KCAutoWorx has moved! We are now at 505 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108! We are pleased to be back in the heart of Kansas City, and our new shop has more then enough space to accommodate any size job!
Although we are constantly trying to promote our engine swap and hot rod projects, KC Autoworx is a FULL SERVICE garage! We can help you out with any problem, on any car! Give us a call, or come by the shop for questions, or any more information.
Andrew's 1988 Volvo 240 had some difficulty on the way from Omaha to Kansas City recently. The muffler detached about halfway through his trip, and he was only going to be in town for about 36 hours. We were able to get the exhaust re-hung and a new muffler installed quickly and efficiently.
He was as pleased with the price as he was with his newly quiet car!
Hot rods, old cars, customs and the such... without friends, it would be a lonely ride. It's amazing how much people are willing to help just for the sake of having another friend on the road with a neat old car. We have had a lot of luck with people supporting our project with time, advice or just kind words.
Now we have even made new friends just by the virtue of going to grab some lunch! A recent trip to Rico's Tacos Lupe led to the spotting of a really fresh F1. Lowered, white walls, and a tough sounding Flathead. Most impressive? This sharp looking 1950 is a DAILY DRIVER! That's doing it right.
Speaking of friends, the shop can get a little lonely without some helping hands. This is how the car bug is planted.
You can also see a small piece of our next project in that first photo. Good thing Lil' Buddy has had his tetanus shot.
It's official, Spring has sprung! The weather has now permitted driving, and ice on the road seems to be a memory for the next few months.
So far this spring: My brother came to visit, as well as our good friend Klem. Being the Midwest, those first few nice days of March led to an impromptu ice storm. One of the hazards of daily driving the ol' F100 is walking out to a snow covered truck!
Luckily the Ol' F100 seemed unfazed by the ordeal. Chris, however, seems less happy to be left in the elements.
On the road again! Our plan was to be driving by Spring, however as you can see by the lovely white covering, we are a bit ahead of schedule! The F100 was able to make it out and about, and we even had time to take some pictures while we waited for one the Midwest's seemingly mile long trains to pass.
One of our first stops? World of Wheels! The Punk Rods did a great job organizing the Motorama 1961 section, and we were in good company with a lot of cool old DRIVABLE hot rods. There was no shortage of muscle cars, and undriven street rods, but come load out time, the real stars were our compatriots in the 'Old School Rods' section. The cacophony of roaring engines, and antique metal were really the stars of the show.
Special thanks to the fella in the bare metal DIESEL hot rod pickup for helping us out with a spare fuse!
Our good friend Justin Tanner came by and freshened up the engine bay, the inner fenders, and the rims. As you can see, it came out amazing! The blue we used was 'Diamond Blue', and was the original color of the truck. Being as how the F100 will probably keep it's patina, the blue is nice throwback to it's birth color.
This was the firewall a few weeks ago. It was obviously the biggest clue in determining the Ford's original paint job. Years of neglect had left her dinged and dirtied, but in decent shape. Pat figured that if she was going to carry around her new power plant, why not give the engine bay a fresh coat of paint?
I understand that some people might think that concentrating on an engine bay while the rest of the truck ages less than gracefully, might be a bit like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. We however, politely disagree! So first things first: Getting rid of the holes that no longer contain essential wires and components. Pat filled, sanded, and smoothed out these now superfluous holes and indentations, and then coated the firewall in primer.
Next step: PAINT! The firewall will be restored to it's original 'Diamond Blue' glory of the past. A nice reminder of it's youth, whenever you are staring at it's newly transplanted heart.
Partly due to nostalgia, and partly due to delusion, we some how thought we could run the original radiator. The radiator shop was slightly less enthusiastic than we were about using the rusted relic to keep the new engine cool. They were even less enthusiastic about putting a core into a radiator that was eroding before our eyes. Thankfully the internet and our good friend Dan were able to help us procure a new radiator post haste. Pat then did some cutting and adjusting to make room in the engine bay. Hello properly cooled V8, goodbye giant puddles of coolant underneath the truck!
Keep your eyes peeled for some stickers and t-shirts designed by the amazing Ryan Robidoux (a.k.a. Evoker). He is an amazing graphic designer, and one hell of a travel companion! (Meaning he can design you a logo equally as well as he can keep you from becoming an ornery truckers girlfriend while in rural Ohio.)
Make sure to check out his blog, for more art and tales of intrigue!
Wires tucked, engine mounted, and we're getting closer! Pat connected everything that could be fastened and fired up the 5.3. It idles great, and sounds perfect. Our good friend Anthony in Topeka built an amazing wiring harness, and tuned the computer perfectly. The only problems that needed addressing before the first real drive would be the radiator and shifting. The original radiator was being held together by hopes and dreams at this point, and those just weren't enough! The new radiator is on it's way, so hopefully this weekend, we will be on the road. Shifting is the next step, and that too should be buttoned up by the end of the week.
We already talked in an earlier post about the fuel injection swap, and the implied blasphemy, but at the end of the day, it goes back to what my father said: When my brother chastised him for putting ketchup on a steak (which is gross), he reminded my brother that; 'I bought the steak, I cooked the steak, and I'm going to eat the steak. So I suppose I can put whatever I'd like on it.' Well said Dad!
A few days before Christmas, Pat, the owner and operator of KCAUTOWORX had a birthday. This happened to coincide with a visit from my dad! Pops was happy to meet Pat, and finally see the truck up close. He was even more excited to hear the engine run! The 5.3L V8 started up no problems, and idled like a champ. Pat was even able to drive it out of the garage and back as a little taste of whats to come, and a pretty terrific birthday present!
Happy New Year from KCAUTOWORX! We are starting out the New Year right, by planning the maiden voyage of the F100, and looking forward to some new (old) projects as well.
We have also been doing a little investigating on the life of our ol' truck. Through the magic of the internet, we have been able to decipher that the truck was assembled at the Kansas City Ford plant, and that it started out it's life out light blue.
In fact, the blue was underneath the dark brown in the cab under a layer of old brown paint! This is, of course, the same blue on the firewall, and peeking through the doors. We like the blue so much, we figured we should probably restore at least the interior back to the original color. With a little more time and sanding, we will be blue again in no time.
I also took another picture of the Mustang II front end. You can see the cross member in this photo. Unfortunately, you aren't able to see the boxed frame and ultra clean welds that Pat used to attach it!