the opportunity to tune everything from NHRA drag race cars, to off-road race trucks and Sprint Cup cars. This experience has been the basis for the Jet line of performance tuning products for street applications. JET’s engineering staff is unsurpassed and considered to be the best tuners in the industry.

Constant changes in computer technology of today’s cars and trucks demand that the JET engineering staff be the best. Automotive computer systems progress daily, just like every form of technology. The folks at Jet Performance Products are dedicated to providing you with the latest in performance tuning technology possible. Extensive research and development, dyno testing and constant fine tuning ensures the most power from each part they make.

I’ve now got to RTFM to see how to set things for the new rim configuration, watch this space!

New Rims for the S10 Xtreme 

I have never liked the rims that were on my S10 Xtreme when I bought it. The main worry was the offset of the wheels needing large wheel spacers. Just getting the wheel stud extensions off the original wheel studs was a challenge in itself. I think the Silver Rallye Wheels look a lot better. I have some baby moon caps to fit but they are a bit of a loose fit and will need adjustment

Spec is as follows :
15×8 Silver Rallye and 235/60×15 Galaxy RWL on the front

15×10 Silver Rallye and 275/60×15 Galaxy RWL on the rear

I wanted to have as much wheel and tyre as possible without spacers.

Thanks to North Hants Tyres

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Should You Buy A Flood Damaged Car?

Flood Damaged Camaro

1970 Chevrolet Camaro 0000124870L505458 for sale. Primary damage: Flood,

With all the recent climate issues across the US the subject of flood damaged cars has again come to the fore.

These cars will of course include a good percentage of classic cars damaged in this way.

Are these cars a good buy?

The Hemmings Classic Car Radio Podcast Episode 154 has a good discussion regarding the pros and cons of a purchase

Another good point of reference is the article that can be found here on How Stuff Works

Conversely if you want to avoid a car damaged in this way take a read of the article How to avoid a ‘Hurricane Car’ also on How Stuff Works

My thoughts on it are if you are very brave and can get a fresh water car that’s no newer than the early seventies at a good price then have at it!

Anything newer will be most likely be plagued by all manner of electrical issues amongst other things.

If however you are willing to accept the challenge you can get a bargain such as the Camaro pictured above which is up for auction here at Hemmings

 

The Oldest Automobile Models Still In Production In 2018 – Bobby Kimbrough Rod Authority

Interesting article from Bobby Kimbrough of Rod Authority discusses the oldest marques still in production going into 2018

A very rare 1947 Chevy Suburban.

A very rare 1947 Chevy Suburban.

1937 Chevrolet Suburban.

1937 Chevrolet Suburban.

You can read the article here

 

McLaren The Movie

One of the motor racing greats especially with the Chevrolet engine in the CanAm series, this documentary tracks his remarkable life and far too early death at 32 years of age.

A very enjoyable documentary very firmly aimed at the enthusiast.

McLaren The Movie

 

 

 

 

Woman catches mechanic taking an apparent joy ride in her limited edition car – ABC News

Woman catches mechanic taking an apparent joy ride in her limited edition car

A California woman caught a mechanic taking her beloved limited edition Indy 500 Pace Car Edition Camaro for a joy ride last week, and recorded her confrontation with the driver in a video that has since generated thousands of reactions on Facebook. Read on here 

Joyride?

Joe Jagersberger (Rajo Joe) Hot Rod Pioneer

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Joe Jagersberger came to the USA from Austria and began working for Case Corporation in Racine Wisconsin to assist in developing a race car programme.

Whilst working for Case Jagersberger was a regular race competitor including racing at the Indianapolis 500. He continued to race until 1911 eventually becoming victim to a career ending crash after which he spent several months in hospital and resulted in an amputation of his right leg.

Despite his injuries he continued to work at Case as a consultant. He continued to design cylinder heads and other peripherals eventually starting his own company under the famous Rajo brand. The name of the brand was formed from the RA of Racine and the JO from his first name.

Rajo started off by producing spark plugs and various other items. They then moved into producing  performance cylinder heads for Ford Model T and Model A cars.

The first design was the Model 30 which had 4 exhaust ports and one intake port all on the right side of the head. The Model 31 had two intakes on the right and four exhaust on the left. The Model 35C, first known as the “Improved Rajo Valve-in-Head” and later as the Model C had two intakes and three exhausts on the right. The Model A used the stock intake ports on the block. It had two exhaust ports on the right. His Model B two intakes on the right and four exhausts on the left. It came in three versions. The BB featured a higher compression ratio and the BB-R also included two spark plugs per cylinder.

He also offered a modification to the 1941-52 Chevrolet “stovebolt” L6 OHV 15 bolt head, which added another set of 3 intake ports above the 3 originals, to permit adding (an) extra carburetor(s) on a separate manifold.

Jagersberger died in 1952. The company closed in 1980.

Rajo equipment is still very much sought after and command very high prices amongst the traditional hot rod community

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Here on Hemmings are some great examples of  period Rajo powered racers

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1925 Ford Faultless RaJo Racer

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1922 Ford Model T Indy Board Track Racer

There are also some interesting Rajo ephemera items to be found on sites such as eBay

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Sources Wikipedia, Hemmings, trackforum.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajo_Motor_and_Manufacturing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Jagersberger

 

 

 

 

The Classic Motor Show 2016

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Took a trip to the Birmingham NEC to visit the 2016 Classic  Motor Show.

A number of celebrities such as Edd China and Mike Brewer were in attendance.

American cars were well represented across the board in terms of both vehicles and clubs.

I popped in and had a chat with the guys on the MAFCGB stand and was made very welcome!

A day out all around!