Tales of a Gearhead

By Stacey David

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Covering everything from current industry issues and trends, to answering questions and offering advice to gearheads across the nation, Stacey brings a lifetime of automotive knowledge and expertise to the Podcast listener. With Stacey’s unique life experience, and deep pool of friends, the program is fun, informative, inspiring and like nothing else on the air.

Episode Date
Cornwell Tool Rally LIVE

On this episode, Stacey hits the road and travels to Las Vegas for the Cornwell rally. Recorded live, Stacey interviews various members of the Cornwell team. Topics range from favorite car, weirdest food eaten, favorite tunes to jam while driving and most importantly the age old Texas vs. California battle… Which is better: IN-N-OUT or WHATABURGER?

May 31, 2023
Car Flipping

Stacey breaks down the ins and outs of car flipping and the difference between the enthusiast mindset and the flipper mindset.

Then, Stacey shares a Jeepster tale about when he was out with his Dad and brothers and how they showed a bunch of lifted 4x4 trucks that size DOES matter.

May 17, 2023
The Jeepster Show!

Like the old Pimp My Ride meme says… “Yo dawg, we heard you like Jeepsters. So we did an interview with the Jeepster man about Jeepsters …”

Stacey sits down with Mark Vilbert from Jeepster Man and you guessed it, digs into all things Jeepster. From Mark’s early days starting the company with his son, to merging with Just Jeepers, to favorite builds and beyond. It’s the ultimate Jeepster deep dive!

May 03, 2023
Garret's Rod Shop 1933 Ford P-33 Roadster

Stacey sits down with Karl Schulman from Garret’s Rod Shop to discuss the history of the shop, the changes in industry trends and most importantly, their most recent project, the out of sight 1933 P-33 roadster which will be featured on an upcoming episode of GEARZ.

Then it’s into the mailbag for listener questions about wiring harnesses and upgrading your suspension for proper towing.

Apr 19, 2023
When to Walk Away

Like Kenny Rogers sang in “The Gambler”… You got to know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold em. Know when to walk away and know when to run. 

The same goes for projects. Stacey gets into how if that dream project keeps getting away, and when it might be time to start looking for something else.

Then we hop on the GEARZ bus for a visit to the LIONS museum in Long Beach, California. 

And finally, Stacey wraps everything up with the differences between Concourse & Thoroughbred restorations and a quick update on the CHEETAH project!

Apr 05, 2023
Grand National Roadster Show

Fresh off a trip to Pomona, CA, Stacey shares his experience at the Grand National Roadster Show that featured COPPERHEAD in it’s Keep On Truckin' exhibit. Then he cracks open the mailbag to answer a listener question from Chet about whether he should add twin turbos to his ’93 GMC Sierra, or go all out and do a V8 LS swap. After that, it’s tale time about longtime friend of the show, Von Hot Rod.

Mar 07, 2023
Ken Block Tribute & Riley's Rebuilds Interview

Stacey pays tribute to the recently passed Ken Block. Then he sits down for a conversation with a very entrepreneurial 17 year old, who has started her own carburetor rebuild company with four of her friends - RILEY’S REBUILDS. After that, Stacey wraps things up with a couple of listener questions about a ’73 Cougar suspension kit and the status of those pesky little COPPERHEAD die-casts.

*Ken Block photo from his Facebook page

Feb 21, 2023
Stacey's Earliest Influences & Sgt. Rock vs. Disney

Stacey shares some of his earliest vehicle influences and how a Boy’s Life ad for the DUNE-BUG led him to building his first GO-KART, replacing the 5hp Briggs & Stratton with a 350 Kawasaki motorcycle engine and finally a 440 Ski-Do Bombardier engine.

After that, Stacey answers a listener question about aftermarket vs OEM panels for a ’75 Camaro. 

Finally, a tale about how Sgt. Rock’s trip to the House of Mouse didn’t go quite as planned when the Disney suits got an eyeful of Sgt. Rock’s big .50 cal replicas.

