Comment Highlight From Big Kev – You Know You’re Getting Older When…

Big Kev left this in the comment section of yesterday’s post (see here) and I felt it deserved to be front and center. I’m sorry, but the Urgent Care transition gets the LOL for real!

I’ve been here before as well, as I distinctly remember the day Kory beat me running for the first time. I would have beat him if it would’ve been a 25- yard race, but it was 40-yards and he ended up smoking me!

Derek Redmond in the 1992 Olympics - CSD Strength is being able and ready to carry our kid's home, no matter what their age.

Derek Redmond in the 1992 Olympics – CSD Strength is being able and ready to carry our kid’s home, no matter what their age.

“Well sir, I hope you reach your 90% / one week goal, as I too am in the process of recuperating. Out taking a leisurely walk with the family Saturday evening and was feeling rather good after returning home. My teenage sons had taken off on a foot race….had I allowed my brain to complete its factoring of variables as to why I would have been the perfect spectator…I would not have taken pursuit. Now, I must say that I surprised them both at the rate I was able to “catch” them but catching them wasn’t good enough, heyday memories began to cloud my judgement and I lined my oldest up for a “I’ll show you” sprint!!
We were given the ready, set, go….I shot out of the blocks seeing victory ahead…I lost? After leaving Urgent Care, I was told its only a sprained knee and I only have to wear the knee brace for about a week.
I’ll get him next time.”

Thanks Big Kev!

I wish you a speedy recovery as well my man and I’m glad it was only a sprain.

If I have to mention Big Kev, I gotta throw up a pic of a Comet GT! The times we had in that ride...

If we have something from Big Kev, I gotta throw up a pic of a Comet GT! The times we had in that ride…


CornerstoneDad Podcast #13 – Is Purity A Realistic or Idealistic Goal For Kids Today? Panel Discussion With The Family


This Is It!

This podcast is guaranteed to make my “Best of” show one day! I’m finally pleased to post part one of this terrific hot-mic discussion that I had with my wife, mother, sister, son, and his friend. Folks, this is our family and this is how we often talk when we get together, so consider it a “reality-show podcast”.

This is part one of our discussion, so in this episode we discuss:

Is purity even a realistic goal for young people to have in today’s society?

Is the current generation less pure than the baby-boomer generation?

Do women really give thought to the kind of father that they want for their children before laying down with a man?

Warning: Parental discretion is advised. I understand that some may not have talked to their children about sex or many of the subjects that we are going to discuss. Therefore, listen first, and determine if it’s age appropriate for your family. 

Your feedback is appreciated, so hit me up in the comment section or at the usual spots:

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Click HERE to listen to Episode #13.

CSD Interview: Raw Dog Talks Winter Hibernation and Unwrapping Your Ride For The Spring



I’ve been smelling burnt rubber for many years and have had the opportunity to talk cars with many guys. One skill you learn is whether guys actually have the baddest ride on the street/strip or if they only dream about it and know theory. Some of you may know what I mean, the guy who tells you how to modify and run your ride but he hasn’t driven anything fast since he bounced his momma’s ’77 LTD with a 351 and the air cleaner cover flipped over to give it that WHOMP sound (don’t judge me…I did that on my dad’s ’77 Bonneville, but I’ve owned faster rides since then!) Then there’s “money guy”, who really only has a fast car because it attracts ladies and he has money. His car is only used to its potential on freeway ramps or when he’s running late for work.

I would bash “Vette-guy”, as many of those guys fit the money-guy description, but that would be disrespectful to the Woodward Dominator, “Raw-Dog”. Raw-Dog earned his name as a guy who tells it like it is and has the knowledge and the ride to back up whatever he’s telling you. But best of all, my man is humble, a great father and a wealth of wisdom that he’s always willing to share. He is the man I call when I need knowledge on car care (any many other things as well) as he has worked in the business of detailing money-guy’s rides in his early years and knows cars and how to care for them inside and out. Now, the man has quite a stable of his own, one that would make the GM fan-boys proud. When he talks, I get my notebook and grab my camera to shoot his rides.

I consulted Raw-Dog before the snow began to fall as I needed his expertise on how to prepare the Mustang. In a few weeks, it’ll be time to pull the Stang out for some good times and I wanted his knowledge on unwrapping the mummy. However, I figured this would be a great time to share his knowledge with all of you as well as it may help some of you CSDs out there who may store your rides during the winter, when you’re being deployed or at rebuild time.

