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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Packard V-1650-1 Merlin V-12 Display Engine - Sold

Here are a few of images of a very nicely finished and detailed Packard V-1650-1 Merlin V12 engine, mounted on a custom-fabricated display stand with casters. It is based on the Rolls-Royce Merlin 28 with a single-stage supercharger. It was produced from August 1941 onwards and used in a variety of Allied WW II warplanes. It was likely used in Canadian licence-built aircraft, including the Hawker Hurricane, Avro Lancaster III, DeHavilland Mosquito, or Curtiss-Wright Kittyhawk II. 

The Merlin was sold to a company in the steel industry and it will be displayed in their corporate offices as a silent tribute to WW II veterans and production workers as part of the upcoming 70th Anniversary observances of the D-Day Normandy landings scheduled for 2014.

If you or your company or other organization are seeking aviation-related items, militaria, and vehicles, contact me and I will be happy to assist you efficiently and effectively! Just comment below this post or contact me at

Here is a link to a Merlin service manual from Haynes that you can buy:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Drag Racing Fans - Awesome Full-Motion Funny Car Simulator Up For Auction This Saturday!

This Saturday December 7th, Super Auctions of Huntington Beach, California, the World's Largest Entertainment Auctioneers, will lift the gavel on one of the most interesting motorsports-related items I have yet to see, the World's only 9-passenger, 150-foot-long Funny Car drag racing simulator! It is called the G-Force 150 and uses an extended Funny Car-style body that opens in the center and tilts up for rider access and egress.

G-Force 150 Simulator Amusement Ride_No Reserve Auction_December 7

According to Robert Storment from the auction company, this totally unique ride simulates the sensations of a 300-mph drag racing experience over its 150-foot length from start to finish, with racing-style seating and safety harnesses, sophisticated video equipment, and the rails and drive system. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were invested into the ride's development, patents, and production.

As such, this ride will make an amazing attraction for any motorsports venue, museum, theme park, or private racing enthusiast as the ultimate thrill ride!

If you would like to make bidder arrangements, the ride will be sold at NO RESERVE - that's right, you read it - NO RESERVE this Saturday, December 7th in Branson, Missouri. Contact me and I will place you directly into contact with the auctioneer. If you wish to contact them directly, please let them know you heard about this amazing offering here.

Here two videos about the ride and the highly affordable yet realistic experience it delivers to the public:

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Another Excellent Detailing Video - Restoring an Irreplaceable Paint Finish

Thank you for the feedback on the last post on the amazing detailing work that returned the Irish Green finish on the 1966 Porsche 912 coupe to beauty. The best part of the detailing process was the car owner's realization that the car needed to be properly assessed, then carefully cleaned and detailed methodically in stages, before performing a quickie wash and then attempting to have the car stripped and repainted. They are only original once and all too often in my business, I see cars that have clearly been repainted, sometimes poorly, when all they really needed was just some tender loving care.

In this video, Larry returns the original finish of a super-rare Ferrari 288 GTO to splendor. This time, he deals with the paint finish on three different body materials used on the car. The best part is that all of his advice, techniques, and tips apply to your daily driver or Sunday show car equally well. Enjoy!

Our second video hails from the dark side - watch, repeat, and discuss...

Maybe we'd better hook Larry up with the owner of this Enzo! I think his services will be needed.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Watch as a Professional Resurrects the Paint Finish on a "Barn Find" Classic Porsche

If you are into classic cars, as I suspect you are, check out the video below. It's via the Flat website at ( In it, professional detailer Larry Kosilla works pure magic to erase 23 years of barn storage and grime to bring this proud early Porsche 912 from 1966 to its truly remarkable splendor. The video is quite lengthy but fascinating. If nothing else, you will gain a true appreciation for the artistry of a professional detailer - it is far more than washing, waxing, and buffing for sure and to many people, worth every penny.

As the post stated, "In case you're wondering, while the video doesn't show it, the owner changed the oil and plugs and drained the gas before starting up his newly refreshed Porsche." Sounds like typical Porsche quality and durability to me! Glad to see this groovy old Porsche looking good again!