Feb 07, 2023
Podcast Guest Requests and Stacey's Friends in the Industry

Stacey discusses the status of potential guests for GEARZ and the podcast. He also has some advice for listener Kurt who wrote in inquiring about a disc brake kit for the 14-inch rims he has on his ’64 Sunliner. Then finally its a tale about the time Stacey was almost in the Romeo video featuring Dolly Parton and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Jan 24, 2023
Shop Safety and Listener Questions

Stacey sends out his well wishes to Jay Leno and explains the importance of shop safety, especially while working alone. Then after shaking out out the mailbag, Stacey answers listener questions about header paint, selling a Dodge Dart Swinger, and an Air Ride system for a ’22 F-350.

Jan 10, 2023
Bullitt Remake?

Stacey digs into the announcement of the new BULLITT film starring Bradley Cooper, directed by Steven Spielberg. Specifically what made the original film’s chase scene so iconic and why it is important to movie car history. Then it's into the mailbag with a listener question about the COPPERHEAD nitrous gauges.

Dec 22, 2022
Engines vs. Motors

It’s an engine jambaroo on this episode. Stacey digs in to explain agnostic engines, the difference between an engine & motor and finally an update of the Evel Knievel incident from Stacey's youth.

Dec 21, 2022
Dune Buggies, Boogie Vans, and Bumper Mods

Today’s show opens up with a tale about Stacey and his brother venturing into the wilds of Idaho in a search for a $100 dune buggy. Then it’s off to the mailbag to answer some van questions about engine and bumper swaps.

Dec 18, 2022
SEMA & Copperhead Updates

Stacey breaks down his recent trip to the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, how it's bouncing back post COVID, and their plans for a possible SEMA Fest in 2023. COPPERHEAD is back! With its return to the GEARZ shop, Stacey goes over its inclusion in the upcoming 2023 Grand National Roadster Show’s Top 10 Influential Trucks, and on an upcoming GEARZ, how to tell a original from a replica.

Dec 14, 2022
Top 10 Car Movie Poll

On this episode we're off to the movies as Stacey goes over a recent poll ranking its top 10 car movies. Some make sense but others don’t; either way grab five bags of popcorn because it’s MOVIE TIME! Stacey also shares some of his favorite rock music growing up. Finally, he says goodbye to “The Killer” - the one and only Jerry Lee Lewis.

Dec 11, 2022
Super Bee and the Man in Black

Stacey answers a listener question about possibly changing his 2011 RAM 1500 into a Super Bee. After that, it’s firsts time. From Stacey’s first guitar, his first paying gigs, and the first time meeting Johnny Cash.

Oct 30, 2022
The Right Project for You

Stacey opens this episode with a question from Brandon, a listener who is trying to figure out where to start on his first project: a ’73 Olds Omega. This opens up the larger topic of making sure something is the right project for you. Even though that classic muscle car you saw out in the field may look tempting, you might be better off starting with something from the '90s - '00s. 

Oct 23, 2022
Buyer Beware of Speculations

Stacey explains why it’s up you to do your research on a potential purchase and not just listen to a seller’s “speculations” on who may have owned the vehicle in the past. Then it's a quick dive into the mailbag to answer listener questions about x-pipes and door VIN tags.

Sep 20, 2022
Test Drives and Auto Industry Opportunities

“Be prepared...” It’s not just the Scout’s motto; it applies to the car person too! On this episode, Stacey helps you do just that when dealing with test drives. Whether you’re taking the keys or handing them over, there is a lot you need to know and consider to protect yourself and your project. After that, Stacey goes through the automotive opportunities for someone who is just starting out.

Sep 06, 2022
Right Tools, Right Project!

On this episode of Tales of a Gearhead, Stacey walks through the question “What types of tools do you really need?” Then he has some advice to a younger listener about the best ways to look into apprenticeships. And finally, a question that’s probably unanswerable, “What is the BEST V8 engine of all time?”

