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12 03, 2018

The last thing you need is another project: Part 2

By | 2018-03-12T23:22:28+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Projects|0 Comments

The title of this blog post is The last thing you need is another project: Part 2, however in retrospect it should probably be titled What the heck was I thinking. If you missed my introduction in part 1, I'll quickly bring you up to speed. I thought it would be fun to build a truck camper for my Ford F150. Why build one you ask? Well, stinky old pickup campers are a dime a dozen on Craigslist, but a nice one you'd actually want to use can cost north of $10k. With hundreds of things I could better spend thousands of dollars on I decided to build my own. "I like building things and surely it shouldn't take too long to build," I told myself. I WAS WRONG. In late-November when I started on this project things seemed to move along quickly. The frame came together in a few nights and I thought the end was in sight. Looking back, it was a lot like building a new house, not that I've ever done that. The general structure comes to together quickly, however the insulation, siding, interior work and other elements pile on the time. And that doesn't event include the custom fab work associated with building your own camper from your own design. From scratch. Without any prior experience. You live and learn, I suppose.   A successful test fit. It wouldn't be long unti I could no longer simply lift the frame in the truck by hand. [...]

6 02, 2018

The Rolex 24 At Daytona through the eyes of a six year old

By | 2018-02-06T23:11:27+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Driving Experience, Events|0 Comments

The 2018 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona wrapped up nearly a week and a half ago and if you follow IMSA racing you’ve likely seen your fair share of media recaps already. That said, I’m not going to post my average at best photos from the 56th running of this Florida endurance classic. Rather, I’m going to recap the race from a different perspective that you surely haven’t seen - that of a six year old attendee. Attending a race like the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is a bucket list item for most sports car enthusiasts - a race most would like to attend at least once in their lifetime. In the case of my son, he’s already been twice and he’s only six years old! I can’t say he’s hooked on cars just yet, but the fact that I’ve got him to attend the better part of two 24-hours races without too much whining is a good start, right?   Photo op during the pre-race grid walk Last year he was kept entertained by his buddy who attended with us, but this time it was just Benjie, Grandpa and me. It would be a true test of his automotive attention span. Fortunately, it started out on an unexpected good foot. We started our day during the pre-race grid walk. This presented an opportunity to see the cars up close and mingle on the serious banking Daytona International Raceway is known for. Benjie was excited to take pictures [...]

1 12, 2017

The last thing you need is another project: Part 1

By | 2017-12-01T12:59:08+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why are you building that? The last thing you need is another project. That's what I know a certain someone is thinking about my latest garage project. There's probably more than a little truth to the statement, but winters are long in Minnesota and you have to stay busy, right? Besides a gearbox teardown and other automotive excitement on the winter checklist I got the hare brained idea to build a custom pickup camper for my Ford F150 by scratch. You might say it was fueled by many late nights scouring the Expedition Portal Forums with one hand on the keyboard and another holding a delicious IPA. I'd have to agree at least a little bit with that statement. So, why the heck do I want to build a pickup camper? Beyond pure impulse and enjoyment of building things, I see it as a good opportunity to get out and explore with my family. There's nothing wrong awitha  little more quality time with your loved ones, right? It could serve as a great basecamp for race weekends, both those where I'm racing and those where we're simply spectating, and also a good platform to get out and enjoy the multitude of parks within a days drive. Who knows, maybe we event take it on a road trip out west. The rough design I've spent a lot of time thinking about the design. Programs like Sketchup make it easy to put ideas into 3d models and I've worked through several different [...]

22 09, 2017

Preparing Your Car for a Long Winter Slumber

By | 2017-09-22T16:38:19+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|You Auto Know|0 Comments

Here in Minnesota wintry weather is inevitable and it’s approach triggers the unavoidable – putting your fun car away for winter. Here at MHCC we have to tuck away 30+ cars every year and we've learned a few things about it over the years. It's always hard locking our favorite cars away for a long winter's slumber, but there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure they are ready to hit the open road when Spring returns. We’ve included a number of storage tips below to make sure your car has a trouble free winter slumber and is in tip-top shape when it comes time to take it out of storage. • Prior to storage bring your car fully up to operating temperature • Find a dry, dark location to store your vehicle. Concrete floors are best. • Lay down plastic sheeting on top of the concrete where your car will be parked • If covering your car, give your car a good wash and wax if possible to prevent any scratching inflicted from covering a dirty car • To prevent excess air in the tank from condensing and causing potential issues, fill the fuel tank with a fresh tank of fuel and add fuel stabilizer. • Arrange an oil change prior to storage to prevent contaminants from working into your engine. An added benefit is that when spring arrives you’ll be ready to hit the road with fresh oil • Inflate your tires to 55 [...]

19 09, 2017

In order to finish first, you must first finish – tales from the 2017 Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival

By | 2017-09-19T22:37:27+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Driving Experience, Events|1 Comment

For the second time this year, I loaded up the family into my F150 pickup and headed to Road America with trailer in tow. The destination was the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival (ELVF), the more laid back of the vintage race weekends there. It had been three years since I last ran this event, historically one of my favorites, and heading back was a little bittersweet. During my last outing I grenaded the engine in my car. In the first session. On my birthday. Thousands upon thousands of dollars later I was back in hopes of making it a successful weekend spent on track and with family. Fortunately, a few things were working in my favor. I had a new engine in the car that had run like a champ in July at Road America. The weather appeared to be some 45 degrees warmer than the low-thirties experienced last time at the event. And better yet, the sun was expected to shine all weekend opposed to the frigid rain endured the last time around. Finally to top it off, I had a three and five year old to assist in the pits. What possibly could go wrong? Junior crew chief in training Benjie helps his dad check the tire pressure Friday was a practice day with a 30-minute morning session and a 30-minute afternoon session. Given work is extra busy right now I spent nearly every minute I was out of the car on my computer working, and as [...]

