Carolina Collector Auto Fest

Carolina Collector Auto Fest

After watching hours of Fast n’ Loud on TV, I was interested in seeing what regular folks were doing with old car restoration and customization.  So it was that I headed over, once again, to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, this time for the Carolina Collector Auto Fest (and swap-meet.)  Following are some of the cars that caught my eye.                    

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Kennedy Space Center – On The Road To Florida

Kennedy Space Center – On The Road To Florida

  Have you ever seen something that caught you by surprise but then realized that you actually did know about it but had just forgotten? Some might consider this a sign of age, but I prefer to think that I just need to have some more personal RAM installed… We arrived in Cocoa Beach on Saturday, found the RV park and got set up. Next was an excursion to Publix, my go-to place in Florida, to pick up a few things. The rest of the afternoon was partially spent lolling (I like that word) in the pool. The park was not at all crowded and we had the pool to ourselves. After nearly an hour, though, we could see approaching young children in the near distance and grabbed our shoes and towels and headed back to the RV. Not a fan of loud kids splashing everything...

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Classic Auto Auction – June 2013 in Raleigh

Classic Auto Auction – June 2013 in Raleigh

If you’ve ever watched the auto auctions on Discovery Channel, this was just like that.  Except without the TV cameras.  It’s loud and it smells faintly of car exhaust.  Because I didn’t have a bidder’s badge, and I wasn’t sitting in the reserved bidder section, I didn’t have to worry about any stray gestures or twitches or nose scratches on my part resulting in the purchase of a classic car I couldn’t afford. I spent a couple of hours wandering through the two large buildings at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh, and here are fourteen cars, out of the dozens and dozens on display, that interested me for various reasons, and brief descriptions.  If you enjoyed this post, please take a moment and Like...

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Installing The Fifth-Wheel Hitch Rails In The New Truck, or Opportunities In Creative Swearing

Installing The Fifth-Wheel Hitch Rails In The New Truck, or Opportunities In Creative Swearing

As soon as I learned that buying the rails (those are two big, thick pieces of steel that go in the bed of the truck and to which the fifth-wheel hitch is pinned) and having them installed would cost me upwards of $600 at a dealer, I decided to tackle the project myself. I felt fairly confident because, after all, I’d once spent over three years assembling a metal airplane kit. Um… ‘course, I didn’t quite finish that one, but still, I learned stuff. Plus, I’ve tinkered all my life. And besides, I’ve got a garage full of tools just waiting for a new project. I sometimes forget the first rule of any mechanical undertaking: it WILL never be as simple as the instructions will lead you to believe. And, there’s always rule...

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Comparing Trucks – 2006 Nissan Titan vs. 2013 Ford F150 EcoBoost

Comparing Trucks – 2006 Nissan Titan vs. 2013 Ford F150 EcoBoost

After researching pickups for features and towing capacity, and disqualifying any I thought too ugly or expensive, I settled on – and subsequently custom ordered – a new Ford F150 V6 EcoBoost. With the rear end I ordered – 3.73 – it’s rated to pull 11,300 pounds and a GCVW of 16,900 pounds  (insert Tim Allen grunt here).  It has twin turbochargers and gets decent mileage (for a truck) – at least when not towing.  The Titan is rated at 9,300 pounds towing, still not too shabby, and more than adequate for our fifth-wheel trailer. As I was driving it home, and then later in the driveway, I started mentally comparing it to my seven year old Titan. Following are my observations: Smoother ride in the Ford – less trucky Less tendency to jump from a...

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Not Just Aircraft To See

Not Just Aircraft To See

As Sun ‘n Fun gears up to start, aircraft enthusiasts and their campers are showing up and filling the campgrounds on the airport.  Cruising around recently, I spotted some unique non-aviation sights to see. 1950 Flxible (not a typo) Flyer bus, restored and converted to a motorhome.  The original gasoline engine was removed and replaced with diesel.  That’s the owner’s other toy next to the bus. A Nash Metropolitan convertible from around 1956-1958, beautifully restored.   Named the Redneck Tiki Bar, this older RV sitting in the closest row to the runway, sports a beach sunset scene, complete with palm trees, in the graphics on the sides.  Tiki torches outside complement the ‘decor’.   Please comment below, even if...

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