Monday, November 26, 2012

Mid Life Crisis, nah Mid Life Bliss

Well I have now been out of work 7 weeks today. Luckily I am not living life by most Americans, beyond my means. I had a little nest egg set aside so I am able to live with less worries until that "right" opportunity comes along. I am not sitting on my ass. I have a routine. I get up, look at the minuscule offerings for jobs out there and send out resumes with not much hope at the end of this year. Maybe things will turn around after the first of the year?
Well since I have time on my hands, I get to be my creative self and bust ass on my '31 Model A. I figure I have cut the build time actually in half since I could only work on it in evenings and weekends back when I had a real job. I am content. I am creating, and really living life without spending money since I had 98% of all the parts to finish up the "War Machine". Now it is just applying the time and labor and that is what I have plenty of now. I have never felt so free and happy. Odd since this I thought would be the most stressful part of my life, getting fired. Well I sit and thought, in the last 21 years the most I have ever been home as a traveling salesman was 1 week at any given year. That week rarely was just enjoying life and doing what I wanted each day and evening. It usually was a structured vacation or list of tasks to do at the homestead that I could never get finished due to my traveling career lifestyle.
Well now being home every evening for 49 days and nights, I truly feel free. I can get my chores on my house done and I can go create my dream car that has been a vision the last 5 1/2 yrs. Life should be stressful right now, but instead it is quite opposite, it is the best 2 months I have had in a long, long time.

Made my own dash using SS and a gauge cluster from a '33 Plymouth.

Installed Hudson tail lights and mocking up the '32 gas tank and rear horns.

Stance is looking just as I wanted.
The War Machine getting her new skeleton and heart transplant in her body.

Recessed/Flipped firewall and tuning gauges installed. Also installed a '40 Ford cowl vent that took way to long to make it work properly.

Seeing the vision come to fruition.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Torque-fest... Only 6 months away

Git yer mini ready! The "blacktop Boogan" is under way!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Well now that I got the axe from "the man" on my daily job, gives me more time to get MY shit done!

Spent the last weekend working on the War Machine. I like moving around on different parts of it and decided this week it was time to give her a new dash and gauge cluster. I have had this 1933 Plymouth gauge set that I was just really wanting to incorporate into the "A" without looking like something that was done in 2012. Took a sheet of SS and engine turned it, cut it out, formed a 3/16" SS rod for the perimeter had prospect Jesse do his wizardry on meshing the two together for a finished edge. Vision accomplished.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Time we got together!!

BURGER RUN!! 11-1 THIS Sunday!!
Snack Shack
8039 Santa Fe Dr
Overland Park, KS 66204

Monday, September 3, 2012

Support The Underground

Well if you didn't get enough cars, art,and bikes this last weekend Johnny Chop and the Old Souls Tattoo shop are doing this this Friday. Art, Motorsickles and probably lots of talk about motorsickiles will be going down. So we will all ride are heaps out in droves and be cool during first Fridays OK. Good.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Relaxing and content with 2 weeks before GREASERAMA.

So I have gotten pretty damn caught up on all the prerequisites for this year's GREASERAMA. The club has really stepped up on their duties and I really feel we are on track for another great show.
I had a little time to breath this weekend, so what do I do? Hell I have been tired of looking at the Model A frame with no body. I have the vision in my head, but I wanted to see the stance, so why not take my whole weekend and get this accomplished. I can't wait to get the fenders in place, because this will be a full fendered hot rod. Yep FENDERS! So, to see what it looked like after taking the body off the old frame and putting it on the new one, at first it looked like most any fenderless hot rod out there, but once I set the rear one in place and saw the stance......I knew I was going to obtain the level of sinister I had envisioned.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Punk Rod Todd Memorial Art Auction

 "Kartoonahan" by David Goodrich
One of the many amazing pieces available at the auction.

The Punk Rod Todd Memorial Art Auction will take place Friday, August 31st, during the Greaserama pre-party at the Record Bar, 1020 Westport Rd, KCMO 64111.  There will be a silent auction (for the majority of the items) starting at 8pm and a live auction (for a select few items) starting at 9pm.  The silent auction ends when the live auction ends, which will probably be about 9:20pm.  Bid early and often!  We’ll be accepting cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

All proceeds will go to benefit Leslie Karnahan, Todd’s beloved wife.

Photos of donated artwork and more are being posted on Facebook; both on the Greaserama event page:

And on the Amigos de los Punk Rods group page:

For questions about donations, volunteering, or the event itself, please contact Amy Abshier-Reyes at

Monday, August 6, 2012


Welcome the two newest members to los PUNK RODS, Derrick and Tammy. They have been prospects for over a year, gave many hours of their time to benefit the C.C., met their responsibilities to tasks given and accomplished, and a little over a week ago made a 7 hour round trip in their rods to the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular on their own.
You are officially considered family and we are proud to have you as fulfilled PR members.

Monday, July 30, 2012

My eyes at KKOA 2012

Well it was another fabulous trip to Salina, KS. Nothing like heading out 3 1/2 hrs directly West on
I-70 with some of your best buds and gals to the Run-What -Ya-Brung Drags and the KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular during the heat of Summer. My journey consisted of 51 hours in a gasser, getting to see some of the coolest stuff and people out there in the kustomized world and there never was one second of boredom.

And PR Russ made some good friends while in Salina, who "really" liked his tire burning runs at the arm drop drags!