28 07, 2017

Join Us Sunday for a VIP Experience at the 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance

By | 2017-07-28T16:23:04+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

  This year we've partnered with The Scout Guide Minneapolis to bring you the ultimate VIP Experience at the 10,000 Lakes Concours d'Elegance on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. In between viewing the most stunning classic cars around you can visit the VIP tent to sip on Vino and delicious cocktails from Famiglia Meschini & Twin Spirits Distillery, enjoy picnic fare from Bellcour & France 44 and desserts from Amy's Cupcake Shoppe. Gates open at 9am on Sunday and the event goes until 4pm. The VIP tent is available from 11am to 4pm. Please RSVP for you and your guests for the VIP Experience at minneapolis@thescoutguide.com. Be sure to mention that you're a guest of Morrie's Luxury Auto.        

25 07, 2017

Back in the Saddle at the WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America

By | 2017-07-25T22:36:13+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Events|2 Comments

Every July thousands of auto enthusiasts flock to the small village of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for what you might consider the Midwest’s vintage motorsports mecca. The event, that draws people from far and wide, currently referred to as the WeatherTech International Challenge (WIC) with Brian Redman presented by Hawk, draws a dazzling assortment of nearly 500 race cars. . While the name has changed over the years based on the highest paying corporate sponsor, the event continues to be a showstopper. I’ve made the trip for 20 some consecutive years and will continue to do so for as long as I am able. It’s that good! After a couple agonizing years attending the event as merely a spectator, this past weekend marked my 16th visit as a participant in my 1971 Porsche 914-6. It also marked my first full race weekend back behind the wheel of this car in two and a half years. This particular event is regularly the highlight of my summer, so needless to say I was very excited. After weeks of planning and preparation I packed up my wife and kids and hit the road for Road America on Wednesday morning. As is always the case, the drive always seems longer when you’re excited to get somewhere. It doesn’t help when the five year old in the back seat repeatedly asks, “are we there yet.” I thought this was only something from the movies, but my son proved it was a practice many kids possess. We did [...]

30 05, 2017

So Many Vintage Cars at the Harvey West Memorial Races

By | 2017-05-30T11:29:35+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Many people consider Memorial Day Weekend the official start to summer. For me it's the official start of the vintage racing season. For as long as I can remember I've headed to Brainerd International Raceway over memorial weekend to see an eclectic mix of  vintage race cars hit the track. While the weather has always been hit or miss (this weekend included), there's always a neat mix of cars racing with Vintage Sports Car Racing, the local vintage racing club. McNama1969 ra Formula Vee For me this my first race back in the saddle of my Porsche 914-6 vintage racer following an unplanned, three year hiatus. If you've followed the MHCC blog for awhile you may have seen the chronicling of my engine (mis)adventure. With that behind me, and also a new engine behind me, I was very excited for the weekend. I'll spare you all the details, but I will tell you the car ran flawlessly and I managed a second place finish, somehow holding off a fast Formula Ford and gaggle of firebreathing Corvettes in the process. #29 1971 Porsche 914-6 Since I was participating in the race weekend it simply wasn't possible to capture any trackside action photos. It's kind of hard to do when you're strapped in a car on track. I did, however, spend some time wandering around the paddock and snapping pictures of the wide variety of vintage race cars. For trackside action shots you can view this gallery of photos shot [...]

7 02, 2017

Adventures in online bidding and other MHCC fleet enhancement activities

By | 2017-02-07T22:19:05+00:00 February 7th, 2017|New Additions, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Call it a mid-winter crisis or perhaps a serious case of garage fever. Whatever it is we’re itching for warmer weather and to make some strategic adjustments to our rental car fleet in advance of our season launch this spring. Our conscious told us we’d have to sell some cars before we add new cars so we set about doing so. Earlier this week we launched our first foray into selling a car on Bring-A-Trailer (BAT). If you consider yourself a car guy/gal you’ve certainly heard of BAT. If not do yourself a favor and think twice before getting to know the site. It’s like a drug for the serious car junkie. It will take up a lot of your time, fueling endless daily diversions and automotive day dreaming. Anyway getting back on topic, we listed our silver Datsun 280ZX on Bring-A-Trailer and while the jury is still out, it seems that we’re off to a great start. Six days and counting until the auction closes. […]

10 01, 2017

Duct Tape & Disappointment: A mad dash to build an improved race car dash

By | 2017-01-13T09:19:16+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Projects|2 Comments

Long story short, a couple of years ago I had premature engine failure on my 914-6 track car. If you’re bored you can check out part 1 and part 2 of my engine misadventure. Otherwise, I’ll continue on with the regularly scheduled dash programming. We all know how the slippery slope works and before you knew it I had the car apart in hundreds of pieces tackling various “cheaper” projects while amassing engine parts and waiting for the engine builder. One of the projects I wanted to tackle for years was a dash rebuild. You see this car has been a track car since 1972 and judging by the great number of patches to the existing dash I wouldn’t be surprised if it was original to the track car build. […]

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