Kicking off the show season.
Photos/Story: Blacktop Staph, err Staff.
For a couple of month’s there has been talk about a new show nestled along side a castle in the foothills around Riverside, California.
I have lived in Southern California for most of my life, and bet I’ve seen every episode of California’s Gold but I have never, heard of a castle in Riverside. The Benedict Castle Concours is promoted by Nicole and Donavan Northcote and is the second Crossroads Car Show event. Life-long car-girl Nicole (daughter of famed Car Guy; Barry Meguiar) is passionate about the show that supports Southern California Teen Challenge. The guys in the Mercifuls Car Club (my club) decided to back the show whole-heartedly. We had Don Chambers’ custom 55 Nomad, President Gordon McIlonie’s ’58 Cadillac, Jack Petitt’s ’57 Pontiac, Bill’s ’58 Fairlane, Gary’s ’63 Impala, JR’s ’51 Oldsmobile and I brought the ’56 Fairlane along with my matching ’62 Schwinn. Andy Heintzelman from the Sultans rolled his Custom Ford F-100 in the early morning caravan to the show.
As the sun rose over Box Springs Mountain we positioned our cars for the day ahead. And what a day it was. The show was nothing like we have been to in quite a while. What a variety of cars. The cars were parked in marked areas around the Teen Challenge campus on sloped grass lots. A beautiful setting. Next to us was a contingent of early Japanese cars, on the top lot were a variety of Deloreans and a brand new McLaren P1. I mean really new. Apparently the guy bought it at 4:30am that morning to bring it to the show with 6 other cars. Not sure if the Ferrari Enzo next to it was his as well. Bob Egge brought out their Metz, which added another layer to the variety.
It was a great day on the grass and grounds for the show. At times the bands would stop, and the MC Dave McClelland was quite for a moment as they were filming an episode of Meguiars Car Crazy. The show was a tribute to George Barris and the Munster Koach was on view front and center. Of course he brought out the Barris Girls KC Classic and Daisie Fairlane. Hot Rod Trio opened the show with a rockin set. The event raised over $49,000 for Teen Challenge! Our club walked away with two awards. Jared took First in class and Don grabbed third place. Andy (The Lone Sultan) took home second in class for his custom ’55 Ford Truck. Our friends at the 401k Club Hot Rod Shop picked up the coveted Barris Kustom award for the Martino Merc.
We look forward to the next Crossroads Car Show. Hope to see you there.
Story/Photos: Blacktop Media Staff
Watching the American Pickers on the History Channel you hear the term Rusty Gold quite a bit. Uncovering the layers of history to find a truly valuable and unique item is a whole lot of fun. When we picked up the B.A.D. Bike from it’s donor, a box of rusty gold was in the mix. After careful review of the parts we decided to clean away some of that “gold” to see if the part will do us any good, or if we need to find another. In the past I would wire-wheel the parts and dangerous rusty dust would be thrown in my face.
We saw a demonstration of Evapo-Rust at the SEMA Show. Endorsed by The Count of Count’s Kustoms and Rick Dale from “American Restoration” also on the History Channel. I had an opportunity to sit down with Rick for an interview and found him to be a genuine guy. Not like some of the fake reality stars to come out of the woodwork lately. With his recommendation, we thought to give Evapo-Rust a try.
On Friday afternoon we sank a bunch of these parts in the yellow solution. One of the things I like about this solution is that it is super safe. Non-toxic, biodegradable, non flammable, etc. You can usually pour it right down the drain when spent. It is re-usable. It will remove rust until it turns black. On Saturday there was noticeable rust removal, but I was busy at a car show so we waited till Sunday to take the parts out of the solution. As you can see by the pics, the parts came clean. A simple wipe down to dry the parts and we now can see which parts are usable. Note the Clutch Bucket. When we opened the bin on Saturday, I turned the bucket over because the top wasn’t submerged. It came out great! What was once rusted shut, now opened with a breeze.
I was telling our buddies at Primer Podcast about the product and Davis suggested electrolysis, Rebar, wire, battery charger and baking soda in a plastic bin. Like a leper in a bath tub removes paint and scale too. I find that as a fun experiment, but not a fan of electricity and water together.
On a side note: It would be best to clean the parts of any grease and grime before using a product like Evapo-Rust. We didn’t and some of the grease and oil got mixed in with the solution and gave a grimey film to the parts. A simple wipe got them clean.
For raw metals that will remain raw for a while during your build project, we suggest spraying them with Rust-Block. Like Evapo-Rust, Rust-Block is safe, non-corrosive and biodegradable. It will protect from rust for up to 6 months!
You can find Evapo-Rust at many retailers including O’ Reilly’s, Ace Hardware and True Value. Visit www.Evapo-Rust.com for more information.
