2015 Rocky Mountain Auto Show Part 1

Rocky Mountain Auto Show

Rocky Mountain Auto Show

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For the 3rd year in a row I ventured up to Denver for the Rocky Mountain Auto Show held on Thanksgiving weekend in the Denver Convention Center right in downtown Denver. Again the show was full of amazing vehicles of all types from the 2015 Ridler Award winning “Imposter” built by Chip Foose to exotics, traditional rods, kustoms, muscle cars, and everything else you could imagine.

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2015 Hobo Happenings Pt. 3

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The great small town vibe of the Hobo Happenings in Douglass, KS is because of the great people that attend the event. I keep going back because of that. I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos and I hope that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving. I’ll be back next week with more coverage of another event!

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2015 Hobo Happenings Pt. 2

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We showed up a little late to the 2015 Hobo Happenings, hoping to let the sun warm up the streets of Douglass. It didn’t work. Still close to 100 cars and their owners braved the chill to hang out and enjoy each other’s company for the last outdoor show of the year in this area.

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2015 Hobo Happenings Pt. 1

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For the last few years I’ve been attending a small town show not too far outside of Wichita called the Hobo Happening. Being that it’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving in Douglass, KS it’s been either 50 degrees or 35, this year was closer to the 35 and a stiff cold wind. Still with all of that they had a great turnout this year.

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Scott Mills’ 1928 Model A Sedan : The Right Recipe

 Model A sedan hot rod

“No, that’s not for sale.” We’ve all heard it before, the car sitting in the field every time you drive by and when you talk to the owner they tell you it’s not for sale. That was the story when a buddy called Scott Mills and told him of a Model A sedan and a pickup in a yard a couple of cities away.

 

 

Scott Mills’ Model A Sedan
 hot rod model A

Mills and the Model A owner became friends, to the point where the car owner would make his late model car purchases from Mills’ main job as Sales Manager at Quality Motors in Independence, KS. They would keep in touch and from time to time the owner would tease Mills asking if he was ready to purchase the Model A yet then letting him down by not selling the car.

“He wanted you to have first shot at the car,” it wasn’t the sentence that Mills wanted to hear. Unfortunately the world had lost another car guy. Mills purchased both the pickup and the sedan and promptly sat on the sedan for a few years while ideas of hot rod glory rolled around in his head. He had to have the right recipe to make this a great hot rod.

There are so many factors that come into play when building a cool ride. Stance, chop, drivetrain, paint, all of them come together to make a good car into a great car. When I first saw Scott Mills’ 28 Model A Sedan, it was the paint that drew my attention.

The paint combo caught my eye because of it’s unique layout and custom color. Mills custom mixed PPG paint for the project. Painting the body lines PPG Jet Black was the perfect offset for the custom grey/green body color. Mills applied the paint himself. In addition to the job at Quality Motors and owner of Quality Paint & Body, Mills also owns his own hot rod shop called Scott’s Rod & Custom.

Mills put a lot of effort into the sedan’s body before that custom mixed paint was sprayed. Channeling the body 4” down over the custom built Hot Shoe frame was the perfect amount. While it could have gone deeper Mills wanted to be sure to have room for a back seat for the kids. The top was chopped 4” as well before having Stitches Fine Upholstery cover the original style soft top with a modern textured vinyl. The same vinyl was used to cover the visor for a unique look that I dig. To finish the body mods a fuel filler was frenched into the driver side rear panel. Many Model A builds swap the grill for a 32 shell, a great look but this car shows that you don’t have to do that. 3” was taken out of the stock grill shell, giving it just the right height. A pair of Dietz style headlights round out the front end look.

Behind the chopped stock grill a 355 4 bolt engine takes center stage. Jack’s Engine & Machine in Erie, KS was called on to build the engine which is balanced and features 0.30 over forged pistons, MSD HEI distributor, polished Edelbrock tunnel ram intake and custom Jet Hot coated headers built by Mills. A turbo 350 trans with a B&M shift kit backs up the stout engine. In the rear a 9” Ford rear end is packed with a Curry center section, 3.50 posi gear and Strange axles.


The Hot Shoe frame features a Pete & Jakes all chrome, 4” dropped & drilled Super Bell Axle, hair pins & uni-steer cross steer rack in the front with disc brakes. The rear suspension is a triangulated 4-bar with polished coil-overs. Wheelsmith steel smoothie wheels with Firestone tires all around give the car the right look. The fronts are 5” wide with 6.70×15 wide whites and spider caps, the rears are 10” wide with 10.00×15 cheater slick wide whites and more spider caps.

Inside the stock dash was replaced with a 32 Ford dash, under that is a Flaming River chrome tilt column topped with a Con2R two tone black & white wheel. The Eddie Barrett bomber style front seats, custom made rear seat and custom door & side panels were all covered with black tuck & roll embellished with pinstriped stitching by Stitches Fine Upholstery.

All of that came together to create a killer hot rod that draws attention everywhere it goes. Scott is working on a few other projects at the hot rod shop including a 50 Merc that should be a bit more comfortable for long drives with the family. Stay tuned!

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CPPS84: Wichita Fundamentals Part 2

This week Royboy plays part 2 of the interview with the Wichita Fundamentals, check out episode 83 for part 1.  Hear the podcast in the embedded player below or on iTunes at royboyproductions.com/itunes 

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2015 Stray Kat Feed Part 3

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Here’s the 3rd and final installment of the photos from the Stray Kat Feed. I hope you enjoyed them.

