October 11th, 1200

Last weekend my sons and I rented a U-Haul Auto transport trailer and drove about 60 miles south to look over and consider buying a 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 2 Door Sports Coupe.  The car was in fair condition for being 50 years old with minimal rust and not much body damage to speak of.  The interior is in really good shape but the seats are "see through" and I say that with all sincerity.  The engine looks to be in good shape and we plan to do a compression and leak down test on it next weekend to see for sure. 

The odometer reads 59,540 miles.  How do you know it's 59,540 and not 159, 540 or even 259,540?  Documentation gets you only so far but it's a good start.  I've already contacted the last two owners and they're collecting service information, old pictures, and other items of providence.  However, I tend to go for the mechanical inspection to get a more accurate estimate.  For instance, the windshield wiper motors barely get used, but on a 100,000 mile car they'll show a decent amount of backlash slop.  This one was tight as new making the 59,540 claim more believable.  The torque boxes on the unibody are another way to tell and so far mechanically this car appears to be low mileage including the C4 transmission and rear end.  All the original parts, hoses, clamps, etc in the engine compartment are intact further indicating a low mileage car.  As they neared 100,000 and more they've been taken apart for their first valve jobs, radiators and water pumps replaced, etc, etc, and you'll see signs.  There were no signs on this car.

The big question is what we'll do with it.  I only paid $800, $950 with the U-haul rental.  I can flip it immediately for 3-4x that much.  But what I really want is a project for the winter I can spend time with my sons on and a car simple enough to use for my sons first engine rebuild.  This car fits that.  I just completed an estimate.  I can put it on the road with new tires, brakes, hoses, belts, etc, etc. running great for about $1200 in small parts.   It might be fun to drive it around this way, but frankly we want something nicer for our third car.

In 1963 Ford released the Fairlane Thunderbolt with a 427 cubic inch side oiler V8 making 676 horsepower, fiberglass front fenders and hood, a heavy duty transmission, and other heavy duty parts making it the fastest of all muscle cars ever produced  through 1963 and well beyond.  Original samples bring in excess of $150,000 at auction and even nice replicas fetch high 70-80;s.   Should we build a Thunderbolt Replica?   Or how about dropping a nice clean and quiet 400 horsepower stroker V8 in there and making the exterior and interior rock like stock?  According to the VIN this car came in Raven Black which is Ford's deepest blackest black, and a deep red for the interior.  For under $15,000 in parts I could have an exceptional cruiser.  I don;'t know yet, but I'm interested in your opinions and experiences.  Send them in please!  

I'll let you know when I make up my mind in the coming months.  For now these are some less than good images from the ad where I found it.

 

Last weekend my sons and I rented a U-Haul Auto transport trailer and drove about 60 miles south to look over and consider buying a 1963 Ford Fairlane 500 2 Door Sports Coupe.  The car was in fair condition for being 50 years old with minimal rust and not much body damage to speak of.  The interior is in really good shape but the seats are "see through" and I say that witth all sincerity.  The engine looks to be in good shape and we plan to do a compressoin and leak down test on it next weekend to see for sure.

The odometer reads 59,540 miles.  How do you know it's 59,540 and not 159, 540 or even 259,540?  Documentation gets you only so far but it's a good start.  I've already contacted the last two owners and they're collecting service information, old pictures, and other items of providence.  However, I tend to go for the mechanical inspection to get a more accurate estimate.  For instance, the windshield wiper motors barely get used, but on a 100,000 mile car they'll show a decent amount of backlash slop.  This one was tight as new making the 59,540 claim more believeable.  The torque boxes on the unibody are another way to tell and so far mechanically this car appears to be low mileage including the C4 transmission and rear end.  All the original parts, hoses, clamps, etc in the engine compartment are intact further indicating a low mileage car.  As they neared 100,000 and more they've been taken apart for their first valve jobs, radiators and water pumps replaced, etc, etc, and you'll see signs.  There were no signs on this car.

