Tech Talk: Ride of the Month

Ride of the Month August 2016: Carl Haas’ 1964 Chevy Corvette

 

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What a choice snag – Carl Haas bought his Corvette four years after it first came out. The August 2016 Ride of The Month Winner is a beauty Carl has owned since 1968. He tells us the back-story of how he came to acquire it:

“This was my dream car in high school, but couldn’t afford. After graduating and getting a job, I responded to an ad for this car. The car had been wrecked and the owner had no insurance.

In 1990 I did a ground up restoration. After retiring in 2004 I started driving the car and enjoying it.”

Overall, Carl kept the original look as much as possible, with the exception of the period correct Crager S/S wheels.

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Ride of the Month June 2016: Henry Yox’s 1964 Pontiac Catalina

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Kerry Love sent us some wonderful photos and the back story of her Father-In-Law’s ’64 Pontiac Catalina. And this month we are pleased to invite Henry Yox to the “Ride of The Month” table. Henry, c’mon down and join us!

Here is the story Kerry sent in:

My Father-In-Law (Henry Yox) wanted to purchase a 1964 Pontiac Catalina convertible because it was the first car he and his beloved wife of 56 years bought new together. Henry’s wife passed away last October. 

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Ride of the Month May 2016: John Freeman’s 1972 Pontiac Lemans Convertible

 

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This month’s Ride of the Month winner is a really cool 1972 Pontiac Lemans Convertible that has been converted to all of the upgrades and trimmings of a GTO. The car is owned by John Freeman and is local to us here in Mooresville, NC – the home of Master Power Brakes. Before you read about John’s awesome car, go ahead and send us some pictures of your ride!

John purchased his lemans convertible a little over a year ago at the Charlotte AutoFair with the intent of having a reliable street cruiser. The car was painted before John purchased the car so a solid, rust free foundation was available to work with.

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Ride of the Month: Richard Mead’s 1971 Chevy C-10 Pickup Truck

This month’s Ride of the Month belongs to a local customer by the name of Richard Mead. Needing some work performed on his 1971 Chevrolet C-10 recently, Richard dropped his truck off at Hughes Automotive in Charlotte, NC. Glenn and his shop are a general automotive repair shop but have a great reputation in the area for working on and servicing old cars and trucks. Needing some brake work done on the truck along with the truck having a big set of wheels, Richard and Glenn decided something bigger and flashier was in order and gave us a call. We decided to go with a complete front and rear Pro Driver Series brake system for the truck along with a freshened up apply system as well. Richard now has a truck that not only has a much improved look behind those big 20” wheels but he also has the confidence to jump out in Charlotte traffic and not have to worry about all of the crazies on the road.

Ride of the Month February 2016: Jeff Millikan’s 1955 Chevy 3100 Truck

Our February 2016 Ride Of The Month winner Jeff Millikan has plenty of experience and awards from his years rebuilding classic vehicles. Congratulations on one more accolade, Jeff!

Jeff originally submitted some photos to us toward the end of last year. At the time, he was planning on driving his truck to SEMA as part of the Drive’m Dirty Tour. Hope the travel did not do any harm to this beautiful paint job –  PPG Vibrance system (2015 Honda blue) with Diztler Hot Rod black top.

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Ride of the Month January 2016: Joey Cartwright’s 1955 Crown Victoria

2016 is starting off with – as ROTM winner Joey Cartwright puts it – plenty of Go! and plenty of WHOA!! Thanks to all our recent Ride Of The Month submitters and especially to our winner for January 2016.

The fabulous 1955 Ford Crown Victoria shown below is owned by Joey and Debbie Cartwright of Jacksonville, Florida. When we asked for some back-story on the car, here is what Joey told us:

“The 351 Windsor engine with Edelbrock High Performance upgrades provides plenty of ‘GO’ while the MII front suspension and discs powered by MPBrakes 8″ dual diaphragm booster/master cylinder combo provides plenty of ‘WHOA’.”
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October’s Ride of the Month: Terry Byrne’s 1970 Mustang

October’s fall weather brought in lots of ROTM treats. The only tricks in the submission pile were some tricked out cars! Terry Byrne’s 1970 Mustang was selected as our October 2015 Ride Of The Month winner!

Terry, thanks so much for sharing great photos and the story of your ’70 Mustang. It sure is a beauty – and as always, we enjoyed the tale of how you acquired it and the car’s transformation over the years.

