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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... read more

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... read more

A Look Back at a Long Road

Hey everyone, this week we look back at the long road the shop has traveled to get a “Museum” in place.  Started not too long after the shop was ready, the space that is currently referred to as the Museum, began as a large brick warehouse located behind the Boat Shop.  Many, many years later we are finally close to having a display area for the wonderful Antique Americana that Dan has collected over time.  Hoping to be open to the public soon, we are finishing up the area by cleaning up the clutter and organizing the collection.  The road has been long and indescribably rocky but we have overcome the monumental task of restoring an old warehouse into two working spaces, dealing with the leaky roof of an almost hundred year old building and the damaging effect that had on a wood floor.  So hopefully in the near future, tours will be able to visit this wonderful room filled with the variety of items from the past, that we at FantomWorks fondly refer to as the Museum. Started as a large warehouse located behind the original Boat Shop. Adding the floor support structure. The floor is in and the project is halfway done?? The stairwell leading up is now in place, no more ladders!!! The wood floor is not yet in place and the collecting already starts. Wood floor is finally done, if only the issues with it are. Is it finished?? Done, now just need to organize the... read more

1905 Barrel Scale from Computing Scale Co.

Hey everyone, this week we showcase something that anyone who have been inside the Malt Shop at FantomWorks has seen.  This is one of the pieces from our “museum” that has not quite made it upstairs to the “museum”.  As the “museum” is still under construction, we have decided to post some of the displays here.  Once this area is completed the “museum” will display some more of the antiques and collectibles that Dan has acquired over the years, during the weekly shop tours. This is a early 1900’s Horizontal Barrel Scale Style #144 from the Computing Scale Company out of Dayton, Ohio.  This one was probably produced between 1905 and 1910, as the last Patent date was in 1904.  The ornate brass, glass and cast iron scale would have been used for computing weight and price cost in a mercantile or general country store during the beginning of the 20th century.  Our model, S/N 334514, still works and only shows its age in the missing flakes of paint around its base and by the discoloration of the paper barrel used to as its display.  The beautiful brass plates are all engraved accenting the glass viewing ports on either side of the computing barrel.  For those not familiar with the Computing Scale Co., later known as the Dayton Scale Company, they built and marketed the first computing scale in 1891.  In 1911, they were part of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company before becoming a division of IBM in 1933.  Not long after the Dayton Scale Division was sold to the Hobart Manufacturing Company when IBM decided to stop marketing scales to retail... read more

A Day in the Life: Heidi – Shop Dog

Hey everyone, this week we feature a day in the life of Heidi, the FantomWorks shop dog.  Anyone that has stopped by unexpectedly or come for one of our tours have probably been greeted by Heidi.  This 6 1/2 year old German Shepard has found her niche and performs her duties as if she was born for this job.  Able to be fiercely protective one moment and the friendliest dog you’ll ever meet the next, Heidi amazes everyone that witnesses her let herself in and out of every door by popping the handles to open them.  She has free run of the shop and knows every aspect of the building almost as good as Dan does.  Heidi starts every day with a short walk around the building with Dan, then its sitting at the garage door waiting for Melissa to come in.  After morning duties are done Heidi takes Melissa for a brisk walk around the block before lunch.  Lunch is spent either eating with the fellas in the Malt Shop or waiting for Dan’s scraps when he does take the time for lunch.  Afternoon naps under the desk, following Dan around the shop or just chilling on the concrete floor of the ShowRoom finishes out the day.  Once everyone has gone for the day, then its a relaxing bone chew on her bed to finish off a day in the life of a shop dog.  ... read more

Featured Showcase: Aussie Muscle

Hey everyone, this week we feature a showcase of a couple of great builds from a kindred soul from the opposite side of the world.  These are a couple of prime examples of Aussie Muscle cars built by Andy from Queensland, Australia.  First up is technically not a muscle car but still a great example of Australian Vintage Vehicles, this ’58 Holden FE Utility, affectionately known as the Ute looks original but is 2 inches lower, has deep dish 13×7″  and 13×6″ wheels, a 1960’s 186S six cylinder race motor, 5 speed manual gear box, disc brake front end and a chassis kit. This ’72 Holden GTR XU-1, ex-race car was brought back to 1973 original factory/Bathurst race homologation specifications.  Andy painted in the original acrylic colors and with the factory 202ci, triple CD175 carbs, 4 speed M21 manual gearbox it is more then capable of reaching 125 mph very quickly.  The Holden Torana GTR XU-1, referred to as the Giant Killer, was designed to compete against the Ford Phase III GTHO Falcon. This little six-cylinder car was a very successful sports car in rallies, hill climbs, rally-cross and circuit races as well as becoming extremely popular with privateers due to the competitiveness and the cost of maintaining it compared to the Ford Falcon GTHO.  The XU1 proved itself and won championships in 1971, 72, 73 Winning Bathurst in 1972 and was winning Bathurst by several laps in 1973 until the car ran out of fuel late in the race and eventually came home second after being pushed uphill into the pits. Here is a ’77 Holden SLR5000 Torana... read more

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