Aug 23, 2022
Avoiding SCAMS Online

On this episode, Stacey discusses online automotive scamming and the things you need to look out for so you don’t lose any of your hard earned cash. Then, it’s into the mailbag for some advice on fixing a control arm that doesn’t involve using EPOXY and swapping a HEMI Magnum with a HELLEPHANT crate engine.

Aug 09, 2022
Auto Clone Legal Issues

Stacey digs into the legal issues of auto clones, tributes, replicas and how a Copperhead that made it into the MECUM auction wasn’t THE Copperhead. Then it’s mailbag time with a simple starter question and the safety criteria you need to consider if you’re thinking about installing a vehicle lift in your shop.

Tales of a Gearhead is presented by Cornwell Tools.

Jul 26, 2022
Car Auction Categories and Motorized Toolboxes

A listener question about a ’64 GTO leads to Stacey to go into detail about the various car classifications and their meanings used in auto auctions. Then, there's a little tease about a really cool motorized Cornwell toolbox project Stacey that can be seen on upcoming episodes of GearZ.

Jun 02, 2022
Hybrid Electric Corvette, Splicing Vehicles, and E-15 Fuel
Stacey digs into General Motors' announcement about the new upcoming hybrid and electric corvettes, should you splice two vehicles together and the pros and cons of the Biden administration’s plan to allow the use of E-15 gas year round.
May 26, 2022
How it Started Part 2

Stacey’s tales of his early days in Nashville continue. Things kick off with him being selected to play on the Grand Ole Opry with Roy Acuff, his first time meeting Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsy’s bass player Billy Cox, his VERY BRIEF stint as an Elvis impersonator, and finally his battle with a fly while finishing the paint on one of his first award winning builds. Listener questions tackled are replacing the wiring harness on a ’73 Cuda, battery 4-1-1, and putting 3/4 ton axles into a 1/2 ton Silverado.

May 19, 2022
Dream Garages and Duke Boys

In this episode, Stacey talks about the obstacles you might face while building your dream garage, then dives into a story about the discovery and restoration of the Dodge Charger from the opening credits of The Dukes of Hazzard. Along the way, he answers a great question about welding for beginners!

May 12, 2022
How it Started

Today Stacey goes back to where it began, sharing tales about how he always loved mechanical things (which wasn’t always good news for his mother’s appliances), how discovering rock and roll lead to his lifetime love of playing music, his early days as a musician in Nashville, and how he first got into television. Then it’s a quick dip into the mail bag where Stacey shares some advice on restoring a bed on a ’56 GMC 2 1/2-ton truck.

May 05, 2022
Spouse vs. Project

Cars can become a big issue in marriages and family relationships. Stacey helps you navigate this potentially touchy subject, then tackles a variety of listener questions!

Apr 25, 2022
Be Prepared When Picking Up a Project!

Stacey goes into detail about what you need to bring with you when you pick up a new project. If it's been sitting in the woods for a decade, you probably need more than just a couple ratchet straps!

Mar 31, 2022
Engines - Crate vs. Custom

Does your project need a new engine? Should you get a crate engine or have one custom built? Stacey helps you answer that important question, and gives a fan some advice about putting a 1956 Ford F-800 on a late-model bus chassis!

Mar 25, 2022
Why Do Projects Take So Long?

That old project has been sitting in your garage for three years now! Or has it been five...? Stacey helps you understand why it takes so long to finish your projects regardless of whether you're doing the work yourself or a shop is doing the work for you. Then, he answers a listener's question about a transmission that's been sitting long enough to vote!

