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April 27, 2020

The NE GA Swap Meet is this Saturday, July 4 at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA! Had to wait until The Govna announced his latest Executive Order regarding the Corona Virus, before sending this out. We’re still within the State of Georgia’s requirements to do the swap meet! (there’s a long story there about […]










 
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April 27, 2020 Swap Meet Coordinator

The NE GA Swap Meet is this Saturday, July 4 at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA!

Had to wait until The Govna announced his latest Executive Order regarding the Corona Virus, before sending this out.
We’re still within the State of Georgia’s requirements to do the swap meet! (there’s a long story there about how I was able to do the show in May when Gatherings of 10 or more in an Area were prohibited… I don’t want to spike the football, but let’s just say Brad Being an Argumentative SOB Who Always Thinks He’s Right paid off, and several state and local government agencies finally said “… you’re right. Do it. And don’t call us again.”)

Priority Vendor Set-up is 6-7am, and is $30 for all the space you want.

Vendor General Admission is 7am, and is $20 for all the space you want.

Spectator entry is just $6.

Cruise-in cars are encouraged, and are just $6 per person—no additional cost to park your ride inside.
Vendors get one helper in with them, because lifting engine blocks alone sucks.
Kids 12 and under are free.

Expecting a GREAT turn-out!

As I said earlier, I’m trying not to spike the football here—I’m not blasting all over the internet for weeks ahead of the show, and I’m sending this news letter out late in the game, because I’m trying not to draw too much attention to the show from people who’s attention I very much do not want. I won my argument with the county and state government, but I’d rather not have them move the goal posts on me—governors in other states HAVE specifically targeted race tracks and swap meets in just the last couple weeks, and shut them down or severely throttled their allowed attendance; Ace Speedway in North Carolina was shut down by their governor, and Carlisle Events in Pennsylvania was sued by their governor and had to greatly limit their attendance. Other events in other states have also been canceled. This is why I’ve also refrained from posting pics of the last two shows on FB and my website.

That said, in the last couple days I’ve gotten calls from people coming from Nashville, Florida, Alabama, Tri-Cities TN, Virginia and the Carolinas. That’s not only vendors, but also spectators. We’ve had a LOT of first-time vendors and spectators, too—a surprising number of them have told me they’ve heard about the show for years and just never got here before, while others just heard about us and came out. Everyone is impressed, and the last two shows have been awesome—I’m not only expecting this one to be too (especially with so many cities, counties and even surrounding states canceling 4th of July celebrations), but I’m expecting these big shows to be the regular occurrence.

So by all means, tell your friends about the show—word of mouth is knocking it out of the park for us! But try to walk that line between talking it up, and drawing attention from The Politician Class… more “red light in the window,” less flashing neon “GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!” on the front of the building, if ya know what I mean.

Shop Organization Stuff From David Greenwood!
Whenever possible, I try to buy from my vendors rather than ebay, local stores, or the internet.
One of the vendors who has been consistently here since the VERY beginning, is David Greenwood. You’ve seen him—he’s got the trailer with the nut and bolt bins, organizer drawers and cabinets, etc., and the big banner on the side of the trailer that says “David Greenwood and Friends, Solving the World’s Problems.”

He used to be a Lawson supplier, and I’d buy cut-off wheels and such from him. He’s now a Winzer supplier. I’m back in my house in Jefferson, and setting up my shop, and decided I needed to get my hardware organized, so I ordered two 4-drawer organizers from him for small fasteners, interior panel clips, e-clips, etc. etc. etc., and several additional inserts for the drawers, that I’m putting in a big 9-drawer cabinet I got at the swap meet over a year ago. The big cabinet with David’s inserts now has a drawer with all my different sized pop rivets and their washers organized, all the different dzus fastners and mounting plates organized, another drawer with all my brass fittings and A/N fittings organized, another drawer with all my taps and dies organized… it’s been awesome! I’ve already gone right to the drawers for a couple things, and it’s sooooo nice to just get something you need and work with it, rather than hunt for 15 minutes… and then end up running to the hardware store to buy it.
Having shot magazine stories in professional shops for over 20 years, I’ve always aspired to have organization like this. Now I’ve got it.

I’m ordering some more organizer inserts from him for the rest of the drawers in my swap meet cabinet, and then I’m going to splurge and order a full assortment of nuts and bolts for my nut/bolt storage cabinet—I’m tired of going to the hardware store for nuts and bolts I should have on-hand.
David also regularly sells used organizers—I’ve gotten a few from him over the years (including one with e-clips last year, that I’ve gone into several times, most recently for the brake light switch on my ’96 dually… having the assortment on-hand saved me from running into town and going to three hardward stores trying to find the right one). Swing by and see him. I’m finding being organized in my shop is worth EVERY penny.

COVID Guidelines:
Despite being a few months into it, this is NOT “The New Normal”… but we’re gonna do what we need to until the people losing their minds over it calm down.

Everyone has done an excellent job of Social Distancing—not only have I noticed and appreciated it, I have had an amazing amount of calls and emails from people commenting on the same thing. Everyone’s doing what they’re supposed to, without being nagged, and not only do I appreciate it, it’s clear from conversations that everyone does.

The governor of Georgia has NOT mandated that everyone wear face masks in public, in-doors or outdoors. We understand some people want to wear them, and we whole-heartedly support their decision. The last two shows have shown me very clearly that everyone at our event respects each other, and their decisions on whether or not to wear a face mask. I have heard zero negative comments one way or the other from anybody on the matter. In fact, I have heard exactly the opposite—support and encouragement for people and their decisions. I not only expect that mutual respect to continue, I require it. If I hear anybody “mask shaming” or talking smack about someone behind their back (for or against wearing), you will be ejected from the show.

I will add this: It’s summer, it’s hot and I know some people have issues with the heat; I get sick from it regularly, and at least twice a year I have a breakfast re-run on the side of the road on the way home from the show. So take that into consideration if you choose to wear a mask Saturday; stay hydrated! And do what you can to keep cool. (more on that below)

  1. Our staff that’s directly interacting with spectators and vendors will have rubber gloves.

2.  We have switched  from paper tear-off tickets to wrist bands specifically so we don’t have to use hand-stamps to let people re-enter the show. Please make sure to put them on, not just in your pocket or on your dashboard. We’ll hand you the wrist band, but we won’t put it on you—we’ll need you to do that, and you’ll need to do it before entering through the spectator gate.
We’ll also need you to catch as much wrist-hair in the adhesive as you can, as though we were putting it on you. Your co-operation on the wrist-hair is greatly appreciated.

