Glenn Miller - At Last!


For Sale - 1959 Pontiac Star Chief

Got a 1 year only, Original Unmolested 1959 Pontiac Starchief, 2-door Post. 389 V8 and Hydromatic. Power brakes, Power steering car. If your looking for a boat with a long & large trunk area/decklid...this is it at a whopping 18' 3" long bumper to bumper.

Bumpers are in good condition and will polish up nicely.

This car has been stored indoors for the past 10 years. It has a few holes in the floors and trunk. Very solid car and complete with all the trim. I will be fixing most if not all of the holes in the car and trunk areas. I will also treat the floors and trunk with a rust inhibitor.

Motor turns over and fires. Has a brand new starter and solenoid, new battery, 2bbl carburator w/ rebuild kit, Distributor with new points, condenser, cap and rotor. The motor and transmission has very clean oil. I popped the valve covers and its got a thin film of sludge on it, but nothing to worry about. Original repainted 2bbl air cleaner. Power steering pump does not leak, lines look okay, but could use a replacement. Carb is fully rebuilt, now has new upper and lower radiator hoses, new power steering belt, new plugs, checked out the radiator - its a good solid, non-leaking unit.

Suspension is in great condition, nothing stuck, car rolls great. Goes through the gears nicely. I may drop the pan, change the gasket on the tranmission and inspect. Oil is very clean.

I am going to inspect the brakes and will report back on thier condition. The original Power brake booster has been removed (Work completed by Vintage Metal Garage) and a custom new brake booster with dual output master cylinder installed. Ill connect new lines to existing brake lines to make operational.

Interior has seen better days. Front seat is a mexican blanket away, backseat bottom has upholstery, but seat back is a bare spring.

I also have extra hard to find parts that will go with the car. Also have extra set of gauges, dash bezel, glove box doors and misc. pieces. All the trim for the car is in great shape.

This car has the hard to find Bonneville (long) tailight assemblies. They are in good condition.

Good windshield and Good rear back window.

I have started to strip the car of its trim to inspect everything and was going to start doing some body work on the car. There are 3 dents. Lower driver door, front driver fender and passenger quarter. For extra $$$, I can fix these sections and primer the whole car. Floors are now repaired in front and rear parts, new patches welded in, trunk floor repair is next

I will clean and wash the car and take better pictures in the daylight.

Drop it and make a cool Bellflower custom.


I would be willing to trade for 49-52 Chevy sedan/coupe/slant back...or ???.


Drum Battle!

Im a big fan of Big Band music if you dont already know. At the bottom of this site, there are many choices to choose from to beat with during your day.

One of my favorites is Gene Krupa. He was a great drummer in his time, and amazing good. He played alot of years with another favorite of mine, Benny Goodman.

Check it out and Rock on!


The 1959 Chevrolet

Never before has an automobile manufacturer made such sweeping changes two years in a row. The 1958 Chevrolet was a pleasing design with rounded corners.

While the 1959 Chevrolet was shaped lean, with crisp new contours and beautifully restrained accents. Designed for greater roominess and comfort, engineered for greater safety, economy, ease of handling and smoothness of ride.

The 1959 Chevrolet was the last design by the famous designer Harley Earl, who helped pioneer General Motor's styling and design studio.

1959 Chevrolet Impala
4 Door Hard Top Sport Sedan
All New All Over Again indicated one 1959 Chevy ad. Nothing's New Like Chevy's New said another. However, what was new? Chevrolet's new Slimline Design was fresh, fine and fashionable. The Roomier Body by Fisher was sound, solid and stylish. Sweeping new overhead curved windshield and bigger windows made of safety plate glass. Full coil suspension further refined for a smoother and steadier ride. Easy ratio steering reduced wheel turning efforts. Magic Mirror finish kept its shine for up to three years. Safer stopping with bigger brakes and deeper drums. And then there were the engines!

Here is how Chevrolet changed the styling of the 1959 Chevy. The dual headlights, which in 1958 were mounted above the front grille and bumper, have been lowered quite a few inches and were placed at either end of the grille. Above the grille are narrow slits that look like air intakes, but are directional lights that have been tucked into the outside corners of these slits. One outstanding feature is the enormous area of glass, front and rear. The windshield curves way up and into the roof and provides tremendous visibility.

Out back the 1959 Chevy has a spread wing treatment and cat's eye taillights. The rear license plate swivels down to reveal the gas tank filler cap.

1959 Chevrolet Impala
The new '59 Chevrolet, is nearly two inches longer and wider than the '58, has picked up almost 200 more pounds of weight in the body alone. With one of the big engines and transmissions and all the accessories including air conditioning it would be no trick at all to come up with a 1959 Chevy weighing well over 4,000 lbs.

