A few of my present and previous cars. I had a lot of fun with these!


1980 Chevrolet Caprice
Station Wagon

Another low mileage hearse. A good thing about hearses are that they usually are in a much better shape than your average car of the same vintage.
305 smallblock V-8 and 350 Turbo hydramatic make this black wagon move.
New snow tires and newly painted 8" front and 10" rear wheels in this pic.
(October 2013)

Chevy SS ?

The Chevy was updated with dual exhaust, wide tyres and 10" rear rims. Silver SS stripes makes it look like a boxy body muscle car... Right?
Would need 454 power to match, tho'
(September 2012)

1989 Chevrolet Caprice

Powered by a fuel injected V6, this car surprisingly seems faster than the hearse below, even as it has many times more miles on the odometer.
The TH-700 R4 transmission keeps revs low on the highway.
(January 2012)

1971 Pontiac Grand Safari

Bought with its engine and tranny on the floor beside the car. After a bit of work and some TLC it runs nice and feels good to drive.
A friend told me this is the longest mass produced station wagon in America... (December 2011)

1980 Chevrolet Caprice

A hearse in its previous life, this car is in extremely good condition.
Just needed a good detailing, and went into the Finnish museum registry with flying colors
(October 2011)

1987 pontiac Trans Am GTA

This GTA was bought as a donor car, to give its vital organs to the '57 Chieftain.
The 350 TPI engine and overdrive trans will provide nice power and good fuel economy.
The GTA was driven home from Jyväskylä on snow tires left over from the '78 Chevelle below. (November 2010)

1957 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina Coupe

This car was bought in Seattle and registered in Oregon, and driven along U.S. 101 to Los Angeles.

Click here to see the Pontiac project page.
(June 2010)

1990 GMC

This GMC Pick up truck looks more like '78 than a '90, the explanation being that it's made in Brazil.
It also sported an obsolete 250 cubic inch Chevy straight six with a four speed manual transmission.
Interesting tire and home brewed spool combo provided lots of fun and wide slides in rainy weather! (August 2009)


After a work intense winter, the
"grandpas car"-look is long gone.
(May 2009)

1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Coupe

A darn goodlooking car innit? No? Maybe not yet, but you just wait and see!
This car is supposed to be done in a Nascar racer disguise. The power from the anemic original 350 cuin engine with about 150 horses, slushed through a TH 350 box leaves some to be desired in the performance department, though.
The rust isn't exactly beaming with its absence either... (August 2008)

Buick Skylark

Here's the Buick after a fun albeit dirty test drive.
At about 2800 lbs, this car is surprisingly fast even with the six cylinder mill and auto tranny.

1963 Buick Skylark Convertible

Early June 2008 a new project was needed to fill the void after the '60 Buick was sold, and this one seemed to fit the bill.
As for now, the car is still on the truck a few miles from home, waiting to come to its new home.
(car acquired June 2008)

The Big Bad Buick

For the Summer of 2007 the Buick was given some changes in altitude, which as they say lead to a change in attitude.
Four inches in the rear and three off the front springs, combined with new lower front tires made quite a change.
(June 2007)

1978 Chevrolet Chevelle

By late 2006 a user friendly car was needed, and this was the result.
200 cubes of unhurried displacement makes cummuting a nice pastime.
(car acquired November 2006)

1960 Buick LeSabre
This two tonne racer is powered by a 364 nailhead, a Dynaflow transmission providing smooth acceleration.
Painted black with yellow "Viper stripes", blue pinstriping and a hand painted STP logo, this car attracts a lot of attention.
A very nice car to drive, it's been driven almost daily since middle April.
(June 2006)

1960 Buick

The car was found in less than perfect condition.
For the last fifteen or so years, the four previous owners had, one after the other, bought it, lacked energy and interest to repair it, and sold it.
(February 2006)

1975 Chevrolet El Camino V8
Equipped with the Olds 307, dual pipes featuring not-so effective mufflers, this car now emits the fine music we all love!
The TH 200 4R Automatic tranny has a steep first gear and overdrive fourth, and the N 50-B15 tires and 10" Chrome Reverse rear wheels do their job in the looks department.
(May 2005)
Wiring diagrams for the TH 200 4R transmission.

1975 Chevrolet Chevelle El Camino
Powered by a 250 cubic inch in-line six banger and a TH 350 tranny with the original style exhaust intact this car doesn't even have a good rumble, but just you wait and see...
(April 2005)

1987 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Custom Cruiser
This car was bought as a donor car. Its V8 engine, four speed automatic transmission and a few other parts will be transplanted into the 'Camino. One couldn't ever imagine all the useless wiring, plumbing and pumps I had to remove just to find that small engine...
(April 2005)

1969 Plymouth Valiant Signet
A fine racer, powered by a 225 cubic slant six through a Torqueflite 904.

Still the Plymouth.
Those pipes played a good tune! The rumble from that six-banger was real good.

1985 Ford Crown Victoria STW
Nothing special about this car, I just had to try and flame it. It went 50 degrees cooler instantly!
302 cubes and an AOD four speed transmission merely got this beast moving...

1960 Opel Rekord
I used this car to get some practice at welding. These are the same wheels seen posing with the Essex, only they look much better here.
With a hot engine this would be a kool kruiser. (2003)

1970 Pontiac Le Mans
Originally equipped with a 350 cubic inch engine, I substituted it for a 400 topped off with a new Holley 750 cfm four barrel carb on an Edelbrock aluminum intake, followed by a TH 400 transmission.
Final assembly going on after a repaint in 1991.

1977 Chevrolet Beauville C 30
I bought this van in 1986 when it was only nine years old! One of my newest cars.
Power came from a 292 cubic inch six bolted to a TH 350 automatic transmission.
Fuel economy? Nothing of it!

1965 Plymouth Valiant
Powered by a 225 cubic inch six backed up
by a "three on the tree" manual transmission.
This was my first American car.

Flamed Tractor
Inspired by a cheap three-two intake and a pinstriping brush I decided to Rod the tractor and flame it!
Here sans pin stripes on hood flames
(August 2005)

Pinstriped flames
Here's a closer look at the finished flames.
They were painted with rattle cans, so the feathered edges are a little coarse...

In action
My son Lukas drove a shake down test with the new carbs and flames.
(September 2005)

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