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August 2, 2019

The Gear Jam Vintage Drags Fall Nationals and Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is Saturday, August 31st at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA! This month, we’re pleased to be hosting the Georgia C-10 Chevy Truck Club—we’ll be letting them in for free as both vendors and spectators, so if you’ve got Chevy truck parts […]










 
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JP’s Muscle Cars
Investment Quality Vehicles
Restoration – Parts

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NuTech Refinishing
Jefferson, Georgia

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August 2, 2019 Swap Meet Coordinator

The Gear Jam Vintage Drags Fall Nationals and Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is Saturday, August 31st at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA!

This month, we’re pleased to be hosting the Georgia C-10 Chevy Truck Club—we’ll be letting them in for free as both vendors and spectators, so if you’ve got Chevy truck parts to sell, or need Chevy truck parts, you should make attending this swap meet a priority!Everyone driving a vintage or enthusiast truck of any make or model, will get a $10 Eckler’s gift certificate this month.
Priority

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

The Vagabonds: Henry, Thomas, Harvey and bad roads.

“What are you reading” used to be a pretty common question when friends would get together. That seems to have fallen by the wayside in these Internet times, but I still read a ton.

One of my friends just told me about “The Vagabonds—the story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s 10 Year Road Trip” by Jeff Guinn. I’m 190 pages in to the 253 page book, and I’ve enjoyed every sentence.

The book is very well researched and the author gives a lot of relevant historical context to each chapter. (And though he didn’t make the cover blurb, Harvey Firestone was an integral part of the trips as well.)

Edison and Ford were two of the best known people in the nation, and their “camping” trips during the Model T era of the last century were covered by newspapers coast-to-coast. It’s a fantastic insight into the country, early motoring, the roads, and the men who helped shape our nation during the era.

I’m a sucker for road trips—I’ve bought one-way plane tickets and driven vintage cars back home three different times (’62 Suburban/Joplin MO; ’61 Corvair wagon/Chicago Illinois; ’73 Duster/Los Angeles), have driven to Bonneville twice, Newfoundland Canada to crew for a Mustang in the Targa Newfoundland, Colorado a couple years ago to buy a transfer case and PTO winch set-up for the ‘62 K10 project, and drove my ’61 Suburban 100,000 miles through 20 states before the deer put it in the pasture too many years ago now.

My road-tripping days aren’t done, and books like this and John Steinbeck’s “Travels With Charlie” are awesome inspiration. If you’re into road trips, history, camping and vintage cars, you’ll really enjoy “The Vagabonds.”

NuTech, Nu Products, Nu Business, Nu Employees Needed
NuTech Soda blasting has been in the business for… I don’t know, exactly. I know they were around when I was still working at YearOne, and that’s between 10-15 years ago now. They’ve grown and expanded into new digs in Jefferson, and they’re growing again: NuTech is now the manufacturer and international distributor of portable soda blasting equipment, as well as a distributor for blasting soda.

They’re looking for help of all kinds, from assembling soda machines, to blasting parts. If you’re looking for a job in the industry with a company that’s going places, give them a call. If you’re already in the industry, and are looking to get into soda blasting (including fire damage restoration, mold remediation and building restoration), call for information on their equipment.

Between building and shipping blasting equipment, the guys blasted some early Bronco parts, a ’69 Thunderbird, a ’76 Corvette, a really clean ’55 Chevy (that DIDN’T have any surprises lurking under paint and filler!) and a ’65 Lemans that had been turned into a GTO years back with bondo and is being turned back into a Lemans. They also cleaned up a set of vintage American Racing wheels, and for an encore blasted a 30-foot car hauler and then undercoated the bottom side. (which makes me REALLY want a nice covered storage area for my own car trailer, so I can take it to them and have it blasted, then undercoated, painted and the deck bed-linered to wrap up a nearly 20 year project) And I still haven’t gotten up there to pick up my rear bumper and roll bar for the ’76 Power Wagon… Fortunately, I had them prime the pieces, so I don’t have to worry about them rusting again.

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

Some Old, Something New, Everything at Walden’s is Cool.
It’s always cool to hear what’s going on at Lamar Walden Automotive! The variety is always remarkable. This month they did a 348/4bbl restoration motor, a Caddy CTS-V (one of my favorite new cars!) came in for heads and a cam and was dyno-tuned, a 2012 ZR1 Corvette got headers, and a 2001 Camaro got a fresh LS1.

