Fan Car Friday: 1968 Mustang

In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a fun 1968 Mustang. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. Ty purchased this mustang in 2009, at the ripe old age of 14. He was originally going to purchase a F-250. At that age many of us would want a fun truck that would be able to keep pace with us. Especially because during highschool most of our friends would be stuck driving around their Aunt’s old minivan. Luckily for Ty, the seller went back on his word and sold it to someone who showed up before Ty could deliver the cash. So, like many of us, after having our hearts broken by something (Or someone) he went out that day and got the coolest and sexiest thing he could. A classic Mustang. The 1968 Mustang is a no-brainer for many of us. Its the classic all American muscle car. Instantly recognizable, loved by many and it turns heads wherever it goes. After a bit of searching Ty found his Mustang and a guy who was able...

Back to the Earth

Everyone has seen them, you might even know where to find them or even have some on your property as well.  These are the unwanted carcasses of vehicles that have been abandoned by their owners.  Sometimes it starts as for just a bit until we can afford to work on them, then life happens and they get forgotten or reclaimed by plants and lost.  Here at FantomWorks where we know every car has a story, seeing these we often wonder how many life stories have been lost and reclaimed by the earth as the metal rusts and the paint fades. So if you ever see one of these forgotten monuments to our vehicular history, maybe stop, snap a few pictures and think about the lost stories these cars take with them back to the Earth.  If you happen to have one of these in your life, share the story with us so that maybe we can preserve it online in the...

Fan Car Friday: 1959 Lincoln Continental

In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a truly unique 1959 Lincoln Continental to give you a slight taste for what will be to come on an upcoming FantomWorks episode. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. The owner of this build is all about getting the car out and on the road for the public to see and enjoy. Getting to talk to people about the car, getting to share it with others and the hobby itself are all part of the fun. Even more fun is stepping into this car, your sense of urgency just washes away from you. You could be late to your wedding, but suddenly that doesn’t matter anymore and you will just slowly cruise along enjoying life and everything this world has to offer. Simply put, this car is big, it is excessive and it is overflowing and exuding with luxury; you sit down in it and you feel like the most important person in the world. But the drive isn’t about your destination; it’s about the path getting...

A New Sign

Good news, everyone, we have a finally finished the new sign.  Our wonderful maintenance team here have finally been able to install and completely wire in the new DRS FantomWorks Sign.  It has been a long road to get here from the initial idea of Dan’s, to creating in our CAD system and then cutting out the individual letters on our plasma table.  To the tedious task of cutting a groove in Plexiglas to hold the lights and the drilling of “a whole lotta” holes to bolt the metal letters together.  The engineering and mechanical work that went to actually getting this sign working was immense but our dedicated team put the time in to get it working correct. So if you are ever in the Norfolk, VA area and happen to be traveling down Hampton Blvd then you will be able to glimpse this impressive sign.  And if you are lucky enough to be doing this at night you just might be able to see it all lit...

Fan Car Friday: The 1969 Stingray

In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a 1969 stingray, and the lucky owner behind it. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. The fan car this week is one that is going to spark some passionate responses. Just remember, when we were 16 most of us would do anything for a vehicle like this. The Corvette has been passed through a number of owners, but has always remained within the same family. In this history there are three main people, the purchaser (The grandfather), the first legacy owner (Jared’s father) and then onto Jared. At its start, it was originally purchased by Jared’s grandfather with the intention of his wife using it as a daily driver. While it may have been fun, it wasn’t exactly the best grocery getter in the world. She once went out to get groceries and forgot she had driven the corvette. She was soon reminded how small the space was when the bag boy innocently asked “where would you like me to put these?”. Impracticality added with a growing...