Mar 21, 2022
Reproduction Bodies
Stacey takes a deep dive into reproduction bodies for your restoration projects, then handles a great fan question about converting a truck from 2WD to 4WD.
Mar 02, 2022
How to Answer an Ad
Welcome back
It’s 2022, time to get your project out
Welcome back
To the podcast that has the subjects you asked about
Well, Stacey is gonna tell you how to answer an ad, then give you some rear end/chassis tips that’ll make you glad
that you took the time to write in.
Right here is where it begins.
From the custom shop
To the shade tree back lot
Welcome back,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome baaaaaack
Feb 24, 2022
Buy or Trade?

Life is full of questions. Should I start a car collection? Am I a collector or a hoarder? Should I buy or trade? Do I really need to expand my project horizons? Well, this episode is for you… or is it?

Jan 27, 2022
Listener Questions

It’s mailbagaroo time once again! Stacey answers questions about a ’72 CJ5 winch bumper, using an electric spray gun to paint your project, how many projects are too many and finally the ins outs & benefits of replacing your car’s wiring harness yourself.

Jan 21, 2022
Karen Davidson

On today’s episode of Tales Of A Gearhead, Stacey sits down with Karen Davidson. The great-granddaughter of Harley-Davidson’s co-founder William A. Davidson. They discuss everything from her meeting and hanging with Evel Knievel as a kid, her studying fashion design in college, to running her own leather business & her past 30 years as Harley-Davidson’s creative director. Plus her advice for any young women out there who might be interested in getting into the motorcycle lifestyle.

Jan 18, 2022
Christmas Memories

Chestnuts roasting on a open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose…


With 2021 coming to a close, Stacey talks about the most recent Tesla recall and the dangers of vehicles & their drivers becoming too reliant on computers. 


Then it's a wrap up of 2021 and all it’s brought from COVID year 2, supply chain issues and the comeback of car shows and events. 


After that, go top off the egg nog and relax as Stacey and Jonathan share some of their most fond Christmas Tales.

Dec 24, 2021
Hot Wheels Memories
To start things off. Stacey offers some suggestions to listener Cara and how best to approach dealing with the panel & rocker rust issues on her “baby” an ’08 Chevy Xtra Cab 4x4
Then Stacey hops into the Way Back Machine to share a Gearhead Tale as old as time. A story of a boy, his struggle to find the perfect Hot Wheels (in this case the Jack Rabbit Special) and finally... FINALLY beat his brother — and most importantly  — his older sister in the family’s weekend kitchen Hot Wheels races.


Dec 23, 2021
Sgt. Rock Art
Stacey continues his discussion on the importance of knowing automotive mechanical basics - everything from changing wipers, to checking/replacing the oil & coolant, to knowing how to properly change a flat tire.
Then its a quick dive into the mailbag to answer a listener’s question about whether or not he should swap an LS engine into his wife’s Caddy daily driver, that’s starting to sound like it MIGHT have issues.
Finally everything heads back to the GEARZ shop for a quick look at Stacey’s upcoming book “The Little Hot Rod” and a deep dive into the inspirations and artists that helped create the artwork on Sgt. Rock.


Dec 23, 2021
Let's Get Physical
Fresh from a trip to Utah interviewing legendary artist and designer Tom Daniel, Stacey gets into the proposed North Carolina law that would ban the “Carolina Squat” on vehicles. 
After that, Stacey illustrates the importance of knowing basic automotive maintenance  by describing how he recently had to repair the clutch on the shop van in front of a most unusual crowd.
Then everything wraps up with a physical tale that will send chills down your back.
Dec 22, 2021
Family Affairs
It’s holiday time once again and that means… family. The good, the bad and sometimes the ugly. So with that it mind, Stacey offers suggestions to a listener on what would make a good project for the ENTIRE family, that can create great memories that last a lifetime. 
Then on the flip side, Stacey has advice for a listener who is being willed a ’73 Corevette, but is not sure if they want to keep it. 
The he wraps things up with some ideas on how to stay motivated not frustrated with your first project.