  1. In order to minimize back-and-forth contact points, we’re asking that everybody please make a special effort to have exact change for your entries; this will eliminate someone handing us money, and then us handing it back out to other people. $30 for Priority Vendor, $20 for Vendor General Admission, $6 for each spectator. Vendors get one helper in for free. Anybody else in the car is $6 each.
  2. If you opt to wear a mask, and we can all still see your nostrils, you’re doing it wrong. If you’ve read these before, you know I’ve pointed it out in the last two news letters. I’m pointing it out again because I keep seeing it. Daily.
  1. Sneezing While Wearing a Mask
    After four months, I still don’t know how this works. You’re on your own.
  2. Bathroom Attendant: We’ll have a bathroom attendant policing the bathrooms throughout the entire event, just as we’ve done the last two shows. He will be spraying down the counters and fixtures with the CDC-recommended bleach solution. For privacy concerns, he’ll shut the gate/doors of the bathroom he’s cleaning, so just use the other buildings while he’s giving that one the Ten Second Tidy. Yeah, it’s a pain, but a lot of this whole thing is… at least we live in a state that’s not trying to arrest me for putting on the event!
  3. The phrases “An abundance of Caution” and “We’re All In This Together” are STILL expressly forbidden anywhere on the property throughout the duration of the event.  Anybody heard uttering these phrases is liable to be hit in the mouth with a cylinder head.
  4. Everyone knows the 6 Foot Rule… our walking aisles are two cars wide, and our vendors get as much space as they want, so we don’t have to worry about them being stacked on top of one another like they are at other shows. Everyone has done a great job of this at the last two events, I expect this Saturday to be no different. We will have two windows open at the Spectator ticket booth to keep people from bunching up.
  5. Sunlight is said to knock out the virus. Saturday’s weather is supposed to be sunny so keep it in mind! (I’d say “come to the swap meet for your health!” but people believe Trump told them to drink fish tank cleaner and swallow Lysol to beat the virus, and I’d rather not open myself up to litigation from the people who require directions on shampoo bottles, so I won’t say it.)
  1. Licking Parts: I’d hoped everything would be back to normal by now, but as we all know, it isn’t. So we are still enforcing the “No Parts Licking Prior To Purchase” rule we instituted back in May. I apologize for the inconvenience—I know how important this is for some of you, so hopefully we’ll be able to lick ‘em again by the August show.

STAY HYDRATED!!!! No joke.

It’s July, it’s Georgia, and we’re doing an event on blacktop. (well, gray-top).

Dress appropriately, and stay hydrated!

Last year, we had a guy juuuust about drop over on the way back to his car in the spectator parking… he was sitting in the grass when I saw him; gave him a couple bottles of cold water, a ride in my air-conditioned truck out to his car, and got him in it with his AC running, where he sat for a while until he felt more like himself.

Two years ago, we had another guy start to get overheated, he got into his car and got the AC running, then decided to move the car into the shade of one the bathroom buildings… and passed out after “Park,” getting as far as “Reverse” on the gearshift, and that’s what he did—across the parking lot and into the side of another vendor’s pickup truck.

Heat and heat exhaustion is no joke. You should ALWAYS have a bottle of water in your hand, from about 9:30am on. When I start walking around the show, I have one in each hand, and one in each rear pocket. I typically drink over a dozen bottles of water at the swap meet, plus one or two bottles of Gatorade.

Wear a hat—the lighter colored the better. I wear that white cowboy hat because I look freakin’ AWESOME in it, but it also keeps the sun from cooking my dome, so it’s a win-win.

Wear white or light gray t-shirts. The two guys who had the problems I mentioned, were both wearing black t-shirts; one had a black ball cap, the other had no hat. I know when I go junkyarding with my buddies, forget and idiotically wear a black or dark shirt, it just about kills me. I throw on a plain white T-shirt when we’re loading the trailer at the end of the day—loading the trailer is what ALWAYS kills me, and it’s what got the guy who passed out in Reverse, too. A white t-shirt helps a ton.

It’s Georgia; wear shorts! If you’re worried about your snow-white legs blinding anybody, they’ll pull their COVID face-mask up to shield their eyes until getting past you, so don’t worry about it.

I’ve also noticed swapping my boots and socks for a pair of Jerusalem Cruisers (sandals) instantly cools me off.

The snack shack is selling bottles of water CHEAP for our swap meet, too—you can spend just a few bucks there now and have multiple bottles of water, so please—spend a few bucks there and carry multiple bottles of water at all times once the heat gets up. With the snack shack working so well with us on pricing now, there’s literally ZERO reason not to have more than one bottle of water on you at all times.  (and when you buy some water from them, thank them for working with us!)

I keep a cooler full of iced water bottles in the car so I’ve always got water on-hand. (In fact, I store the cooler on my shelf in the garage, with bottles of water in it at all times, so I can just grab it and go and never worry about forgetting to buy water before pulling into a show… that lesson took more than a couple “damn… forgot to stop at the gas station”s over the years. Drain the ice and water out of it, leave it open for a day or three for the rest of the moisture to evaporate out, re-fill it with fresh bottles, and throw it on the shelf for the next outing.)

Lamar Walden Automotive…

Rob was so busy this month, he had a hard time remembering it all! Besides getting his engine back online in his Gasser and getting the times back where they were at the end of last season.

Things he remembered—They did brakes, headers and a tune on a ’79 Corvette; a 530ci big block race engine is going together for one racer, a 409 got freshened for another, and a Duramax race motor got built for a pull truck; they finished an engine build, disc brake swap, header install and a bunch of miscellaneous stuff for a ’65 Pontiac GTO (the engine is a factory 3×2 with a 400 under it, but was dressed to look like the original 389 tri-power).

They also restored and reskinned a couple aluminum intake manifolds, a BMW block and head, CNC ported a few Chevy heads, and a set of -690 aluminum 409 heads.

Personally, I’m going to have a couple manifolds cleaned in the coming month, and will make some headway on the small block for my ’62 K10.
If you need anything done, or have been planning a build or upgrades, now is the time to do it!

2020 begins the next 50 years as one of the top engine builders in the South Lamar Walden Automotive is in Doraville, Georgia; (770) 449-0315,  lwarob@gmail.comlamarwaldenautomotive.com

JPs Muscle CarParts—Project Build Emporium!

JP’s MuscleCars has been busy the last month—the 1960 Biscayne is coming along with the NuRelics power windows installed, the Dakota
Digital VHX instrument cluster is done, and the Classic Auto Air is blowing cold (oh-so-important in Georgia July). They’re waiting on back glass, and then will start the GTO-bucket-seat based interior.

The ‘83 K10 4×4 is out of the paint booth and getting new glass, trim, Classic Auto Air and a Concept One front runner kit.
Johnny’s 69 Camaro LS-powered resto-mod is getting the TMI interior kit and stereo installed, along with a custom trunk kit.

The ‘70 Trans Am restoration is making good progress with the motor and trans installed, dash and wiring is done, power windows are in and working. (I’m not a big Poncho guy, but a ’70 T/A is the one I REALLY appreciate, and wouldn’t mind dropping by their shop just to look at it! I’ve gotta believe the Buzz Windows are a rare option for these, too)

Johnny also wanted me to include this: “Thanks to all our customers for your business, and patience over the past months; getting parts has and still is a slow process.” This echoes what I’ve heard from several other shops in our hobby… well, lots of businesses, for that matter. It’s not just toilet paper and hand sanitizer that’s hard to come by!

JP’s Muscle Cars is at 113 Hammond Drive in Monroe, GA: Call (770) 207-9570 or visit their website at www.jpmusclecars.com, or stop by and see them at the swap meet.

Bud’s Garage—the only Car Guy Radio on the radio!

The radio in my shop is horrible. And that’s a problem because I can’t tune in to WDUN  while I’m out there on Saturday from Noon-to-1pm.
BUT, I figured out a fix: I bring the laptop out, and live-stream it on their website. It’s great! And I’ve been doing that for the last several weeks. If there’s a problem, it’s this: The show only lasts an hour. I could go for two or three. And having sat in on the show pretty regularly, I know for a fact they have the material to support a three hour show every week. There’s a LOT of good material in their notes that gets scrapped due to time constraints. Whatever Powers That Be need to find Bud and Tim another hour, at least.

Coming up, they’ll be talking about ways to not only keep your engine cool, but also your trans fluid and engine oil temps lower as well (both timely topics, given the month and locale). Henry Slack of Slack Auto Parts will be dropping by to talk about the state of the parts industry, and Bud and Tim will be giving us some tips on buying a vehicle in the Covid Climate.

