48 Cars in 48 States #24 : Minnesota

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While Corvettes are not my normal fare, they were customized back when they were new because they weren’t the sacred cow that they’ve become. This one belongs to custom car aficionado Mark Moriarty of the Minneapolis, MN area.

Mark has a bunch of cool cars, heck he has two in his LIVING ROOM, plus a few more in the garage. Some historic traditional customs, a car very similar to the Chevelle he had in his younger days, a couple of the Zinger cars, a very fast looking boat and a rocket powered go kart. You read that right…

So the car that he chose from his collection to shoot for this project was his Corvette. It has some minor modifications to clean it up and hop it up a bit. It’s very clean, shaving the door handles really changes the flow of the door panels. The car is fun to ride in and has a great look to it. I was honored to get to hang out with Mark and see his collection.

 



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174 – #48Cars48States Recap Weeks 5-6

Weeks 5-6 of the 48 Cars 48 States trip recap! Including talking with Jeremy Schirm, Bill Belmonte, James Owens, Shawn Dickinson, Joe Lockwood, Jon Centracchio

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48 Cars in 48 States #23 : Iowa

My friend and a great artist Todd Jones introduced me to Jeremy Schirm who owns this 40 Mercury. I think that was at the Detroit Autorama a couple of years ago. I first saw the car at the 2016 Vintage Torque Fest, then again at the 2017 Custom Car Revival. Jeremy was one of the first ones to answer the call when I asked for folks in each state to be a part of this project.

The car had been put away for the season when I got ahold of Jeremy to tell him that I was about a week away from showing up to shoot some photos. Not a huge deal, just about 160 miles more driving to get to the spot where the car was. Like me a couple of times on this trip he had a newly developed engine tick in his fairly new engine so we shot the car right next to the garage that it was stored in. One of my ticks turned into the saga you saw on this site a few days ago, the other has just been an exhaust leak that a new gasket fixed.

Since Jeremy is a paint and body man by trade the paint on this car is intricate and well done, not a ton of body mods were done but then again, they aren’t really all that needed on the 40 Mercury, it was a great looking car from the beginning.

More on the car in the book!



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48 Cars in 48 States #22 : Nebraska

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My Nebraska car belongs to John MacKichan and was built specifically to attend the Hot Rod Hill Climb. I got to ride in this car and it’s pretty impressive for a B Motor, especially when loaded with 4 people and going up a mountain!

This 1930 Ford Model A Roadster was originally built as a hot rod in 1954 in Ashland, NE. In 1958 the original builder sold the car to Frank Schaffer who drove the roadster every day year round until 1973. That’s 15 Nebraska summers and winter… my hat is off to Mr. Schaffer! After 73 the car was put into storage, sometimes inside a barn, for a few years outside under a cover until MacKichan purchased the car and put it back into a barn for a few years. In November of 2013 when MacKichan hauled it out with a tractor and started to work on it to get ready for the 2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb. That work lasted from Dec. to July and the car made it to the Hill Climb.

MacKichan has a long history in performance vehicles including projects for Indy, Pikes Peak, and especially Bonneville. He designed, engineered, and fabricated much of the MacKichan/Schulz Bonneville Streamliner. The streamliner was retired after 22 years of racing with a final record run in 2010 at 323.3 MPH in the D/FS Class. The fastest overall record for the streamliner was 328.9 MPH in the C/BGS Class in 2000 along with the fastest exit speed of 346 MPH.

Some facts about the roadster, more in the book!

Built with a Model B 4-banger and cross-flow

Cragar head. John built a Halibrand quick-change rear end and added a T-5 transmission.



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48 Cars in 48 States #21 : Missouri

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The tail end of the 1st half of the trip was a stop in KCMO at the club hangout of the Los Punk Rods club. The trip started with a stop at their Greaserama show on Sept. 2nd and it was a great bookend to the western part of the country to come back to KC and shoot photos of Dave Sprinkle’s Econoline.

Technically Dave now lives in Kansas but the truck stays at the club shop which is in Missouri… by about 40 feet, it’s literally right next to the state line, but that counts! It was built in Missouri and it was shot in Missouri!

I’ll have more info on the truck in the book when it comes out, enjoy the photos!



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48 Cars in 48 States #20 : Oklahoma

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After leaving Owens Salvage in Wellington, TX I headed east to OK. A brief stop for dinner with some friends in OKC and then it was time to get over to the Tulsa area for my OK stop the next day. My friends at Hot Rod Garage, Inc. in Sand Springs, OK recently completed this beauty for Tim Wilson, a long time friend of HRG co-owner Jason Smith.

