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

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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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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

 

 

 

 

Yattendon Classic Car Day

I took my Dad to his first car show today at the ripe old age of 81!

The show is an annual event in the beautiful Berkshire Downs village of Yattendon, only a few vehicles of American origin but nonetheless a nice local show in a lovely location with proceeds going to support the local Air Ambulance.

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One of the interesting exhibits was a Shelby 350H Mustang Hertz Rent a Racer, this looked genuine but I couldn’t check as I didn’t see the owner in close proximity. Yes, back in the day you could rent one of these beasts from Hertz Rent a Car!

Some background below from Wikipedia, including all shenanigans that went on

1966 Shelby G.T. 350 Hertz models

The deal with the Hertz Corporation to offer ~1,000 G.T. 350s for rental that, after their rental-car lives were finished, were returned to Ford, refurbished, and sold to the public as “G.T. 350H” models.
Most Hertz cars were black with gold LeMans stripes and rocker panel stripes, although a few were white with blue stripes. The first 85 Hertz cars were available with four-speed manual transmissions and Hertz advertised them as “Rent-a-Racer” cars. 
During rental, these cars were sometimes used as production class cars at SCCA events, and were rumored to have been returned to Hertz with evidence of roll bars being welded in.
 Ford pushed another 800 models on Hertz with black paint, gold stripes and black interior, as well as automatic transmissions.

When the Hertz cars were returned to Ford to be prepared for sale to the public, the high-performance parts were often “lost” (presumably at the manufacturer) before final sale.

Other American cars that were on show can be seen below

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A Chevy Bel Air, Willy’s Jeeps and a Dodge

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!

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

What a real shame this is, the Biscayne was the owners first car and the condition showed the amount of work he’d had lovingly put into the car. Not only was the Hellcat driver drunk, but I’m pretty sure it will be the tip of the iceberg in terms of too much car and not enough driving ability around the latest generation of muscle cars…

Got to feel bad for the owner of the Biscayne, as you can imagine the insurance probably won’t pay out.

On the upside the Hellcat may be crushed!

Read more from Michael Harding at Chevy Hardcore here

 Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Drunk Hellcat Owner Destroys Biscayne At California Car Show

Biscayne just before the crash

Biscayne just before the crash