Dec 15, 2021
New Chevy Crate Engine
On this episode Stacey cracks open the crate on the new Chevy ZZ632/1000* crate engine — the largest and most powerful crate engine in the brand’s history. A naturally aspirated 632-cubic-inch V-8 BEAST that produces 1,004 horsepower and 876 lb-ft of torque. From there, Stacey dives into all the other things big and small that you need to consider before purchasing a crate engine of any kind.
After that, Stacey whips out his McPherson acoustic guitar to do a little follow up on his interview with Jerry Reed and jam out to show what made Jerry’s style of playing so special and influential. 


Dec 13, 2021
Jerry Reed Part 2

Stacey’s interview with the one and only Jerry Reed continues, as they dig into Jerry’s latest and greatest passion - working the Wounded Warriors charity, the importance of family in his life, his just finished Christmas single “Christmas at the Mall”, his guitar collection and finally some more tales about his early days in Nashville doing session recordings with Chet Atkins.

Nov 24, 2021
Jerry Reed Part 1
On this episode, Stacey pulls a jewel out of the GEARZ vaults. The final interview with country legend Jerry Reed. Jerry and Stacey sat down and talked about everything from how Jerry met Burt Reynolds, to making "Smokey & The Bandit", the writing and recording of his greatest hit "Eastbound & Down”, to recording with the king, Elvis Presley and the fate of Jerry’s Bandit Trans-Am that was given to him by Burt and Bandit director Hal Needham. 


Nov 22, 2021
Mario Andretti
Stacey shares his tale of how preparing to spend an afternoon at the track with racing legend Mario Andretti, was it’s own stressful pit stop in a race against the clock.
After that, he tackles the listener questions: “How to buy a used project?” and “Is it ever ok to leave rust on a vehicle?”


Nov 18, 2021
Cornwell Visit
Don and Blake from Cornwell Quality Tools drop by and talk new boxes and tool storage.
Nov 15, 2021
Shortages and Sales

Today Stacey talks about the MAVERICK’s return, the Aftermarket doing well while the OEMs are dealing with chip shortages and catastrophic flooding and finally plays a game of “What if….” While going through RUSH drummer Neil Peart’s auto collection that recently went up for auction.

Oct 11, 2021
Dream Builds vs. Reality

Stacey offers some advice to a listener who is wanting to return to the restoration biz after many years away. Then he goes into the dream projects you wish you could do vs the ones you have. After that, Stacey shares a tale about his first paint project - an old rail buggy his dad brought home. Then finally wraps everything up with some of the inspirations for Copperhead and the V8 Interceptor. 

Sep 15, 2021
Ohio Cobra Club

Fresh from his appearance at the Ohio Cobra Club, Stacey recaps what a fun time he had and how it truly is one the best car events around for people of all ages. Then into the mailbag he goes to answer a listener question about what are some the best off-road lighting systems.

Aug 18, 2021
Reality TV vs. How-To TV

Stacey breaks down the differences/challenges between “reality” and “how-to” automotive television. Then gets into the joys of small projects, as well as dipping into the mailbag to answer a listener question about dropped forged tools. He wraps everything up with a gearhead tale about how the Rat Roaster rumble seat could be the ultimate endurance test.

Jul 23, 2021
Listener Question Jamboree

Ain’t no party like a listener question party, because a listener question party don’t stop! The mailbag is out and the questions are getting answered!

Jul 14, 2021
Tags, Titles & VINs

Stacey is your guide, as he leads you through all the lefts, rights, ups, downs, twists, turns, dos and don’ts of navigating the labyrinth that is getting a vehicle with no title and no VIN tag properly registered. So, grab that stale loaf of bread out of the kitchen and leave a breadcrumb trail so you don’t get lost!

Jun 17, 2021
In's, Out's, Do's & Don't of being a parts hound

It’s time to head to the swap meet and your favorite junkyard... Stacey is devoting this whole episode to what you need know when you're out looking for that perfect deal.