Jason also has a sweet 63 Falcon that’s set up for AutoCross and for running road courses like the nearby Hallet raceway. His plan for the weekend was to take the 32 down to Fort Worth to the Goodguys show and also to take the Falcon for some autocross time. Since the rear tires on the Falcon were almost bald and he had some new ones to mount up… why not finish off the old ones in style?



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48 Cars in 48 States #19 : Texas

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After shooting in Las Lunas, NM I hopped in the Galaxie and headed east on I-40 towards Texas! My next stop was at Owens Salvage in Wellington, TX to see Bob Owens (FlatTopBob). If you look back here on the site you can see my previous visit to Owens Salvage and hear my podcast with Bob here. Bob’s Buick is one of my favorites. Something so good about this car, plus with the setting of the Owen’s shop/house it just turned out awesome.

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48 Cars in 48 States #18 : New Mexico

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After my shoot in AZ I headed east on US60, it’s a route that I’d taken a few times when I was in school there 17 years ago. I knew the road was a scenic one and just had a couple of manageable inclines plus a great drive down and back up the other side of the Salt River Canyon.

It wasn’t the quickest route and I was on a time table, trying to beat the sunset to Los Lunas, NM. Once I got to Quemodo, NM I was on road that was new to me. The scenery was great, the road was pretty good too. Unlike going through Colorado the road was more between the mountains rather than through the more tightly packed Colorado Rockies. When I crossed the Continental Divide for the last time it was more of a big hill than the mountains on either side.

The last bit of the drive was driving right into some beautiful storms. I grabbed some photos for you along the way, it was too cool looking to not shoot them.

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48 Cars in 48 States #17 : Arizona

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Following the slight detour and the crazy run down from Salt Lake City to Vegas I had to skip some planned sight seeing  at the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon because it was night and I needed to make up some miles. My next stop was in my old stomping grounds in the Phoenix area. Back in 2000 I was living in the area as I went to school at the Conservatory for Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe.

Early Tuesday morning I got up and added some more oil to the engine and finished the last 100 miles in to the Phoenix area and made my way over to Gilbert, AZ. It was great to be in town again, if even for just a quick drive through. I met up with my AZ car owner Tom Mikla at his home and we hopped in his car and went looking for a location. Time was tight and I still needed to get to NM by evening so I could have a chance of getting back on schedule so we found a spot and started shooting.

I’ll give more details about the car in the book but wow this thing is stout thanks to the engine from Tom’s NASCAR days being under the hood.



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48 Cars in 48 States #16 : Nevada

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As you read yesterday, this stop was a bit delayed! This stop was supposed to be Saturday afternoon and instead it was late Monday evening.

This car is a great example of pure and simple hot rodding. Nothing extra that’s not needed, just strip parts away and put a more powerful engine in, I don’t know what more needs to be said. I like it, I want one for myself.

The timing wasn’t ideal, but I have to say a huge thanks to Derek Campbell for being willing to let me shoot his car 2 days behind schedule and at night. I really like these images, they are different from anything else I’d shot to date.  I didn’t get to experience any of Vegas this trip but I will be back.

 

 



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48 Cars in 48 States : A Slight Detour

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Sometimes in life, your plans don’t exactly go as you wanted…

So let’s pick the story up from the photo shoot in California. After shooting Brian’s roadster I went and got a hotel room and started looking for a shop to take a look at the engine to figure out the miss that I had. I tried pulling the plug wires one at a time while the car was running, sure enough when you pulled the #6 wire from the distributor, the engine didn’t change at all. When pulling all of the others the engine got worse, so that means the problem was with #6. So I tried pulling the wire from the spark plug, nope the problem was not with the wire. Okay, maybe it’s the plug? Nope the plug was fine.

The next morning I went to a local shop to have a compression test done. The tech came back in about 30 minutes and told me the bad news, “I’m going to be your least favorite person today… you have a burnt valve.”

Okay, well then it’s time to figure this out. I took to social media to put the word out that the trip was in jeopardy,  folks started offering all manner of advice, some good, some not. About 30 minutes later I went into the restroom and while in there I saw myself in the mirror. I saw the quit in my eyes, I saw the end of the trip right there before me. That couldn’t happen. I had to keep going, but how?

