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May 25, 2019

The Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is Saturday, July 6 at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA! 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 […]










 
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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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The Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is Saturday, July 6 at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA!

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).

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.

Gonna be hot, but DRY! So come on out!  Forecast is calling for 0-percent chance of rain, and a high of 88 degrees. (The thermometer in the Magnum said the it was 106 the other day when I was replacing the cap, rotor and coils on the dually out in the driveway, so 88 is going to be downright chilly comparatively.)

Even though we’ll be in the throws of a cold snap, you should probably still take some precautions—we had a couple people drop over from heat last year, including one vendor who passed out in his car between “Park” and “Drive,” stopping at “Reverse” and ending up as a two-car insurance seminar in the vendor rows.

Wear light-colored t-shirts, wear a hat (I don’t wear that wide-brim white cowboy hat because I look freakin’ awesome in it… I mean, yeah, I look freakin’ awesome in it, but it also keeps my ears from turning to charcoal and keeps my brain from baking), sandals keep your feet cool (which helps keep your whole body cool), and drink lots of water. For the summer shows I keep a bottle in each front pocket and one in my hand the whole time I’m walking the aisles. If you start to get overheated, hit the bathrooms and run cold water over your wrists—it’s an artery, and will cool your blood just like a radiator.

It’s also a great idea to bring a wagon to haul your loot. Carrying things works up a sweat, and then there’s the “Guys are stupid” factor: If we’re carrying parts, we won’t stop and set them down to catch our breath or take a rest, we’ll plow through to get back to the car. If you’ve got a wagon, it’s not only easier on you, but you’ll stop to take a rest when you need to.

Hot Rod Storage

If you’re looking for a nice spot for indoor storage of your hot rod, my buddy Chuck Keene has just what you’re looking for: large building with gated driveway, alarm, restroom with hot water, and outlets for battery tenders. It’s located in Jefferson, in a secluded neighborhood, and is nearly invisible from the street.

Chuck closed his Georgia Hot Rods shop a couple months back, and now has an empty building perfectly suited to store hot rods.

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.

Call 678-227-2857 to get your spot.

Eckler’s $10 Gift Certificate Give-Away!

Everyone driving a vintage or enthusiast Chevy (or GMC truck!) into the Cruise-in gets a $10 Eckler’s Gift Certificate this month.

If it’s not a Chevy or GMC, park your enthusiast vehicle inside the Cruise-in anyway—I see stragglers in the spectator parking lot every month, and they should be getting parked inside.

Brad’s Junque

I thrashed last month and got my Altered allllllmost finished. Got it finished enough to roll it to the Atlanta Motorama to display it for promoting The Gear Jam that go rained out… and somehow managed to take home one of the show car trophies!

Since then I’ve been working on the plumbing, and have been burning up the road to Maysville to pick up braided line and fittings at RacePart Solutions. I’ve known those guys for a few years, and… well… honestly, I forgot they were so close during the build of the Altered, otherwise I’d have bought a bunch more stuff from them. I’ve made eleventeen trips there so far for the cooling system lines and fittings… and have one more trip to make for the final fitting. (then I start the fuel and brake lines!)

They’ve got a GREAT catalog of parts-fittings, billet pieces, tubing, braided line, brackets, clamps, heim ends, on and on, and they’re one of the best-kept secrets in the area. They’re only about 10 minutes from the track, so give them a call and see if they’ve got what you need to complete your race car, hot rod or turbo project.

(561) 375-6277.

Gear Jam Rain-Date

The Gear Jam has been rescheduled to July 20-21. All pre-registration will be honored, and the pre-registration is still open at gearjamvintagedrags.com. Pre-reg saves you a few bucks on racer entry, swap meet spaces and spaces on the midway. We’ve also got Gear Jam T-shirts available on the site as well—all the cool kids will be wearing them!

The car show is open to all makes and all models, so tell your friends!

We are also having a limited-entry bracket race: 32 door cars, 32 dragsters. These are all-makes and models, and are pre-registered only. Call for entry questions. (706) 424-5035

JP’s Muscle Cars—knocking out summer projects! 

