Friday, September 29, 2017

Bet You Don't Do this much on YOUR DAY OFF

 Installed one of these.
 Replaced a bunch of these.
 Drove this.  Boy was that memorable!
 Paused to take in the irony.
 Fueled up with this.
 Paused to ponder the peacefulness (in my spot, no doubt).
 Rode this.  Hard.  Best to clear the mind.
Ran these.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Prepare Yourselves! Bubba Cyclocross Series is UPON US!

 It could be dry.  Hot, humid, dusty, sticky or arid.
 The mud could be as thick as peanut butter.  Or worse, Nutella.
 It could be raining cats and dogs or goats and sheep.
 It could be snowing, ice could be forming, and your winter clothes might be inadequate.
 Who knows, the astronomers could be wrong and there could be another eclipse?
 Or Dog willing, it could be bright, sunny and absolutely stunning!
But be certain of this: There will be Cyclocross and your life will be better for it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Car Watching - 1969 Dodge Super Bee

A short while ago I caught one of these gorgeous throwbacks at a local car show.  Mopars are more rare than cool Chevy's or Ford's.  They were made in smaller numbers and have fewer survivors.  This particular Super Bee was awesome.  The Bee name is there in part because the Super Bee is based on the very successful B-bodies, an internal designation from the Chrysler corp.
This particular B was a 383 V8 model.  There were Hemi B's and 440 Six Pack B's, but the most common was this guy.  Seems like it was not much of a bummer to have the base engine, as it was rated at 335 horsepower.
The scoops were mostly for show, but they did help this car stand out in a crowded field of muscle cars.  Dodge and sister companies Plymouth and Chrysler were pretty good at standing out, especially with the B-body cars (Coronet R/T, Road Runner, Charger, etc).
The interior was really nice.  Pretty stark, too.  Very straight forward and down to business.  This guy has the 4-speed manual transmission, too!
There are those kick ass scoops.  They bring out the kid in me.  Kind of makes me want to play with a Hotwheels car right now.
The view that a lot of other cars would see if they messed with the B-bodies.  Kudos to the owners of this bad boy for keeping it alive and in such great shape.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

First Football Game for Eli

 It turns out that Eli is not bad at football.  Not my choice of sports, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.  He looked so small when he posed in his kit.  Uniform.  Outfit.  Whatever you call this thing.
But here he is, #10, waiting to start his first real game against Chaminade.  He looks like a pretty big dude.  Is that really him??  Anyway, he made the first tackle of the game and darn near intercepted a pass.  Affton Jr Cougars won 34-0.

Can't argue with success, eh?

Monday, September 04, 2017

Car Watching - 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra

 The Fox Body Mustangs (1979-1993) were not my favorite Mustangs.  I have a healthy respect for the Fox, but that's it.  If I had to pick one to own, this would be it.  The 1993 Cobra.  You see very few of these in the wild, as less than 5000 of these were produced. (I'm not including the limited edition Cobra R here, as only 107 of those were produced.)
 You can say this was the peak of factory Fox body performance.  It received a healthy dose of go-fast stuff above and beyond any GT.  GT40 cylinder heads, all wheel disc brakes, and 17" wheels were things that never graced regular showroom Mustangs in those days. 
 I've always liked the wheels.  They look fast sitting still and sit very well in the Fox's wheel wells.
My favorite view:  Special wing on the hatch-back and tail lights that were never used on any other Fox body.  It was only rated at 235 horsepower.  That's strange, as regular E7-headed 5.0's were rated at 215.  Regardless, it's a cool car and it's very existence meant that Ford was starting to pay attention to factory-built hotrods and the Cobra's of the future would be very intense, indeed.