Here is how Terry tells the story:

I bought this 1970 Mustang wrecked for $1000.00 back in 1991. I worked on it for a year and a half restoring it, getting it ready for paint. The first car show it was in was the World of Wheels in Boston in 1993 and I still had to bolt the mirrors on when it got there. I showed the car around the northeast until I decided to move to the Atlanta area in November of 1996 at the spur of the moment.

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September’s Ride of the Month: Eric Niedermeyer’s 1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner

Eric Niedermeyer, c’mon down!! You are the Master Power Brakes’ Ride Of The Month winner for September, 2015. Check out the awesome pictures Eric sent in of his ’61 Ford Galaxie Sunliner:

Eric’s fantastic looking vintage ride is a stock 1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner with a 353 2bbl carb and a black top. Eric tells us this beauty gets a lot of looks at the shows because there are not many left.

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August’s Ride of the Month: Denner Astyk’s 1962 Chevrolet C10 Pick-Up

The beginning of September brings Labor Day and our pick for the August 2015 Ride Of the Month. This time, we “picked” a pickup submitted by our customer, Denner Astyk. Welcome to the ROTM club, Denner!

Check out his submission below – a daily driver and Hot Rod Power Tour classic – a 1962 C10!  Denner told us that among other upgrades, his C-10 has a 327, a Muncie 4 speed, an MP Brakes power front disk conversion, and a Hays clutch. Denner describes this Chevy classic as a daily driver and hauler.  Oh, the paint job? It is custom painted by 2 generations of farm kids, complete with spray can runs and paint brush marks, and includes multiple shades of green and rust – and Denner wouldn’t want it any other way! 

We wanted to get more back-story on this truck. So we asked!

Here is what Denner told us:

“The truck was originally a farm truck near Albemarle, NC. This truck is the base model with no options – not even the passenger side sun visor. It was originally powered by a 235 6 cyl and 3 speed column shift.

I drove it with the 6 until I built the present engine, a 327 +.030 with forged flat top pistons, a steel crank and Eagle rods and it was balanced. The cylinder heads are early 70s Chevrolet over the counter angle plug heads aka “turbo” heads that have been ported and ccd for 10 to 1 compression. The camshaft  is a 260 Comp Cams with custom pushrods, roller rockers, big block springs and 2.02 intake, 1.60 exhaust stainless steel valves.  

The intake is a new Edelbrock C357B that was port matched to the head. The carburetors are EBay cores that I rebuilt and modified to work in the 3 carb system by blocking the vacuum passages and removing the power valve and idle circuits on the end carbs along with installing longer throttle shafts and thicker throttle plates to seal the bores so it will idle on the center carb only, and installing progressive linkage. Ignition is handled by a stock distributor with a pertronics conversion.  It is backed by a 30 lb steel flywheel, a Hays clutch and a Muncie M20 transmission with Hurst shifter and 3:90 gears. It also has your power disk conversion.  

We took the C 10 out on the 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour and had a blast, I was sorry that we could not do the entire tour due to prior commitments, but we may do it again. It averaged 18.5 MPG on the tour and had no problems. It has been around Charlotte motor speedway , allegedly at 55 mph, during Goodguys car show.

We are planning to take it Watkins Glen next March for opening day and blasting it around the road course.”

Thanks for sharing your truck and story with Master Power Brakes, Denner! This is what we love about our customers and their rides. There is a passion and a story behind every one of them.

Send us a few pictures of your treasure here and enter Ride Of The Month. See you soon!

July’s Ride of the Month: Donny Johnson’s 1965 Chevy C10 Pick-Up

Congratulations to Donny Johnson, our July Ride of the Month Winner!  Donny was kind enough to share pictures of his 1965 LS7 powered powered C10.  Donny has owned this classic since ’68 and over the years he has done three restorations.  This classic truck features MP Pro Driver Series Brakes, LS7 motor,  4L70E 4 sp. auto/overdrive tranny, Ridetech air suspension, vintage air, classic instrument gauges, and a super cool curly maple wood bed.

Donny took the time to thank us for picking his truck for Ride of the Month and he shared some additional pictures and an in-depth story behind his C10.  When reading the story and looking at the pictures, you get a sense for the passion and pride Donny has for this piece of his family’s history: Read more…