They’ve always been known for building engines, but this “engine shop” has several lifts and has always handled suspension builds and some restoration work, too—this month they did a tune-up and brakes on a ’61 Corvette, a nearly-full mechanical remove-and-replace on a ’55 Chevy—engine, trans, rear, and suspension upgrades; and a ’62 Impala came in for a 9-inch rear end build and swap, along with a serpentine belt kit on the engine.

Race engine builds covered a Duaramx diesel truck-pull engine, an LS427 road race motor, and final mock-up of a 572-cubic inch 409 (that’s not a typo!).

They’re also working on a 350 Pontiac engine, and restored some more aluminum stuff including a 2×4 409 intake. (I’ll be dropping a finned Corvette valve cover off with them to get a fin and the lip for the gasket repaired).

50 years as one of the top engine builders in the South doesn’t just happen… in fact, 50 years for ANY engine builder doesn’t happen, UNLESS you’re one of the best. Lamar Walden Automotive is in Doraville, Georgia; (770) 449-0315, lwarob@gmail.comlamarwaldenautomotive.com

I Still Have My Marshmallows!
Thanks everyone for taking your old tires back home with you last month—because of you, a bag of innocent marshmallows was able to make it through another month. If taking your tires home with you after the swap meet saves just one marshmallow, it’s worth it!   (but I still have my pointy sticks in the truck, so if catch you leaving tires at the swap meet, the pointy sticks are gonna get used while those tires bathe your yard in a nice warm glow…maybe those pointy sticks will get used on a marshmallow, maybe not…)

JP Muscle Cars
JP’s Muscle Cars is building cars for customers these days, and the projects are pretty cool!

This month they started on a ‘66 Impala 427, 4 speed build that’s getting a Concept One Front Runner kit, Classic Auto Air, new instruments by Dakota Digital, Hotchkis suspension upgrades and four-wheel Wilwood brakes, making the car a really nice modern daily driver.

Their own 1957 Belair convertible came back from paint shop with a beautiful coat of black paint; a 300-horse 350, overdrive and the rest of the goodies will make it a wonderful daily ride they hope to be in by the end of September.

They also just got in a ’68 C10 short wheelbase truck with fresh black paint and red interior; it’s currently engine-less, and they’re planning to build it with a new LT engine and all the rest of the modern stuff they like in vintage vehicles. “It’s a nice truck, and I might consider selling it now” before they finish it. If you’ve always wanted one, this might be your opportunity.

He’s also got a few other vehicles for sale: a ’64 GMC Wrecker (First offer over $2000 takes it home!), a ’67 Impala wagon with 454, overdrive, cold air, new front suspension and disc brakes. It’s satin black and a real nice daily driver.

And he’s also got an original-paint ’71 Camaro with an LS7 454 crate engine, 4-speed and 4.88 gears. “It was a drag car from the ‘70s, and I’ve never seen one with a better body.”

If you’ve got a car already, and need someone to finish it for you, install the wiring, upgrade the suspension, convert the AC system, upgrade the cooling, or any of the hundreds of other winter projects we do to our cars, give them a call and book your 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, or stop by and see them at the swap meet.

Gear Jam
Well, the Gear Jam wasn’t all I’d hoped it could be. (I’ll let you all run that through your own translator)

Looking at making a change or two to the fall event, so keep an eye on our Facebook Page and your email box.

It’s all a matter of perspective I don’t want to be rich—I just want enough to stare off into the distance while filling the tank on the dually.

Bud’s Garage

Real car-talk for real car guys. Coming discussions include Ford’s Electric F150 that towed a 1.25 million pound train. (I want to know what size bolts they used on the tow hitch), changes at the tag office (I’m super-certain they’ve made it easier… SUPER sure they have…) Big Daddy Don Garlits hits 187mph in an electric draster (Pretty sure motorsports will never see his equal), Color Works by Duff unveils their 2019 SEMA build (Pretty cool shop in Braselton—check them out on Facebook), and the 2020 Silverado 1500 gets a 3.0 Inline 6 turbodiesel and 30mpg! (I’m not a big “New Engine” guy, but I’d drop that in my ’62 K10 in a hot second)

Tune in every Saturday for insights on the factory offerings, racing, the aftermarket and general automotive buffoonery!

