Restored Twin Pines Dairy Truck Triggers Memories

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Having grown up on the east side of Detroit in the 50’s and 60’s we had a Twin Pines delivery every few days with the dairy products delivered to the “milk chute” on the driveway side of the house next to the side door.

After seeing this restoration you have to read the rest of the Oakland Press article here.
Another page is from the lead to the 2009 Autorama display. Read the article here.

It brought back some fond memories of the old Detroit. Including my mom sitting me down to eat lunch with Soupy Sales. And his side kicks White Fang, Black Tooth, Pookie and Hippy. But that is a story for another day!

Workin on two new Car Deco projects

Spent most of the day putting the flesh on my two new Car Deco projects. One is a side table made from two discarded suspension struts and the other is a floor lamp using an aluminum control arm for the arm and a 14 inch air cleaner assembly for the lamp housing. Got both of the bases completed, scuffed and painted. And plugged on all the trim ends. Now working on the side table top deck and the lamp wiring to get as much done for today.

Big Gratiot cruise on Saturday would like to add these to the display but it’s gonna be close. The Gratiot cruise is always fun and I am looking forward to it.

Stay Tuned!

Navy SEALS 3 – Somali Pirates 0

English: somali pirates at large
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Navy SEALS 3 – Somali Pirates 0

3 shots – 3 kills!! The rescue of the US ship captain from Somali Pirates makes me cheer for being a Navy veteran.  SEALS take out 3 pirates at about 100 yards was like swatting flies. Great job!! The remaining pirates are ranting  about retaliation. Say what??!!

This ship scenario is actually pretty cool because the crew actually repelled the pirates attempted take over but not before they took the captain into a lifeboat  as a hostage.  Exactly where were they thinking to go??? And since the ship is of US registry it is soverign property. Bang!! Your dead!! Like we don’t have enough military issues these guys decide to “poke the tiger in the side” and thought they would not get hurt. We are a bit cranky and touchy right now. Bad decision!  Go Navy!! Even the president signed off on the use of deadly force so it is said. Thank You Mr. Obama!

A recent  NPR broadcast about the Somali pirates presented the view that the pirates are just trying to make some money in a country that has a failed government and economy.  Not the drug trade but still a bad choice. Piracy has always been dealt with harshly for centuries.  Not any different now.

Once again a Navy veteran who is proud to say Go Navy! BzeroB

GM company cars cost $12M last year

Even with all the problems GM still hedges on giving up the company car perk which cost them almost $12M in fuel alone last year. I agree that it does allow some of the new vehicles to be displayed on the streets of neighborhoods across America but I think it could be cut back by a wide margin. But what do I know?! Read on and decide for yourself!

Read it here NPR Website

How Much Tint Can I Use? Window tint that is!

Another common question that I get alot is whaty did they pull me over for my window tint? Well.. probably because it was illegal maybe!?

I did some research and here is the poop. The laws vary widely from state to state. And this adds to the confusion because what is okay in your home state may not apply in another! So if you travel take note! The compiled list in PDF can be found on the International Window Film Association site here.
Here is the condensed version for the state of Michigan.

  • A 4 inch band is allowed at the top of the windshield and front side windows.
  • 35% max reflectivity on front and rear side windows.
  • Any tint is allowed on rear side and back window.
  • There are no restricted colors on tint

What does this mean? Well, here in Michigan you can tint the two front windows a little (35%) and you can go as far as to limo black the rear side and far back. But remember what I said about neighboring states. Ohio has color restrictions (red and yellow) and Indiana does not allow blackening rear glass areas. So tread carefully.

Another chapter in the Gospel According To Bob.

What Is The Fetish With The Blue Headlights?

Almost a day does not go by that I get asked whether we have the “blue” headlights to go in their car. I try to tell them that the “blue” headlights that they see on the high end cars are actually HID (High Intensity Discharge) units, similar to yard lights, they get mad. Then when you throw in the fact that the fake HID blue lights are illegal they really get whizzed. And they still insist that they need them. So… here you go buddy. Enjoy your new sucky lights!

In actuality the blue colored replacement lights, to make them appear to be something they are not, are a much lower light output than a clean white light replacement. Alot of it is basic human eyeball Physiology 101 but you can research it if you like. And I don’t care what color lights you have in your Escort, It’s still an Escort! Not a BMW! My personal opinion is that I won’t the biggest, baddest white light I can get not some lame blue wanna be. I guess I just can’t come to promote something that is an inferior product from others based on color of the light.

But it says “DOT Approved” on it!

Oh, and here is an interesting sidebar. The packaging may say DOT Approved on it but in actuallity the DOT does not approve anything! They are free to put that on the packaging at will. So it is a red herring to say that the product is DOT approved. Trying to add credibility to an inferior product for the uninformed masses. Sweeeet!

Just another chapter in the Gospel According To Bob!