Trust me, you’re going to want to bookmark this post.

Why can't my interior look this clean!

Why can’t my interior look this clean!

I won’t tell you how fast his ZO6 is in the quarter, but let me say that he runs with the folks pulling their wheels way off the ground and resting on nice trailers, while he turns on his A/C, cruise control and tunes to make the 40-mile trip back home from the drag strip. His ride is not exactly stock (well, I guess it depends on your definition), but it’s certainly not a trailer queen and he has no problem running on the dragstrip or road course.


How many years have you been storing cars over the winter?

I’ve been storing cars through midwest winters since 1998 when I bought my first car, a 1988 IROC-Z. My methods have evolved slightly over the years, but essentially boil down to a few important steps with everything else more preferences than anything.

First, I fill them up with gas at the gas station and drive it right to my storage location to have a full tank for storage. The less air space in the tank, the less moisture can develop. I never use fuel stabilizer, and usually just burn through the first tank of fuel the first week of spring (that fuel has slightly degraded – lower octane now so be nice and play it safe and avoid detonation!) . Fuel stabilizer could help, but I always worry about putting anything foreign in the fuel system and have never had an issue with my method. My IROC is 25 years old this year, original fuel pump, original injectors and runs like a top. Same with my other cars, so this works for me. If you are storing a car for longer that one winter I’d say drain the tank. That typically dries out injector seals and such, but after more than a year gas turns to varnish, so you’ll plug everything up anyway. Lose-lose on storing for more than a season here.

Once at storage location, I fully clean them and dry them, inside and out. If you don’t clean them and you use a cover, the dirt particles left on the surface can be rubbed/dragged over the paint by covering and removing the cover, and can do more harm than good. Also, you want it fully dry to avoid any moisture, mildew issues. Then I do all my battery disconnect/trickle charger connection stuff, inflate tires to proper pressure to prevent flat spotting, drop a mothball or two in the engine bay to prevent rodents chewing wires and making homes, then throw the cover on. Some people put their cars on jackstands to unload the suspension, but I have been told this can cause issues with seals in struts being unloaded for so long, so I don’t do that. Figure your suspension wears just slightly less sitting there than when driving, so what’s the difference right? Why risk it?

What are you storing right now?

Currently I am storing that same ’88 IROC, my 2006 C6 ZO6, and I attend to my father’s toy as well, which is a supercharged 2002 Z28 Camaro.

This is another way CSD's put their kids to bed!

This is another way CSD’s put their kids to bed!

What advice do you have as we prepare to unwrap that gift from the winter?

Certainly how your car comes out of storage has a lot to do with how it went into storage. I’ll get into some details in the next few questions, but I usually put my cars into storage and take them out the same way each year.

In my opinion, there are 3 critical areas to pay attention to: the battery, the fuel (I explained in point 1), and then the oil. The first and most important item to me is the battery. The worst thing to do is leave the battery connected to a car that is stored through a winter. Some feel that simply jumping in the car and running it occasionally through a winter to keep a charge is a good idea. I feel that there are two reasons why this is not ideal. First, in between instances of running, the battery will drain (even if not too low to start) and begin to lose some of its capacity that will never come back even when recharged. I always used a trickle charger and have my battery plugged into that, and never have anything connected to the car itself. Also, cold dry starts have plenty of moisture but little oil is present on things (pistons, bearing, cranks etc.), and this just can’t be better for internals than sitting still until spring with fresh, warmer, quicker cold-start lubing oil is in the car. I always leave old oil in my cars for the winter then change it fresh the first day out. Oil accumulates condensation and moisture, so there is no reason to change it before storage, and then drive on degraded oil in the spring.

If someone just left the car outside all winter and/or didn’t prep before snow, what should they do before cranking it up?

Did this person disconnect the battery or at least put in a fresh new charged battery? If that isn’t a concern, I would certainly check under the hood and tailpipes for any debris in the way, then leave the hood open and check everything immediately after startup. If you hear something weird, or see/smell smoke, kill it and then look it all over again. Once mechanically sound and running again, that paint is definitely going to need some love. So I’d advise a wash, clay, high-speed polish and a wax immediately.



Did you ever find you had problems in the spring that you didn’t have before storing the car?

Yes! Before I began using trickle chargers, I ALWAYS had battery issues in the spring. Now, I never do. Sometimes you have other things happen, a mysterious leak or flat tire or something like that, but usually its the way you left it.

Any other nuggets of wisdom you think may help us novices out there?