The Fastest Car-Guy Talk on the Radio! Saturdays, noon-1pm, AM 550/FM 102.9

Winter Storage for your Hot Rod
It’s Almost August, but winter storage season is right around the corner. My buddy Chuck Keene has some storage spaces still available in his large, heated building in Jefferson. In a secluded neighborhood off the beaten path in Jefferson, the building has a gated drive, alarm, restroom (with hot water for washing hands), and outlets at each parking spot for your battery tender. No more heavy work is being done in the building, so there’s no messy welding, grinding or fab work to generate dust and grime.

Available for temporary and long term storage, your car cover and insurance required. He’ll also store For Sale cars and will have them viewed by appointment approved by the owner.

Spaces are limited, so if it were me, I’d call him now to secure your space—winter will be here before you know it.

Call 678-227-2857 to lock it in.

2019 Dates

Gear Jam Vintage Drags, Car Show and Swap Meet: TBD
Oct 5th Featuring Pedal To The Metal vintage bicycle swap
Nov 2nd
Dec 7th



July 31, 2019 Swap Meet Coordinator

Next Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is Saturday, September 1st 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



March 31, 2019 Mac Bright0

Priority Vendor Gate: 6-7am, $30 for all the space you want.
Vendor General Admission: 7am, $20 for all the space you want.
Spectator Entry: 7am, $6

Everybody driving vintage or modified truck into the Cruise-In this month, receives a $10 Eckler’s Gift Certificate!
The weather is supposed to be great—you’ll kick yourself if you don’t come out Saturday morning!
Gear Jam Vintage Drags, Car Show and Swap Meet, May 11-12
The Gear Jam is rapidly approaching! Full details can be found at www.gearjamvintagedrags.com, but here’s the highlights:
4-speed, Heads-up Gasser group; Southern Slingshots Front Engine Dragsters group; South East Nostalgia Dragsters Group; Outlaw Gassers… they’ll all be there, along with hot rods, muscle cars and Nostalgia Super Stocks!
Two-day swap meet—spaces still as big as you want!
Midway for manufacturers and specialty vendors—clothing, art, etc. We’ve still got spaces available on the midway, so give me a call to reserve yours.
Car show open to all makes, models and years, with every entrant getting a $10 Eckler’s Gift Certificate. Car show entrants can make Test and Tune passes on the drag strip throughout the day, after passing tech inspection.
$5 of every show car entry goes to the Georgia Street Rod Association, to help their efforts down at the state capital on our behalf.
The show has grown every year, and we’re expecting this year’s to be the best yet! Tell your friends, and make plans to be there!

Pedal To The Metal Was a Big Success!
No surprise—last month’s Pedal To The Metal spring feature at the swap meet continues to be popular. What is a surprise is how far some vendors travel to be here! We had guys from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas. The momentum for these shows is starting to build, and we’re already expecting a good turn-out for the October installment. Mark your calendars.

Foreign Affairs at NuTech
This month has a couple big deals at NuTech, figuratively and literally;
The guys will be stripping a ‘50s Rolls Royce down to its bare essentials, which is a project a Rolls owner isn’t going to just trust to anybody.
After the Rolls rolls on, the guys will be rolling in a 40-foot RV with under-frame storage boxes that are rusted from it’s former life in Yankee Land. They’ll be blasting some of the frame, too.
With the Atlantic crossed, and Yankee Land represented, the Pacific logged in with several sets of motorcycle wheels being blasted in preparation for powder coating.
A ‘50s John Deer tractor is fresh off the farm, while one of its country neighbors shipped up a ’57 Chevy that must have been sitting in a barn forever because Lanny said it’s one of the most rust-free ‘57s he’s seen.

They also stripped several layers of paint off a big block aluminum intake, aluminum heads and 572 valve covers…
Sometimes we want to go to NuTech just to see the cool nekkid stuff they’ve got laying around!
I’m also happy to report that after getting several of his systems flushed and his motor overhauled this winter, Lanny is feeling much better, and will be at the swap meet this Saturday, so bring anything you need blasted and drop it off… or just swing by his table and say “Hi.”