One of the most interesting topics they’ll be covering is Pennzoil’s new synthetic oil, made from natural gas. That’s got to be a far-reaching, industry-changing development, and I can’t wait to hear about it.

Tune in for Informative Automotive Buffoonery Every Saturday at Noon!!
The Fastest Car-Guy Talk on the Radio! Saturdays, noon-1pm, AM 550/FM 102.9

2020 Schedule
Below is the 2020 Schedule. There are a couple dates that are the Second Saturday—make a note of it!
August 1
September 5
October 10—Vintage Bike Feature!
November 7
December 5

The NE GA Swap Meet is this Saturday, July 4 at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA!

Had to wait until The Govna announced his latest Executive Order regarding the Corona Virus, before sending this out.
We’re still within the State of Georgia’s requirements to do the swap meet! (there’s a long story there about how I was able to do the show in May when Gatherings of 10 or more in an Area were prohibited… I don’t want to spike the football, but let’s just say Brad Being an Argumentative SOB Who Always Thinks He’s Right paid off, and several state and local government agencies finally said “… you’re right. Do it. And don’t call us again.”)

Priority Vendor Set-up is 6-7am, and is $30 for all the space you want.
Vendor General Admission is 7am, and is $20 for all the space you want.
Spectator entry is just $6.
Cruise-in cars are encouraged, and are just $6 per person—no additional cost to park your ride inside.
Vendors get one helper in with them, because lifting engine blocks alone sucks.
Kids 12 and under are free.

Shop Organization Stuff From David Greenwood!
Whenever possible, I try to buy from my vendors rather than ebay, local stores, or the internet.
One of the vendors who has been consistently here since the VERY beginning, is David Greenwood. You’ve seen him—he’s got the trailer with the nut and bolt bins, organizer drawers and cabinets, etc., and the big banner on the side of the trailer that says “David Greenwood and Friends, Solving the World’s Problems.”
He used to be a Lawson supplier, and I’d buy cut-off wheels and such from him. He’s now a Winzer supplier. I’m back in my house in Jefferson, and setting up my shop, and decided I needed to get my hardware organized, so I ordered two 4-drawer organizers from him for small fasteners, interior panel clips, e-clips, etc. etc. etc., and several additional inserts for the drawers, that I’m putting in a big 9-drawer cabinet I got at the swap meet over a year ago. The big cabinet with David’s inserts now has a drawer with all my different sized pop rivets and their washers organized, all the different dzus fastners and mounting plates organized, another drawer with all my brass fittings and A/N fittings organized, another drawer with all my taps and dies organized… it’s been awesome! I’ve already gone right to the drawers for a couple things, and it’s sooooo nice to just get something you need and work with it, rather than hunt for 15 minutes… and then end up running to the hardware store to buy it.
Having shot magazine stories in professional shops for over 20 years, I’ve always aspired to have organization like this. Now I’ve got it.
I’m ordering some more organizer inserts from him for the rest of the drawers in my swap meet cabinet, and then I’m going to splurge and order a full assortment of nuts and bolts for my nut/bolt storage cabinet—I’m tired of going to the hardware store for nuts and bolts I should have on-hand.
David also regularly sells used organizers—I’ve gotten a few from him over the years (including one with e-clips last year, that I’ve gone into several times, most recently for the brake light switch on my ’96 dually… having the assortment on-hand saved me from running into town and going to three hardward stores trying to find the right one). Swing by and see him. I’m finding being organized in my shop is worth EVERY penny.
Expecting a GREAT turn-out!
As I said earlier, I’m trying not to spike the football here—I’m not blasting all over the internet for weeks ahead of the show, and I’m sending this news letter out late in the game, because I’m trying not to draw too much attention to the show from people who’s attention I very much do not want. I won my argument with the county and state government, but I’d rather not have them move the goal posts on me—governors in other states HAVE specifically targeted race tracks and swap meets in just the last couple weeks, and shut them down or severely throttled their allowed attendance; Ace Speedway in North Carolina was shut down by their governor, and Carlisle Events in Pennsylvania was sued by their governor and had to greatly limit their attendance. Other events in other states have also been canceled. This is why I’ve also refrained from posting pics of the last two shows on FB and my website.
That said, in the last couple days I’ve gotten calls from people coming from Nashville, Florida, Alabama, Tri-Cities TN, Virginia and the Carolinas. That’s not only vendors, but also spectators. We’ve had a LOT of first-time vendors and spectators, too—a surprising number of them have told me they’ve heard about the show for years and just never got here before, while others just heard about us and came out. Everyone is impressed, and the last two shows have been awesome—I’m not only expecting this one to be too (especially with so many cities, counties and even surrounding states canceling 4th of July celebrations), but I’m expecting these big shows to be the regular occurrence.
So by all means, tell your friends about the show—word of mouth is knocking it out of the park for us! But try to walk that line between talking it up, and drawing attention from The Politician Class… more “red light in the window,” less flashing neon “GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!” on the front of the building, if ya know what I mean.
COVID Guidelines:
Despite being a few months into it, this is NOT “The New Normal”… but we’re gonna do what we need to until the people losing their minds over it calm down.
Everyone has done an excellent job of Social Distancing—not only have I noticed and appreciated it, I have had an amazing amount of calls and emails from people commenting on the same thing. Everyone’s doing what they’re supposed to, without being nagged, and not only do I appreciate it, it’s clear from conversations that everyone does.
The governor of Georgia has NOT mandated that everyone wear face masks in public, in-doors or outdoors. We understand some people want to wear them, and we whole-heartedly support their decision. The last two shows have shown me very clearly that everyone at our event respects each other, and their decisions on whether or not to wear a face mask. I have heard zero negative comments one way or the other from anybody on the matter. In fact, I have heard exactly the opposite—support and encouragement for people and their decisions. I not only expect that mutual respect to continue, I require it. If I hear anybody “mask shaming” or talking smack about someone behind their back (for or against wearing), you will be ejected from the show.
I will add this: It’s summer, it’s hot and I know some people have issues with the heat; I get sick from it regularly, and at least twice a year I have a breakfast re-run on the side of the road on the way home from the show. So take that into consideration if you choose to wear a mask Saturday; stay hydrated! And do what you can to keep cool. (more on that below)

