Tuesday, November 3, 2009

good food, good friends, good times...it must be SEMA

by now i'm sure your all at SEMA, not home listening to my ramblings from your computer. Alas- I must give you an update. The GTO is located in the main hall by Optima Batteries and all the other Optima Ultimate Street Challenge contestants. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

see you all at the track!

Monday, November 2, 2009

tis' time!

Well folks.. the GTO is done...it was assembled in three weeks. INSANE!

Why you ask? cause we are crazy..no,no.. in all actuality, we love to build cars, and if that means burning the midnight oil with pizza and a drop light..then so be it.

The GTO arrived at SEMA yesterday and will be on display all week starting tomarrow, then it's going to the Optima Ultimate Street Challenge on Saturday.

Word has it some of the contestants are already on the track...but...we aren't worried..they will have to have some serious ca hones to keep up with this goat.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

it's down to the wire


i know i promised that this would be a daily occurrence..but honestly, easier said then done. so please don't throw stones at me!

The GTO is coming along great..it has till sunday morning before it gets on the trailer for SEMA and it hasn't fired yet. this is nothing new to us..we have built cars in 4 weeks...a few in 3 weeks...we won't go there..those were some dark times.

I know you don't come on here to listen to me talk so I will hold you up no longer.

here are some photos that have been waiting in the wings to be posted. Ps. if you click on them they get bigger. tah-dah!

Monday, October 5, 2009

us, stressed....naw

I got to work this morning with high hopes of the GTO frame all together. Unfortuanly life got in the way at the shop this weekend, and we didn't have the chance to get everything we wanted to done.

I'll post photos as soon as I hear a wrench is moving on the frame...but until then,

over and out!

Friday, October 2, 2009

seeing the light at the end of the tunnel..

Now when they decided to take the perfectly good GTO and remove it from it's frame, in the short time frame we have mind you, I was worried, they were worried, all of us were worried. Alas, it was past the point of no return and once it's there you have to keep looking forward. At that point all I could do was point skyward and say "please help us."

When I pulled up into the parking lot this morning I saw a sparkling new frame, mind you, I see lots of these every day so it didn't register right away that Embee had picked up, cleaned, scrubbed, AND powder coated the GTO frame in less than a day and a half....

They are supermen.

Now that the frame is back, the guys will attack it like a pack of dogs on a three legged cat to get all the new suspension, brakes, and what have you on it so it can be placed back under the GTO body, which is perched sadly on our lift at the moment.

More photos of the build tomarrow, until then...

Over and out!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

it didn't stand a chance..

the GTO is offically apart, it's a nothing body with a different frame under it at the moment, and it's all hands on deck to get it ready to roll by the Optima Challenge on November 7th. We have been informed that we are the ONLY Pontiac admid the sea of Camaros that will be attending so that means we need to step it up to represent for all of our awesome Pontiac fans out there.

we will post photos of the hulk this afternoon when they are done cleaning it up.

I would like to thank all of the companies that have come together in order to help us make this GTO the bad ass car it will be.

Magnaflow, Global West, Baer Brakes, Miller's Custom Headers, QA1, R&R Marketing, Embee Powder Coating, Painless Performance Products, Optima Batteries, Moroso, McLeod Industries, Drive Line Components, Dyno-Motive, Inland Empire Driveline, MSD Ignition, Original Parts Group, All Mustang Performance -Pheonix, AZ, and last but not least our Barry's Speed Shop crew who works tirelessly to get this done!

over and out!

Friday, September 25, 2009

We're Going to PARUMP!

We have been invited to go to the Optima Battery Ultimate Street Challenge for the second year in a row, but this time... we're bringing out the big guns.

ohhh yeahh.

Rember that sweet little GTO that we had sitting in the back of the shop? well over labor day weekend, if you didn't get to attend The Great Labor Day Cruise in Costa Mesa, CA, the Barry's Speed Shop crew and the overly generous crew of Global West Suspension took the barley street legal convertable and turned it into a full blown road race car with the help of MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust, BendPak, PPG, QA1, ABS Brake, and Speed Shop Custom Paint it shaved a whole second off of it's previous stock time out on the AutoCross track. Curb feelers and all.

Now, to get back on track. No pun intended... We will be at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Park in Pahrump Nevada the weekend after SEMA.

Keep checking back for more info and photos of the GTO rebuild..AGAIN..

over and out!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Labor Day Cruise

If you haven't been to the Labor Day Cruise at the OC Fairgrounds lately, you NEED to go this year. The cruise has been around since 1981 with pretty much the same format, but this year we're spicing things up! Along with all day cruisin' on Cruise Lane, there's going to be a Road Challenge Autocross sponsored by Barry's Speed Shop and Global West Suspension, numerous car games like the Slo Drags, Find Your Rearend and Jousting, live bands all day both Saturday and Sunday, lots of really cool prizes and a participant's Kick Off Party on Friday night. Oh, and we're also going to have 5 Top Fuel Cackle Cars including Don Garlit's Swamp Rat - and they're going to start them up several times each day! Love the smell of Nitro in the morning... Cars can be registered day of event for the weekend or a single day (this is new this year) but camping is preregistration only and is almost sold out, so if you haven't registered yet, you better do it fast. This year promises to be quite exciting, so be sure to put it on your calendar - Orange County Fairgrounds, Labor Day weekend September 5 & 6. You can find online registration forms for both cars and camping spots at www.occa-inc.com. See ya there!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Making Progress

Ok, so I try to do this daily, but other stuff has gotten in the way this last week. I'll try to be better...