May 17, 2021
Fast cars, Fireade & Freeing your car from the shop

Stacey sits down with Joey Cudmore and talks about his early days on the NASCAR circuit and how it lead him into becoming one the biggest FIREADE dealers in the country. From the track, to the pit, to a new upcoming race series to be aired on CBS they dig into all.

Then, Stacey hits the mailbag with advice for listener Glenn - and all of us - when we have a project that’s been stranded at the local shop FOR YEARS.

May 10, 2021
Towing Safety & Electric Cars

With the recent story of a driver of a 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty towing a 30-foot camper losing control, swerving over a guardrail and ending up dangling off a bridge over the Malad Gorge in Idaho... the only thing preventing them from crashing into the river over a 100 feet below, was the safety chains. Stacey discusses all the things you must consider to be able to tow something safely. Whether it’s a little 10-foot U-haul or a full blown RV camper.

After that, it’s a dive into the pros, cons and things you maybe haven’t considered about the impacts of electric vehicles. Then, Stacey answers a listener question about installing fog light on a Toyota Tacoma.

May 03, 2021
Street Racing & Big Oly

Stacey gets into the risks of street racing. Not just for the people racing and watching, but also how it could affect legislation down the road. That could mean bad news for everybody in the car world. 

After that, it’s time to break open that piggy bank or dig up those coin jars out from under the porch because… Big Oly, the world's most famous Ford Bronco is going up for auction! Stacey digs into the history of Big Oly and tells a tale of hanging with Parnelli Jones at the wild BAJA 100 and what that classic Bronco could possibly end up going for on the auction block.

Let’s go!

Apr 22, 2021
Kit Cars & Movie Cars

Stacey talks about the recent changes to replica/kit car laws that should be music to a lot of enthusiasts’ ears. From there Stacey pays respect to the passing of legendary stuntman Remy Julienne. Which opens a broader topic of how movies effect car culture and vice versa, Stacey’s favorite car scenes and a round of movie car “what ifs” with a little dash of trivia.

Apr 13, 2021
Car Colors, Chuck Yeager & Bradley Fighting Vehicle

Stacey starts things off by getting into the thought process behind deciding the right color for a project. From there, he remembers the passing of the first person to break the sound barrier, the legendary Chuck Yeager. Then, its into the mailbag where Stacey answers questions about his preferred metal to work with, why a truck can be one of the best project vehicles to get and one of his closest calls while turning wrenches in the backyard. Finally, Stacey wraps it up with a tale about one of his most unique TV experiences... The Bradley Fighting vehicle.

Feb 08, 2021
Tales with Tim Watson

As this long year draws to a close. Stacey sits down with legendary fiddle player and old friend Tim Watson. Together, they share tales from their days working at the old Opry Land park as show musicians. To Tim’s days as a standup comedian and session & touring player with everyone from Mel Tillis, Willie Nelson to Tammy Wynette. Then as these shop visits always do, they delve into their shared passion for all things automotive.

Jan 21, 2021
Rancheros, Cameos & Caminos

It’s a listener question jamboree as Stacey answers whether or not Ben from Iowa should keep his ’72 Ranchero stock or modify it. Which gets Stacey into the history of the Ranchero along with the ’57 Cameo & Camino and the importance of driving original vehicles like that accordingly.

After that Stacey answers listener Dominique’s question about the things to look for when buying a vehicle.

Dec 28, 2020
Hot Wheels

Stacey climbs into the way back machine and deep dives into all things Hot Wheels. Yes, those little die-cast speed demons from our youth. Stacey shares his memories of the ones he always wanted, to their subliminal influence on his designs today, some history about the original designers who came up with all the wild styles and how Hot Wheels and other vehicle related toys can be a great gateway to engage kids to become interested in, and therefore, helping to keep automotive culture alive and well.

Dec 22, 2020
007 - F18 - R.I.P.

Stacey remembers Scottish icon, the great Sean Connery and gets into what made him and his Bond films so memorable. From the cool gadgets and even cooler cars. 

