Van Nuys Spring Fling 2022 date is set!

autoxcuda

Well-Known Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 23, 2010
Messages
309
Reaction score
423
Location
Simi Valley, CA
I am wiped out. What a weekend!
876 miles from door to door. Great people, great cars, great weather and a few parts scores at the swap meet. It is good to be home though. The steady diet of burgers and fries gets old.
I got to meet up with Dennis and John....two stalwart staples of the show that are sorely missed when they skip out. Rich and Maria were great to see....My wife was really happy to have another woman to chat with and they got along well. My Brother-in-Law Jeff drove over from Phoenix and was a welcome addition to the group. Today I got to see Beanhead, 1972GY8 and a couple other FBBO members. Phil A Buster was there too, making his presence known to everyone.
I was so caught up in the fun, I didn't apply any sunscreen yesterday and since I had no hat, I wound up looking like an Oompa Loompa from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Surely Dennis will post a picture to keep me humble.

You definitely looked a little sunburnt :p
 

autoxcuda

Well-Known Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 23, 2010
Messages
309
Reaction score
423
Location
Simi Valley, CA
View attachment 1275337

Little more info about this car.... Super cool story, it was being driven on the Malibu cruise by the original owner, he bought it new, had a photo album of back when the car was less than a year old towing a boat to the lake... Had another photo of the car towing a pop up trailer in Yosemite Valley.... He'd taken the car off the road thirty years ago & had recently given it to his son in law who's a dyed in the wool Mopar guy.... The son in law got it running for the first time in thirty plus years & has shown it at a few smaller event recently... This was it's first big event & won't be it's last... The son in law drove his other Mopar on the cruise & the original owner drove this beast.... He said while driving it the sounds & smells triggered memories that just came flooding back, it was a very special moment that he'll treasure forever....

@davidarch90
 

Kern Dog

Life is full of turns. Build your car to handle.
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 13, 2012
Messages
25,840
Reaction score
73,550
Location
Granite Bay CA
You definitely looked a little sunburnt :p
Yeah....

SF 22 Q2.jpg
 

Kern Dog

Life is full of turns. Build your car to handle.
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 13, 2012
Messages
25,840
Reaction score
73,550
Location
Granite Bay CA
I loved this display....

SF 22 I.jpg


The guy had a Mod Top Road Runner.

SF 22 H.jpg


Note bird seed and TNT...
 

Kern Dog

Life is full of turns. Build your car to handle.
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 13, 2012
Messages
25,840
Reaction score
73,550
Location
Granite Bay CA
While I am not a huge AMC fan, I do check them out when I see them.
This shows a stark difference between a stock one and a wild 70s flared custom.

SF 22 J.jpg
SF 22 K.jpg
 

Kern Dog

Life is full of turns. Build your car to handle.
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 13, 2012
Messages
25,840
Reaction score
73,550
Location
Granite Bay CA
The swap meet was fun.

SF 22 swap 1.jpg


Hidden deals were there to be found.

SF 22 swap 2.jpg


SF 22 swap 3.jpg


I'd never run them but I love the look of these tires.

SF 22 swap 4.jpg
 

Kern Dog

Life is full of turns. Build your car to handle.
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 13, 2012
Messages
25,840
Reaction score
73,550
Location
Granite Bay CA
Inside a "Street Van", the owner had some factory brochures and promotional items.

SF 22 L.jpg
SF 22 M.jpg
 

Kern Dog

Life is full of turns. Build your car to handle.
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 13, 2012
Messages
25,840
Reaction score
73,550
Location
Granite Bay CA
A few unusual cars I saw:

SF 22 N.jpg


Herbie VW parked on the street:

SF 22 O.jpg


ULTRA Widebody Charger:

SF 22 Q.jpg


Here is one you might not see in the Northeast shows.....A Mexican spec "Super Bee" with what looks like 71 Road Runner roof stripes.
Heater delete, based on what looks like a Dart Demon body but....

SF 22 R1.jpg


A Valiant emblem?

SF 22 R2.jpg
 

1 Wild R/T

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Jul 9, 2019
Messages
6,188
Reaction score
15,130
Location
California
Years ago I was in Reno for HAN, saw a bright red 32 Ford, only thing redder was the guy driving it's head....

I got no room to talk, I'm a little burnt myself....
 
Last edited:

autoxcuda

Well-Known Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 23, 2010
Messages
309
Reaction score
423
Location
Simi Valley, CA
Speaking of wierd…

this showed up a the last minute

2nd hemi stuffed into a Bugeye Sprite

Owner said it had traction control. No $#!t, it’s called the size of your b@!!s. But actually it had electronic traction control.

