Stuff we write about/original material from the Round Six crew.
Our pal (and former guest) Jay Rushforth drops a quick look at his experience with Mike Keller at the 2019 Global Auto Salon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this past November. This builds on our episode about the trip, and offers some great photos from the experience as well. You’ve read the social media posts about it from those who weren’t there, now get the lowdown from someone who was.
The car community is funny. It’s only a fraction about the cars; the rest is about the people. Brad goes all-out on a clandestine operation to make over Brian’s Challenger in grand fashion with a one-day thrash featuring hot rod heroes, good friends, and a step toward a young car guy’s future, too. But no brunch.
This is the story of a long term truck project that that hung around while we raised a family and built our careers. It’s a series of highs and lows, from the excitement of the initial purchase to the difficult decision 27 years later to let it go. Instead of being sad story, it became a labor of love to get it ready to sell at the famous L.A. Roadster Show swap meet. It also became a satisfying one, being able to be a part of the excitement of when someone buys a truck they’ve always dreamed of.
For the third year in a row, I have had the honor of creating the Long Haul Gang magnets given at each stop on the Hot Rod Power Tour. For 2019, I made it a personal mission to man the wheel on Creative Direction as well as producing the art, and at the risk of sounding like an overly-proud parent, this one raises the bar. Let’s tear into the artwork and see what makes it tick, and drop a few tips and tricks your way, too. I’m a giver.
After the completion of the Z-ing of the chassis, it was time to start modifying the stock inner fenders. Not wanting to eliminate them completely or going with an aftermarket inner fender, Alex took up the challenge to rework the stock units to make them look factory. At the same time, the firewall was repaired, reworked and painted as well.
Ryan Thompson attends the 2019 Detroit Autorama at Cobo Hall and gives his honest review of the show. Most notably, his commentary about the Great 8 contenders indicates that the show’s dynamic seems to be changing. The turnout and quality of the cars downstairs was a little light this year compared to year’s past, but the builders and spectators that attended this year’s Autorama didn’t seem to mind. When you get that many of your hot rod friends together in one place, you can’t help but have a great time!
After a very successful SEMA show, the Round Six team decides to attend the 2019 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. What starts out as a simple plan gets sent into hyperspace when they decide to turn the knob up to 11. In a two and a half week period, they design and assemble an incredible display that serves as their podcast command post for what becomes an extremely successful show.
Project White Trash finally got put back on it’s wheels after getting the rear axle narrowed, but the excitement wears off quickly. A quick glance at the lower control arms reveals that they are so low to the ground that they’ll hit on every crown in the road. After researching a lot of suspension options and coming to the conclusion that they are not in the budget, Alex recalls a decades-old conversation with a friend about an extremely cost-effective option. Little did he know that the wheels were already in motion, and the decision to do this mod was already made.
Project White Trash gets its rear axle narrowed to fit the ET Super wheels that were restored in the previous episode. Alex also bends up new rear brake lines and decides on the ride height. Once that gets determined, the truck finally comes off of the jack stands and gets back on it’s wheels for the first time in a long while.