Notes, Ideas & Timeline Gaps

This is where any breaks in the build, ideas, out of order purchases and anything that affects the build will appear.

January 20, 2013

Had to attend business meetings in Arizona for a few days this week... so no work on the 33. I did however, find time to catch the last few hours of the Barrett-Jackson Auction while I was there.

I was PVR'ing it at home with the hope of getting on TV. When I arrived I saw a guy bidding on a beautiful '70 Chevelle... then i saw the cameraman heading toward him, so I casually walked by; the rest, as they say, is history!

That's me walking by with a cold one in my hand as the bidding hits $47000. Too funny!!

January 25, 2013

Not a fan of the supplied fuel tank. Too many issues online. This is the revised version and I'm still not sure how it can be filled with the filler neck mid way. (See Pic)

Opted to by one made by Boyd's Welding. Dave Boyd... Another real pro!! Tank design by Dan Ruth, it's all alluminum and very pretty!!

As the kids pitched in and got me some Summit Racing Gift Cards for Christmas, I figured it time to order a few parts for the '33; a Ford Racing Diff Cover, Ford Racing Headers and a Holley "Blue" Electric Fuel Pump.

January 30, 2013

I got a few pictures of what my motor will look like from Norm at Fortins Engines. He will be building the 302/350 HP crate engine mated to a Performance Automatics Ford AOD Street Smart Trans package.

Based on my colour combo, i'm thinking Ford Black Block, Bare Aluminum heads, Red wires and Lots of shiny bits!!

After speaking with Norm, we have decided to use the Front Accessory Pkg made by March Industries. It keeps the A/C and alternator tucked in and is just prettier than all the brackets above. (See Below)

February 6, 2013

Got all the brake parts painted red. The fronts were silver and the backs were black...

February 11, 2013

Got the first draft of the rendering of the car being done by Sam Ames of AmesFlamesandCustoms or check his blogspot

This is going to be UNREAL when it'd done... here is the draft of the rear view...

See the finished versions (front and back views) on the HOME PAGE about midway down.

February 27, 2013

I was able to purchase some "Build Wheels" on Kijiji. I'll need them when the motor and tranny go in. I'll sell'm off when I'm Done.

March 9, 2013

My prints came in from Sam Ames... He did the rendering of what the car will look like done. I also found a 1-24 scale die cast model of the car on eBay that I couldn't resist.

I also played around with the renderings of Sam's and photoshop'd both views into an Atlantic City backdrop

March 22 - 24, 2013

Factory Five 33 Hot Rod Build School

I can not say enough how fabulous this course was. Kamryn and I spent 3 days in Howell Michigan at Mott Community College actually building a 33 Hot Rod.

The course is put on by Factory Five Instructors and literally 15 of us built the car in 3 days from a bare frame (Friday Saturday and Sunday from 8am - 5pm non stop except for lunch.

At about 4:30 on Day 3 our lead instructor Charles Markman drove it out of the shop to do some burnouts in the parking lot!! Then we came home!

What a blast!!

Day 1

Day 2

Engine Install Video

Engine Start Attempt 1 Video

Enging Start - Success Video

Day 3

We are DONE!!! Video

May 7, 2013

I got really lucky. While premature, they were available so I scooped them up. Now I need suggestions on where they might be mounted... Particularly the front one.

Nov 6-8, 2013

Got to go to SEMA for my first time

Me (Centre) with Factory Five Tech Super Star Tony Zullo (Left) and President Dave Smith (Right)

Me with Sam Ames - The guy who did my renderings... just bumped into him and though we never met before, I recognized him from pics!!
Me with InfinityBox LLC President Jay Harris!

December 18 - 23, 2013
Julie and I take a break and go to Vegas. My birthday was on the 22nd and as a birthday gift she got me 5 lap on in a Ferrari - Take a look - Me driving with Instructor in passenger seat!

March 9 - 23, 2014
Our annual Vacation this year was a Bike Cruise - Literally we take the Harley to Cape Liberty Port in Bayonne NJ, Load it on the Explorer Of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) and "Ride The Islands"

All of this is arranged by Steve Wallach and his Company ETA Cruises ( Check Them out!!!

We met a bunch of Great people and spent 10 days with them on the ship and riding 3 of the 4 islands we visited... St. Thomas, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.

All were challenging rides where we all (or at me anyway) had to tap all of the skills we have. The riding is not the same as here... steel hills, sharp switchbacks, cobble stones roads etc, but you will never experience anything like it. The most beautiful weather, friendly people and fabulous scenery you can ride through! Here are some pics of the place we rode!

