Archives October 2020

Nothing like old school black steel wheels with chrome wheel caps and beauty rings to shine up an old truck. I think these Vision Wheel Soft 8 wheels really add some class.

I like the Soft 8 steel wheels because I can add whatever center caps I want. It’s also nice to have the option to add whatever lug nuts, trim rings, and valve stem covers I want too. Not that you can’t do that on other aftermarket wheels, but the classic black look gives me more of a blank canvas to work with.

I paired the wheels with Cooper Evolution HT tires in 245/75 16. I think they’re the perfect size for the look I’m going for, and they seem to ride great in the few miles I’ve put on them so far. I can’t wait for my tire paint to dry so I can take them all out on the road and do a photo shoot.

The beauty rings, lug nuts, center caps, and valve stem caps are all available on Amazon. Actually the tires and rims are too, but I didn’t get them from there.

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The 351 Windsor, or 351w for short, is one of the greatest engines Ford Motor Company ever produced. I’ve done a lot of research on the 351 SBF in preparation for doing an engine swap into the Bullnose, and this video is the culmination of everything I’ve learned. I’ve included year and vehicle charts so you can see which vehicles of which years carried the 351w block and which block years had which features.

Did you know that blocks made before 1974 had more material in the casting, so they’re actually stronger? The deck height isn’t the same for all years of 351 Windsor either. Some later blocks also allow for the use of roller cams instead of flat tappet. Do you know the difference between a 351w, a 351 Cleveland, a 351 Modified, or a 351 HO? In the battle of 351 Windsor Vs 351 Cleveland, why should you pick the Windsor even though the Cleveland is a more powerful engine?

This video goes into all that and even more. I hope you find the information as useful as I have, and I hope the video helps put everything into one place so you don’t need to go digging for this information. All the same information is also available on my website at

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What is Engine Fogging? Why fog an engine, and how to fog your engine? Find out in this Bullnose Garage Quick Tip!

Whenever you’re going to store an engine for an extended period of time, say over the winter as is often the case with marine engines, fogging it beforehand is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to prevent rust and corrosion from invading the top end. As the oil runs down into the pan during a long period of not running, the top end parts such as the pistons, rings, cylinders, and valves can dry out… which can make them more vulnerable to moisture.

Moisture is the enemy, because it can cause rust and corrosion… and even seize your engine if left for long enough. Specially made fogging oil, applied correctly, can coat these parts to prevent moisture from getting in and causing havoc. Learn how to do this simple, quick, and cheap procedure to protect your stored engine from potential catastrophe.

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Garage organization has always been a weak point for me. I have a bad habit of leaving tools laying around and not putting them back where they go. Before I can work on fixing that, I need to get organized in the first place. Finishing the garage renovation is a perfect time to do that.

Take a look at my process and see some of the tricks I use to get as organized as I can. I’m using lots of storage from public surplus, a little bit of toolbox shadowing, nifty magnetic labels, and about a week’s worth of work to get there. In the end, I’m happy with the result and hopefully I can keep things organized.

Here are some of the items or locations mentioned in the video:
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Bullnose Ford Trucks, Ford consumer grade trucks made between 1980 and 1986, have a special place in my heart. My 1985 F-150 Bullnose Ford Truck has a special place in my garage. Learn why I think it’s special, and what my plans are for it.

I started this channel to serve as a way to help others learn about these trucks and as a way to document what I’m doing with mine. I have a load of plans for it… a rebuilt 351 Windsor small block, lots of visual upgrades, suspension upgrades, wheels and tires, and maybe even paint or a vinyl wrap someday. Who knows where the adventure will take me, but I’m glad you’re along for the ride.

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Finding hard to get or unique parts for your restoration or older vehicle can be one of the hardest challenges of working on older vehicles. Many parts aren’t even made anymore, so how do you find them? Learn the processes I use to try to find some of those elusive parts and the one trick I’ve found to almost always find the part I need, even if it might be a little expensive.

I’ll go over some of the online retailers I use and just how I track down parts. I’ll also talk about some things to look for when you’re scavenging old parts, some ways to potentially fix or refinish them, and why having a few spares around is a good idea.

Here’s the link for Gary’s Garagemahal that I talked about. It’s a great site for Bullnose information!

Here are some of the sites I talk about in the video where I typically go to get parts: