S.E.M.A. 2016 . . . the Acura Projects

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So on social media and the website we’ve been amiss. Reason being is that we were approached by our friends Dave Marek and Allie Coulter of Honda/Acura to create something unique for S.E.M.A. 2016. Yup, a non disclosure agreement to not talk about or show to the public is in order. Acura has recently debuted their new super car the refined NSX/GT3 and it is quite remarkable but how to tie it with the rest of the production cars. Dave had the idea to build a trailer to put the car on and conect it to the Acura MDX. The trick is to compliment all vehicles and not be over-powering on any select one. The trailer is a collaboration of many including my friend Jeff Allison who put a pen to paper for the initial rendering, Paul Bosserman who did the CAD design and simulation of functions before even one cut was made or welder turned on. The concept is a race car themed trailer that is tubular just like the roll cage and has an organic flow of BAILEGH bent tubing for a fast visual impression. A perimeter chassis is static and built in the form of a truss and the inner bed is hinged at the front, pinned in the rear to lock in place, but the magic is the hydraulic pumps and rams that lift and lower the bed so the NSX/GT3 can easily be loaded. quite the feat indeed. We also did some mild work to the 2017 MDX, a lowering job of 1 3/4″ around, forward “splitter” to mimic the NSX, 20″ factory Acura wheels, tinted windows and even matching graphics applied by my pal George of BOSS WRAPS located in Santa Ana, Cal. Thank you to Acura for the opportunity to do this project and supplying us with the studio shots!
More to come soon as we’ve also been banging on the “JETSTAR 1” project . . . . stay tuned
JS

The 1967 Chevy C-10 of Gus Orendain

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A few months back I got a call from a man named Gus who lives up in Gardena, Cal. and wanted to talk about his 67 C-10 Chevy truck. He’d had the truck dating back to his high school years when his Dad gave it to him. Gus bombed around in the truck and put a grip of miles on it over the years. As of late it had been rolled into his side yard while he worked on various other projects such as his 47 Chevy P/U.
Now was the time to start phase 1 of his vision to complete the truck. It all starts with a plan and build it up from the chassis. Gus didn’t want to go the air bag route with this project and decided to keep it legit with a static lowering in the spindles, springs, blocks and C-notch that gives us 5″ in the front and 7″ in the rear. A dropped cross-member, tubular trailing arms, tubular upper and lower front control arms, CPP spindles and naturally disc brakes on all four corners. A 1 1/4″ front sway bar, rear sway bar and even getting the fuel tank out of the cab and installing a 20 gallon rear tank to help with the corner weight. It’s amazing how smart these trucks are and it isn’t terribly hard to get them to perform. These things handle surprisingly well and are like driving a large go-kart with some power. Big thanks to Kevin @ PACIFIC COAST POWDERCOATING for the 60% gloss color job.
Phase 1 is just about done, even down to the brake lines! Next is phase 2 where we address the drive-train. a GM crate “Fastburn” 350 will be used that has 385 HP and 405 torque. Our friends down at Guaranty Chevrolet here in Santa Ana have them in stock as well as the 4L65-E transmission that will back it up. If you need one call there and ask for Jim Smith or Carl Lutes, these guys know there $#!t.
The consensus right now is to to do a “stock” appearing treatment to the engine / trans combo for the vintage theme. Sanderson headers through a 2 1/2″ exhaust system should do the trick to complete the sound.
Stay tuned, more to come!

. . . . one more thing, Gus’s son is competing in the Junior Olympics this very weekend as he runs the 300 meter and also the long jump! . . . go get em’!