From Left to Right - Paulie Galietti (Road Captain ETA), Me, Julie, Bernie Charland (Road Captain ETA (Back)), Steve Wallach (President ETA), My Brother Vinnie, Sister-in-law Laurie

November 14, 2014

Well lets start at the beginning of the summer. If you are here you probably read the last posts (duplicated on the ENGINE page and the PLUMBING page) 

So why the gap in time... Well a lot happened this summer and to be honest, this "NO START" car set back, minor as it was, took some time to sort out and frankly took the wind out of my sails. Julie and I needed a change of pace for the summer and we had a bunch of things on the go and wanted to do... so here are some pics!


The backyard needs to be landscaped and freshened. With the help of my friends at Timberline Landscapes it is complete!

July 26, 2014

Then of course Mathew and Tracy's Wedding. What a great day at Peninsula Golf and Country. Here are just a few of the 1,000,000 or so pictures I took!

Matt and T2 tie the knot!
Tracy - Julie - Sara <3
The family having fun!

 Canada Day thru Thanksgiving 2014 

This is a biggy and TOTALLY not in the plan! It starts with a visit to Grand Bend to help Vince "Harley-ize" his new golf cart. 

A conversation starts and one thing leads to another and next thing you know... we buy a trailer across the street from them. Its' quite nice; a 2005 Northlander All Season Cottager Classic. It's a turn key deal and even includes an old 89 EZGO

So while its perfectly fine to move in... its over grown and messy all around plus we need to put our scent on it. We arrange to have the whole lot cleaned up and re-arranged. 

The EZGO needed a complete body job and naturally I have to get a newer cart to drive while thats underway! Of course once the old one is done, the newer cart needs a theme as well! 

Plus the whole joint needed de-cluttering. This was a series of projects that took almost every weekend through out the summer! Here are the pics

Driveway moves to where old lawn was and visa versa
The lot is all done. a new fence, car port, patio stones, grading, new front lawn and driveway, deck levelled and all overgrown bush gone!

The 89 EZGO undergoes a transformation. This was fun!!!
The new ClubCar also got a new wrap job, wheels, 
upholstery and Sons Of Anarchy Theme

Long story short, we are all set for the summer of 2015!! 

Throw in a few upgrades on the bike (new apes and seat), a couple of Vegas trips and of course earning a living at the dealership and the next thing you know... an entire summer is gone! Here's the latest Harley pics. 

So clearly now it is time to get back to work on the car!!!


Well it was a fabulous summer, but not to much progress on the car. We chose to spend every weekend with family and friends in Grand Bend... which was a really nice break for both Julie and I.

In this section I will try to give you the highlites month by month to bring us up to today's date.

April 12, 2015

We carted the car before bookmarking our progress for the summer. A milestone day in deed. The whole gang was over. Andy, Paul and our new friend Rob (funny story about him this day.

Anyway here are the pics and a video from the day.

Watch this video!
Some one nudged the lift I think. Well as I was lowering it the line blew off and soaked Rob in hydraulic fluid - too funny!
Funny that is until Andy and I got down on our hands and knees to clean up the mess
Stuck half way after the line blew
So I replaced the line and got the lift all the way up. Note the "33" in the floor tile design.
And this is how it will stay for the summer.

April 18-19, 2015

Added some parts to the bike, added a new BBQ and went to number one son (Mark) Stag and Doe (He's getting hitched)

New luggage rack
New air cleaner cover
New highway pegs
New passenger pilon and backrest
New daughter-in-law (Leigh-Ann)
The wedding party
May 17-18, 2015

Did a little dressing up of the deck at the trailer in the Bend. This included stripping and restraining the deck and adding new glass railings. Looks very nice I think.

July 22, 2015

Wedding Day! Son Mark and his new bride Leigh-Ann
And 4 Grandkids!!

Me, Mom, Jeremey and Mark (left to right)
Julie, Me, Paul and Di (left to right)

July 29, 2015

Took a some time to do some mods to the golf cart. 3" lift, new rims, roll bar and a soft top.

Here is one before and a few afters.

BEFORE - It was ok but the wheels were rubbing so it had to be lifted and then the wheels were too small for so let the mods begin!

October 31, 2015

And so that brings us to today. We cleaned the garage and did a little work on cutting relief holes in the body. These pics can be found by going to (click on hyperlink) the Body, Structure & Aluminum Panels section. 

November 1, 2015

I added technpology to the tool box by installing my Lenovo Notebook in a drawer and a monitor in the upper cabinet. Looks good and gives me access to Powervision tuning software for the bikes and InfinityBox Wiring Master Cell as well as the web and all m y music, notes and files

Check out picks from SEMA here : SEMA


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