I started trying to find a way to fix the car locally, there were a few options but most were the offer of shops and tools, a great help, but I’m not enough of a mechanic for this problem. Sitting in my car in the parking lot, with the sun baking me through the windshield I was replying to texts and messages and posts on social media and starting to feel completely overwhelmed. Then the message came from Eric from the Throttlers club in Salt Lake City, I called him back immediately.

“You get the car here and we’ll do whatever we can to help you get back on the road.”

That’s the best idea I’ve heard all day.



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173- #48Cars48States Week 4 Recap – #ChromePipesAndPinstripes

Week 4 of the 48 Cars 48 States trip recap! Including the rest of the tale of the burnt valve, stops in Phoenix, Wellington, TX and KCMO

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48 Cars in 48 States #15 : California

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From Salem, OR down to Penryn, CA is a pretty straight forward drive. It rained on me most of the way down to the Medford area where I stayed for the night. Just hop on the I-5 and haul butt south! The west was certainly beautiful and I wish I could have stayed longer and spent some time on the coast but that wasn’t in the cards.

My California car is this amazing roadster owned by Brian George. It was finished in 2016 and won Goodguys Rod & Custom Hot Rod Of The Year that year, no small feat. It has all the right touches to make me drool, ARDUN Flattie, Duvall windshield, Pines winter grill, E&J’s, quick change rear… need I say more?

The car is just stunning from any angle and impeccably cared for. I had a blast talking with Brian and shooting the car. From the great overall design to details such as the metal finished and perfectly painted floors, plus the hand built version of the Pines grill so that they didn’t have to cut up the original one to make it 2″ shorter the details on this car are amazing. More details about it in the book!

Somewhere in here I noticed that the car was running a little funny. I decided to get a room for the night and have a local shop check it out after I couldn’t figure out exactly what was wrong. More on that tomorrow…



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48 Cars in 48 States #14 : Oregon

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When I first started planning out this trip my friend TJ Wilson had just moved from Texas to Oregon. At that time he was in the eastern half of the state. Someone said that I HAD to go to the Columbia River Gorge and was bummed to see that my route wouldn’t take me there. But now TJ and family live in Salem, OR and I completely forgot about the suggestion to check out the Gorge until I crested a hill and started to descend into it.

I wasn’t able to take many photos, many of the exits were closed due to the forest fires and the east bound lanes were shut down completely on I-84, but that was some of the most breathtaking scenery of the whole trip so far.

That evening I got to Salem just in time for it to start raining again. TJ and family put me up for the night, and took me out for a bite to eat. The next morning I was able to sleep in, do some laundry, do some reading and just relax before going over to the technical high school where TJ teaches in the Auto course. It was great to see so many HS kids that were interested in a career in the automotive field and they seemed to really dig my old Galaxie.



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48 Cars in 48 States #13 : Washington

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After the monster drive from Salt Lake City up to the Post Falls, ID/Spokane area I was glad to have a short drive over to Spokane of about 15 minutes. My Washington car belongs to John Gunsaulis of Hop Up Magazine. I first saw this sweet right hand drive, banger powered Phaethon at the Hot Rod Hill Climb in 2015 and was immediately drawn to it’s simplicity and cool factor.



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48 Cars in 48 States #12 : Idaho

After a long drive from Colorado to Utah I woke up early for another long drive up to Post Falls, Idaho. Russ Freund’s Takeout T was my subject for Idaho, a car I’d last seen in person in 2011 at the Starbird show in Tulsa, OK. The car is still as beautiful today as it was then.

The drive took me north out of Salt Lake City up into Idaho, then across the border into Montana for a bit. The mountains had just received some snow the day before and it was kind of chilly. As I drove the cowl vents got pushed more and more closed and the heater got cranked up more and more. By the time that I stopped for fuel just west of Butte, MT when I got out of the car, it was cold (okay in 2 months that will seem warm, but at the time I was cold). During this section of the trip I crossed the Continental Divide two more times, however the elevation was not nearly what it was when I crossed it in Colorado. There’s some very beautiful country up in this part of our country, and not a ton of people, just the right amount of small towns to hit to get gas if you need it.

Shortly after that I hit some rain as I traversed the border back into Idaho and across the mountains. There was a bit of road construction, mixed with the rain and a classic car in the mountains and I was glad to get checked into my room and get a break from driving for the day.

Post Falls is in a beautiful area, and lucky for me my Washington car was just across the border about 15 minutes away. The rain subsided just enough to hop in the T and ride out to a location to shoot just before we lost the sun. Then it time for dinner and a couple of mixed drinks with Russ and John Gunsaulis, my Washington car owner.