Fan Car Friday: 1967 Mustang

In this Fan Car Friday we will be taking a look at a 1967 Mustang after people were bugging us to do a write up after seeing its reflection in the paint job of last week’s 1960 Cadillac. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored or looked after. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. Brandon owns this week’s first generation Mustang. Originally purchasing it when he was 14 Brandon has loved his 1967 Mustang ever since. The Mustang was first released in 1964 after being designed/conceived under Lee Iacocca and Donald Frey, taking a mere 18 months to build. In these 18 months the design team hit every single goal set by Lee Iacocca: have 4 seats, have a floor mounted shifter, weigh less than 2,500 pounds, cost less than $2,500 and have multiple high end options for the buyer to choose from. But that’s where Lee’s role ended. He didn’t design it, he conceived it. He was the father of the Mustang, but a great team “raised” it – this design group which was led by David Ash. To stay below the cost ceiling, the Mustang...

Fan Car Friday: 1960 Cadillac

In this Fan Car Friday we will be taking a look at a beautiful 1960 Cadillac. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored or looked after. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. Jon purchased this Cadillac, known as Lucille, in 2013 with only 60,000 miles as he was medically retiring as an airborne infantryman. He served in the 82nd at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and the 1/509th at Fort Polk in Louisiana. He wanted the biggest piece of American steel, 2 door car with the largest fins he could find. No surprise when the 60 Cadillac was the frontrunner. She’s all original series 62 from his hometown of St. Louis, MO. Aside from new (stock) exhaust and the usual tune ups, carb and water pump rebuild, she’s bone stock from the day she left the factory. Jon says this car is an absolute boat. The look is perfect, the fins are sharp, the body panels are longer than any modern smart car, the turn signals are located on the front fenders instead of the inside of the car and the AM radio still works so Jon can listen to...

Wounded Wheels Raffle

Hey everyone, if you are a Military Veteran designated disabled and honorably discharged or know somebody that is, then this is for you.  Wounded Wheels is holding a raffle to win a day with Dan Short at the NRA Car Show on September 24, 2017 being held in Fairfax, VA.  Transportation to and from Fairfax can be provided if you are able to meet us in Norfolk on the day of the car show.  For more details please review the flyer...

Fan car Friday: The 1969 Charger

In our first Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a beautiful 1969 Charger. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans either took meticulous care of from their start of or have restored and now take meticulous care of. The cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we still saw the photos of them and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with the written consent of the owners. In Katie’s build the exterior has received the most love, while the engine hasn’t received quite as much attention. While everything has been happening little by little Katie isn’t complaining because its been a very fun experience. Katie has been Mopar or no car since before she could drive. Her father purchased a 1970 sport satellite before she had even though about driving a car. For years it sat in their driveway while Katie looked on it longingly. She drove it to her job in Disneyland daily, until the power steering belt broke one day. She quickly learned about cars that day, she had no choice. 15 years later she decided to sell her love when she saw a 1969 charger become available. She became the third owner of this lovely car. Every time it...

1905 Century Camera

Hey everyone, if you have been on a tour or visited our gift shop then you have probably noticed this lovely wood and iron camera sitting in the corner.  Well today, we are going to delve deeper into this mysterious relic of photography history. This is a Century camera made by the Eastman Kodak Co probably around 1905, as the Eastman Kodak company purchased the Century Camera company in 1903.  This one is probably the Grand Studio model and used glass plate film.  For those of us that don’t remember this photography medium, glass plate film also called photographic plates, used light-sensitive emulsion of silver salts coated on a thin glass plate.  Glass plates were far superior to film for research-quality imaging because they were extremely stable and less likely to bend or distort.  Photographic plates declined in the consumer market in the early 20th century as more convenient and less fragile films were increasingly adopted.  Our Grand Studio Century camera sits on a Semi-Centennial #2 wood and iron frame, and was probably from around the same time if not earlier then the actual camera that sits upon it.  The camera stand was sold to professional photographers as the “Camera Stand of the Future”, as it allowed for maneuverability of the camera to be raised or lowered, the use of quieter rubber casters and coil spring counterbalances.  This lovely wood camera comes with a possibly even older brass lens from the French optical company, Darlot, which was founded in Paris by Jamin-Darlot in the 1850’s.  These types of lens saw a boom during the end of the 1800’s as...

