HIBERNATION..GREAT FOR BEARS..NOT CAR CLUBS

GOT WIND OF THIS AGAIN TODAY.. THE “RODRIDERS CAR CLUB” HAS “DISBANDED”..THATS NOT TRUE..WE TOOK OUR NORMAL “WINTER BREAK”..
OR “HIBERNATION”.. TIME TO WORK ON OUR “RIDES” & PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SPRING WHEN WE START PARTICIPATING IN THE VALLEY’S CAR
SHOWS, SHOW & SHINE AT THE “GET THE BURGER” OR SATURDAY DONUTS
AT OJ’s.. FOR THOSE WHO FOUND MEMBERSHIP IN THE RODRIDERS TOO GREAT A “LIABILITY”..”SHUTTAUFACE”!!
SOOO.. ONWARD.. WE WILL HAVE OUR FIRST MEETING OF 2014 ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF MARCH..THE 11th..AT 6:00 PM IN THE MEETING ROOM AT THE CHAMBER BUILDING IN BIG BEAR LAKE..PLANNING FOR THE “COOL RUN IN THE MOUNTAINS” WILL BE ONE OF THE HIGHLITED SUBJECTS ALONG WITH A MEMBERSHIP AND FINANCIAL UPDATE ..SO MARK YOUR CALENDERS..
I WILL ATTEMPT TO PLACE A NEWS “TIDBIT” EACH WEEK ON THE “BLOG”..SO WATCH OUT ..YOU MAY BECOME AS FAMOUS AS OUR OWN “FAT PAT”..!!

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UPDATE: FAWNSKIN.. “COOL RUN IN THE MOUNTAINS”

IT’S BEEN ONE WEEK SINCE THE “COOL RUN IN THE MOUNTAINS” CAR SHOW IN FAWNSKIN AND THE WARM FEELING STILL EXISTS.. WHAT A GREAT SHOW..!! 50 CARS ENTERED..AND 20 OWNERS WALKED AWAY WITH ” PEOPLES CHOICE” AWARDS..THE “RAFFLE” WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH AND THE 50/50 WENT WELL..
WE HAD A VISIT FROM THE COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT.. MAKING SURE WE DID EVERYTHING TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED AND OUR GUESTS WHO VISITED THE SHOW..
THE WEATHER THREATENED THE SHOW EARLY IN THE WEEK.. BUT COME SATURDAY MORNING.. BRIGHT SUN AND THUNDERCLOUDS MADE A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR A SHOW..OUR CLUB WORKED VERY HARD ON THIS SHOW THIS YEAR.. UNNECESSARY CONVERSATIONS WITH COUNTY OFFICIALS.. FIRE PREVENTION PERSONELL.. AND CONCERNED CLUB MEMBERS MADE THE PROCESS DIFFICULT.. LET IT BE KNOWN THAT CAR ENTHUSIASTS ARE “HARD CORE” ABOUT THEIR CLUBS SUCCESSES.. WE DO NOT QUIT NOR DO WE DOUBT OUR SURVIVAL.. WITH THAT BEING SAID.. THE “COOL RUN IN THE MOUNTAINS”.. WILL BE BACK AGAIN NEXT YEAR.. GEOFF GUY

COOL RUN TO THE MOUNTAINS CAR SHOW

FAWNSKIN CAR SHOW 2013ON AUGUST 31st THE RODRIDERS OF BIG BEAR WILL PRESENT OUR COOL RUN TO THE MOUNTAINS IN FAWNSKIN ON NORTHSHORE DRIVE AT BIG BEAR LAKE. ATTACHED IS AN APPLICATION PDF FILE FOR DOWNLOADING.JUST FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE APPLICATION AND WE WILL SEND YOU YOUR CONFIRMATION LETTER.. THIS SHOW IS “JUST FOR FUN” AND IS THE LAST SHOW OF THE YEAR IN THE BIG BEAR VALLEY. SO BRING EM OUT BEFORE THE SNOW STARTS TO FLY.. HAVE A DOG AND A PEPSI.. ENJOY THE DAY