JP’s is working on customer projects, from full builds to updating existing rides. This month they put a Classic Auto Air kit, Dakota RDX instruments, dual cooling fans, brake upgrade and 20-inch wheels on a 454-powered ’70 C10 Short box that’ll be for sale soon, and are finishing up a ’71 Blazer LS3 swap with Pypes stainless exhaust.

They’re working on a black/red interior ’66 Impala 427/4-speed car that sounds realllly nice (I’d love to see it at the Gear Jam car show!).

Johnny is also thinning his own project herd, taking offers on a ’72 GMC Longhorn, a ’65 Chevelle wagon, and a ’64 GMC wrecker.

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

2019 Dates

June 1st

July 6th

July 20-21 Gear Jam Vintage Drags, Car Show and Swap Meet

Aug 3rd

Aug 31-Sept 2 Swap/ Gear Jam

Oct 5th Featuring Pedal To The Metal vintage bicycle swap

Nov 2nd

Dec 7th

 

Big Doin’s at NuTech! 

NuTech is now the full-blown manufacturer of portable soda blasting equipment, and the national (and international!) distributor for blasting soda (with soda going to Japan, and equipment going to Dubai and Japan).

This deal has been a long time in the making, and we’re damn happy for the guys!

They’re still doing local blasting, both at their shop and on-site; they’ll be blasting the caboose that’s on display in Auburn, and this month they knocked out everything from aluminum motorcycle wheels to a ’65 Mustang with about 15 coats of paint, a couple early Bronco chassis, to vintage curtain rods and fixtures for someone’s house restoration.

If I haven’t dropped it off on Friday, I’ll be swinging by on Monday with a roll bar pulled off of a junkyard ’76 Power Wagon to be blasted and installed in the bed of my son’s ’76 Power Wagon.

If you have anything small(ish) that you want to drop off with them, they’re planning on being at the swap meet this Saturday and will take it back to the shop with them, saving you a trip.

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

 

Tip from your ol’ Uncle Brad

If your wife or girlfriend asks if you know what her favorite flower is, don’t say “Gold Medal.” (read that out loud if you didn’t catch it on the first turn of the key)

Resto, Driver’s and Power at Lamar Walden Automotive

It’s always fun talking to Rob every month for the news letter.

“What’d you work on this month, besides race the Willy’s gasser?”

Wellll….. I dunno…

“Okay, let’s do it this way; Did you restore any aluminum?”

Yeah, we did a couple intakes—one Winters big block intake, and a 409.

“Do any engine builds?”

Yeah, we build a 383 and dropped it in a ’69 Camaro, did a 402 LS in a ’07 Vette that made 540 horse power at the tires through an automatic trans…

“Any transmission stuff?”

We put a 700r4 in that 383-powered ’54 Pick-up we did a few months ago, and we’ve got a CTS-V that’s going to get a motor, trans and rear end…

“Any off-brand or vintage stuff?”

Yeah, we’re doing a set of heads for a 371 Olds and will be doing the short block for it… it’s a Barrett Jackson car that sounded like it was about to sling a rod…

Pretty much business as usual at LWA: cool stuff everywhere you look.

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 hour on the radio! 

Some interesting topics coming up on the next episodes of Bud’s Garage!

  • 10 best new cars under 20k
  • Dustless media blasting
  • Colorworks custom paint and restorations

 

How hot is it in your car (I remember my grandpa putting a thermometer in his ’78 Olds Delta 88 one summer when I was working on the farm, and it hit 140 degrees)

Cooling systems and batteries affected by the heat (being a Yankee, I was surprised to learn the heat kills batteries, because our batteries always die in the winter!)

Motor oil types (This has gotten a lottttt more complicated over the years!)

10 things not to do while driving ( Only 10?? I can think of dozens )

I have GOT to start listening to their podcasts, to catch up on the programs—I’m either driving to lunch or running into stores when they’re on, and find myself missing big parts of the too-short program.

 

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


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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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