  1. Our staff that’s directly interacting with spectators and vendors will have rubber gloves.
  1. We have switched  from paper tear-off tickets to wrist bands specifically so we don’t have to use hand-stamps to let people re-enter the show. Please make sure to put them on, not just in your pocket or on your dashboard. We’ll hand you the wrist band, but we won’t put it on you—we’ll need you to do that, and you’ll need to do it before entering through the spectator gate.
    We’ll also need you to catch as much wrist-hair in the adhesive as you can, as though we were putting it on you. Your co-operation on the wrist-hair is greatly appreciated.
  1. In order to minimize back-and-forth contact points, we’re asking that everybody please make a special effort to have exact change for your entries; this will eliminate someone handing us money, and then us handing it back out to other people. $30 for Priority Vendor, $20 for Vendor General Admission, $6 for each spectator. Vendors get one helper in for free. Anybody else in the car is $6 each.
  2. If you opt to wear a mask, and we can all still see your nostrils, you’re doing it wrong. If you’ve read these before, you know I’ve pointed it out in the last two news letters. I’m pointing it out again because I keep seeing it. Daily.
  1. Sneezing While Wearing a Mask
    After four months, I still don’t know how this works. You’re on your own.
  2. Bathroom Attendant: We’ll have a bathroom attendant policing the bathrooms throughout the entire event, just as we’ve done the last two shows. He will be spraying down the counters and fixtures with the CDC-recommended bleach solution. For privacy concerns, he’ll shut the gate/doors of the bathroom he’s cleaning, so just use the other buildings while he’s giving that one the Ten Second Tidy. Yeah, it’s a pain, but a lot of this whole thing is… at least we live in a state that’s not trying to arrest me for putting on the event!
  3. The phrases “An abundance of Caution” and “We’re All In This Together” are STILL expressly forbidden anywhere on the property throughout the duration of the event.  Anybody heard uttering these phrases is liable to be hit in the mouth with a cylinder head.
  4. Everyone knows the 6 Foot Rule… our walking aisles are two cars wide, and our vendors get as much space as they want, so we don’t have to worry about them being stacked on top of one another like they are at other shows. Everyone has done a great job of this at the last two events, I expect this Saturday to be no different. We will have two windows open at the Spectator ticket booth to keep people from bunching up.
  5. Sunlight is said to knock out the virus. Saturday’s weather is supposed to be sunny so keep it in mind! (I’d say “come to the swap meet for your health!” but people believe Trump told them to drink fish tank cleaner and swallow Lysol to beat the virus, and I’d rather not open myself up to litigation from the people who require directions on shampoo bottles, so I won’t say it.)
  1. Licking Parts: I’d hoped everything would be back to normal by now, but as we all know, it isn’t. So we are still enforcing the “No Parts Licking Prior To Purchase” rule we instituted back in May. I apologize for the inconvenience—I know how important this is for some of you, so hopefully we’ll be able to lick ‘em again by the August show.

STAY HYDRATED!!!! No joke.
It’s July, it’s Georgia, and we’re doing an event on blacktop. (well, gray-top).
Dress appropriately, and stay hydrated!
Last year, we had a guy juuuust about drop over on the way back to his car in the spectator parking… he was sitting in the grass when I saw him; gave him a couple bottles of cold water, a ride in my air-conditioned truck out to his car, and got him in it with his AC running, where he sat for a while until he felt more like himself.
Two years ago, we had another guy start to get overheated, he got into his car and got the AC running, then decided to move the car into the shade of one the bathroom buildings… and passed out after “Park,” getting as far as “Reverse” on the gearshift, and that’s what he did—across the parking lot and into the side of another vendor’s pickup truck.
Heat and heat exhaustion is no joke. You should ALWAYS have a bottle of water in your hand, from about 9:30am on. When I start walking around the show, I have one in each hand, and one in each rear pocket. I typically drink over a dozen bottles of water at the swap meet, plus one or two bottles of Gatorade.
Wear a hat—the lighter colored the better. I wear that white cowboy hat because I look freakin’ AWESOME in it, but it also keeps the sun from cooking my dome, so it’s a win-win.
Wear white or light gray t-shirts. The two guys who had the problems I mentioned, were both wearing black t-shirts; one had a black ball cap, the other had no hat. I know when I go junkyarding with my buddies, forget and idiotically wear a black or dark shirt, it just about kills me. I throw on a plain white T-shirt when we’re loading the trailer at the end of the day—loading the trailer is what ALWAYS kills me, and it’s what got the guy who passed out in Reverse, too. A white t-shirt helps a ton.
It’s Georgia; wear shorts! If you’re worried about your snow-white legs blinding anybody, they’ll pull their COVID face-mask up to shield their eyes until getting past you, so don’t worry about it.
I’ve also noticed swapping my boots and socks for a pair of Jerusalem Cruisers (sandals) instantly cools me off.
The snack shack is selling bottles of water CHEAP for our swap meet, too—you can spend just a few bucks there now and have multiple bottles of water, so please—spend a few bucks there and carry multiple bottles of water at all times once the heat gets up. With the snack shack working so well with us on pricing now, there’s literally ZERO reason not to have more than one bottle of water on you at all times.  (and when you buy some water from them, thank them for working with us!)
I keep a cooler full of iced water bottles in the car so I’ve always got water on-hand. (In fact, I store the cooler on my shelf in the garage, with bottles of water in it at all times, so I can just grab it and go and never worry about forgetting to buy water before pulling into a show… that lesson took more than a couple “damn… forgot to stop at the gas station”s over the years. Drain the ice and water out of it, leave it open for a day or three for the rest of the moisture to evaporate out, re-fill it with fresh bottles, and throw it on the shelf for the next outing.)

Lamar Walden Automotive…
Rob was so busy this month, he had a hard time remembering it all! Besides getting his engine back online in his Gasser and getting the times back where they were at the end of last season.
Things he remembered—They did brakes, headers and a tune on a ’79 Corvette; a 530ci big block race engine is going together for one racer, a 409 got freshened for another, and a Duramax race motor got built for a pull truck; they finished an engine build, disc brake swap, header install and a bunch of miscellaneous stuff for a ’65 Pontiac GTO (the engine is a factory 3×2 with a 400 under it, but was dressed to look like the original 389 tri-power).
They also restored and reskinned a couple aluminum intake manifolds, a BMW block and head, CNC ported a few Chevy heads, and a set of -690 aluminum 409 heads.
Personally, I’m going to have a couple manifolds cleaned in the coming month, and will make some headway on the small block for my ’62 K10.
If you need anything done, or have been planning a build or upgrades, now is the time to do it!
2020 begins the next 50 years as one of the top engine builders in the South Lamar Walden Automotive is in Doraville, Georgia; (770) 449-0315,  lwarob@gmail.comlamarwaldenautomotive.com

JPs Muscle CarParts—Project Build Emporium!

JP’s MuscleCars has been busy the last month—the 1960 Biscayne is coming along with the NuRelics power windows installed, the Dakota
Digital VHX instrument cluster is done, and the Classic Auto Air is blowing cold (oh-so-important in Georgia July). They’re waiting on back glass, and then will start the GTO-bucket-seat based interior.

The ‘83 K10 4×4 is out of the paint booth and getting new glass, trim, Classic Auto Air and a Concept One front runner kit.
Johnny’s 69 Camaro LS-powered resto-mod is getting the TMI interior kit and stereo installed, along with a custom trunk kit.
The ‘70 Trans Am restoration is making good progress with the motor and trans installed, dash and wiring is done, power windows are in and working. (I’m not a big Poncho guy, but a ’70 T/A is the one I REALLY appreciate, and wouldn’t mind dropping by their shop just to look at it! I’ve gotta believe the Buzz Windows are a rare option for these, too)

Johnny also wanted me to include this: “Thanks to all our customers for your business, and patience over the past months; getting parts has and still is a
slow process.” This echoes what I’ve heard from several other shops in our hobby… well, lots of businesses, for that matter. It’s not just toilet paper and hand sanitizer that’s hard to come by!
JP’s Muscle Cars is at 113 Hammond Drive in Monroe, GA: Call (770) 207-9570 or visit their website at www.jpmusclecars.com, or stop by and see them at the swap meet.

