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Decorated With Work: Rob Ida Stops By

EPISODE FOURTEEN. ROB IDA, TUCKERS, HOT RODS AND RACING ON THE BEACH.

The Gearheads host the incredibly skilled and prolific Rob Ida for an evening of incredible coincidences, hot rods, legendary friends and more. If you had to illustrate humility and grace, you’d be well served in using Robs image as a reference.

Rob shares his hot rodding history, his perspective on cars competing for awards, and being fortunate to have been able to work on cars that inspire an emotional connection, versus simply being a means to an end in and of themselves. Being a small shop, it’s simply about the car, which is why you won’t visit the shop and see a ton of decoration. Ida’s shop is, as he describes it, “decorated with work.”

And that is a fine description of his incredible career, as well. We think you’re going to enjoy the heck out of this episode, and cannot wait to have Rob back again soon.

You can learn even more about Rob and his team on their website: www.robidaconcepts.com

 

THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The stakes are high with a new game show
  • The Race of Gentlemen
    – eBay helmets
  • Gene Winfield
    – Finishing projects of Gene’s from the 1960’s
    – Metalshaping classes
    – Laying down on of his world-famous fade paint jobs
    – The incredible work ethic of a 90 year old icon
  • Building cars as art, not a competitive device
  • Having the opportunity to purchase Gene’s old ’32
  • “Decorated with work;” discussing the lack of flashy decor in the shop
    – Emotional attachment to a project versus over-processing a build
    – The recurrence of trends
    – A love of engineering and design and balancing the two
  • Rob’s love for Willys, Tucker and Porsches
  • A family history of fast cars
    – His Dad’s supercharged, 10-second 427-powered street ’32
    – From horses to the Hemi Healey
  • Building the Tucker Torpedo
    – Solving the problem of the center-mount driver seat
    – Using Arduino and SolidWorks
  • Pebble Beach concours-level Tucker #44 restoration
    – Removing 200-lbs of factory lead
  • Using the cars to go beyond, in terms of charity and inspiration
  • Rescuing the original Tucker blueprints
    – Saved from a landfill because of the ink!
    – Discovering original correspondence from Rob’s grandfather and Tucker
  • The challenge of working on/restoring Tucker automobiles
  • The 589ci Tucker flat six
    – Simplicity means less parts to break
  • The incredible engineering of Tucker
  • The value of having great people in your life, and taking the time to recognize and appreciate them

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Episode Fourteen: Rob Ida

The Gearheads host the incredibly skilled and prolific Rob Ida for an evening of incredible coincidences, hot rods, legendary friends and more. If you had to illustrate humility and grace, you’d be well served in using Robs image as a reference.

 

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