Collector Car Appreciation Day – July 8, 2011

National Collector Car Appreciation Day July 8,2011
National Collector Car Appreciation Day July 8,2011

It’s official! This is OUR day to show off our contributions to the national heritage with our sweat and dollars. Bring them out and support our day in the spotlight.

Lawmakers Acknowledge Importance of Collection and Restoration of Historic and Classic Cars

Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2011) — The United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 154 (S. Res. 154) at the request of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils designating July 8, 2011 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

S. Res. 154 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Senators Tester and Burr have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, and S. Res. 154 reaffirms their understanding of the cultural importance of collector cars. The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America’s ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports. The Caucus recognizes the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for motorsports.

“Last year, the United States Senate helped launch the first national Collector Car Appreciation Day at our request,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “As a result, thousands of Americans gathered at car cruises, parades and other events to celebrate our nation’s automotive heritage. SEMA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and programs is evident in this special day. We look forward to even more celebrations this July 8 and in the years to come.”

In recognition of the day, collectors and enthusiasts will be hosting events across the country. ARMO Chairman Laura Bergan said, “On July 8, 2011, collectors and enthusiasts will host hundreds of events across the country. We will proudly partner with individuals, car clubs and businesses as they organize car cruises, club gatherings and other educational events to celebrate the day.”

Rick Love, HRIA chairman-elect said, “The industry endeavors to preserve our nation’s automotive heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide. Collector Car Appreciation Day is a singular tribute to this industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.”

Dodge Durango – New Option – Underhood BBQ setup

These guys at the NEW Chrysler are really on a roll! It appears that the Chrysler engineers are going all out to feature up their vehicles including the all NEW Dodge Durango. And it turns out to be a two year project to create some totally new and innovative add ons.
This particular new feature – the under hood BBQ – was premiered by using a local dealer supplied loaner to pull a float in a DC parade. On one of the many stops during the parade the crowd was treated to an impromptu demo of the newly released feature.


With that demo the crowd, as you can tell from the video, was really not too impressed and really wanted the parade to proceed. [no cheering] So I guess the Chrysler noodles might want to cross this one off the list and try something else. Cause if this is the NEW Chrysler then if you can see through the smoke it’s really the same OLD Chrysler. Just one mans opinion!
Now for the Chrysler twist on this new “feature”

Chrysler spokesman Michael Palese said that the company “is talking with the dealer to arrange an opportunity to inspect this vehicle,” adding that “vehicle fires are often caused by reasons that have nothing to do with the vehicle.”

Quick mental recap of this situation – Let’s see … a 2011 Durango, couple of months old maybe, local dealer supplied the vehicle, could have been a demo car, I am not seeing a whole lot of reasons for excessive wear and tear. Or did I miss the DC terrorist that tossed the Molotov cocktail under the hood. Nothing to do with the vehicle!! Are you serious??!! Now that is a bunch of smoke!
Just one mans opinion! MINE

The Hottie Pink room with trim

Well after a few days of feeling like crap I took to the task of finishing up the upper trim in our room. I must say that it didn’t come out too shabby. Chrome switch and outlet covers work well. Now that the upper trim is in the last, well let me rephrase that, the next stage is the baseboard trim. It should go in quickly because all the needed cuts are basic ones.

I found a nice watercolor picture that went nicely with Faye Dean’s choice of paint and trim so it gets a place on the wall next to the door. And the mini blinds clean up the window look. One more coat of the white trim color and we will be good to go. May spring for a new ceiling fan here shortly. And a “Custom by Bob” headboard is in the works. And the doors may get some attention as well. But for now this is where we are at.
That’s all for now.

Trim Update 2

Before I get to the details it came to my attention that my last entry had a comment in it that could somehow be misconstrued as I was doing all the work and Faye Dean was not helping.

Rockin Robin, er Hottie Pink, is on the walls the cloud line has been lined up so now we get to trim the room. Wait … there is no WE here Lindbergh, just me.

To set the record straight Faye Dean did a ton of work on this room in prep. It involved taking down 3 layers. Yes, I said three layers of wallpaper, in this room. If you have ever done this you are well aware that one layer is a pain. Three layers is a ROYAL pain! No, she is not running the chop saw or or putting up trim but that is my part. So, suffice it to say at this time, she has done a bunch and her input has been key to getting it to this point. A wee bit of prodding to keep me moving along hasn’t hurt either. I believe I heard somewhere that “Behind every successful man is a woman with a pointy stick!” or something like that. Maybe it was Monty Python… I don’t remember. Luv ya, Baby Doll! Nice stick!
So, now we can get to the update thing. All the casings, stools and skirts are in and it does make a big difference in the appearance of the room. A bit of setting of all the nails and some filler and we can get on with painting the door and window trim. New switch and outlet covers are on the way.

The only trim projects left are the window headers and baseboard trim. I should have a handle on the headers today. Base boards are kinda last. So for now it is off to Home Depot / Lowes for the pieces parts. It actually is easy to pull that off because we have a location near us where they are next to each other.
Stay tuned for more updates! BzeroB

Oh Cool! It’s Time To Trim

Rockin Robin, er Hottie Pink, is on the walls the cloud line has been lined up so now we get to trim the room. Wait … there is no WE here Lindbergh, just me. So with the casing trim all stacked neatly in the corner, drag out the ole chop saw and I can attack the finish trim. Actually the door casings are easily done. Took about an hour actually. After seeing the trim up it looks now that the doors may need to be redone to look OK with the new color. Man, it is always something ain’t it? Another project on the list.
I can now move on to finishing the window stools I did in ash. I have decided to round the ends and put a round over on the edges. So it will be pretty! Isn’t that sweet of me?! Once that is done I will cut the vertical window casings and skirt trim. The header sections on the two window are going to be over sized in order to carry a valence and the window treatments. Once I figure out just how wide they need to be I will get some stock and have at it.
Now that the door casings are in I can measure for the base moldings and get that stock. Those go in fast because it is all straight cuts.
And I must add that my $40 pawn shop chop saw was a great investment. Now if I can find a nice sanding station I will be ecstatic. Craigs List here I come.
So much for now. Pics when I get the trim in later today maybe. Stay Tuned!

Rockin Robin is on the wall!

Well, like I sad yesterday I would be putting the color on the walls of the bedroom today. And so I did! A quick walk to the corner Ace hardware for a roll of painters tape and a cut in brush took just a few minutes. After the usual cut in stuff and running the tape around the cloud line it was off to the rollers and walls. Took about an hour and after a bit of dry time I was able to pull the tape and take a look at the room with the color on. Well …. she says it is Rockin Robin, I say it’s Hotty pink.

The two picks are different shades because of the flash in #2. The first pic is dead on. But you get the idea. Looks goofy without all the trim but that is next. I already made the custom window stools and the window skirts and sides will be stock trim but the top headers will be custom made for carrying the valence covers. Door trim and the baseboards will also but stock trim. No trim color picked yet but we will see what Faye Dean wants.

What the lady wants the lady gets! I have found it to be waaaay safer that way.

Trim in the next few days. Stay tuned!