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Sometimes it might be best to leave a legacy undisturbed. Take Ric Reed’s idea of resurrecting the storied Studebaker nameplate with a lineup of hybrid cars and trucks with the famed Lark, President and Champ model names.  It all sounds well and good until you see the proposed design concepts. Ouch. Carscoops offers a glimpse of the retina searing, new age Portlandia Studebakers.

The wizard behind this idea is businessman Ric Reed, who runs the Big Kahuna apparel company from Colorado. He bought the rights to the Studebaker name in 2001 and wants to revive the long shuttered automaker with eco-hip  ”21st century hybrids..”  Like Tesla’s Elon Musk, Reed thinks he can cross over to the “knuckle dragging” automobile industry because he is an enlightened outsider with an iPhone and an internet connection.

Then we see Reed’s CGI generated designs ideas. Not only do the renderings have zero correlation to any Studebaker in anyway whatsoever, they are pug ugly even by current Chinese auto industry standards. Check out the images and ask yourself, is there one iota of Studebaker DNA in these renderings? Even the new “S” logo looks like it was ripped from Hyundai. Not good.

This could be a really cool idea if executed correctly. Look no further than the Chrysler 300, Challenger Mustang, Camaro, et al. The idea of selling hybrid clown cars under the ancient Studebaker nameplate to Portlandia people who have no knowledge of this marque (and could care less,) is a non-starter and a question no one asked. At least our beloved Avanti was never mentioned.

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Greaser Alley 2011 In Review

Posted: January 15, 2012 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 160,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Designed for 8″, 8.8″, 9″ Ford, Dana 44/60, and 12 – Bolt Chevys

Are you in need of a new glass top for your Ford or Mercury?

You can try to find an original top at swap meets, forums, or if you’re lucky an old barn find!

Here is some info for you guys looking for a new reproduction top.

Pollard Plastic out of Dallas, Texas reproduces green tinted glass tops for $850.00. ($750.00 for the top and $100.00 to ship)

If you want a custom color I believe there is an up charge of around $200.00 – $250.00 dollars.

Pollard Plastic

         This unique “3 Finger” design box & pan brake  incorporates moveable fingers on the bed and apron, as well as the usual upper fingers. This new design allows the operator to make bend combinations that were extremely difficult, if not impossible, in the past.

Unit Ships Standard with: 1″, 2″, 3″, 6″, 12″, 24″  Upper Fingers,  Bed Fingers,  and Apron (leaf) Angles.


Click Here For Details -> Box & Pan Break $2950.00

     Now proud to offer the finishing touch to your period perfect Gasser build or Gasser restoration. You can choose from Swindler Blue, Flame Red, Pagan Gold, or CASH Money Green. This stuff is applied just like modern window tint, it is a film with an adhesive backed side that activates when wet. You can apply it yourself or take your ride to the local tint shop and let a pro tackle it. You get a roll that is 30 inches by 25 feet for only $99.95



Mittler Bros Machine & Tool has been manufacturing high quality metal working & fabrication equipment since 1980. Our machines are built with pride in the USA. Here is a list and photos of some of our most popular products:

Tube Notcher

Tube Bender

Bead Roller

Bench Press

Pan Brake

Planishing Hammer

English Wheel

If you are in need of any metal working & fabrication equipment please do not hessitate to call me at 1-800-467-2464 ext 116 and ask for Jason. Or just stop by the website to see all of the equipment we have to offer.

Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool is a manufacturer of a wide array of metal working, manufacturing, & racing machinery, tools, & equipment, such as; Ultimate Tube Notcher, Pipe Notcher, Tube Notching Equipment, Pipe & Tube Bender, Tube Bending, Pipe Bending, Power Drive Bead Roller, Bead Rollers, Manual Bead Roller, Bead Rolls, Rotary Machine, Bench Press, Hydraulic Bench Press, Bench Press Metal Fabrication, Bench Press Punch, Louver Tools, Punch Tools, Flare Tools, Punch & Flare, Dimple Tools, Ultimate Box & Pan Brake, Planishing Hammer, English Wheel, English Wheeling Machine, Sheet Metal Brake, M22 Gauge Brake, Straight Brake, 52″ Foot Shear, Radius Brake, Metal Forming Hand Tools, Custom Crankshaft, Hole Saw Notcher, Metal Fabrication Equipment, Metal Forming Hand Tool, 9″ Ford Racing Housing, Front & Rear Hub, Drive Flanges, 3rd Members, Spools, Chipmaster Chip Packing System, Custom & Specialty Industrial Machinery, Wired & Wireless Race Scales, Ultimate Pull Down Rig, Gauge Punch, Bump Steer Gauges, Stock Car Setup, Quarter Midget Parts, Quarter Midget Shocks, Platinum 4 Shock, Wheel Scales, Quarter Midget Shock & Spring, Dash Gauges, Pivot Jack, Tire Gauges, Pyrometers, Setup Equipment, Racing Accessories, Robotic Integration, CNC, Custom Billet Crankshafts, Brakes, Metal Shaping Tools, Clecos & much more!

                   The Clean Wipe Wiper Drive is a true bolt-in replacement for your original equipment vacuum or electric windshield wiper motor. Each model of the Clean Wipe Wiper Drive is designed for the specific year and model of vehicle.

BULLETWiper drives attach to the stock mounting brackets.

BULLETDesigned for attachment to O.E.M. wiper transmission or cable drums.

BULLETEach kit comes complete with nylon bushings to replace the rubber grommets in the wiper transmission linkage arms. (when required)

BULLETClears Stock Cowl Vent and Air Conditioning

         This was by far the easiest and best investment I  install in my old Merc. It took less then 10 minutes to install. No more waiting on the vacuum from the motor to clean the windshield. Highly recommended. Many application available. Check them out at