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!

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.

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

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,

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, 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

Swap Meet Coordinator