4C849D2E-36B6-4941-A541-8890E8EA8D71.jpeg 204E510A-39B6-4D1F-8BDC-74D8EE16C158.jpeg 8E8625F4-96D1-4A8B-B997-6AD1830DB192.jpeg 434FB4B3-D055-40A8-9BB6-1B8CD12C7208.jpeg
 

davidarch90

Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Jul 6, 2020
Messages
13
Reaction score
34
Location
Santa Ana, Ca
View attachment 1275337

Little more info about this car.... Super cool story, it was being driven on the Malibu cruise by the original owner, he bought it new, had a photo album of back when the car was less than a year old towing a boat to the lake... Had another photo of the car towing a pop up trailer in Yosemite Valley.... He'd taken the car off the road thirty years ago & had recently given it to his son in law who's a dyed in the wool Mopar guy.... The son in law got it running for the first time in thirty plus years & has shown it at a few smaller event recently... This was it's first big event & won't be it's last... The son in law drove his other Mopar on the cruise & the original owner drove this beast.... He said while driving it the sounds & smells triggered memories that just came flooding back, it was a very special moment that he'll treasure forever....

Thank you for the shout out to my Father-in-Law and his Coronet. Glad you were at the show – I would have liked to meet you. It was an incredible weekend for him and one he thought would never happen when he gave me his car 2 years ago. You are correct, his emotions came flooding back on the cruise, but I was actually driving the first portions because he didn’t want to, even with my constant prodding. But after the Rock Store stop, he decided to get back in the driver’s seat after 27 years and he did not disappoint. As you said, the emotions came back and I could see him “tearing up”, and he said, “this skinny wheel feels great”. He was cautious at first but after a few miles he started hammering it in the straight-a-ways to where I was a little nervous – the guys 80years old!

Image 28.jpeg
 

davidarch90

Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Jul 6, 2020
Messages
13
Reaction score
34
Location
Santa Ana, Ca
Yep...The Son came up to me and told me that his dad claimed to have had the car up to 153 mph back when the car was a couple of years old. That is some old school, bad ass stuff. Hemi with a 727 and 3.23 gears....I wonder what rpms that would be at 153?

I bought some B body torsion bars for $50 and when I got home, they measured 1.0" ! They will be going into this car:

View attachment 1275353
Hey Kern Dog, it was nice meeting you at the show and you have a beautiful Charger. I had that same RPM question for my Father-in-Law. He said he was just above 6000 RPM’s at 150 MPH. Another funny thing about that same story is he discovered a driveline vibration and took it back to dealer in Napa Ca, where he bought it. The service tech took it for a test drive and said he didn’t feel any vibration. My Father-in-Law said it happens between 112 and 120 mph. The service tech said we aren’t going to test it at those speeds and threw the keys back at him. Old Hemi Guys….
 

Kern Dog

Life is full of turns. Build your car to handle.
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Apr 13, 2012
Messages
25,840
Reaction score
73,550
Location
Granite Bay CA
That is great! I enjoyed meeting you and love the stories. Memories like this can pop up in our heads for years to come, sometimes brightening a sad or dull day.
Thank you for that.
 

1 Wild R/T

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
Jul 9, 2019
Messages
6,188
Reaction score
15,130
Location
California
Thank you for the shout out to my Father-in-Law and his Coronet. Glad you were at the show – I would have liked to meet you. It was an incredible weekend for him and one he thought would never happen when he gave me his car 2 years ago. You are correct, his emotions came flooding back on the cruise, but I was actually driving the first portions because he didn’t want to, even with my constant prodding. But after the Rock Store stop, he decided to get back in the driver’s seat after 27 years and he did not disappoint. As you said, the emotions came back and I could see him “tearing up”, and he said, “this skinny wheel feels great”. He was cautious at first but after a few miles he started hammering it in the straight-a-ways to where I was a little nervous – the guys 80years old!

View attachment 1275941

80 years old and sharp as can be..
 

beanhead

Well-Known Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
May 18, 2014
Messages
7,105
Reaction score
12,578
Location
Wackyfornia
Thank you for the shout out to my Father-in-Law and his Coronet. Glad you were at the show – I would have liked to meet you. It was an incredible weekend for him and one he thought would never happen when he gave me his car 2 years ago. You are correct, his emotions came flooding back on the cruise, but I was actually driving the first portions because he didn’t want to, even with my constant prodding. But after the Rock Store stop, he decided to get back in the driver’s seat after 27 years and he did not disappoint. As you said, the emotions came back and I could see him “tearing up”, and he said, “this skinny wheel feels great”. He was cautious at first but after a few miles he started hammering it in the straight-a-ways to where I was a little nervous – the guys 80years old!

View attachment 1275941
Very cool car to see. It was like looking into a time capsule... thanks for bringing it out!
 

beanhead

Well-Known Member
Local time
3:27 PM
Joined
May 18, 2014
Messages
7,105
Reaction score
12,578
Location
Wackyfornia
I've always loved the fast-cackle of the old nascar engines...reminds me of my uncle's roundy-round racing days.

 
Top