Change the oil the day you take the car out of storage. Also, the car may run rough the first week out of storage, but like I noted above, likely due to that degraded fuel and will improve with the first fill up. DO NOT GO WIDE OPEN THROTTLE ON THIS OLD FUEL (the octane has significantly dropped over this time), and detonation kills ring lands!!!


Okay, don't go WOT like this!

Okay, don’t go WOT like this on old fuel!

Where’s the first “non-purpose” place you’re going to drive when you pull your ride out for the summer?

To this question I’d usually make a joke like – “To the dealer to trade it in to pay for my kids day care”, but I know when the weather breaks I’ll be going right to Woodward to see some action and meet up with you.


Did somebody say cruising? Just a few more weeks!

Did somebody say cruising action? My girl can hardly wait…

Hot-mod plans for 2013?

No big plans as last year was a big mod year with the heads and all that. I think I’m just planning on upgrading my dry sump oil tank from an 8 qt to a 10 qt to mitigate cooking a bearing out on the racetrack (oil starvation). Also probably a new C5R timing chain to keep those ridiculously expensive new heads/valves in one piece during track days at Waterford, Gingerman and Grattan.


Vette Rest


Hopefully I can get Raw Dog to drop some fatherhood knowledge on us as well in the near future. This man’s garage is impressive, but his family is far more precious and most importantly, he knows it! I really appreciate his time and the great answers.

If any of you have any tips or comments, please let us know below!

CSD Interview: Big Breeze Talks Old School Bodybuilding

Why does a man climb a mountain? For the same reason every wannabe Iron Head goes to crazy Venice Beach to visit a small run down gym…because it’s there!

A couple of weeks ago when my son and I were in the LA region, we made a stop to Venice Beach to see the place where bodybuilding began, “Muscle Beach”.


Sunset at the Muscle Beach gym

While there, I had to send photos to the one person I know who knows more about the early days of bodybuilding than I’ll ever know, my cousin Breeze. This brother remembers the days when guys used steroids as the icing on the cake to their physiques and not steroids and “related products” as main ingredient to the dish.

First, a little background on Breeze himself. Two things Big Cuz has that most of us will never have:

a.) The coolest nickname ever

b.) More muscle per inch of height than we’ll ever see on our frames – Most of us look “average” with clothes on, while Breeze could easily say, “I’m training for the World Strongest Man competition” and people would believe him easily if he was sporting a three-piece suit.

When I first started lifting weights, Breeze was the only person I knew that did anything like “that”. He was a family legend and my first real introduction to clankin’ steel was with my other cousin Kev, in Breeze’s home gym. To this day, I still would love to have a nice cozy dedicated weight room in my home that could compare to the set up he offered. Mirrors, pulley from the ceiling, bench, DBs, all the basics you needed to go limping up the stairs when you were done.

I’m hoping Breeze will bless us with more old school iron lessons, but I wanted him to at least let us get to know a bit more about him and what he has to offer with the following interview.

Check out the great history of Muscle Beach at:

Check out the great history of Muscle Beach


When did you first get into bodybuilding/weightlifting?

Born: 1962

I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, a era of greatest music, baddest cars to pound the pavement and one of the best era for toys, cartoons and comics. What I remember most from the comic books were the ads, from Charles Atlas training system and Joe Weider barbell sets to protein snacks, and the Bullworker. Every department store, Sears, Montgomery Wards, to Kmart sold a 110 lb. weight set and its own benches. We all had a uncle, cousin or friend who had something, pictures of Arnold or Frank Zane with bikini babes on their arms.
Wow it looked like fun, and I can’ t remember my first muscle magazine, but I was age 12 or 13 when my father gave me a choice Karate classes or barbell set. But off to sears we went and the rest is history, an all time love for weight training and the sport of Bodybuilding.

You don't know about the Bullworker...and I didn't either until Breeze mentioned it! That's OLD SCHOOL

You don’t know about the Bullworker…and I didn’t either until Breeze mentioned it! That’s OLD SCHOOL

What word of advice do you have for youngsters wanting to lift?

I’ve had my up & downs in life, “but the Iron, cures all”.

Every doctor should write a prescription, “PICK TWO EXERCISES PER BODY PART, 3 SETS EACH, SEE ME IN TWO WEEKS!”

The Legendary Frank Zane – IFBB Mr. Olympia 1977-1979

Thanks Breeze, and we look forward to hearing more from you in the near future!