As, Belgium

Hey everyone, Dan really gets a kick out of seeing his FantomWorks T-shirts at locations around the globe, so we thought you guys might like it as well.  For this one we go to As, Belgium which is a little village of 8200 individuals located in the northern portion of Belgium.  We are very grateful to Dexters who is the gentleman in the photos for sharing these with us.  So come on and lets all learn a little about him as well as what exactly this monument is. Dexters is a 60 year young car lover who has been this way since his father took him to a race at Zolder Terlaemen for his 12th birthday.  Zolder Terlaemen is an undulating 4.011 km (2.492 mi) Motorsport race track in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium and was the location were a popular Canadian Formula 1 driver, Gilles Villeneuve lost his life during qualifying for the 1982 Belgium Grand Prix.  As Dexters grew older, he participated in numerous rallies in Belgium and abroad as a co-driver eventually making it up to the Works team of Datsun.  Datsun eventually changed its name to Nissan around 1982, when that team stopped rallying.  Dexters became a member of the official Scuderia Ferrari Fan club of Belgium and has been an active member of the board since the mid 80’s. The monument that Dexters is photographed with is a dedication to Andre Dumont, professor at the University of Louvain and discoverer of the first coal in the Campine region in 1901.  This lead to the industrialization of the region as well as the opening of 8 coal mines, some of them were still productive...

Summer BBQ 2017

Hey everyone, in case you didn’t know FantomWorks closed early last Friday, August 18, for a team event.  Well, we figured that we would share a small inside view into this event, our annual End of Summer BBQ.  This year our good friend Dave let us have this event at his lovely beach house in the historic Willoughby Spit area of Norfolk.  Most of the whole FantomWorks team with their families showed up and and all were welcomed by Dave and his lovely wife. Cornhole and beach horseshoes were set up and played by those daring to stay in the sun. All the kids thoroughly enjoyed the beach as well as the mist fan set up to help cool off the guests.  While the adults enjoyed some beverages and good conversations, Dan introduced all the kids to his “Asalt gun”, which was a fun little gadget that shoots salt at flies.  Everything went exceedingly well, even though we had a small fire while trying to clean the grill.  The burgers and hot dogs went as fast as the grill could cook them and went great with all the side dishes that everyone brought. After everyone filled their bellies and while we lounged around discussing various conversations, the sun began to set on our BBQ.  Once the sun disappeared over the horizon, the games and food got cleaned up and everyone made there way home, we all said goodbye to yet another summer at FantomWorks. Dave in his super-sized beach chair. The gang’s all here, now lets start cooking. Dan fly hunting The crew telling stories Segway on the beach Children in...

1920 Improved Universal Reboring Tool

Hey everyone, this week we would like to give a big thank you to Armand for donating this weeks Antique Showcase item and the newest addition to the future FantomWorks Museum.  Armand was gracious enough to donate his antique reboring tool from the 1920’s and Dan was very excited to get one of these wonderful examples of mechanics’ tools.  Armand’s donation looks pretty much complete and is in such good shape that the instructions for it are still attached to the lid of the box.  This large set would have been a workout to use as well as carry around. The smaller companion box is what we believe to be the special tool designed for Ford engines.  These two items have found a home within our future museum and the aged smell of engine oil has grabbed our heartstrings with fond memories of a bygone era.  So here we will share what we have found out about our newest addition. This is an Improved Universal Reboring Tool produced the Universal Tool company out of Detroit, MI probably in 1920.  The one we have seems to have been produced at the main production factory in Garwood, NJ.  “This improved type of reboring tool consisted of a pilot head with six cutter surfaces which are universally adjustable.  A bevel expansion ring is fitted into the cylinder which is to be rebored and the bevel pilot head acts as a centralizing device.  There is also an over-sized ring which follows in the new cut thus insuring an absolutely rigid tool and perfect centering device.  This new model will rebore practically all makes of...