The big question is what we'll do with it.  I only paid $800, $950 with the U-haul rental.  I can flip it immediately for 3-4x that much.  But what I really want is a project for the winter I can spend time with my sons on and a car simple enough to use for my sons first engine rebuild.  This car fits that.  I just completed an estimate.  I can put it on the road with new tires, brakes, hoses, belts, etc, etc. running great for about $1200 in small parts.   It might be fun to drive it around this way, but frankly we want something nicer for our third car.

In 1963 Ford released the Fairlane Thunderbolt with a 427 cubic inch side oiler V8 making 676 horsepower, fiberglass front fenders and hood, a heavy duty transmission, and other heavy duty parts making it the fastest of all muscle cars ever produced  through 1963 and well beyond.  Original samples bring in excess of $150,000 at auction and even nice replicas fetch high 70-80;s.   Should we build a Thunderbolt Replica?   Or how about dropping a nice clean and quiet 400 horsepower stroker V8 in there and making the exterior and interior rock like stock?  According to the VIN this car came in Raven Black which is Ford's deepest blackest black, and a deep red for the interior.  For under $15,000 in parts I could have an exceptional cruiser.  I don;'t know yet, but I'm interested in your opinions and experiences.  Send them in please!

I'll let you know when I make up my mind in the coming months.  For now these are some less than good images from the ad where I found it.

 

October 6th, 1450

This month I'm excited to bring you "Purpose Of A Viewfinder" which I hope will those of you not fully utilizing your viewfinder to get much more from it's design and capabilities.  Khun Klit brings us a light look at Bangkok "Bangkok Through Khun Klit's Eyes" which I found fun and interesting.  Tom Tweedel is back with a short tutoral titled "Shoot With A Purpose" which compliments my own opener "Purpoe Of A Viewfinder."   Next we have News For The Month of September 1st through October 6th, 2012. "How To Visit The Mae La Refugee Camp" is asked and answered. 

 

This month I'm excited to bring you "Purpose Of A Viewfinder" which I hope will those of you not fully utilizing your viewfinder to get much more from it's design and capabilities.  Khun Klit brings us a light look at Bangkok "Bangkok Through Khun Klit's Eyes" which I found fun and interesting.  Tom Tweedel is back with a short tutoral titled "Shoot With A Purpose" which compliments my own opener "Purpoe Of A Viewfinder."   Next we have News For The Month of September 1st through October 6th, 2012.  "How To Visit The Mae La Refugee Camp" is asked and answered.

 

Finally Dana closes out his Thailand Photo Series with "A Picture Of Me", a rather sad look at his progress photographing Fa with his Polaroid Land Camera.   Dana has been the leading force behind our Thailand's Photo Stories hoping he coudl inspire others to share their camera stories.  Thank you Dana!  Guys, if you have any Thailand Photo Stories you'd like to share please contact me. This can be a very rewarding section of our site.

 

Finally Dana closes out his Thailand Photo Series with "A Picture Of Me", a rather sad look at his progress photographing Fa with his Polaroid Land Camera.   Dana has been the leading force behind our Thailand's Photo Stories hoping he coudl inspire others to share their camera stories.  Thank you Dana!  Guys, if you have any Thailand Photo Stories you'd like to share please contact me. This can be a very rewarding section of our site.

 

I'm up early today with a truck and car trailer sitting outside my house ready for a day long trip to inspect and hopefully reach a purchase agreement for a 1963 Ford Fairlane.  If I come home later with said vehicle which has been in storage for the last four decades then I'll have my winter project to keep me busy during the snow filled winter.  At this point I have no idea on a completion date, but maybe by early next summer if there isn't too much body panel repair needed.  The VIN (vehicle identification number) shows this is an original 2 door sport coupe with a V8 and automatic, Raven Black paint with a red interior.   I'm excited about this car because my appreciation of vintage Ford Fairlanes is something I share with my closest friend of all time.  When my first son Mark was born we needed a safe sensible car that WAS NOT a street racer, something dependable and cheap.  I found a 1967 Ford Fairlane 4 door with a V8 and Automatic and over the next 2-3 years learned to love it.  It was quiet and smooth and dependable.  Back then it pulled in approximately 20mpg which was extraordinary for the time.  After joining the military I reluctantly gifted it to my younger brother.  Later in life after meeting who was to become my best friend fo all time I mentioned this Fairlane and he pulled out a picture of a 1963 two door sport coupe with a V8.  It turns out that while I was enjoying my 67' he was having a similar relationship with his 63'. Both of us often lamented over giving up these cars.   If I make this purchase I'll bring you the first pictures tomorrow.