Jimmy Low-gloss

Mike Sinacola’s 34 Ford Truck

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I started talking to Mike some 15 years ago when I received a phone call at So-Cal one afternoon. He was asking detail questions about my 34 truck as he too wanted to build something similar but with his creative spin on it. I was impressed with his knowledge of early ford parts and his keen eye of design through his verbal explanations of what his minds eye see’s. After a while I could tell this wasn’t a grown man I was speaking to, I asked him just how old are you? . . . his reply, I’m 13 and in the 7th grade. Sounds like I’m talking to a younger me I thought thinking back to when I was 14 and started building my 40 Willys. I sent Mike a copy of Rodders Journal with my truck in it and told him if I can help in any way I would. We spoke many times throughout the next few years as progress on the machine evolved. The truck was completed a few years back and Mike took it to Detroit Autorama to debut it. . . it won a first of class award and turned many heads. As like many of us once a car is completed you always want to change and or improve it in some which way . . . . well Mike is what you call an “extreme individual” when it comes to change and will pull the trigger and cut up his work to re-invent it!

So far we’ve shortened the front end 4 1/2″, converted it from cowl steer to cross steer via a bell-crank assembly, fabricated and new hood with a blister cover over the carburetors and now working on the rear suspension for the Halibrand quick-change. We’ve built shackled quarter elliptic spring perches, ladder bars to through mounts that are double shear, shock mounts to the ladder bars as well and a longer pan-hard bar to mimic the ladder bars set at a perfect horizontal at ride height.

More to come soon as Mike and I have plans for some color changes, wheels and a severe attitude adjustment. Stay tuned!

JS

 

The Latest Shine Shop Happenings . . . . I know it’s been awhile.

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We’ve been hard at it the last few months, lots of car work and also a bunch of travelling. Billy Gibbons and I did 5 shows in 11 days down in Australia, a little music playing and then interaction with people in the crowd as we talked smack and answered interesting questions. Understandably you can imagine 11 days with a Rock Star can be quite interesting.
Back in the states for a short time then we were off to Toronto, Canada for the Motorama. Really well run show, lots of great cars and bikes, people too. Of course Billy found some killer little sushi restaurant that we hit nightly . . . not bad!
The debut of “Rockin Roadsters” appeared on Discovery with great reviews but . . . looks like we might be doing something altogether different, funny how things work out. nuff said on that topic fer now.
Shop car projects are listed like this . . The Pro Touring 1961 T-Bird of Randy Kunkle is almost ready for paint. It features a full tube chassis we built and an Allen Besannt Inglese injected 427 punched to 482 cubes, a C-6 through a Gear Vendors final drive is a 9″.
Marvin McAfee has his 1968 Fastback Mustang here for the front suspension and some tin work getting done. The car will run in the V.A.R.A. circuit ( Vintage Automotive Racing Assoc.) M.C.E. is Marvin’s engine shop, check the “for sale” part of the JSWS site here for some engines he has listed.
Mike Sinacola from Dallas Texas sent his 1934 Ford truck to us for some refinement work. I started talking to Mike over 15 years ago when he started the project. His truck was inspired by my 34 but his is uniquely his own . . . bad ass machine getting even better.
The JETSTAR 1 project is moving forward as we work with the foundations and layout our PR campaign. Chip Foose spent a few evenings here collaborating with us over the design. It too will be an amazing PT automobile!
The L.A. Roadster show is less than 2 weeks away and its also the 20 year anniversary of the So-Cal Open House! Two events you don’t want to miss. I think that Saturday the 18th we are going to have the doors open here at the JSWS after about 3:00 in the afternoon for anyone wanting to drop in for an eyeball around the new digs.
June 22nd will find my chick Nikki and I heading to the U.K. with our pal Tony Thacker, Billy and Gilly Gibbons to attend the Goodwood festival. Lord March has extended us an invitation and you know we’re going to go. Oh yeah, Billy’s 34 coupe the “WHISKEY RUNNER” has shipped out 3 weeks ago and we’re meeting her there. . . going to make a few hits in the coupe up the hill climb!
Ok, that’s a quick hit and I’m going to do this weekly when I can get more in depth with certain topics, projects, machine’s, etc. . . . I mean it this time!
L8tr folks!
Jimmy

Latest and Greatest Happenings at the Shine Shop

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There has been quite a lot of things happening since my last blog. Number one the stupid internet wouldn’t let me access the site to write anything new . . . at least thats what I’m saying, could be I was hitting the wrong buttons . .you never know.

