Hot Rod Power Tour 2019
Celebrating our 9th Power Tour (8th Long Haul).
I'm Tommy. Husband to Shannan. Pops to 6. Grandpa to 20. I'm also a South Florida pastor, occasional professor, and hot rodder.
My older brother got me interested in cars. We started wrenching in the 70's. His first build was a 1967 Triumph TR4A. British rides were cool, but our interests shifted to American muscle. A friend's Gran Torino would occupy our garage, as did a `69 Chevelle (my auto-body project), and my first car, a 1965 Ford Mustang. I laid down $300 of my hard-earned cash in 1976 to buy it. Four years later I sold it for $1000 to buy Shannan's engagement ring (definitely no regrets!).
My interests tend to the automotive unique: two 9th gen Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupes (Areobirds), a Cobalt SS supercharged 2.0, an Impala SS, and an Aussie aided 2006 Pontiac GTO. These days four cars sit in the garage: A 1936 Chevrolet Master Coupe Deluxe, our 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible, a 1966 Ford Econoline Van, and a 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8.
Our 1936 Chevrolet (aka The Octogenarian) hails from North Carolina, where Hot Rod builder Harley Linville pulled it out of a barn and worked his wonders. Power comes courtesy of Cadillac, a 1995 Fleetwood providing the LT1 350 heartbeat. Power transfers through a Turbo 350 (no reverse lockout) to a 10 bolt with 3.42 gears. A Mustang II front end and discs on the corners help the handling and stopping power. We’re building on Harley’s work. The Octogenarian clocked about 3,000 miles on the 2019 Hot Rod Power Tour.
The Pontiac GTO is my daily ride and our 2015 & 16 Hot Rod Power Tour Long Hauler vehicle. It has LS2 power and breathes with the help of a bigger cam, Fast 102 mm intake, Nick Williams throttle body, Kooks long tube headers and K&N cold air.. This young goat handles the corners with the help of BC Racing coilovers, Hotchkis sway bars, and Nitto NT05 rubber. Shifts are quicker with the help of B&M.
The 1966 Olds Cutlass Convertible was a "rust bucket" project car our son bought. We restored it together. Engine: 330 High Compression (Edelbrock Heads, RPM Performer Cam & intake manifold); headers, electronic ignition, Flamethrower distributor. Transmission: L2004R 4-Speed Automatic Overdrive (Shift kit); Brakes: Front disc, rear drum. AC. Power top.
The Cobalt was our 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour Long Hauler! It sported a GM Performance Stage 2 kit with option B – High Perform 2-pass intercooler endplate and surge tank; a K&N Cold Air intake, a GM Performance header, Magnaflow highflow cat, and Magnaflow Exhaust. The car rode with the help of HC coilovers, Extreme Stop s/d rotors, and Eibach swaybars front and rear.
The Impala, aka GRMAZ SS made its first Hot Rod Power Tour Long Haul in 2013. It was Shannan's daily driver until we sold it for a little more practicality in our day-to-day. It ran a K&N Cold Air, Hypertec E.C.U. modifications, trans-go shift kit, 3.73 gears, Metal Matrix drive shaft, Herb Adams anti-sway bars, Magnaflow cat-back exhaust. Slotted and cross-drilled rotors.