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48 Cars in 48 States #11 : Utah

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My first trip to the Hot Rod Hill Climb a few years ago I saw this beautiful 36 Ford. I was floored that such a beautiful kustom was being thrashed up the mountain! Fast forward to year’s HRHC and I see that Kipp Winward drove it over the OMG Road on the dirt and according to his Throttlers Car Club fellow members, he was sideways around every corner.

These photos were taken on Sunday after I followed Throttlers Kipp & Eric and their ladies back from the Hill Climb into Utah. The car is a 36, with a flathead and a T-5 transmission, and I can tell you it is driven like a kid is behind the wheel!

More of the story on the car in the 48 Cars 48 States book!



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48 Cars in 48 States #10 : Colorado

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The Colorado vehicle for the 48 Cars 48 States trip is the Odd Rod, well technically it’s the recreation of the Odd Rod! My buddy Mike Nicholas (of Nick’s Hot Rod Garage, Hot Rod Hill Climb, and Hot Rod Dirt Drags) was asked by Duane Helms to help bring together Duane’s dream of recreating the Odd Rod a couple of years ago. What you see here is that recreation.

The original Odd Rod built by Kenz & Leslie in Denver, CO, started in the 40’s and first run at Bonneville in 1949. Later the truck’s parts were used to start the Kenz & Leslie streamliner, so a restoration of the original is not really possible.

The Odd Rod’s most unique feature is the twin engine design. In the front engine bay there’s a flathead like you’d expect, in the rear there’s another flathead. You start the rear engine up and once it’s running you can engage the clutch and start the front engine.

Unfortunately for me, the truck broke something while running up the mountain at the Hot Rod Hill Climb. I have a bunch of photos from the Dirt Drags & Hill Climb, so that’s what you’ll see here. When it comes to laying out the book if I don’t feel the images that I have are strong enough, I’ll just have to make the 6 hour trip back out to Colorado to get more photos. Hear more of the story in a video here.

More of the story in the book!



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48 Cars in 48 States #09 : Wyoming

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I first saw John & Chelle Binger’s car at the 2016 Hot Rod Hill Climb, then again at the 2017 Hot Rod Dirt Drags and last week at the 2017 Hot Rod Hill Climb. It’s a great, simple hot rod that has style and is fun to drive around in! I drove down from the Billings, MT area to Cheyenne through some beautiful countryside, the Big Horn Mountains and the high plains of Wyoming. I got to Cheyenne just about the time a small rain storm came through so we went over to the Binger’s shop and checked out some of what was there.



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48 Cars in 48 States #08 : Montana

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After leaving Bismarck, ND I headed straight west on I-94 to Montana. The first couple of hours looked a lot like western KS, big rolling hills and lots of pasture. Then I came across the most beautiful part of the entire trip so far, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, right at Medora, ND. This is well worth the time if you can stop, I couldn’t as I was racing the sun, so I got to enjoy the beauty at 75 mph as I drove through. Shortly after crossing the border the smoke from the forest fires out west got bad again. I continued the next 3 hours of driving with about 3 miles of visibility, it was actually kind of stressful after a bit. I’m from KS, used to being able to see the horizon, so the close quarters of the smoke really wore me out as I drove.



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48 Cars in 48 States #07 : North Dakota

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Tom Huber’s 40 Chevy Convertible is my car for North Dakota. After shooting with the Van Pelt’s in SD Tim & Thom lead me on a short tour through the Black Hills and took me up by Mount Rushmore. I didn’t have time to go in and do all the stuff that I wanted to do but it was still good to get to check it out.

The Galaxie is running great but still doesn’t like city driving. The short stint through Rapid City and then the long climb up to Mount Rushmore combined with a stop along the way meant she got really warm again. Lucky for me we stopped right passed the top and parked for a bit, giving the car a chance to cool back down.

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Then we headed north through some beautiful scenery, cruised down through Deadwood, and then Sturgis as I said my goodbyes with a wave, they took off in Tim’s 32 Sedan and I headed for North Dakota!

 



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172- 48 Cars 48 States Podcast Recap Week 3

Week 3 of the 48 Cars 48 States trip recap! Including Russ Freund, John Gunsaulis, Brian George and the part 1 of the tale of the burnt valve…

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171 – 48 Cars 48 States Recap Week 2

This week Royboy recaps week 2 of the 48 Cars 48 States trip. With interviews with Mike Behrendt of Wichita, Thom and Tim Van Pelt of Piedmont, SD, Tom Huber of Bismarck, ND and Ryan Mead of Laurel, MT.