Paul Bosserman is the newest addition to the team and including him it makes two of us. perfect! We’re considering looking for another fabricator / builder to join us, as it stands we work really well together but keeping a sharp eye out for someone who fits the bill. Paul and I have developed our own version of a 3″ louver for our press that resembles those of Eric Vaughn. . . but different, we don’t want to rip him off. If anyone needs holes punched we can do it! Jay Carter just sent us his Falcoon tailgate and we riddled it to look like a cheese grater.

I’ve been visiting many airports lately it would seem. I’ve been to England, Ontario Canada, Michigan, and Wisconsin twice. Hot rod shows for the most part but Wisconsin is for filming the BAILEIGH INDUSTRIAL demos and internet commercials as I am now the featured spokesman. My buddy at BAILEIGH is Jim Newberg and he films it all along with his assistant Toby, or is it Tony, I forget. Check out the BAILEIGH website to see the advertisements.

The shop is getting busy with projects like Tom Lieb’s 1929 Ford Roadster I built years ago, its getting striped down and completely reworked in an attempt to compete for this years A.M.B.R. 2016 title. We’re feeling pretty good about our chances! . . time will tell. WE also have a couple different Billy Gibbons vehicles that are here for some iconic mods straight from his eclectic mind for which we are to apply directly to said car. In other words we’re doing Billyism’s that only he can dream up. . . nuff sed, you’ll see.

We also got a phone call from a young lady who inherited a 1969 Corvette Convertible Stingray from her Uncle, it’s a 427 4-speed car too. Original paint, interior, etc. It’s getting the full detail and tune up, we are being careful to maintain the integrity of the car and preserve it as a survivor from the 60’s. If you’re in the L.A. area and see a cute gal in an Electric Blue 427 Vette, you’ll know who she is.

One more thought, we’ve had a revelation related to our shipping costs for T-shirts etc. It would seem that our charges within the states were quite reasonable but over-sea’s was ridiculous like in the neighborhood of 30.00 for a shirt . . . delivery only! . . .we now offer a much more affordable way. Call Nikki here at the shop for details. . . and be nice, she’s my wife.

shop # 714 288-1125

later kids!
Jimmy Shine

Jimmy Shine's Work Shop Open House

Post Open House Update

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Well here we are a couple weeks after officially opening our doors for business. The Open House we had was kind of a rush as we were finally up and running with the new website and all our sales systems in place. The announcement was made Thursday the 16th of July and Saturday the 18th was to be the gig. Friday was beautiful and the sun was shinning but that changed on Saturday as the summer torrential rains came down with a vengeance. The day started out with me arriving at 7:00 in the morning to get the place set up and to my surprise I found a small porcelain gnome waiting patiently in front of the showroom door . . . what could that mean? Turns out Little Dave Lohr hopped a flight out of Ohio the night before so he could attend . . . I love him, I just want to pick him up and squeeze him until he pops like a grape! Anyway it rained all day and that kept some cars away but for those who did show up we had a great time. Thanks to our friends and families for the support. Needless to say the turn-out was a much more personal experience than we expected but at the end of the day it was considered a success by all. We’re planning another event in the next couple months as the dust settles and we have time to put it together properly . . . . so stay tuned!

As the world turns inside the walls of the Shine Shop, I’ve started reviewing applications for employment opportunities and have some prospects in mind but I’m not done yet. Anyone wanting to submit a resume for consideration please do. I’m looking for craftsmen with a well rounded background in all aspects of car and bike building. E-mail me at jimmy@jimmyshine.com.

Now then, not only are we looking for possible additions to our team but we’re also entertaining auditions to accept new projects. BIG or small we can do em’ all! . . . . call for an appointment and we can put together an estimate for your project . . . don’t be shy, call us at (714) 288-1125.

