May 2015

Two-Lane Blacktop’s 1955 Chevy One-Fifty

2-Lane-DSCN4239The iconic movie “interior” car heads to Barrett-Jackson

Story by Mark Bach   Photography by Donna Bach

When cult classic movie Two-Lane Blacktop was released in 1971, who could have guessed that a 1955 Chevrolet One-Fifty, which was one of two cars featured in the movie (the other was a 1970 Pontiac GTO), would generate so much interest nearly 45 years later? And at this past January’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the three 1955 cars built for that movie would sell for $159,500?

There is a lot of incorrect information about these ’55s and their links to another classic movie, American Graffiti, so first let’s clear up some facts. There were three 1955s built for Two-Lane Blacktop; the first was used when the filmmakers wanted a shot showing the exterior of the car. The second movie car, the interior car, was used when the film shot scenes of the actors inside the car. A third car was built for a final scene and was designed to crash and rollover, but the script was changed and that car was never crashed. Continue reading

The Next Generation

Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

No doubt about it, we’re all getting older. Sorry for the reminder, but it’s true. I’m 58 years old and hopefully still have many years ahead of me to enjoy this hobby, amongst other things! As the years roll on I wonder who’ll carry the “classic/muscle/hotrod” torch in my family. For me, most likely my son- in-law. My own son isn’t a car guy. He grew up with a dad who was (and still is), car crazy. My father was definitely not a car guy. I grew up with a Fiat and a Rambler– it was rough! When my son was a teenager, I asked him what his favorite “old car” was. He said he liked the ’68-’72 Novas. Ah, a flicker of encouragement! I still hope to find one of those cars and turn it into a father/son project with him. Right now, he’s entrenched with his career and our new grandson.  Continue reading

Bodywork: Wet Sanding

sanding-tech-shot-1Story and photography by Colin Date

Wet sanding a vehicle after a fresh paint job is almost always mandatory. No matter how many hours are spent prepping and sanding the body before paint, the surface of the car will take on a somewhat coarse finish after the paint has dried. Once the paint has been allowed to properly cure, the application of very fine sandpaper and water can make a huge difference in the final gloss and appearance of your machine. In fact, some shops make a habit out of wet-sanding their paint jobs numerous times over.

We have all seen it. A new paint job can look absolutely stunning at first glance and from a short distance away. However, after closer inspection you begin to find small, circular dimples throughout the finish that closely resemble the pitted surface of an orange peel. Bummer! Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in the act of applying new paint. Even the veteran painters are plagued with the “orange peel” syndrome from time to time. In extreme cases, it can ruin the entire job. But most of the time, it’s easily fixable with some sandpaper and a little finesse. Starting with 1000-grit paper, they slowly and meticulously work every line and contour of the newly-skinned metal. The process may be repeated for each different grit of paper used, often times all the way up to 4000-grit. This helps knock down the “orange peel” effect and eliminate any inconsistencies in the paint. You can bet the final finish is silky smooth and nothing short of awesome!

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