Bud’s Garage—the only Car Guy Radio on the radio!
The radio in my shop is horrible. And that’s a problem because I can’t tune in to WDUN  while I’m out there on Saturday from Noon-to-1pm.
BUT, I figured out a fix: I bring the laptop out, and live-stream it on their website. It’s great! And I’ve been doing that for the last several weeks. If there’s a problem, it’s this: The show only lasts an hour. I could go for two or three. And having sat in on the show pretty regularly, I know for a fact they have the material to support a three hour show every week. There’s a LOT of good material in their notes that gets scrapped due to time constraints. Whatever Powers That Be need to find Bud and Tim another hour, at least.
Coming up, they’ll be talking about ways to not only keep your engine cool, but also your trans fluid and engine oil temps lower as well (both timely topics, given the month and locale). Henry Slack of Slack Auto Parts will be dropping by to talk about the state of the parts industry, and Bud and Tim will be giving us some tips on buying a vehicle in the Covid Climate.
One of the most interesting topics they’ll be covering is Pennzoil’s new synthetic oil, made from natural gas. That’s got to be a far-reaching, industry-changing development, and I can’t wait to hear about it.
Tune in for Informative Automotive Buffoonery Every Saturday at Noon!!
 The Fastest Car-Guy Talk on the Radio! Saturdays, noon-1pm, AM 550/FM 102.9

2020 Schedule
Below is the 2020 Schedule. There are a couple dates that are the Second Saturday—make a note of it!
August 1
September 5
October 10—Vintage Bike Feature!
November 7
December 5

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December 26, 2019 Swap Meet Coordinator

The Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet Version 2.0 is Saturday, January 11th at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA!

I wanted to get this out earlier in the week, but the weather forecast was a bit sketchy so I waited: Weather for Saturday is going to be PERFECT! So come on out!!!
Everyone driving a vintage or enthusiast Truck gets a $10 Eckler’s Gift Certificate this month.Priority Vendor Set-up is 6-7am, and is $30 for all the space you want.
Vendor General Admission is 7am and is $20 for all the space you want.
Spectator entry is 7am, and is just six bucks.Inside Parking
Please park all enthusiast vehicles BEHIND THE GRAND STAND. It’s a constant battle to get the enthusiast vehicles all parked together in a single, condensed space. People DO come to the swap meet specifically to look at the cruise-in cars, so let’s please treat it as a car show and park all the cool stuff together.
For those who pay the vendor entry fee and park your vehicles inside, please do NOT park them among the show cars. I’d really like to get the cruise-in thick with cool cars, so please park your new SUV or stock pick-up truck somewhere OTHER than between the bathrooms.Snack Shack!
The Pit Stop Café has been the bane of my existence since moving the swap meet to the Atlanta Dragway. The last two managers were a lot better to work with than the previous three, so that’s been good, but the prices they were forced to charge were painful to one and all.But FINALLY, the crew in charge there now is on the same page! Every month they’ve got a special for the swap meet, and it’s reasonably priced. And by “reasonable,” I actually mean exactly that.
I don’t know all the prices, but for instance I DO know they’ve knocked the price of a bottle of water down to something we’ll happily pay. A lot of you will remember they used to charge more for one bottle than an entire flat of 24 bottles of water could be had at the gas station just up the street. No more!
So please show your appreciation by swinging through and getting a snack or a drink.

Dates for Next Year
We’ll announced them next month, but it’s pretty much the same it always is: First Saturday of the month, couple 2nd Saturday exceptions to accommodate races at the track, yadda yadda.

Always Cool Stuff at Lamar Walden Automotive!

I’ve got a pile of stuff I need to take down to Rob and the guys at Lamar Walden Automotive… a ’57 283 block to see if it’ll go .125-over for a 4.00-inch bore/301 ci combo… almost for no other reason than I have a set of NOS Venolia pistons, that block, a forged crank, and a set of double-hump heads I’m tired of tripping over… I’d rather trip once over a complete engine, than thirteen times over all the parts. I’ve also got a ’62-’63 409 block and pair of low-horse heads I need to have checked for cracks: if they’re good, I’ll stash ‘em in the stash, but if they’re not I don’t need the door stops.
This month, Rob swapped stack injection for the 2×4 intake on his 409-powered ’33 Willys gasser, and really picked up some power on what was already an incredibly strong 409 drag engine.
Shop projects include a front disc conversion on a ’61 Bel-Air, and an LS build in a 2002 Trans Am that included cam and ported heads.

A bunch of cars made their way to the chassis dyno this month, including a road-race Corvette.
Engine builds were about as all-over-the-board as I’ve ever seen come out of their shop: there was a full-resto 283 for an early Corvette, a stroked 408 LS, an aluminum-headed Pontiac 350, they wrapped up a 350 Olds build, a high-horse Duramax street engine went together with Carillo rods, forged pistons and ported heads, and the 572-inch 409 finally went on the dyno, making 1,050 normally-aspirated horsepower.

In between all that, they CNC-ported a bunch of cylinder heads, and restored several intake manifolds. When I called, Rob was finishing recreating the big round ear for a pipe plug on a big block chevy—“Everyone over-tightens it and breaks off the casting” Rob told us. We’ve seen a bunch of intakes go in cracked and broken, and watched as Rob created something from nothing, blended it in to what was there before, and when finished it looked like nothing ever happened. Heck, I’ve had them do it on one of my intakes!

50 years as one of the top engine builders in the South Lamar Walden Automotive is in Doraville, Georgia; (770) 449-0315, lwarob@gmail.comlamarwaldenautomotive.com

JPs Muscle CarParts
The guys at JP’s Muscle Cars have been busy this month!
They’re putting the finishing touches on 57 belair convertible in one bay, and have started a ’64 Chevelle convertible in another, slating it for an LS1, auto trans and lots of goodies.
Over there, they’re finishing up a resto-mod ’69 Camaro with an LS and 4L80, backed by a 4-link and coil overs, rack and pinion up front, and a custom interior.
And over here, they’re working on one of their own projects: a ’71 Camaro RS with Detroit Speed and Engineering front and rear suspension, 416-cubic inch LS with a T56 6-speed behind it. The interior has the dash and console from a 2019, so it should look pretty cool when it’s all finished.

They’ve got a freshly-purchased ’69 Firebird that’s mostly complete, but less running gear, still have a ’65 Impala parts car, and a ’71 Chevelle roller. “Rusty and needing lots of love” and “Rusty but restorable” are the descriptions he included.

JP’s Muscle Cars is at 113 Hammond Drive in Monroe, GA: Call (770) 207-9570 or visit their website at www.jpmusclecars.com, or stop by and see them at the swap meet.

Mopar A-Body 8 ¾ for sale
Anybody need a Mopar A-Body 8 ¾ rear end housing? I’ve got one…
It’s a factory housing—I’ve also got a set of backing plates and drums to go with it.
Being the narrowest factory rear end, it’d be good to put in a hot rod or even another Altered drag car, but rather than warehouse it for “some day… maybe…” I’d rather see it go to a Mopar guy with an A-Body. Give me a call or shoot me a text at (706) 424-5035 and I’ll deliver it to the swap meet.

NuTech
I cruised up to NuTech this month and FINALLY picked up the hood, roll bar and rear bumper for Andrew’s ’76 Dodge Power Wagon. I think they’ve only been up there for three or four months…
While I was up there, I spied a ’67 or ’68 Firebird body on a rotisserie ready to get blasted, a full set of 8-lug aluminum wheels, another early Bronco frame, and several vintage ‘50s/’60s metal lawn furniture.

Later this month I’ll be dropping the factory aluminum wheels from my ’06 Dodge Magnum up there, to have the silver blasted off them prior to being powder coated black. I really don’t like the factory silver wheels on this car, but the black steel cop-car wheels don’t do it for me either… and aftermarket wheels are just ridiculously expensive. But blasting and powder-coating the stock aluminum wheels should strike the perfect compromise for a lot less than new wheels.
If you’ve got blasting needs, big or small, car, house or anything else, give them a call.
NuTech Soda Blasting, Jefferson, Georgia; (706) 367-8107, or check out their website at www.nutechsodablasting.com

Bud’s Garage
Coming shows

About once a month, Yours Truly gets invited to sit in on Bud’s Garage, and it’s probably one of the funnest things I get to do every month that’s related to the swap meet. Bud and Tim are a blast to hang around.
This month, they’ll be talking about Tesla behind the scenes, Kelly Blue Book fall rides (don’t know what that means… guess I’ll have to tune in!), the pros and cons of the new 2020 Z06 Corvette, the 12 best driver cars with Randy Probst, Gear Head Gift Ideas (I wear a size 409 Long, if anybody is curious),  Crate Motors for anything… Electric motors, that is!, and they’ll be Live at the SEMA Show with Colorworks.