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

Still seeing enthusiast vehicles in the parking lot!
If you drive an enthusiast vehicle to the swap meet, DON’T PARK IT OUTSIDE THE FENCE!!! There’s no additional charge to bring it in and park it in the Cruise-in area.
And speaking of The Cruise In area… it seems to have gotten kinda raggitty, with people parking on the wrong side of the snack shack. I’d take it kindly if you could make an effort to park everything cool along the grand stands—it makes that part of the event look bigger, and is actually a draw in itself for the summer: people call me every month and ask about the Cruise-in, and they actually DO come just to see the hot rods, so we need them parked all together.

JP’s Muscle Cars and Hot Rod Emporium
Springtime is in full swing at JP’s!
They’re putting the finishing touches on a ’68 RS Camaro convertible, powered by a 383 with FITech Fuel Injection backed by a 7004R; AC, power windows and top, 4-wheel disc brakes and more upgrades.
They decided to do a frame-off on the ’71 Blazer: Chassis is built with disc brakes at all four corners, new Eaton Detroit springs, stainless lines and a Tanks Inc. fuel tank and system, Hydraboost power brake system… As they get further into it, upgrades will include a Retro Sound radio, Classis Auto Air, Dakota Digital with Cruise Control, Newport wipers, Concept One kit front runner kit for the engine, LED lighting and more.
They calendar for the hot rod shop is filling quick-like for the summer, and they can fit in smaller jobs if you’ve got something that absolutely needs to be done to make a show.
They’re also still selling parts, and if you need anything, swing by the trailer and talk to Johnny about placing an order and picking it up at the next show—they’re delivering several big items this Saturday, saving their customers a bundle in shipping.
JP’s Muscle Cars is at 113 Hammond Drive in Monroe, GA: Call (770) 207-9570 or visit their website at www.jpmusclecars.com.

The Fastest Shop In Town—Lamar Walden Automotive
What are you working on this month, Rob?
“Race car!” Rob is thrashing on the recreation of his dad’s ’33 Willys gasser (of course it’s powered by a 409!) getting it ready for the first race of the season and then displaying it down at Summit’s Atlanta Autorama next to my nostalgia Altered that I’m also thrashing on to get it ready for the show.

This month they also finished some high-end restoration work on a 1-owner ‘62 Corvette—correct engine build, suspension, brakes, and transmission.

Engine builds that went together were a 383 Chevy, all-aluminum 477 big block for a gasser, and a whole bunch of machine work on blocks and heads prepping for other builds.
In between all of that they restored a ’69 Firebird aluminum intake, and uncoated then repaired an SLP Tuned Port replacement intake.

If you’ve got aluminum pieces that need to be restored, concours Chevy restoration work, or an engine build from stock to off-shore racing boats and everything in between, take it to Lamar Walden Automotive.
It’s 50th year in business, Lamar Walden Automotive is in Doraville, Georgia;
(770) 449-0315, lwarob@gmail.comlamarwaldenautomotive.com

Bud’s Garage—The Best Radio On The Radio
The Fastest Car-Guy Talk on the Radio! Saturdays, noon-1pm, AM 550/FM 102.9 

Lots of great discussion on the radio this month with Bud’s Garage!
The SK Battery Plant in Commerce is probably one of the biggest Automotive-related things to hit the state of Geandorgia in a decade.

They’ve got tons of Mopar news to report, and will be discussing New Car Conveniences (the good, the bad and the downright mean… which has us completely intrigued!), and will be talking with the new head of Lanier Tech’s Motorsports program.
Apparently pro driver Randy Probst fell victim to electronic controls while track testing, and we’ll get the details.
New Stuff Topics will include the Atlanta Auto Show Review, the new Bronco, and the new Blazer… which seems to underwhelm Bud, judging by his included comments: “Whoopee.” “We’re almost beyond caring,” and “Someone services a good whooping for calling it a Blazer!” Apparently the Colorado ZR2 Bison has some redeeming qualities because Bud followed it with “Maybe we can forgive Chevrolet for the Blazer after driving this monster!”
Finally, they’ll be giving tips on driving your street car on a race track, talking about the swap meet, the Gear Jam, and the YearOne Podcasts.
Automotive Buffoonery every Saturday, presented by The Slack Auto Parts Company!

