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Motorama 2012 at the PA Farm Expo Complex

Motorama Events boasts that it is “The Nations Largest ALL Indoor Motorsports Event Featuring 1 Million Sq. Feet Of Exhibit Space.” Not only is it probably the largest indoor show but it is one of our favorites! The event is several car shows, rc racing, quad racing, kart racing, quarter midget racing, arena cross, and much, much more all under one roof. But, every February Bubba’s Garage comes for the cars.The main car show, “The Rod, Custom, and Tuner Show”, has a little bit of everything. Restored classics and fabulous customs are mixed with radically tricked-out tuners.Why don’t more people do white cars? I love white cars and Paul Hunsicker’s 2003 Nissan 350Z with a carbon fiber hood shows why white works.If you are going to theme your ride and your display you should go all the way. Gary and Flo Garman’s 1955 Chevy “Watermelon” truck had me smiling. Everything was done up in watermelon green with red accents. Peg even swore she smelled watermelon!We have seen Alton Love’s 1956 C…

US Army Heritage Trail

While riding along I-81 near Carlisle, PA we have always noticed the US Army Heritage Trail which is clearly visible from the highway. On Saturday, we decide to investigate it just a little closer. The Heritage Trail is part of the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center and is free to the public. The trail consists of fourteen individual exhibits along roughly one mile of graveled walkways.You can often find re-enactors in period correct uniforms scattered about the displays. On this day we found a group of soldiers gathered around an M-18 Tank Destroyer, nicknamed the “Hellcat".”You can get a sense of what it would be like to fight in the trenches of WWI by exploring the recreations of a section of fighting trench or going underground into a German Pillbox.Be sure to climb the guard tower over at the Vietnam era Fire Support Base to get a great view of the campus. From the USAHEC website:The Vietnam Fire Support Base (FSB) exhibit is one of the prominent features of the Army …

Installing a Steam Train Whistle in the Garage

For some reason, I like train whistles. The neighbors probably hate me for this passion but I try not to toot my horns too often and never early in the morning or late at night. We installed a large steam train whistle this week in Bubba’s Garage. While we weren’t sure it would work off our air compressor and 1/2” piping it ended up being plenty loud. First up – the train whistle. Peg sourced this beast from MD Whistles out of Fairmont, WV. It is a Duluth Missabe & Iron Range (DMIR) 3-chime whistle. We then ordered a 1 1/2” to 1/2” bushing from Grainger Supply since we couldn’t find one local. Next up was a United Brass Whistle Valve that I purchased off of eBay so we can pull a cord and make it toot. Add some black pipe from Home Depot and we were in business.We still need to finish some brackets but the shop compressor handles the whistle pretty well. Bubba’s Garage now goes “Woo-Woo!”