 

September 23rd, 1340

I'm pleased to announce the errors affecting Bangkok Images registration field descriptions to not be visible and to not link properly from the sidebar menus have both been fixed!   I'm still out of town and will be until next week, but I wanted to let you know thee two issues have been corrected.   Hopefully there will be more ot share next week.

 

September 19th, 2034

After a recent update www.bangkokimages.com is having some operational issues.   The links in the sidebars aren't working.  If you click on one all you'll get is a 404 page error.  This is our first priority to be fixed and I hope to have it repaired in the next 24 hours.  Then, when trying to register a new account in Internet Explorer the field titles aren't visible.  If you encounter this problem you can use Firefox, Chrome, or any other browser BUT Internet Explorer and all will work fine.

What makes these problems especial; difficult is I'm an hour away from stepping oiut the door to travel to Nashville for a couple weddings.  I'll only have time to work on these issues from my hotel in the evenings.   But I'll do my best.

 

September 5th, 0005

Dana Unplugged!   Many of our regular readers are familiar with Dana whose prolific writing on the Thai nightlife scene either leave you hot or cold, there is rarely an in between.  To be honest the content of his short stories were never my thing, but I loved the style, the prose, and more than anything else his Matryoshka Doll style thoughts and hidden messages which required careful reading to get the most of.  

When I first opened this site Dana offered to write a few pieces and I was thrilled.  Well, until I realized his content didn't mesh well with the G-rated nature of this site.  With a heavy heart I had to tell Dana I could no longer run that type of content and I was deleting that which he's already posted.  It hurt even more because I detest censorship as much as the next guy, but probably not as much as Dana. It's very difficult o get a good writer to write for your site and I immediately felt the loss.  And I felt I'd offended him on a personal level.  It wasn't a good time.  But during these discussions I asked, or maybe even challenged him:  I asked him to come up with G-rated content which could be enjoyed by a wider audience and let me run it here.   With his talent he didn't need the obligatory T&A references to build a solid readership.  We left it at that.

Months later he sent me a new story titled "Happy or Sad"  which I found very enjoyable.  A welcome read amongst the collection of rotten prose you most often come across in the Thailand genre of writing.  He followed it up with several more and later more.  If you haven't been reading these short stories you've really missed out on what I feel is some of the best Thailand genre writing ever!

I urge you to take a look through the Thailand Photo Stories section of the site.  It's open to anyone but so far only Dana and a few brave others have contributed.  Read Dana's last story "A Picture Disappointment" if you have any doubts and please provide feedback in the comments section immediately preceding the stories/articles.  Most of the time we don't realize what we had, until we don't have it anymore.

 

I urge you to take a look through the Thailand Photo Stories section of the site.  It's open to anyone but so far only Dana and a few brave others have contributed.  Read Dana's last story "A Picture Disappointment" if you have any doubts and please provide feedback in the comments section immediately preceding the stories/articles.  Most of the time we don't realize what we had, until we don't have it anymore.

 

September 1st, 1035

This month we have an interesting mix of articles.  We kick off with "The Photographers Eye, What's your Keeper Ratio?", and Khun Klit submits his own feature titled "Chao Phraya River From The Klong Toei Port to Bang Krachao."  Then we have a through provoking piece as we await announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5  "The New iPhone 5 and Going Retro", followed by "News For The Month August 12th through September 1st, 2012" and a great question "Product Photography Light Tent Mistakes and Corrrections" and once again Dana provides a Thailand Photo Story titled "A Picture Disappointment" which I'm sure we can all relate to.   As always, feedback is greatly appreciated.