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2015 Stray Kat Feed Part 2

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I think it’s about 5 years now that I’ve been attending this little shindig. The Stray Kat Feed isn’t a car show or anything like that, just a hangout for a bunch of the Stray Kat Kustoms Family. The swap meet looked to be a huge success, I didn’t see anything that I knew I needed but I saw a few things I wanted. The back of TwoTall Okie’s shop was full of art, 1 shot was flying and cool stuff was being done.

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2015 Stray Kat Feed Part 1

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November 14, 2015 was a bit later than we normally got together for the Stray Kat Feed but it worked out pretty darn good. Adding to the hot dogs and chili and tons of great desserts that are on tap for the feed each year, this year TwoTall added a swap meet. Lots to do in the two blocks of Dewey, OK where the Feed is held. Enjoy the photos.

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2015 Pistons & Paint Pt. 5

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For the final installment of the 2015 Pistons & Paint coverage we have the biggest day of photos of the week. I wanted to stay for the day but I’d promised my friends in the band Paramount that I’d make it to their gig in Wichita that evening. So after checking out a few hundred great rides, talking with some good friends and hearing some awesome music I pointed the Galaxie north on I-35 and hauled butt up to Wichita. After delivering a couple of orders of calendars to folks that lived right off of the interstate I made it to the Cotillion just in time to catch the start of the show. I hope you all enjoyed the photos!

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CPPS83 : Wichita Fundamentals Pt. 1

This week Royboy tells the tale of a 48 hour, 4 event, 900 mile weekend and then plays part 1 of a group interview with some of the original members of the Wichita Fundamentals car club about how the club started in the 70’s, where the “Wichita Style” came from and other assorted stories. Hear the podcast in the embedded player below or on iTunes at royboyproductions.com/itunes 

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2015 Pistons & Paint Pt. 4

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By noon of the 2015 Pistons & Paint show in Denton, TX the show had pretty much filled in. I’m a big fan of this show, the cars are pretty great, the folks of North Texas are awesome, the music is spot on. This is probably why I come back each year.

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2015 Pistons & Paint Pt. 3

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As I hit the 2015 Pistons & Paint the weather was about like the year before, kinda cold, cloudy and threatening rain. To the south of Dallas the rain was coming down hard, I’m sure keeping some folks away. The show is usually pretty full pretty quickly, this year and last the cars trickled in throughout the morning into the early afternoon. Some of the best hot rods and kustoms of the region were joined by stockers, cruisers and even some rats.

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2015 Pistons & Paint Pt. 2

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For the 2015 Pistons & Paint Car Show I headed out late Friday. Hearing reports from others that I-35 was slammed with NASCAR race weekend traffic I was a bit worried. 5 hours later I checked into my hotel room in southern OK, having never hit traffic, leaving at 7pm worked. A few hours of sleep and another hour of driving got me to the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton.

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2015 Pistons & Paint Pt. 1

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November 6, 2015 the 2015 Pistons & Paint car show took over the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton, TX. For years I’ve been attending the show but I’ve never taken my own ride until this year. For the 2nd year in a row the day started out wet but ended up awesome!

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2015 SEMA Coverage by John Wells Part 2

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Since I couldn’t make it out to SEMA again this year, I called on my buddy John Wells to take some photos and send them this way so we could all see them. Check out the sizzle reel for the new TV project that John and Max Grundy are working on together and enjoy the photos!

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CPPS82: Problem Child Kustoms

This week Royboy talks with Brian Stupski of Problem Child Kustoms.

 

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2015 SEMA Coverage by John Wells

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Since I couldn’t make it out to SEMA again this year, I called on my buddy John Wells to take some photos and send them this way so we could all see them. Check out the sizzle reel for the new TV project that John and Max Grundy are working on together and enjoy the photos!

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2015 Hot Rod Garage Open House Pt. 4

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The Hot Rod Garage Open House also includes a reunion of some vintage drag racers. Tons of fast cars from the 60’s-70’s were from this region and this was a great way to get a few of the folks together.

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2015 Hot Rod Garage Open House Pt. 3

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As you can see in the photos from the 2015 Hot Rod Garage Open House the weather was kinda dreary for most of the day. The crowd just kept on coming, inside there was a long table and a bunch of chairs set up so folks could grab a bite amongst all of the current projects in that building and we could watch some vintage drag racing from a projector. Outside everyone’s buddy Monkey was acting as DJ, playing some great music and keeping us informed of the schedule of the day. It was a busy day!

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2015 Hot Rod Garage Open House Pt. 2

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In part 2 of my 2015 Hot Rod Garage Open House coverage we continue the stroll down the street to see all of the cars. Enjoy!

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2015 Hot Rod Garage Open House Pt. 1

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This weekend I headed down to Sand Springs, OK to the Hot Rod Garage for their 2015 Open House. All week long rain was threatening the event, it was looking iffy. When we got up at 6 on Saturday and looked out of the hotel window it was raining, no bueno. A quick look at the radar showed that it was just about over. By the time we got to the Hot Rod Garage all was good, wet pavement but no more falling from the sky and the front engine dragsters were unloading! Typically the event fills up early, the moisture slowed that down a bit but by noon the street was full on both sides and people were in all 4 buildings that make up Hot Rod Garage checking out all of the under construction projects and enjoying the cars parked around the facility.

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