Anyway, we've been making progress on all our projects - everyone has a target date in mind and we're thrashing away to make sure they're all happy campers. We have Bob Matranga's '55 to the point where we can push it outside to take a good look at it and check the height and rake...and it is Awesome! There's still some metal work to be done, but it's getting closer to going to paint.

Just this week we brought in two '69 Camaros - each owner wanted a bigger motor, so we put together a deal to sell John's engine to Dieter, then John bought a monster motor - and we get to install both of them. We just love helping out customers like that...

The Blown Hemi Taxi is getting a suicide rear door so owner Richard Berg can get in and out easily and have a place to stow his wheelchair...he can't wait to drive it around Newport Beach! That should turn some heads.

The 2009 Mustang is just about ready to go - it's got a new Steeda Supercharger, new brakes, suspension, and a cowl hood plus a lot more. The guy who owns it lives up north and he can't wait to get down here and get in it so we can fit a rollbar...I think he wants to see how fast it'll go on those farm roads...

Lonnie Laster's roadster body got back from the paint shop yesterday, so we popped it back on the frame and started putting everything back together. The wheels and tires also came in this week and they look really good with the car. This car has the soonest deadline, so we'll be working on it practically nonstop for the next couple of weeks.

Adam fabricated a really cool aluminum cover for the engine compartment of Dennis DeCamp's '70 Mustang. We've also ordered a buttload (is that a real word?) of parts for his car so it should be coming together quickly as well. We got some really awesome hood hinges from Ring Brothers (I'll put pics of those up on Monday). They do a lot of R&D and produce some really cool parts...you should check them out.

That's about it for this week - Everyone have a safe and happy 4th of July, and we'll see you next week!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Just Another Day at the Shop

Thought I'd let everyone see just how the work gets done around here...and show a few projects at the same time. Let's see...
Adam's working on Dennis DeCamp's '70 Mustang,

This is Bill Craig's '51 Woody

Attila's doing metal magic on Bob Matranga's '55 Chevy,

Barry's making window templates for Tom Howse's Anglia (and talking),

Garret is working on wiring all over the place.

Ryan is deep in the engine compartment of Bob's '71 Chevelle

Bryce must be hiding somewhere...maybe he's just camera shy, but I'll catch him next time. As you can see, we stay pretty busy...but there's always room for the next project!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Our Father's Day Weekend

As we have for the past 25 years, we spent Father's Day weekend at the LA Roadster show at the Pomona fairgrounds. We've had the same vendor spot under the shade cloth for all that time, but this year we thought we'd shake it up a bit, take our big rig out and park outside. It was definitely a good move, as we were able to get more cars in our booth, we had two canopies with chairs for customers and friends to hang out, and the added bonus of the living quarters in the trailer to eat our lunch in. The main purpose of going to shows like this is to connect with customers, both old and new, and show off any cool and/or new projects we've been working on. We spent plenty of time talking to fans of the TV show too - Barry even had to autograph a couple of pictures for people, which still makes him feel funny. He says "Why do these people want my signature, I'm just a normal guy". But it's a very cool thing to have people from all over the world come up to you and be so excited just to see you and talk to you for a few minutes. All in all, it was a good show, and we're looking forward to our next outing at the Great Labor Day Cruise, September 4-6 at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Friday, June 19, 2009

ahhh Father's Day..

The smell of BBQ, the rumble of hot rods, the scorching heat...it must be Father's day!

Most normal families spend the day with dad at home, maybe go out to dinner. Not us! We like to spend it talking to our friends and customers out at the LA Roadster's Father's Day Show!! We normally have a booth under the shady sun cloth, but we decided to change it up this year and bring out the BIG rig. We are now situated along the "main street" and have quite a few cars in the booth.

Labor Day Cruise will also be in our booth signing up people for camping, vendors, and cars. Have you heard it's a ALL NEW SHOW this year?? you haven't? Well then, you need to visit www.occa-inc.com and see what all the buzz is about!!

Since this is our first "formal" post in the blog, I would like to introduce you to this cool new feature of our online experience. We will be posting EVERY DAY about the adventures and well.. the misadventures in the shop. We will also be featuring a "Friday Fire Sale" which is cars that are for sale via you featured on our blog every friday! Send them in to jenn@supermusclecar.com and we will post one every friday.

Hope to see you all at the LA Roadster's Show!

-Jenn White (yes, Barry's daughter!)