1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
The 1959 Chevy line up was in Chevrolet dealer showrooms in October 1958. Customers rushed in to see the 1959 Chevrolet Convertible. Production figures for 1959 included 525,461 four door sedans, 281,924 two door sedans, 188,623 four door station wagons, 20,760 two door station wagons, 182,520 sport sedans, 164,901 sport coupe and 72,765 convertibles. The Del Ray and Yeoman name was dropped in 1959. See many pictures of a 1959 Chevrolet on this website.

1959 Chevrolet Models The Impala Series
Impala Convertible
Impala Sport Coupe 2 Door Hard Top
Impala Sport Sedan 4 Door Hard Top
Impala 4 Door Sedan
The 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Series
Bel Air Sport Sedan 4 Door Hard Top
Bel Air 2 Door Sedan
Bel Air 4 Door Sedan

The 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne Series
Biscayne 2 Door Sedan
Biscayne 4 Door Sedan
Biscayne 2 Door Utility Sedan

1959 Chevrolet Station Wagons
Nomad 4 Door 6 Passenger
Kingswood 4 Door 9 Passenger
Parkwood 4 Door 6 Passenger
Brookwood 2 Door 6 Passenger
Brookwood 4 Door 6 Passenger


L.A. Roadster Show Coverage

Without too much chatter; Pictures of the L.A. Roadster Show. Click on each photo for a larger view.


Flip-Proofing A "Stock"

I got a spur to look up some information on Vintage racing. You know, the old "round-d-round" tracks. The pictures we all cringe at seeing those "stock cars" running in a circle banging into each other. 1932 through 1940 Ford coupes and sedans tearing it up, along with each other.

Ever think "Gee, wish I could have saved that one" or "Oh my gosh, what idiots, they are ruining a perfectly good car". I know I do sometimes, but as we all know, they were "old", cheap and plentiful in the day. Just like today, folks tear up modern cars the same way. Im not sure we'll look back in the same way, in comparison...its all junk in the "modern" day world.

Check out the article, I enjoyed the read...I hope you would agree.

Click on the picture for a larger view.

This and more info can be found at:



L.A Roadster Show is Right Around the Corner!

UPDATE: June 18, 2009 Special thanks to one of my readers Bobby, It looks like there's been a change to the show program. Henry Winkler of 'Happy Days' will now be at the show. Ole' Fonzi will be onsite to give you a thumbs up.

If your in the area or NOT, you have to make this show. Not so traditional in some ways (street rods and such), but the parking lot is full of History, customs and "how they used to do it" Traditional cars.

One of the biggest shows of the year in the Southern California Area.

According to the flyer, this will be the first year suede rides will be allowed in the show area.

Hope to see you there!


Local Find!

A quick post. I found this car in Bloomington. A rare 1951 Mercury Convertable in stock form. The car was not for sale.

Some history of the car is the gentleman bought this car the year he married his wife and have been driving it (except for the past few years) and upgrading it since then.

Its a simple Mercury with mostly stock bells and whistles.

Im not sure I would do anything to it if I was to get my hands on it. If I did own it, I would at least roll up the windows. A typical scene that is the demise to the interiors of these great classics.

Next to it are two...yes two 55-56 Thunderbirds.


Vintage Roadster Picture

I love old pictures of Hot Rods and Customs. I found this picture online and what an inspiring photo.

I wanted to post this to get some feedback from my VM readers. I would like to get a feel of what you see in the photo?

I see a low buck Hot Rod, 1935/36 16" wires, stock 4 banger engine, large horn on the firewall, chopped windshield, mechanical brakes, 32 Grill shell and a really tall dude in the drivers seat.

What do you see? Post away!


How to Rebuild a Carburator?

Rebuilding a carburetor is like the final exam prior to graduating for car enthusiasts. Many people who are interested in cars and work on engines will rebuild carburetor at one point in their lives. However, there are many things you must remember before attempting to disassemble and rebuild a carburetor.

There are two types of carburetors being used by equipment powered by small engines. The two types are the "bowl type," and the "diaphragm type." Each type of carburetor has a different way of being rebuilt.

Rebuilding Tips

The most important step when dealing with attempting to rebuild a carburetor is to make sure that you are working in a well lit, as well as clean, working area. This is because the carburetor parts are very small and can easily be lost. When disassembling the carburetor, you will need to pay extra attention as to where each part goes, and how every part came off. You should also take note that these parts, such as the springs attached to the carburetor's linkage, can easily be damaged. Special care is needed when attempting to disassemble this product.

Prior to putting the carburetor together, you should make sure that all of the parts are clean. By using a canned aerosol carburetor spray cleaner you should be able to clean off the parts thoroughly. Use this spray cleaner to clean every part of the carburetor. However, you should be very careful when using the canned aerosol automotive carburetor spray. The contents of the can are highly flammable.

It is very important to make sure that all the parts of the carburetor are clean and free of contaminants. Do not clean the parts with a wire cleaner, due to the fact that it can misalign the calibrated parts within the carburetor.