Georgia Hot Rods Closing Shop Auction Saturday April 13
My friend Chuck Keene has closed his Georgia Hot Rods shop, and will be having an auction Saturday, April 13 at the shop, and everything goes! He’s got a ton of parts (including Superformance Cobra parts), tools, shop equipment (including a 4-foot sheer, welders, air compressors, etc. etc.), signs, books and literature, an LS-powered ’32 roadster, and more. There’s a whole bunch of cool stuff there I don’t need, but will probably find its way into my shop nonetheless.
The auction starts at 10am, and is located in Jefferson, GA.
For more information, contact Blake Haley Auctions, (706) 658-7755, blakehaleyauctions@gmail.com

Truck Feature, August.
I’m putting the word out now that August is going to feature Trucks at the NE GA Swap Meet. I’ve contacted a couple FaceBook truck groups and extended an invitation to them, and will be contacting more, plus other clubs—all makes.
Clubs will get in free as vendors and spectators (contact me for details), and will each get a $10 Eckler’s gift certificate.
If you’ve got truck parts, make a point of being there in August!

If you’re a member of a club—Trucks or any other car club—and would like to use the NE GA Swap Meet as a club event, call me and we’ll schedule a month for you to let your club in free as vendors and spectators, and will hook you all up with an Eckler’s gift certificate.

2019 Dates
MARCH 30 (This is the April show): All Trucks get a gift certificate
May 11-12 Gear Jam Vintage Drags: All cars registered in the car show get a $10 Gift Certificate
June 1: All Chevys get a gift certificate
July 8: All Fords get a gift certificate
August 3: Trucks and Truck Club Day
August 31-Sept. 1 Gear Jam Vintage Drags: All cars registered in the car show get a $10 Gift Certificate
October 12: Chevy
November 2: Ford
December 7: Truck



February 15, 2019 Mac Bright0

The Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is this Saturday, March 30, this is the April Show, Due to Event Scheduling at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA.

Priority Vendor Gate: 6-7am, $30 for all the space you want.

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

Spectator Entry: 7am, $6

Everybody driving a Ford or Mercury product into the Cruise-In this month, receives a $10 Eckler’s Gift Certificate!

The weather is supposed to be great!! In 15 years of relying on weather reports, I’ve found weather.com to be the most accurate. They’re calling for only a 20-percent chance both Friday and Saturday (so there shouldn’t be a weather pattern coming that speeds up or slows down to land on Saturday), and a high of nearly 70 degrees. Keep tabs on it yourself: Commerce, GA 30529.

I’m Expecting a GREAT Turn-Out!
Our March swap meet is typically one of the bigger ones of the year, and going into a swap meet I’m always able to gauge the turnout by how much my phone rings the week before the show.
This whole month, I’ve taken calls nearly every day. I don’t remember that EVER happening. And it wasn’t just from people who know about the show and were looking for information—most of them were first-time callers who’d never been to the show. People told me they’d heard about it from friends and family and had never come, they heard about it at other shows (including a vintage tractor show), they’ve heard about it for years and haven’t been and are going to this weekend, or they found my website or saw it on Facebook.
I will not be surprised to see 300 vendors set up this weekend—especially with such good weather predicted!

This is the year we become Giant Killers.
I said a couple months ago I think this year is the one that’ll break us out. And I believe that more than ever after fielding calls all month.

So please, do your part, and make it a priority to get to the Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet every single month this year—If you do, we’ll start knocking down 400+ vendors per month (and we CAN, easily, if everybody just makes an effort to show up EVERY month!), then it’s going to be a runaway diesel—there’ll be no stopping it. Just imagine: a monthly swap meet in the SE that has 400 vendors every month. When that happens, it won’t be any time until vendors and spectators are coming from Nashville and Birmingham and Orlando every single month, because THEY’LL HAVE TO! And then we’ll hit the 500 vendor mark shortly after. And so it’ll go. But it won’t happen if YOU don’t come every month.