A Hidden Remodel

Good news, everyone, we have a remodeled and much improved bathroom now.  For those that had taken the tour in the past will know that the visitor bathroom here at FantomWorks looked bad.  It was small, dark and cramped with a feeling reminiscent of the gas station bathrooms of old. But not in a good way.  So after much work, the building crew here has completely revamped the bathroom and turned it into something we can happily invite guest to use. There’s a door there… New toilet goes in Toilet is in The vanity and sink are in Left side of the wall Right side of the wall Hidden behind an unassuming bookcase, that most people just walk by without a second glance, is our guest bathroom.  We removed the stall with the normal style toilet and have replaced with a suspended tank style toilet.  The walls have been insulated and dry-walled then adorned with a small sample of Dan’s collection.  The wood wall behind the sink as well as the wood vanity are a luscious dark wood stained that work beautifully with the brass mirror frame and faucet.  So if you are ever here for the tour and need to use the facilities, it’s behind the bookcase and enjoy the history that is hanging on the wall.  Stay tuned as we continue to improve our shop and preserve this great historic...

Featured Showcase: Judge Tribute

Hey everyone, this week for our feature showcase a really gorgeous 1969 Pontiac GTO from Mark located on the East Coast of the United States.  Mark has owned this GTO for about 15 years now, but has had a long history with the GTO, which began his senior year of high school in 1969.  Back then, his brother had come home from college and his mother was looking to replace her ’65 Mustang, so they all made a visit to the local Pontiac dealer.  First spotting a beautiful LeMans, the two brothers were soon drawn to a Midnight Green, 4-speed, 400 c.i. 350 GTO.  Being immediately sold, the two just needed to convince their mom how much a better and safer car this GTO was then the LeMans.  After a little bit of sales-pitching the brothers accomplished their mission and the GTO was theirs.  Or more accurately, theirs on the weekends as their mother drove the car to her job as a high school guidance counselor.  The next year, the charismatic duo successfully convinced their mother that this GTO would be the safest car for them to drive to college in.  Feeling slightly guilty, for a short while, the boys left off to college leaving their mother with a brand new, bare bones, under-powered Chevelle. Flash forward a couple of decades and Mark got the bug to find another ’69 GTO.   The one he ended up getting was this Judge Tribute out of Akron, Ohio.  This GTO was built Dec. 13, 1968 in Framingham, Mass. and was originally sold by Jones Pontiac Co. in Lancaster, PA.  Born with...

A Mechanics Library

Hey everyone, this week we take a look at a couple of really cool donations from Doug and their new found home, our Mechanics Library.  Doug was great enough to donate his copies of a Winton Six Model 24 Care and Operations manual and White Model 45 Five-Ton Truck from 1920.  These two great examples are in excellent condition and will find a home in our Mechanics Library, that is if we can get them away from Dan.  Currently they are in Dan’s personal library within his office since he wants to read through these examples of automotive history.  Hopefully once he has finished them they will find a good home in the mechanics library where other examples of manuals from a by-gone era are located. White Model 45 Five-Ton Truck Manual Winton Six Model 24 Care and Operations Manual Their current location within Dan’s personal library. Library started as a parts desk. Some of the manuals residing in the library. Manuals to the Left Manuals to the Right More manuals. Almost Done… Now for those that don’t know the White Motor Company was an automobile, truck and bus manufacturer in Cleveland, Ohio from 1900-1980.  The company was founded and developed by three sons of Thomas H. White, a sewing machine manufacturer.  Rollin, Walter and Windsor diversified their father’s company by creating the White Steamer automobile in 1900, and ultimately ended up creating the White Motor Car company in 1906.  The company shifted its focus to the manufacturing of trucks during World War I and after the war became the number one manufacturer of trucks and custom vehicles.  During...


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