Tractors and BoatTail Speedsters

These cars can create a conversation of a thousand words. Check out the creative lines, single seat, Early track width designs that come from each car pictured.

It intreagues me tremendously because it screams everything 'Traditional'.

To keep them in the lines of "Tradition", these cars could be built on the 'cheap' utilizing the old farm tractor grills and hoods and the narrowing of beater rust bucket roadster and/or coupe bodies with boattail streamlining.

In a nutshell, I would stuff under the hood an early V8-60 flathead or Model A/B banger using original speed parts. Dual Stromberg 97's/94's, and a Model A or Early Ford 3-speed toploaders (Model A to 1939 Toploaders). Of course, dont forget an Early Ford Banjo Rear end and Early Ford juice brakes front/rear.

What do you think?

1939 Worlds Fair Chrysler Video

You have to see this picture. Its a great animation movie picture of a Chrysler Sedan being built. Of course a 1939.

Post a comment and let me know what you think!


Pep Boys in L.A, Opening One Stop "Speed Shop"

Article Found:

Pep Boys Opening Speed Shop

Pep Boys is celebrating the grand opening of a brand new concept store in Los Angeles. The company is bringing back what it refers to as the “good old fashioned” speed shop from yesteryear to support the performance enthusiast market.

The goal of the new store is to provide one-stop shopping for performance parts and equipment with a huge selection of in-stock items. Whether customers are interested in muscle, tuner, off-road or performance diesel, Pep Boys will offer a huge selection of in-stock performance parts and accessories.

To celebrate the opening of the first Pep Boys Speed Shop, located at 1200 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, the company is hosting grand opening festivities on Saturday, May 30 (9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 31 (10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.)

Grand opening activities include:

•Presentation and autograph signing by Barry Meguiar, president and CEO of Meguiar's and host of "Car Crazy TV" (Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.)
•Autograph signing by Gale Banks, president and CEO of Banks Power (Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)
•Autograph signing by Adrienne "AJ" Janic, co-host of "Overhaulin'" and host of Hot Import Nights
(Saturday, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.)
•Tent city featuring product displays, demonstrations and advice from performance manufacturers EBC Brakes, Banks Power, AEM and many more
•Show displays, including show cars by Meguiar's and Edelbrock
•DJ and food


1959 Cadillac

As flamboyant as the 1958 Cadillacs appeared, there was another styling frontier ahead. That threshold was crossed with the immortal 1959 Cadillac.

Cadillac's 1959 models, like this eye-catching 1959 Cadillac
Eldorado Biarritz, sported a new, more curvaceous body.

GM gave its division's largest cars, the so-called C-bodies, another new basic design for 1959. For Cadillac, that meant more-curvaceous styling devised as a hurried reply to Chrysler's resurgent '57 Imperials.

Hallmarks included huge curved-top windshields, thin-section rooflines, slim roof pillars -- and soaring fins of heroic proportions, adorned with high-riding bullet taillamps.

Offsetting such excesses were worthy suspension changes and improved power steering. In addition, a V-8 stroked to 390 cubic inches produced predictably higher horsepower: to 345 on Eldorados, to 325 on other models.

The Cadillac De Ville became a distinct series for 1959, offering hardtop sedans with flat-top four-window styling and a rounded six-window roofline, plus a hardtop coupe.

The 1959 Cadillac Series 62 duplicated these body styles, and added a convertible.

After just two years and 704 units, the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was fully restyled, too. Moreover, assembly was farmed out to coachbuilder Pininfarina in Italy. Only 99 Eldorado Broughams were built for '59, another 101 of the near-identical '60s. Though appearance was clean (a preview of Cadillac's 1961 styling, as it turned out), these cars were larger (on a 130-inch wheelbase), heavier, and not put together as well (bodies contained lots of lead filler). They're collector's items now, but restoring one is a chore.

Also still pillarless (as it had been since 1957) was the lush 1959 Cadillac Sixty Special, now on the 130-inch wheelbase shared with other standard models, including the line-topping Eldorado Seville, Biarritz, and Brougham.

Cadillac prices were generally higher for 1959, with Series 62 models at around $5,000 and the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado going for $7,400 and up. Still, Cadillac built more 142,000 cars for the model year, a fair gain on 1958.

The 1959 Cadillac Series 62 hardtop is another example
of evocative 1959 Cadillac styling.

At the time, of course, it took some foresight, or a certain contrarian outlook, to believe that American car styling had reached some outlandish zenith with the 1959 Cadillac. But even within GM there was a sense that things had to be dialed back, and indeed they were, beginning in 1960.

What can't be disputed is that the 1959 Cadillacs, defined by those saber-edged fins and projectile taillamps, are among the most evocative objects of the 20th Century. What precisely they evoke is open to interpretation, and that's part of the magic.

The 1960s would evoke a cleaner, more streamlined Cadillac design, as well as record sales numbers.