After that, Stacey celebrates another icon - this one American - the F-18 Hornet. With the Blue Angels recent announcement that they are retiring the F-18 Hornet for the F-18 Super Hornet. Stacey shares the  tale of his visit to the Blue Angels and what it was like to preparer and then take a ride in one of the classic hot rods of the sky!

Dec 15, 2020
Electric Hummerland

Stacey starts things off discussing the new electric Hummer and what would be the better ways to spend it’s nearly $100K price tag.

Then it's mailbag jamboree time, with Stacey fielding questions about a ’68 Ford F-600 rear end replacement, taking a ’92 Chevy Sportside pickup from a 5-lug to a 6-lug and Nova body replacement options.

Finally, Stacey wraps the episode up with a tale about a shortened VW bus that worked and a chopped Thunderbird that didn’t!

Nov 24, 2020
331 mph

Stacey talks about the recent production car land speed record claimed by the SSC Tuatara. Using his time out at the Silver State Classic as an example, Stacey also shares his experience of what it’s like to be in a car on public roads and reach speeds of near 180mph.

Diving into the mailbag, Stacey helps out “Big Dave” with advice on custom frame recommendations for a ’61 Nash Metropolitan and Robert’s questions about upgrading his Silverado to disc brakes. 

Nov 16, 2020
Eddie Van Halen Part 2

Stacey continues remembering the late great Eddie Van Halen, discussing how Eddie building his own custom guitars with what he had available in the studio carries over to us hotrodders out in the garage.

Stacey then answers listener Shaggy’s question about “What is a good first project vehicle?” and then answers listener Robby’s question about the best items to bring when digging through the junkyard.

Finally, Stacey shares a quick story about some of the critters and creepy crawlies he has ran into while out looking for that perfect project.

Nov 09, 2020
Eddie Van Halen RIP

Stacey shares his thoughts on the great Eddie Van Halen, who sadly passed away this month from a long battle with cancer. 

After that, Stacey discusses the importance of the concept car and how the far out designs you see on stage at the auto shows can end up down the line as some of the most practical features on your daily driver.

Finally, Stacey answers some listener questions about wiring harnesses and weather stripping.

Oct 28, 2020
Tim Watson

Stacey sits down with talented musician and comedian Tim Watson.  They discuss how Tim got his start in the music business and how he has been blessed to be in the right place at the right time more than once. Of course, they also talk cars and how they have always been a part of Tim’s life.

Sep 23, 2020
Sparkburn Hotrods

Stacey sits down with James and Meisha from Sparkburn Hotrods and they discuss the hot-rod / music connection, the effect that the Corona Virus has had on the Automotive world, their thoughts on what our automotive future looks like and how you can blend your personal relationship into running a business together.

Sep 14, 2020
Project Checklist

Stacey answers listener Sherry’s question about the viability of her 1967 Chevy C-10 project.

He also gives advice about what to look for in a potential project vehicle.

He also answers listener Dominick’s question about knowing what you’re looking at an auction which segues into more of his checklist for potential projects.

Aug 31, 2020
Jeep Barn Find

Stacey answers listeners Dennis & John’s questions about how to make a “barn find.”

He also gives advice about both finding Jeep CJ projects and sourcing a new engine for a CJ.

He makes a recommendation regarding the viability of listener Carlos’ rust laden F-100 and suggests options to listeners Dawn & Dave for clearance of a shaker hood on a Pontiac after an engine swap.

Aug 17, 2020
Paint Job

On this episode, Stacey answers listener Matt’s question about how to get a “good” paint job without paying for more than you bargained for and he offers listener Sherry advise on her dilemma over her ‘67 C-10 project.

After that, we get Stacey’s reaction to the first promo for the New Ford Bronco Family.

Aug 03, 2020
Gale Banks

On this episode, Stacey sits down engineer & hot rod legend Gale Banks and talks about what it was really like driving & building hot rods in the 1950’s.

