"Breathing new life into old cars"


In honor of my faithful companion Annie, I named this site after her.

We called her 'Big Dog'. She was a good friend and ferocious guard dog.

 


Annie


 Click on the "About BDG" link below to find out more about me and the car projects. 

The Corvette:

Not a lot of progress on the Corvette lately due to lack of funds and time.  I need to buy some 1/2 inch fuel lines and coat the frame before the body can be dropped back onto the frame.  Here is a link to the Corvette pages: The Corvette




1953 Chevy Wagon:


This wagon has been in my family since 1953 when my Grandfather bought it.  I finally got a clear Texas title after two years of applying and re-applying for it.  Many thanks to the Arkansas and Texas DMV for working with me on this. 
Here is a link to the '53 Wagon: 1953 Chevy







Lately, I have been working on getting my 1973 VW Super Beetle back on the road.  This car was my son's first car, but he now drives a Mini Cooper.  I decided to restore the old Beetle to use as my daily commuter to save gas.  My 4x4 Tahoe just will not get very good gas mileage.  It is a great muscle truck when I need it, but to haul me back and forth to work it makes more sense to use the Bug.

Here is a link to the original page on The Bug
Here is a link to the latest progress on the Bug: The Bug Revived






1974 CT70 Trail Bike
Crankshaft damage and fix



I replaced the points and condenser which is behind the flywheel.  When I re-installed the flywheel, The threads on the crankshaft broke off.  At first, I thought I was going to have to replace the crankshaft, but a crankshafts for these engines are no longer produced.  After searching for a used crankshaft, I found there was a fix for this situation.  Check out the Trail 70 section to see what I did to repair the crankshaft. 



Trail 70



I got to drive the Bug to work today.  Jennifer's van had a flat so I offered the bug for her to drive but she took my Tahoe keys. Driving a stock 1973 VW Beetle on today's freeways takes a little planning ahead. The gas pedal is floored when you first see the entry ramp so that hopefully when you get to the freeway, you are at least going 50 MPH. You shift gears at redline, which in a Bug is around 4,500 RPM. Once up to speed you can hold 60 - 65 MPH but you feel like you are about to break a world record since you feel every bump and wind shift. Stopping also takes a little planning ahead. With the old drum brakes you get to stand on the pedal as the car pulls one way, then the other. When you finally get to where you are going, you feel like you have accomplished something, which you did; You actually DROVE a car. You were not a passenger in a luxury machine with all the personal creature comforts, you had the windows down so that the exhaust smell will not over take you. There is no radio to listen to so I usually whistle. For other enjoyment, I will look down at the floor board to see the road going past through the rust holes. Gotta love really driving, it seems like a lost art, especially when you shift through the gears.





When I was in High School in the mid 1970s, I drove a '68 Camaro and a '71 Corvette. Neither one had cup holders. We would cruise around for the sake of cruising and every once in a while get challenged to a street race. My drink of choice was a bottle of Coke or Dr Pepper. Canned drinks were just starting to show up but bottles were the most you would find. I recall driving the Vette, which was a 4 speed, I would hold the Coke bottle with my legs as I shifted gears. One night right after leaving the store with a fresh bottle of Coke I was challenged to a race between lights. I knew I could take this Mustang, no problem. I put the Coke bottle between my legs and when the light turned green I dumped the clutch and planted my foot into the four barrel. All the Coke in the bottle ended up all over my shirt.

The original muscle car days were fun but we had no creature comforts like cup holders or A/C.
I would not trade that time for anything. Lot's of good memories.





I edited out parts of the Casting Numbers sections on this site since Mortec is now back online.  Mortec had created most of the early Chevy Casting Numbers I had and they are trying to get their visibility back on the web. I agreed to pull those numbers so they can regain their rightful place, so if you have any need for early Chevy Casting Numbers, be sure to check them out.  Here is a Link to Mortec:




If you have need for Chevy LS, LT, Jeep, Pontiac or Aircooled VW numbers, be sure to check out the Casting Numbers section of this site. 


Through the grace of God and talents of my heroes at MD Anderson in Houston, I conquered kidney cancer.  I now understand real thankfulness as each one of us should. I see every new day as a gift from God, every sunrise, sunset, even the very breath we take.


Here is a video I edited for work.  This is in celebration of 30 years of Shuttle Flights. 

Hope you enjoy it!


                
 
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