Does it sound optimistic? Of course. But does it sound POSSIBLE?
Absolutely: We’ve got just shy of 8,000 people getting this newsletter. If all of you make a point of coming to the swap meet every month, well… you know. It can’t help but happen. The last two shows were light due to weather, but just a couple years ago we didn’t even have shows in December, January and February because they lost too much money. Now even those shows have more vendors than our best shows 5 years ago.

And as for the hours? With that many vendors on the show field, the hours will go longer. As it is now, the vendors go home when the spectators go home. Pump 10,000 spectators into the facility to look at 400 or more vendors, and it’s simple timing: it’ll take everyone longer to go through it, so the spectators will stay, which means the vendors will stay, and then there you are—that, too, is a self-feeding machine.

So please make the effort to come to EVERY swap meet this year. Bring your friends, bring your kids, bring your dog. Just come! Don’t do it for me, and don’t even do it for you: Do it for the strength of our hobby. Do it for the Car Guy Economy. The bigger this show is, the stronger our hobby is in the South East, and that’s good for all of us.

Pedal To The Metal!
March and October we feature the Pedal to the Metal vintage bike area at the swap meet, and it’s always a big hit. I’m always surprised at how far away bike vendors come from: I’ve heard from vendors in the Carolinas, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama, many of them staying in local hotels on Friday night for the show on Saturday. If you’ve got some vintage bike stuff kicking around your shop and want to get rid of it, or you’ve been looking for one (like I did a couple years ago), make sure to hit this swap meet!

Blasted ‘Glass
Talked to Lanny Porter at New Tech the other day… and as I type this, I realize that I probably spell his name every way possible in these news letters… Lanny, Lannie, Lanney… I think the only way I haven’t typed it is Laknee. Anyway, his health is on the mend, and there’s a chance he’ll be at the swap meet this Saturday talking blasting. Apparently a bunch of bypass surgery takes the wind out of your sails.
BUT, if not, you can certainly give him a call, because he said the last few weeks he’s been chained to his desk doing paperwork and answering calls. Bring your parts up to him, and the guys will unload and strip them for you.

This month they stripped a Studebaker Avanti body, which I did not know was fiberglass! They also stripped a truck frame, another customer brought in a ’54 Chevy truck cab, while the one that I found most interesting was a 30,000-mile LeMans body that’s undergoing a full resto.

They also did some huge Estate Gates for the front of someone’s driveway, and “More lawn furniture! We do a lot of lawn furniture these days…” I have to be careful, or I’m gonna be on the lookout for grandma’s glider!

Give them a call to see about dropping parts off with them at the show, and if they’re not going to be there but you don’t want to make the trip back to Jefferson, leave them with me and I’ll drop them off. I’ve done it a few times, and don’t mind.

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

Girl Scout Cookies
My buddy’s daughter will be selling Girl Scout cookies this month next to the Eckler’s Tent. Keep it in mind if you need your annual fix.
Mmmmmmmmmm…. Thin Mints….. grglgrglgrglgrglgrglgrgl…..

April’s Swap Meet is MARCH 30!
Conflict with the track for the April show… same thing happened last year, worked out fine, not a big deal.
But be sure to mark your calendar, because I hate getting calls from guys at 7am on the wrong day asking why I’m not at the track!

JP’s Muscle Cars and Hot Rod Emporium
Well, Johnny busted out of town before I could find out what he’s been working on at this place, but was told by his fill-in crew that they’ve been non-stop busy installing AC systems, doing chassis and suspension upgrades, wiring installations, and even full restorations on customers cars for the last month.

They’ve also got a list of take-out motors and transmisisons from different GMs, from LS to 283 Chevy.
The Cruising Season is nearly upon us, so if you’ve been putting off anything, give them a call to get yourself a schedule time to do that upgrade before the sunny weather gets here.

Oh yeah, he’s also selling reproduction parts, and is delivering some sheet metal to customers at the swap meet this Saturday, saving them a bundle in shipping.

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

The Fastest Shop In Town—Lamar Walden Automotive
This month, the guys at Lamar Walden Automotive built a few 409s, a couple big block Chevy engines, refreshed a Duramax pull-truck engine, heads-and-cam on a new Corvette, built an aluminum 509-cubic inch 409, and got some unique work in, in the form of a power steering conversion on a ’61 Ford Skyliner, while besides the usual intake manifolds and such for their aluminum restoration process, they got a valve cover for a ’71 Datsun 240 Z to restore!