56 CARS AT THE “CRUISIN TO STOP BRUISIN” CAR SHOW

“WAS IT AS GOOD FOR YOU AS IT WAS FOR ME”?? YES SEEMS TO BE THE ANSWER..THE FIRST ANNUAL CRUISIN TO STOP BUISIN” CAR SHOW IS “IN THE BOOKS” AS A SUCCESS..
HARD WORK BY THE TEAM FROM THE “RODRIDERS OF BIG BEAR”..MADE THIS A GREAT SHOW..EVEN THOUGH WE HAD A LIGHT SPECTATOR TURNOUT..THE DOVES ORGANIZATION SEEMED HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS OF THIS FIRST TIME CAR SHOW AND IS HOPING TO HAVE A 2nd ANNUAL SHOW NEXT YEAR..ALL THREE CLUBS TURNED OUT AND ENJOYED THE GREAT FOOD AND GREAT WEATHER..NEXT WEEKEND IS THE “PINEWOOD DERBY” IN THE “SNOWPLAY” PARKING LOT..LET’S BE THERE.. AND SUPPORT THE ANTIQUE CAR CLUB OF BIG BEAR LAKE AND CONTINUE THE ONGOING EFFORTS TO KEEP THE CAR CULTURE ALIVE IN OUR VALLEY. GEOFF

DOVES “CRUISIN TO STOP BRUISIN” CAR SHOW SATURDAY MAY 18th

THE RODRIDERS OF BIG BEAR WILL HOST THE “CRUISIN TO STOP BRUISIN” CAR SHOW AT THE ELKS LODGE IN BIG BEAR LAKE ON MAY 18th.. MANY OF OUR LOCALS HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLEY TO MAKE THIS SHOW AN ANNUAL EVENT THAT THE DOVES ORGANIZATION WILL BE PROUD OF..LARRY HUFFMAN HAS MADE AN APPEARANCE ON LOCAL TELEVISION AND HAS GONE THE EXTRA MILE BY DOING A 30 SECOND COMMERCIAL ON OUR RADIO STATION “KBHR”..OTHERS ARE WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES COLLECTING RAFFLE ITEMS FOR SATURDAY’S EVENT..THE “BEAR VALLEY CRUISERS” HAVE OFFERED THEIR SUPPORT AND WILL BE PRESENT “IN FORCE” SATURDAY MORNING..MANY MEMBERS OF THE BIG BEAR ANTIQUE CAR CLUB WILL ALSO BE PRESENT..ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE FREE ADMISISSION AS WELL AS EATS PROVIDED BY SONORA CANTINA.. THOSE WHO PLAN ON SHOWING THEIR CARS ARE REQUESTED TO DROP OFF A RAFFLE ITEM AT THE DOVES CORPORATE OFFICES IN THE SUMMIT PLAZA..
THEIR WILL BE A “PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD” GIVEN TO ONE LUCKY CAR OWNER.. AND “ART’S PAINTING” WILL PROVIDE TROPHY PLAQUES TO THE “TOP FIFTEEN” CARS.. THIS IS GOING TO BE A DAY TO REMEMBER.. GEOFF

ECONOLINE UPDATE (U WANNA DO WHAT..??)

ECONOLINE REBUILD 002HERE IS A SHOT OF THE NEW ENGINE..A FULLY BALANCED FORD 5.0 L6..!!
BORED .020 OVER .010/.010 CRANK..FROM A “VIRGIN 4.9”.. WE USED THE EXISTING 240 HEAD.. SHAVED .060 OFF IT AND RAISED THE COMPRESSION TO 9.2:1..HOPING TO GET AROUND 225 HP WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM LARRY CLIFFORDS “SHORTY HEADERS” AND A LITTLE MAGIC FROM OUR OWN “JAVIER”.. MODIFYING THE STOCK INTAKE TO ACCEPT A TWO BARREL 350 CFM HOLLY CARBURETOR..I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON THE INSTALLATION OF THIS FINE LITTLE RIDE.. GEOFF