Tune in every Saturday for insights on the factory offerings, racing, the aftermarket and other good-time nonsense.
The Fastest Car-Guy Talk on the Radio! Saturdays, noon-1pm, AM 550/FM 102.9

Last Dates for 2019!
Nov 2nd
Dec 7th



August 2, 2019 Swap Meet Coordinator

The Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is NEXT Saturday, November 2 at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA!

I wanted to get this out earlier in the week, but the weather forecast was a bit sketchy so I waited: Weather for Saturday is going to be PERFECT! So come on out!!!
Everyone driving a vintage or enthusiast Ford or Mercury car or truck gets a $10 Eckler’s Gift Certificate this month.

Priority Vendor Set-up is 6-7am, and is $30 for all the space you want.
Vendor General Admission is 7am and is $20 for all the space you want.
Spectator entry is 7am, and is just six bucks.

Inside Parking
Please park all enthusiast vehicles BEHIND THE GRAND STAND. It’s a constant battle to get the enthusiast vehicles all parked together in a single, condensed space. People DO come to the swap meet specifically to look at the cruise-in cars, so let’s please treat it as a car show and park all the cool stuff together.
For those who pay the vendor entry fee and park your vehicles inside, please do NOT park them among the show cars. I’d really like to get the cruise-in thick with cool cars, so please park your new SUV or stock pick-up truck somewhere OTHER than between the bathrooms.

Snack Shack!
The Pit Stop Café has been the bane of my existence since moving the swap meet to the Atlanta Dragway. The last two managers were a lot better to work with than the previous three, so that’s been good, but the prices they were forced to charge were painful to one and all.

But FINALLY, the crew in charge there now is on the same page! Every month they’ve got a special for the swap meet, and it’s reasonably priced. And by “reasonable,” I actually mean exactly that.
I don’t know all the prices, but for instance I DO know they’ve knocked the price of a bottle of water down to something we’ll happily pay. A lot of you will remember they used to charge more for one bottle than an entire flat of 24 bottles of water could be had at the gas station just up the street. No more!
So please show your appreciation by swinging through and getting a snack or a drink.

Dates for Next Year
We’ll announced them next month, but it’s pretty much the same it always is: First Saturday of the month, couple 2nd Saturday exceptions to accommodate races at the track, yadda yadda.

Always Cool Stuff at Lamar Walden Automotive!

I’ve got a pile of stuff I need to take down to Rob and the guys at Lamar Walden Automotive… a ’57 283 block to see if it’ll go .125-over for a 4.00-inch bore/301 ci combo… almost for no other reason than I have a set of NOS Venolia pistons, that block, a forged crank, and a set of double-hump heads I’m tired of tripping over… I’d rather trip once over a complete engine, than thirteen times over all the parts. I’ve also got a ’62-’63 409 block and pair of low-horse heads I need to have checked for cracks: if they’re good, I’ll stash ‘em in the stash, but if they’re not I don’t need the door stops.
This month, Rob swapped stack injection for the 2×4 intake on his 409-powered ’33 Willys gasser, and really picked up some power on what was already an incredibly strong 409 drag engine.
Shop projects include a front disc conversion on a ’61 Bel-Air, and an LS build in a 2002 Trans Am that included cam and ported heads.

A bunch of cars made their way to the chassis dyno this month, including a road-race Corvette.
Engine builds were about as all-over-the-board as I’ve ever seen come out of their shop: there was a full-resto 283 for an early Corvette, a stroked 408 LS, an aluminum-headed Pontiac 350, they wrapped up a 350 Olds build, a high-horse Duramax street engine went together with Carillo rods, forged pistons and ported heads, and the 572-inch 409 finally went on the dyno, making 1,050 normally-aspirated horsepower.

In between all that, they CNC-ported a bunch of cylinder heads, and restored several intake manifolds. When I called, Rob was finishing recreating the big round ear for a pipe plug on a big block chevy—“Everyone over-tightens it and breaks off the casting” Rob told us. We’ve seen a bunch of intakes go in cracked and broken, and watched as Rob created something from nothing, blended it in to what was there before, and when finished it looked like nothing ever happened. Heck, I’ve had them do it on one of my intakes!

50 years as one of the top engine builders in the South Lamar Walden Automotive is in Doraville, Georgia; (770) 449-0315, lwarob@gmail.comlamarwaldenautomotive.com

JPs Muscle CarParts
The guys at JP’s Muscle Cars have been busy this month!
They’re putting the finishing touches on 57 belair convertible in one bay, and have started a ’64 Chevelle convertible in another, slating it for an LS1, auto trans and lots of goodies.
Over there, they’re finishing up a resto-mod ’69 Camaro with an LS and 4L80, backed by a 4-link and coil overs, rack and pinion up front, and a custom interior.
And over here, they’re working on one of their own projects: a ’71 Camaro RS with Detroit Speed and Engineering front and rear suspension, 416-cubic inch LS with a T56 6-speed behind it. The interior has the dash and console from a 2019, so it should look pretty cool when it’s all finished.

They’ve got a freshly-purchased ’69 Firebird that’s mostly complete, but less running gear, still have a ’65 Impala parts car, and a ’71 Chevelle roller. “Rusty and needing lots of love” and “Rusty but restorable” are the descriptions he included.

JP’s Muscle Cars is at 113 Hammond Drive in Monroe, GA: Call (770) 207-9570 or visit their website at www.jpmusclecars.com, or stop by and see them at the swap meet.

Mopar A-Body 8 ¾ for sale
Anybody need a Mopar A-Body 8 ¾ rear end housing? I’ve got one…
It’s a factory housing—I’ve also got a set of backing plates and drums to go with it.
Being the narrowest factory rear end, it’d be good to put in a hot rod or even another Altered drag car, but rather than warehouse it for “some day… maybe…” I’d rather see it go to a Mopar guy with an A-Body. Give me a call or shoot me a text at (706) 424-5035 and I’ll deliver it to the swap meet.

NuTech
I cruised up to NuTech this month and FINALLY picked up the hood, roll bar and rear bumper for Andrew’s ’76 Dodge Power Wagon. I think they’ve only been up there for three or four months…
While I was up there, I spied a ’67 or ’68 Firebird body on a rotisserie ready to get blasted, a full set of 8-lug aluminum wheels, another early Bronco frame, and several vintage ‘50s/’60s metal lawn furniture.

Later this month I’ll be dropping the factory aluminum wheels from my ’06 Dodge Magnum up there, to have the silver blasted off them prior to being powder coated black. I really don’t like the factory silver wheels on this car, but the black steel cop-car wheels don’t do it for me either… and aftermarket wheels are just ridiculously expensive. But blasting and powder-coating the stock aluminum wheels should strike the perfect compromise for a lot less than new wheels.
If you’ve got blasting needs, big or small, car, house or anything else, give them a call.
NuTech Soda Blasting, Jefferson, Georgia; (706) 367-8107, or check out their website at www.nutechsodablasting.com

Bud’s Garage
Coming shows

About once a month, Yours Truly gets invited to sit in on Bud’s Garage, and it’s probably one of the funnest things I get to do every month that’s related to the swap meet. Bud and Tim are a blast to hang around.
This month, they’ll be talking about Tesla behind the scenes, Kelly Blue Book fall rides (don’t know what that means… guess I’ll have to tune in!), the pros and cons of the new 2020 Z06 Corvette, the 12 best driver cars with Randy Probst, Gear Head Gift Ideas (I wear a size 409 Long, if anybody is curious),  Crate Motors for anything… Electric motors, that is!, and they’ll be Live at the SEMA Show with Colorworks.

