After last week’s disappointing conclusion to the first part of the Shelby Rent-A-Racer restorations, Gas Monkey got right back to work in Monday’s episode.
Aaron didn’t freak out like I would have after seeing the metal in the oil. He suggested it may not be anything serious and to simply do an oil change. I’m not some car expert, but the vibrations and odd noises suggested something potentially serious was going on. I didn’t think a mere oil change would fix it.
I hate to be that “I told you so” guy, so I’ll just say “I knew so.” I just didn’t know what exactly was wrong. As it turns out one of the cams didn’t do so well in their break-in period. Aaron and company went with a standard oil and threw in a break-in additive which didn’t work.
I know they don’t want to use expensive oil, but give me a break. $72 a case for oil is expensive, but not when you consider all the money that goes into a car. Don’t be a tightwad. Spend the cash and use the right oil.
As for the wheelin’ and dealin’, there was plenty of that this week. Richard managed to unload everything, including the Lotus Cortina and Amphibicar. They both may have been worth a fair amount of money, however both went for more than I felt they were worth. Maybe it’s just me.
The 1961 Ford Falcon was a little bit of a surprise for me. It’s a sporty little car, but nothing that would make you do a double-take. It proved to be a quick and easy flip for Richard. He had Tom give it a tune up and get it running. Easy as pie.
There were to big surprises in Monday’s episode. The first came with that order of fourteen 2013 COPPO Camaro Rolling Chasis. I have no doubt Richard and Dennis will make money on them. I just don’t know how much. Without an engine, they’re like a blank canvas, just waiting for an artist (or mechanic) to apply whatever crazy idea he or his potential customer has. These cars will go for a lot of money. I wonder how much they had to pay for them though. They couldn’t have been cheap.
The biggest surprise came in the tease for next week. Richard gets the job of building a classic Trans-Am, the one from the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit. Oh, yeah. The best part of that clip was seeing Richard and Aaron trying to get Burt Reynolds’ autograph. LMAO. I’m really looking forward to this one.