Monday, February 27, 2017


Got a few new progress shots on the roadster. The lower firewall panel has been replaced with fresh metal. Note the tasty bead that has been added.  

As you can see, the trans tunnel is also coming along and the period sixties Hurst 4-speed shifter has been installed. We're still working on pedal placement and the trans tunnel will be trimmed a bit to make as much room for the go pedal as possible. We're also looking into fabricating newer and smaller clutch and brake pedal arms and pads. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Found a great website with an excellent selection of potential seats for the roadster.
The model above is called the classic and has been in production since the sixties.


More progress is being made on the floors. The trans tunnel is being fabricated and the Hurst Shifter is in place. Meanwhile, we're beginning to plot out the custom radiator for the roadster. On another note, I found an interesting color reference in the fifties VW colors. It's called Strato Silver and it has a nice tinge of blue-ish turquoise to it.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016


All I can say is "Yes". This is that color I'm seeing in my head. A light Turquoise with a silvery sheen. Oh man, is this right in the wheelhouse that I where I want "Abalonia" to be. 
In fact, as I look at how well the silver spoke wheels look, I'm tempted to paint the frame and perhaps even the engine and firewall in a silvery gray color. Just had to share this one. Wow. Nice. Jealous. Inspired. 
While I'm on this silver frame and firewall tangent, I'll go one step further. Instead of pearl white for the interior, how about silver vinyl. I think it would be both subtler and more unusual and would still lend itself well to using pearl drum kit material judiciously, perhaps as gauge surround material and on the center console and or door panels. 
And just to go one step further, it seems like a darker charcoal color would be a nice accent color for things like the engine block and side pipes and wishbones, Brake drums, front axle, grill, etc. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016


While researching tail light treatments for my roadster I came across an intersting option on the HAMB. The gentleman with this roadster put 1961 Chevy Impala tail light lenses within 50 Mercury
bezels. I've got to say I like it a lot. The 50 Mercury part is very traditional while the dagmar-like shape of the tail lights are really different. 


I think I may have found my tail light treatment. The HAMB rules. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016


After looking at examples of roadster dashboards that transition into center consoles, I realize that I don't want my dash and center console to be one piece. What I want I is for the dash and the center console to complement each other but not connect.  I want to make the center console look like an early sixties factory 4-speed floor console. I've included a few shots for reference. Like the center console below n El Tiki, built by Tom Culbertson, I want the console to be functional, and to integrate the ignition and light switches. I also like how the center console sweeps up into the roadster's package tray, which creates two separate seats and would even allow a center rear speaker grill to be integrated. I guess the best description I can give is that I want the interior to look like a sixties factory concept car.

Note the low profile seats, and the wraparound backrests.

Dig the light switch, the ignition switch and a period correct ashtray 

Something along the line of this 1963 Mercury dash would be great. 

This is a pefect example of what I don't want. Too futuristic and frue-frue. Don't like the overly rounded sweep of it.

Even theough I won't have side sills as this interior does, I like the way the console sweeps up and creates a pocket for the seats to fit in. 

The onlt thing this console doesn't do is integrate the shifter, which is what I want mine to do. Other than that, this one is completely badass. NArrow and tasteful. It looks like a factory early sixties deal. 

An erly sixties Nova piece.

This Olds Cutlass consloe looks pretty damn sweet. 

This gives and idea of how the console could have a kick-up and integrate a vintage tach.