DOVES.. “CRUISIN TO STOP BRUISIN” CAR SHOW

DOVES CAR SHOW 20131302 Car Show 2013THE FIRST CAR SHOW OF THE YEAR IS THE DOVES CAR SHOW IN THE ELKS PARKING LOT IN BIG BEAR LAKE ON MAY 18th AT 10am TO 3pm..THE CARS FROM ALL 3 CAR CLUBS: BEAR VALLEY CRUISERS CAR CLUB.. BIG BEAR LAKE ANTIQUE CAR CLUB..AND THE HOST..RODRIDERS OF BIG BEAR CAR CLUB..
TITLED “CRUISIN TO STOP BRUISIN” IS HELD TO SUPPORT “DOVES” A NON-PROFIT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP..

FAWNSKIN “COOL RUN TO THE MOUNTAINS” CAR SHOW

FAWNSKIN 2013-2TIME AGAIN TO PULL THE “PRIDE AND JOY” FROM IT’S SLEEPING SPOT.. FIRE HER UP.. DUST HER OFF..AND GET READY FOR THE CAR SHOW SEASON IN BIG BEAR..
FIRST SHOW OF THE YEAR IS THE “DOVES” SHOW..HOSTED BY OUR CLUB..TO BE HELD IN THE ELK’S PARKING LOT ON MAY 18th..THE “PINEWOOD DERBY” SHOW IN THE “SNOWPLAY” PARKING LOT ON MAY 26th.. AUGUST HAS 3 SHOWS..ANTIQUE CAR CLUBS “FUNRUN” AUGUST 9th-11th DOWNTOWN BIG BEAR LAKE..AIRSHOW ON THE AIRSTRIP IN BIG BEAR CITY’S AIRPORT  AUGUST 24th..AND OUR SHOW “THE COOL RUN TO THE MOUNTAINS” AUGUST 31st..COPY THE “PREREGISTRATION FORM” FROM ABOVE AND SEND IT TO RUTHANN TO BE ASSURED YOUR SPOT IN THIS..THE LAST AND I MUST SAY THE “MOST FUN SHOW” ON THE HILL..!!
IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT SEASON TO SHOW YOUR RIDE..
GET OUT THE POLISH AND SHINE HER UP..!! GEOFF

THRU THE DOOR-ECONOLINE UPDATE

EVERYTIME I START A PROJECT PERTAINING TO AUTOMOBILES..I HEAR MY FATHERS VOICE..”YOU DON’T HAVE THE MECHANICAL ABILITY..YOUR AN ARTIST”..
ARTIST YESSS..!! IT IS ART TO VISUALISE HOW YOU ARE GOING TO ACHIEVE A GOAL..WHETHER IT BE MECHANICAL OR LINES ON A PAPER..
FOR THE LAST WEEK I HAVE BEEN TRYING001b TO VISUALISE THE REMOVAL OF THE ENGINE OUT OF MY ECONOLINE PICKUP..
DETERMINATION..NO FEAR..AND YES ART GOT IT DONE..
SO THERE DAD.. AN ARTFULL REMOVAL I MUST SAY..!!

ECONOLINE PICKUP ENGINE REBUILD

ECONOLINE REBUILD 022FORGOT HOW FUN THIS IS..!!
HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE CAB OF THE ECONOLINE JUST BEFORE THE ENGINE IS REMOVED..
WITH THIS KIND OF VEHICLE THE ENGINE HAS TO REMOVED THROUGH THE PASSENGER DOOR..!!
TOOK A LOT OF TIME REMOVING ALL OF THE PERIPHERAL HARDWARE, BUT I AM READY TO “HOIST” HER OUT AND DO A REBUILD..
GOING TO TRY AND BRING THE HORSEPOWER UP OVER 200..
I KNOW MOST OF YOU ARE SHAKING YOUR HEADS..SAYING WHY A “INLINE SIX”..??
I LIKE EM..!! I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON THE LITTLE PICKUPS JOURNY..GEOFF