Tune in every Saturday for insights on the factory offerings, racing, the aftermarket and other good-time nonsense.
The Fastest Car-Guy Talk on the Radio! Saturdays, noon-1pm, AM 550/FM 102.9

Last Dates for 2019!
Nov 2nd
Dec 7th



July 31, 2019 Swap Meet Coordinator
Next Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is Saturday, October 12th at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA!
This newsletter is a bit later than I wanted (my truck and car trailer got a lot of work the last week, and it ate into more important things, like this!), but with the holiday and tomorrow, you’ve still got a day and a half to load up your trailer.

Weather.com is calling for 40-percent chance of rain, which historically means we’re not going to see any during the show: I don’t want to say “40-percent is always dry”… so I’ll say “40-percent is almost always dry.”  Just two days ago, their 3-day forecast for this weekend was 60-percent Friday, 50-percent Saturday, 60-percent Sunday. Now it’s 40/40/20. So we’re gonna be fine.

Priority gate opens from 6-7am and is $30 for all the space you want; Vendor General Admission is from 7am and is $20 for all the space you want, spectator admission is just $6.

Vendors get one helper in for free (because lifting engine blocks and transmissions alone sucks). Extra helpers are $6.
There’s no addition charge to park your vintage or enthusiast vehicle in the cruise-in area behind the grandstands, but we ask that you don’t put For Sale signs in the windows—everything for sale is on the aisles and is $30 or $20 to sell. Driving in as a spectator and selling your car isn’t fair to the rest of the vendors.

Drive a vintage or enthusiast Ford/Mercury into the Cruise-In this month, and receive a $10 Eckler’s gift certificate!

Stone Stock To Full-Race At Lamar Walden Automotive
This month, the guys at Lamar Walden Automotive covered the full spectrum of Chevy performance.
They started with a stone-stock restoration build on a 348 W-motor, and followed it with a 409 street engine stroked to 482 cubic inches.

After that, they worked on a small block Gasser engine for one of the cars on the SE Gasser Association circuit, and then a 383 Chevy to be installed with a 5-speed and A/C in a ’55 Chevy.

Rounding it out was an LS7 427 build.

They also did several intake manifold restorations, including a vintage Edelbrock big block Cross Ram. I’ve mentioned their intake restoration here a lot, and it’s still one of the best processes I’ve seen for any kind of restoration. I’ve had them repair and restore several intakes for me over the years, as well as an rare Edmunds finned aluminum head for a Plymouth Flat 6, all coming out concours-quality. I’ve got a pair of Weiand 322 Nailhead intakes I need to have restored, and one of the Corvette finned valve covers I picked up at the swap meet last month needs a little repair done to it as well, so I’ll be making a trip up there one of these days.
It’s 50th year in business, Lamar Walden Automotive is in Doraville, Georgia; (770) 449-0315, lwarob@gmail.comlamarwaldenautomotive.com

STOP LEAVING TIRES!
We’ve been over this countless times, and I still have to deal with it a few times a year—most recently last month. So I’m instituting a new policy:  If I catch you leaving tires, I’m going to follow you home with them, stack them up in your driveway, and set them on fire.
At 3am.
On a Wednesday.
OR, you can save me, you and the fire department a whole bunch of hassle and just take your tires back home with you and stick them out behind your shop to start a mosquito farm like the rest of us.

If you happen to notice any fellow vendors looking like they might have “forgotten” to load all their tires before trying to slide out at the end of the day, I’d appreciate it if you’d point out the error of their ways.
Or throw a cylinder head through their windshield for me. Either/Or, I’m flexible.

Blast Capital USA
NuTech blasted a couple Corvettes this month, and at the other end of the spectrum soda-blasted some vintage Ford Bronco bodies, and media-blasted the frames and suspensions. One of the bodies had a steel hood with a fiberglass scoop bonded to it: these are the square-body Broncos from the ‘60s and ‘70s, with that common era-correct Bronco scoop. Blasting with soda meant the scoop didn’t have to be separated from the hood.
I found a vintage bolt-in roll bar for the ’76 Power Wagon project, along with a good hood and dropped them off, along with a correct rear step bumper. I’d found another hood, but blasting revealed a couple rust holes in it: I found a third hood and did the “Repair versus Solid Original Metal” cost/benefit, and opted for solid original. The cost of stripping the original paint and surface rust off the roll bar versus doing it by hand with sand paper landed the bar at NuTech as well. After hunting for over a year for a good rear step bumper, we found one, had them blast it and prime it, then we did a couple repairs and decided to have them knock the gray primer back off and are having it shot with self-etching black primer, which will hold up better under the black top-coat.
Besides in-shop stuff, they’ve done several remote blasting jobs, including finishing the vintage caboose on display by the town of Auburn.
But the big news is NuTech is now a manufacturer and international dealer for soda blasting machines and equipment! “I liked it so much I bought the company!” the old commercials said. That’s pretty much the deal down at NuTech now. So if you’re a restoration shop and would like to cut out the middle-man on blasting—as well as expand your business—or are a building restoration company or want to get into building restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, etc., NuTech is your source for equipment and blasting soda.
With the growth of their company, NuTech is looking for some employees too. They’re looking for soda blasters for in-house and remote-site, as well as someone to help manufacture and assemble the blasting equipment. If you’re looking for a job (and are the kind of employee YOU’D hire if you owned a business and needed someone!), give them a call.

NuTech Soda Blasting, Jefferson, Georgia; (706) 367-8107, or check out their website at www.nutechsodablasting.com

Dress For Success
In this case, it means wear shorts, sandals, a hat, a light-colored T-shirt, and drink lots and lots of water on Saturday I’ve had guys get into trouble with the heat at my show, and I regularly get sick from the heat by the end of my summer shows, too. It’s miserable, and I’d like to spare everyone the suffering.

Speaking of sparing suffering, the NE GA Swap Meet is a dog-friendly show for friendly dogs, but please, when it’s this hot, leave Fido at home—that blacktop gets scorching hot, and unless you’ve got booties on their paws, they’re gonna go home with burned feet. Would YOU want to walk around on that parking lot with bare feet at 11am? Then don’t make your pooch do it. As much as I love having Remi The Airedale at my shows, I’m leaving her home Saturday.

JP’s Muscle Cars Parts and Restorations
Soooo glad I’m out of room for projects, because Johnny just got a suede-black ’67 Impala station wagon in… big block, overdrive, air, bucket seats and factory console. That’d make such a cool tow rig for the Altered! But, I’m out of space, so one of you needs to buy it.

He also just got an original-paint ’71 Camaro in too: “It was an old street racer from the ‘70s… I’ve never had one this close to how it left the showroom.”
Customer builds this month include a ’71 Blazer with LS3 swap and all the goodies, a ’70 C10 with big block, air, Dakota Digital RDX cluster, retro-sound radio, Concept One pully system, and dropped suspension, and a ’68 Camaro convertible with small block, overdrive, air, Dakota Digital dash, Nu-Relics power windows, and houndstooth Deluxe interior.
If you’re in the market for a new ride, or need to have your current vehicle upgraded, give Johnny a call and book an appointment.

JP’s Muscle Cars is at 113 Hammond Drive in Monroe, GA: Call (770) 207-9570 or visit their website at www.jpmusclecars.com.