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48 Cars in 48 States #06 : South Dakota

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Well, that didn’t go quite as planned, but I made it to South Dakota late Sunday night. I left the Starliner show and headed north, my route took me within 12 miles of my own home so I stopped again and used my wifi and slept in my own bed, planning to take off at 5:30 am to arrive in Rapid City, SD by 2:30 pm Mountain time. First, I awoke to the shrill alarm at 5am and quickly decided that 6:30 would be a better starting time… then it was 7:30… by 8am I was finally rolling out of Gypsum, KS.

I headed up U.S. 81, since my route took me through Concordia, KS I stopped in to see my friend Dalton for a little bit. As I left Concordia the car died on me, weird. I started it back up and kept going, figuring it was nothing. I made it about 30 miles north and saw a big thunderstorm sitting on top of US 81 a couple of miles ahead. A quick decision took me west on US 36. 30 or so miles later I drove through the small town of Mankato, KS, the home of City Limits Hot Rods owned by my friend PJ Garst. I figured it was Sunday morning and I’d already stopped once, I better keep rolling down the road instead of calling him to say hi.

3 miles later the car dies again. Dammit. This isn’t good. I was on the side of the road for just a couple of minutes and I could tell that something was wrong. The car would try to start but would backfire through the exhaust, it has never done that before. That lead me to believe something in the distributor was not right. About that time a black Chevy truck shows up, rolling by slowly… driven by PJ!

He and his brother Travis pulled me back to Mankato and hooked me up with a mechanic by the name of Matt Pierce. Over the next 5 hours he worked the car, first testing to make sure the fuel pump was delivering fuel, then checked the spark, both seemed good. Then when the cap was pulled off of the distributor the problem was found. The rotor was beat up, the cap was beat up on the inside, and the top of the distributor shaft was very loose. Uh oh.

PJ called a local guy that has some FE motors in old vehicles, and a short time later he came back with a distributor out of 390. A call to the owner of the local parts store (which was closed) and then we had a new rotor & cap. After trying the new distributor, the car was missing horribly, so some inspection found that the breaker plate in the “new” distributor was wobbly. So both distributors were disassembled, and one good unit with my Pertronix bug in it was put together. That was the ticket! The car was back on the road again!

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PJ’s 32 at his City Limits Hot Rods in Mankato, KS

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48 Cars In 48 States : The Great American Road Trip – A 48 state road trip with a stop in each state to photograph a traditionally styled hot rod, kustom or drag vehicle. Daily updates will be posted here on royboyproductions.com so you can see where I’ve gone, who I’ve met, some of what I’ve seen. At the end of the trip I’ll produce a 200 page full color book of the entire adventure. You can pre-order the book here!


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48 Cars in 48 States #05 : Kansas

Picking up where yesterday’s post left off, I was at home Wednesday night so I took advantage of the opportunity to do some laundry and use my own fast wifi. Thursday morning I got a ride back over to pick up the Galaxie, packed my stuff back in my car and headed for Wichita. I knew that I needed to fix the exhaust leak on the passenger side so I called up Rocky Burris and headed to his place figuring that it would be easier to get a set of gaskets for a Ford FE in Wichita than in Salina. Plus if I had to order them in at least I’d be in Wichita with everyone for the Starliner weekend instead of sitting in my house twiddling my thumbs.

After getting to Rocky’s and letting the car cool down a bit I pulled the exhaust manifold loose from the engine, sure enough it was blown out. Rocky called a local shop and we sat and BS’d until we got the call that they had it delivered from another store. A couple of hours after getting to Wichita I was back in business.

The Lonely Knights were rolling in to Wichita in groups and the first group was in town so I headed to the Starliner host hotel to meet up with my friends and then went to our favorite place to grab a big dinner for 20 people. Then it was over to Corey Conyers’ Crown Custom shop to check out a couple of dragsters he’s working on. Finally we headed back to the host hotel, poured a couple of red solo cup mixed drinks and enjoyed hanging out in the parking lot. A dang good day.

 



48 Cars In 48 States : The Great American Road Trip – A 48 state road trip with a stop in each state to photograph a traditionally styled hot rod, kustom or drag vehicle. Daily updates will be posted here on royboyproductions.com so you can see where I’ve gone, who I’ve met, some of what I’ve seen. At the end of the trip I’ll produce a 200 page full color book of the entire adventure. You can pre-order the book here!


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