Besides all that, Rob is working on his 4-speed/409-powered ’33 Willys gasser, planning to have it done by the SEGA season-opener and then ready to display next to my Altered at the Atlanta Autorama, a couple weeks before the Gear Jam Vintage Drags.

If you’ve got engines that need building, transmissions that need swapping, suspensions that need upgrading, or aluminum parts that need concours restoring, you need to call Rob at Lamar Walden Automotive.

It’s 50th year in business, Lamar Walden Automotive is in Doraville, Georgia;
(770) 449-0315, lwarob@gmail.comlamarwaldenautomotive.com

MINT Condition ’71-‘72 Cutlass hood for sale
I’ve got the nicest ’71-’72 Cutlass hood you’ve ever seen, in my trailer. It’s the plain hood, not the one with the grills or the scoop. If you’re looking for one, or have a friend who needs one, be sure to come to my trailer next to the Eckler’s tent, or call me at (706) 424-5035.

Bud’s Garage—The Best Radio On The Radio
My ONLY complaint about Bud’s Garage is that it just doesn’t last long enough. If you agree with me, shoot The Powers That Be an email and let them know they should make Bud’s Garage 2-3 hours, instead of just the one. We need more good car talk in the shop on Saturdays! info@jacobsmedia.net

Items of interest in upcoming shows include Motor Trend’s Randy Pobst talking about the best cars, vest SUVs coming down the road from the manufacturers, External Air Bags on cars.

Guest talk with a crew member from Dayton 500 winner Danny Hamlin—who is an alum of Lanier Tech! Not only is Lanier Tech a fantastic program for MotorSports Development that has placed many, many students with professional race teams, but Bud Hughs was instrumental in getting the program off the ground. His former student will be visiting and talking about it and his career with the Daytona 500 winner.

The old Miami Vise TV series boat is up for auction… and it comes with a $1 dollar Ferrari! They were C3 Corvettes with fiberglass Ferrari bodies, obviously not the real thing… but it’d be kinda cool to have one of them, wouldn’t it? Keep the boat, though… I have enough money pits.

New Rolls Royce SUV… only $330 Grand. A bargain at twice the price!
The Fastest Car-Guy Talk on the Radio! Saturdays, noon-1pm, AM 550/FM 102.9

Georgia Hot Rods Closing Shop Auction Saturday April 13
My friend Chuck Keene has closed his Georgia Hot Rods shop, and will be having an auction Saturday, April 13 at the shop, and everything goes! He’s got a ton of parts (including Superformance Cobra parts), tools, shop equipment (including a 4-foot sheer, welders, air compressors, etc. etc.), signs, books and literature, an LS-powered ’32 roadster, and more.

The auction starts at 10am, and is located in Jefferson, GA.
For more information, contact Blake Haley Auctions, (706) 658-7755, blakehaleyauctions@gmail.com

Club Days—Free Entry, and a Eckler’s Gift Certificate for every member!
If you’re a member of a car club, and would like to use the NE GA Swap Meet as a club event, call me up and we’ll schedule a day to let your club in free as vendors and spectators.

Tip o’ the day
Tired of hearing someone else in the car tell you how to drive? Here’s what I do:
After they’re done giving their expert advice and opinion, just nonchalantly ask them “What’s that on the dash there, in front of you?”

They’ll study the dash for a second, then will look at you like you’re crazy and say “Nothing.”
Then tell them “Yeah, I know—that’s because all the stuff to drive the car is over here, in front of me.”
Not only will that stop the side-seat driving, but it usually ensures no interruptions of the ball game on the radio for the next several miles!

2019 Dates
MARCH 30 (This is the April show): All Trucks get a gift certificate
May 11-12 Gear Jam Vintage Drags: All cars registered in the car show get a $10 Gift Certificate
June 1: All Chevys get a gift certificate
July 8: All Fords get a gift certificate
August 3: Trucks and Truck Club Day
August 31-Sept. 1 Gear Jam Vintage Drags: All cars registered in the car show get a $10 Gift Certificate
October 12: Chevy
November 2: Ford
December 7: Truck
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