– Jimmy Shine

Jimmy Shine's Work Shop Open House

Jimmy Shine Work Shop

New “Jimmy Shine Work Shop” opens its doors

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This coming weekend is going to be a “soft” opening for the new shop . . . . don’t get me wrong, soft only means we’re open for business and our GRAND OPENING will be held at a later date once we’ve had the time to organize a cool event.

This coming Saturday, 18th of July from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM we invite all who can come by for an “eyeball” of our new digs. The Shine’s, Nikki, Kayla, Mom, Pop, basically our whole family will be on hand to welcome everyone to have a look at the shop and also see our new shop shirts . . . . Nikki was adamant about establishing “chick” shirts and designs for the ladies (face it, we’re dudes who wear whatever our girls layout for us and its about time our girls get what they want!).

Parking is limited and the forecast calls for some less than desirable weather but so what! The showroom and shop will be open for all to explore. I’m checking pockets on the way out so don’t take what’s not yours and no spitting on the floors . . . . seriously, no spitting or I’ll have to clobber someone.

See you Saturday!

– Jimmy Shine

Jimmy Shine Work Shop

Jimmy Shine Work Shop

Jimmy Shine Work Shop

Jimmy Shine Work Shop

Welcome to the first blog post!

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The last Blog post I did was way back in 2010 when I was driving the JESEL VALVETRAIN roadster at Bonneville. Well now, there’s been a whole lot going on since and with the new “JIMMY SHINE” website up and running now I’m back in the mix!

The last 5 years have seen many new experiences in my life. We retired the Jesel roadster after setting 5 land speed records in it.

I, along with the crew at SO-Cal Speed Shop, completed the “INDY SPEEDSTER” for Bill Lindig and won the A.M.B.R. in 2012 which was a monumental occasion for all of us!

There were two seasons of “CAR WARRIORS” filmed; the first season with George Barris, Mad Mike and myself, and the second someone thought I’d make a good host. Jury is still out on that one.

I’ve been able to travel extensively all over the world preaching the hot rod gospel, attending shows and rod runs from Japan, Australia, England, Canada, Finland, and even Moscow, Russia . . . . no kidding, I went to the Kremlin and even saw the K.G.B. building ( I didn’t take a picture of the K.G.B. building because I was told not to ).

We’re working on a new T.V. show with Billy Gibbons from that band we know, it’s about cars as you can imagine and some weird fun stuff that seems to accompany the characters.

One of the biggest things to happen would be the sale of my ’34 truck at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale this past January. Truly one of the most emotionally conflicting moments of my life. We were very happy with the $215,000 golden ticket it put in our hands but the loss felt like a death in the family. Why sell the truck you ask? The reason is simple, growth. Time to make bigger dreams happen, time to push forward and contribute to this automotive legacy, time to open the “JIMMY SHINE WORK SHOP” in Orange, California.

I will always have my roots planted deeply within the hallowed name of So-Cal Speed Shop and honor my forefathers Alex Xydias and Pete Chapouris, but this is my gig that I will carry on my shoulders and make it or break it. Pete, Alex and what would seem to be just about everyone I know in the industry has been supporting us from the word go. Feels good. I hope to do as good of a job as my heros.

I want to thank everybody for hanging in there while we’ve been pursuing this new adventure and getting the new shop set up. 4000 feet of shop, 1000 feet of showroom and office, two bathrooms and a Partridge in a pear tree (OK, no Partridge but it sounds funny).

Dig the pictures, the view from BAILEIGH BLVD. is stunning as it overlooks BENDPAK Heights, to the WINZER nut bin and the showroom featuring all our new swag. We’re off and running on our way to G.N.R.S. with the Tom Lieb roadster to contend for A.M.B.R. 2016 as one of our first stops.

Stay tuned, more to come.

– Jimmy Shine

Jimmy Shine Work Shop