Gear Jam Rain Date July 20-21
Outlaw and Heads-up 4-speed gassers—including The Night Stalker ’55 Chevy, Southern Slingshots, Altereds, Muscle Cars and Nostalgia Super Stocks.
Swap Meet, and an all-makes/All Models car show.
For more info, go to www.gearjamvintagedrags.com

Truck Month and Georgia C-10 Club in August
For August, we’re giving away Eckler’s gift certificates to everyone who drives a vintage or enthusiast truck into the Cruise-in.
We’re also hosting the Georgia C-10 club, so if you’ve got truck parts, plan on being there.
We’re also going to put the word out on Facebook for any other truck clubs. If you’re a member of a truck club, give me a call and we’ll work it out so your club gets in free as vendors and spectators.

2019 Dates

Sept 1

Swap/ Gear Jam
Oct 13- 14th  Swap/ Gear Jam
Nov 2nd  Featuring Pedal To The Metal vintage bicycle swap
Dec 7thTruer Words Were Never Spoken
The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers – Dave Barry

Shop and House for Sale in Jefferson.
I’m selling my place in Jefferson: 32×40 shop with 12-foot ceilings, multiple 220v outlets on three walls, 10×10 office and two storage lofts.

Oh, it comes with a nice 3-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house with office, on a full basement that’s stubbed for a full bathroom. New energy-efficient roof on house and shop.

Nice neighborhood within the Jefferson City Schools district;  NO Home Owners’ Association to get all up in your business, and I’ve broken the neighbors in for you. (They’re used to cars, parts and engines firing at 11pm).
On a 1 acre lot with hardwood trees, it also comes with an extra 1 acre wooded lot next to it.
Also comes with a free vendor spot for life at the NE GA Swap Meet!
Give me a call if you’re interested.


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Due to weather forecasts, we are postponing this weekend’s Gear Jam Vintage Drags.
The rain-date will be July 20-21, at the Atlanta Dragway.

All pre-registered entries will be honored at the July event, and we have re-opened pre-registration until July 1.

We MAY do the NE GA Swap Meet this coming weekend, though: I will watch the hourly forecast on weather.com over the next 24 hours, and if they’re calling for decent weather in the morning, with the predicted thunderstorms rolling in during the afternoon, we will run the swap meet at the regular swap meet entry and vendor fees in the morning (since it’s always over by noon anyway).

I hate to fill up your email box, but I’ll send a follow-up email tomorrow afternoon letting everyone know if we’re going to do the swap meet on Saturday morning, or just scrap the month.

Weather.com has been far and away the most accurate forecast I’ve found, and that’s who I’ll use to make my final decision tomorrow.

Thanks,
Brad Ocock
NE GA Swap Meet
Gear Jam Vintage Drags
(706) 424-5035



April 18, 2019 Swap Meet Coordinator

The Gear Jam Vintage Drags, Car Show and Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12 at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA.

Southern Slingshots, Southeast Nostalgia Drag Racers, a 4-speed gasser group out of the Carolinas and several Southern Outlaw Gassers have all committed to coming, so it promises to be a great race!

Time trials and a Gambler’s Race on Saturday, Eliminations on Sunday. Check website for schedule and times.

It took some time, but pre-registration is available on our website.
Pre-register by May 5 and receive discounts on racer entry, midway spaces and T-shirts.
Racer entry is $100 for both days pre-registered, $120 day-of-show at the gate.
Racer Test-And-Tune only is $50 per day pre-registered, $60 at the gate.
Gambler’s Race (Dial-in bracket-style race) is $40 payable at the tower day-of-race. We will also have a “Run For The Money” open to everyone—closest to the index/dial wins, reaction time decides in case of a tie.

Class Additions and Rule Changes
New for 2019 is a Heads Up 4-speed Gasser Class! Rules are pretty straight-forward, and are posted on the site. No nitrous, CID/Weight class breaks, etc. Nothing crazy.
One thing to note is we are running the same blower rule that NHRA had in the early ‘60s before the dedicated Supercharged classes: Addition of a blower will bump the car up one class—D/G with a blower will run in C/G, C/G with a blower will run in A/G, no blowers allowed on A/G cars.
All cars in this class will be weighed, and we have a pump and aren’t afraid to use it.

This is in addition to the Outlaw Gasser class, so we’ll have two Gasser classes at the Gear Jam.

At the beginning of the year, we made a couple of minor changes to a couple of class rules, and posted them on the site.
Altered now allows wings, left-hand steer roadsters, and for this year we are allowing blowers up to 14:71.

In the Muscle Car class, we are allowing Vegas, Monzas, Pintos and Mavericks, ignoring the 1974 cut-off date for those cars (and ONLY those cars) because Vegas, Monzas, Pintos and Mavericks make GREAT looking race cars, and who wouldn’t want to see them making passes??
We are also allowing tube chassis cars in the “Hot Rod/Muscle Car” class.

Tree and track length (1/4 or 1/8) is different for each class, so check on the website.

Race format is Indexes.
Each class has its own Index format, and can be found on the website.
If you have a car that runs slower than what is listed on our Index pages for each class, let us know, and we’ll get you entered in the computer with an index slot for your car, so you won’t just be trailer fodder for the faster classes. (That will be an “index” like the other classes, and not a “dial-in.”)

Midway And Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet Spaces
Midway spaces are for manufacturers and businesses, groups/organizations, artists, collectibles, etc. and will be on the pavement behind the grandstands, running between the car show and the starting line. Spaces are $50 pre-registered.

Swap meet spaces are for parts and cars for sale, and will be in the grass rows at the end of the paved pit area. Spaces are $30 for all the space you want for the weekend. We’re expecting over 200 swap meet vendors.

Set-up from 12-5pm on Friday (If you can’t make it by 5, give me a call and we’ll leave the light on for you), gates open Saturday at 7am.

As always, we will have overnight security guards for The Gear Jam, so you can set up and your stuff will be safe.

Camping
Camping is welcome and encouraged! Camping is included for racers and vendors, and is just $10 per night for spectators and car show participants. Above-ground fire “holders” are allowed.

Car Show
Car Show entry is $25, and includes Test-and-Tune passes for entries. All cars making passes on the track must go through Tech. (This won’t be “Competition Tech,” it’ll be to make sure you have seat belts, there aren’t big holes in the floor, and that the vehicles are safe)

$5 of every entry will go to the GSRA, to support them and their efforts at the State Capital on our behalf.

Car Show is Saturday, awards Saturday Afternoon, and entry in the show gets you back in on Sunday for the swap meet and race Eliminations.

Spectator entry is just $10 each day, kids 12-under are free, and gets you full access to the car show, the swap meet, the pits and the racing.

Bracket Race
We also have a limited-field bracket race, sponsored by LGM Racing and Development: 32 door cars, 32 dragsters; this is pre-registration only. Two races: one Saturday, one Sunday.
Nostalgia cars are welcome to enter the bracket race as well as the Gear Jam Nostalgia race.
Bracket cars are welcome to enter the Gear Jam Nostalgia race if their car fits the Gear Jam class rules. (We have several racers enter both each year)
Check out LGM’s website at www.lgmrnd.com, LGM Racing and Development on Facebook, or call (256-279-8000

Attention Business Owners!!!
We are putting together 400 Goody Bags. If you’d like to throw something in them, give me a call at (706) 424-5035

T-Shirts are available on the website, along with pre-registration: gearjamvintagedrags.com

If you have any questions, or need more information, write me at brad56@windstream.net, or call (706) 424-5035
See you May 11!
-Brad