Story by T-Bone, Model: Carrie Holt
When you bought your new Harley, you most likely started customizing it to perform better and give a bit of your personality. We certainly did that. I picked up my bike “Down Payment Blues” on Valentines Day in 2004. After putting a couple thousand miles on it, I upgraded the intake with a Screaming Eagle Stage 1 Intake system and slash cut drag pipes. I soon went to true dual fishtail drag pipes and found the mid-range power was weak due to the straight through exhaust flow. I went to my buddy Carl at Cyclepath Cycle and he installed a performance chip to increase that mid-range power.
That was about 9 years ago. Technology has changed. Time to upgrade.
We did a bit of research and found several new performance chips out on the market. We found one that uses a smart phone app to help tune and dial in your timing is the Vigilante Flash from Superchips.
The Vigilante Flash is the first Android/iOS based tuning application that combines data monitoring capabilities with Stage 1, custom performance tuning solutions. The installation was super simple. We simply removed the previous system, and plugged in the flash kit. NOTE: If your bike is stock just follow the simple instructions in the package.
With bluetooth connection we can dial in the performance modifications and viola, the bike is ready. Seriously less than 30 minutes to install and tune. It asked for the intake system, we loaded the Harley-Davidson Screamin Eagle Stage 1 kit, then the exhaust, which now I am running true duals with Kerker slip on fishtails, and the tuner did all the work.
We checked around on the other buttons in the app and found the system has a diagnostic center to find any trouble spots when the check engine light comes on. They have gauges to check for Throttle Position, RPM, Speed and Engine Temp, and another cool feature is the Performance function. It will measure your zero-60 time, zero to 1/8 mile time/speed and zero to 1/4 mile time/speed. You may want to use their “mobile device handlebar mount and power kit for this feature as well as the variety of gauge interfaces. In fact, this could be a pretty clean setup for a custom bike. No gauges to wire up, just use your smart phone as the dash.
Now it’s time to ride. First thing we noticed (Billy, Panzer and I) is the brighter, snappier sound in the idle exhaust. The engine sounded like it just wanted to take off. I threw a leg over and found that the throttle response was quicker and the mid-range performance was improved. As I shifted from 1st to 2nd, the torque was a bit stronger. Keep a hand on the bars. Especially with the new Michelin tires out back, it grabbed the road.
Take a moment and look into this system, listed at just $329.00, for your beast at www.superchips.com.
Our friend Chuck Penhall sent in this incredible web-find:
The 1960 Di Dia 150 was a luxury, custom-designed iconic, handmade car also known as the Dream Car forever associated with its second owner, singer Bobby Darin.
The car was designed by Andrew Di Dia, a clothing designer, who Bobby Darin had met while on tour in Detroit in 1957. Darin telling Di Dia at the time that he would purchase the car if he ever built it.
For seven years, from 1953 to 1960 the DiDia 150 was hand-built by four workers, at a cost of $93,647.29 but sold to Darin in 1961 at a cost of over $150,000 (1.5 million today).
At the time, the car was listed as most expensive custom-made car in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. The body was hand-formed by Ron Clark and constructed by Bob Kaiser from Clark Kaiser Customs. Its metallic red paint was made with 30 coats of ground diamonds for sparkle.
Built in Detroit, Michigan, clothing designer Andrew “Andy” DiDia designed this unrestrained and unconventional automobile. Only one example was ever built.
The normal V8 engine is located at the front with an engine displacement of 365/427.
It has a rear-wheel drive, the body and chassis is hand-formed from 064 aluminum with a 125-inch wheelbase alloy tube frame.
It has a glass cockpit in back, a squared steering wheel and thermostatically controlled air conditioning system. (What do all those levers do?)
The interior is rust colored in contrast to the ruby paint work.
The design included the first backseat-mounted radio speakers and hidden windshield wipers, that started themselves when it rained. Other features include retractable headlamps, rear indicators that swivel as the car turns, ‘floating’ bumpers and a trunk that was hinged from the driver’s side. Each of the four bucket seats have their own thermostatically controlled air conditioning, individual cigarette lighters and ashtrays, as well as a radio speaker. The original engine, a Cadillac V8, was later replaced by a 427 high-performance by Ford when it was taken on the show circuit.
Darin drove his wife, Sandra Dee, in the car to the 34th Academy Awards in 1961.
When Bobby drove the car to the Academy Awards, Andrew DiDia and Steve Blauner followed behind him in a limousine. The car had two fans and a switch that you had to turn on. Bobby didn’t realize, so it heated up. All the magazines said the car caught fire but it didn’t.
DiDia toured the car around the country, when Darin wasn’t using it for public appearances. After publicity and film use, Darin donated his Dream Car to the St Louis Museum of Transportation in 1970 where it remains.