 

This month we have an interesting mix of articles.  We kick off with "The Photographers Eye, What's your Keeper Ratio?", and Khun Klit submits his own feature titied "Chao Phraya River From The Klong Toei Port to Bang Krachao."   Then we have a through provoking piece as we await announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5  "The New iPhone 5 and Going Retro", followed by "News For The Month August 12th through September 1st, 2012" and a great question "Product Photography Light Tent Mistakes and Corrrections" and once again Dana provides a Thailand Photo Story titled "A Picture Disappointment" which I'm sure we can all relate to.   As always, feedback is greatly appreciated.

 

August 28th, 1100

Adobe just relesaed Lightroom 4.2RC and ACR 7.2RC release candidate updates.   You can get your Lightroom updates here, and your ACR updates here.   Both of these fix various bugs and support the newest cameras so be sure to read the release notes to know what improvements benefit your personal work flow.

 

Adobe just relesaed Lightroom 4.2RC and ACR 7.2RC release candidate updates.   You can get your Lightroom updates here, and your ACR updates here.  Both of these fix various bugs and support the newest cameras so be sure to read the release notes to know what improvements benefit your personal workfloow. Adobe just relesaed Lightroom 4.2RC and ACR 7.2RC release candidate updates.   You can get your Lightroom updates here, and your ACR updates here.  Both of these fix various bugs and support the newest cameras so be sure to read the release notes to know what improvements benefit your personal workfloow.

 

August 16th, 1425

I just put up what I hope will be a thought provoking article detailing how I've come to view the newest smartphones and my recent experience with a 6-7 year old model "retro" flip phone.   Everyone should have so much pleasure!    Click on "The New Iphone5 and Going Retro" and give it a read.   I'd really like feedback on this one.   Enjoy.

 

 Last month we didn't have a column because I was so busy while in Thailand and I couldn't find a decent internet connection.. but this month I'm home and with the help of contributors was able to come up with some pretty nice pieces.  Our Feature Photograph is "Visualizing to Completion" and I hope it will be thought provoking, Bigjoe wrote an excellent piece about our workshop together titled "Applying the Fundamentals of a Workshop", and then I followed that up with "Summer 2012 Workshops and Wedding Wrap-up" , and then we have News For The Month(s) of June 2nd through August 11th, 2012, and we're ending on a creative note with Dana's "A New Digital Camera,"  Enjoy and as always, feedback is greatly appreciated.

 

 

August 11th, 0950

Last month we didn't have a column because I was so busy while in Thailand and I couldn't find a decent internet connection.. but this month I'm home and with the help of contributors was able to come up with some pretty nice pieces.   Our Feature Photograph is "Visualizing to Completion" and I hope it will be thought provoking, Bigjoe wrote an excellent piece about our workshop together titled "Applying the Fundamentals of a Workshop", and then I followed that up with "Summer 2012 Workshops and Wedding Wrap-up" , and then we have News For The Month(s) of June 2nd through August 11th, 2012, and we're ending on a creative note with Dana's "A New Digital Camera,"   Enjoy and as always, feedback is greatly appreciated.

 

Last month we didn't have a column because I was so busy while in Thailand and I couldn't find a decent internet connection.. but this month I'm home and with the help of contributors was able to come up with some pretty nice pieces.  Our Feature Photograph is "Visualizing to Completion" and I hope it will be thought provoking, Bigjoe wrote an excellent piece about our workshop together titled "Applying the Fundamentals of a Workshop", and then I followed that up with "Summer 2012 Workshops and Wedding Wrap-up" , and then we have News For The Month(s) of June 2nd through August 11th, 2012, and we're ending on a creative note with Dana's "A New Digital Camera,"  Enjoy and as always, feedback is greatly appreciated.

Fuji x100  F5.6  1/80th  ISO 200

 

August 2nd, 1050

The first article since I've been back from Thailand is a Feature Photograph titled  "Visualization To Completion"  which discusses a few of the many trends I noticed among many workshop students during the month.   I'll be taking these observations from the month and weaving them into articles with examples over the new few months.  This is the first.

 

 The first article since I've been back from Thailand is a Feature Photograph titled  "Visualization To Completion"  which discusses a few of the many trends I noticed among many workshop students during the month.  I'll be taking these observations from the month and weaving them into articles with examples over the new few months.  This is the first.

Canon 5d Mark II, Sigma 12-24mm @F8 1/200th 24mm ISO 100