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Lifelong Oldsmobile Enthusiast John Trial Builds the Car of His Dreams

Lifelong Oldsmobile Enthusiast John Trial Builds the Car of His Dreams

John Trial’s passion for Oldsmobile traces back to earliest childhood. “My father was an Olds man,” he explains. “His first new car was a 1961 Dynamic 88. I was hooked on Oldsmobiles early on, and there was no turning back.” Though Trial had owned several Olds 88s and 98s over the years, he never had what he really wanted: a 442. One day a friend who knew close to nothing about cars called to tell him about a really clean blue car for sale in the neighborhood that he would love. Trial wasn’t looking for another car and didn’t put much faith in his pal’s judgment, so he disregarded the advice. Two weeks later he was running errands with his wife when they drove past a super-clean blue Cutlass convertible. Both were impressed, and Trial realized this was probably the same car his friend told him about. It was, and it belonged to him the next day.
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2019 SEMA Show recap

2019 SEMA Show recap

We’re still in catch up mode after a very successful 2019 SEMA show. It was very satisfying to us to see CON2R products throughout the show in a wide range of vehicles – and all of them lookin’ good. If we missed you during the show, be sure to send us photos of your vehicle so we can do some catch up and share it with all our followers.

The big news from the Old Skool Zone at the show was the release of our ’66-’77 Ford Bronco & ’61-’66 Ford F100 direct replacement SuperStock instrument sets as well as our two new series of “Your Way” steering wheels with their C2 Corvette-inspired design.

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SEMA 2019: CON2R Reinvents The Wheel With Two New Releases

SEMA 2019: CON2R Reinvents The Wheel With Two New Releases

There’s an old adage about reinventing the wheel which relates to duplicating a basic method that has previously been created or optimized by others.  CON2R Inc. is not about to reinvent the wheel, but they have surely redesigned it for real classic car aficionados.

Debuting at the 2019 SEMA show is CON2R’s signature Vonhotrod steering wheel and the all-new Corvette wheel.

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NSRA Giveaway Car For 2020 From Show Me Rod And Customs

NSRA Giveaway Car For 2020 From Show Me Rod And Customs

NSRA had a mega-successful year in 2019 with record attendance and a big bash party in Louisville for its 50th anniversary.  They kept the momentum building by rolling into SEMA this year with a new giveaway car, a custom-built, 1932 Ford Roadster as its  Street Rod Nationals, Top Participant Prize for 2020.

Unveiled in Las Vegas on opening day at SEMA 2019, it was a golden delicious little roadster all kitted up in vintage threads.  Built by Show Me Rod and Customs, out of Nixa, Missouri, it’s quite the stunner. Not only is Show Me Customs a great builder, but they also build early Ford fiberglass bodies in five configurations as well.
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1962 Chevrolet Impala – Psychedelic ’62

1962 Chevrolet Impala – Psychedelic ’62

Gilbert Ramirez’s 1962 Chevrolet Impala “Psychedelic ’62”

As a toddler, Gilbert Ramirez attended car shows with his father, but nothing actually stuck with him until he became a teenager. By that time his fascination with lowriding began to grow, and through the influence of his father and the friends he had made on the scene, Gilbert didn’t just want to build any car, he wanted to build a lowrider that could hang with the big dogs. Then again, that should come as no surprise since his father is Big Fern, the man who has long been a fixture in the lowriding scene, a Lifestyle Car Club member, and owner of the famous “Moonflower.” Continue reading →

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Mating a Shelby GT 500 engine with a 1957 Ford

Mating a Shelby GT 500 engine with a 1957 Ford

Don’t let the Florida license plate fool you, Jay Gribble may live in Florida but he is a Texan first and a car guy being a close second. Even back in his high school days he managed to build a competitive D/G car out of a ’33 Chevy coupe. Typical early ‘60s gasser, pie crust slicks sticking out past the fenders a bit, jacked up straight axle front end. He put his share of guys on the trailer with the old coupe but one weekend he pulled to the line next to a white 1957 Ford. Without going into too much detail let’s just say that 1957 Ford put his Chevy on the trailer.
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CON2R Featured in F-100 Builder’s Guide

CON2R Featured in F-100 Builder’s Guide

CON2R was recently featured in not one, but 2 articles in the Fall 2019 issue of the F-100 Builder’s Guide Magazine.  Be sure to pick up a copy here for the whole articles, including step-by-step installation instructions for both CON2R steering wheels and our F-100 Direct Replacement Instrument Set. Continue reading →

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Wild 1961 Chevy Bubbletop Impala Full Custom

Wild 1961 Chevy Bubbletop Impala Full Custom

“How do you like me now?” might be the question Clarence Goodwin’s 1961 Chevy Impala would ask if it could talk. You see Clarence didn’t make a whole lot of changes when he first got the ’61 Impala, and for that matter he really wasn’t looking for a 1961 Impala when he bought the car. One might say it was Clarence’s dad who was to blame for him picking this particular year and model of car. Continue reading →

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Tailored Koolness: CON2R Featured on Rod Authority!

Tailored Koolness: CON2R Featured on Rod Authority!

A car’s steering wheel is the user interface between man and machine. The nexus point where human blends with steel, glass and rubber. It should be a fantastic experience with a “tiller” that beckons the driver to his mechanical steed with assuring tactile and visual rewards. Continue reading →

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