Then they talk about drag racing, rock & roll and land speed competition.

After that, Stacey remembers Music Legend Charlie Daniels.

Jul 30, 2020
Von Hotrod

Stacey sits down with Pinstriping legend von Hotrod and talks about their influences and how things are different today compared to when they were young.  Then they talk about things that transcend a lot of the boundaries that are making headlines today especially in car culture.

After that, Stacey has some advice for listener Terry on welding replacement body panels.

Jul 21, 2020
Evil Knievel

Stacey dives into the fun topic of popular toys, noting how, more often than not, most modern toys are electronics oriented, however a recent poll turns up a surprise number one popular toy!  Then he has news about a toy from the past that is making a comeback which leads him into a personal story about his encounter with a childhood hero.

After that, Stacey has some advice for listener Steve on ways to tame “Death Wobble”.

Listener, James, asks for some chilling advise for his S 10 project.

Finally, Stacey offers up some thoughts for Mike and his Classic Chrysler New Yorker project.

Jul 09, 2020
Wheelers & Dealers

On this episode, Stacey gives you the skinny on the 2 main kinds of “Wheelers & Dealers. He relates some of his own experiences in deals gone, good and bad. 

After that, Stacey has some advice regarding new re-popped body panels vs OEM.  Time was OEM was like Gold but the current crop of aftermarket parts are more plentiful and the quality can be just as good as OEM, sometimes better!

Then finally, Stacey pays tribute to one of the founding fathers of Rock & Roll, Little Richard. HE was a true original and his influence is still felt today.

Jun 03, 2020
Clones & Replicas

Stacey dives into the age old hot topic - “Clones vs. Replicas”. Going back to how they started, to how they’ve affected perceptions of the industry over the years and the very passionate opinions that people have about them to this day.  

After that, Stacey has some beginner welder advice for listener Tex from New Mexico. Then he offers up some kitchen hacks to a frustrated listener who can’t find an auto cleaner strong to help with the nasty interior on his new project.

Then, Stacey offers up various DIY & low cost alternatives to buying an expensive alarm system for Robert who has just picked up a classic car and doesn’t want it stolen.

May 20, 2020
Car People. Problem Solvers.

Car people are problem solvers by nature. On this episode, Stacey proves that by sharing how his buddies at Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio didn’t let the current COVID-19 pandemic stop them from raising funds for the Tennessee tornado relief efforts.  

Stacey also goes into why it’s so important that today’s adults are making sure that they’re fulfilling their responsibility to teach today’s youth the skills and knowledge required to be problem solvers themselves.

Then finally out of the mailbag, Stacey has some tough advice for poor Pete and his  many particular problems with a ’87 Jeep Wrangler with a “grenaded” Dana ’35.

Apr 28, 2020
Hidden Crate Engine Costs

Stacey goes into the hidden costs that come with buying a crate engine for your project. Also how he learned the hard way when he bought some Edelbrock headers for his first project.  

Stacey also digs into your questions and offers suspension advice for a ’75 Chevy Laguna, wiring recommendations for a ’70 Chevelle and how that old pack of gum in your glove box can save the day.

Apr 20, 2020
Collision vs Custom

Stacey interviews his long time buddy Malcolm Pritchett from West KY Collision in Hopkinsville Ky. Malcolm uses his 30 years of experience in the collision & repair game to share his thoughts on the state of industry, staying on top of new technology & techniques, misconceptions the public tends to have about body men and how today’s used car market is allowing people to look into project vehicles that would’ve been impossible just 5 - 10 years ago.  

Stacey also shares his thoughts on automotive auction reality TV shows and how they can give people an inflated idea of their projects worth.

Finally, Stacey answers a listener question about ladder traction bars vs bolt ons for a ’65 Chevy II. Which ties into a tale about how quick thinking and even quicker repairs to project that was done on the cheap, saved a shoot with Mario Andretti from certain disaster.

Apr 06, 2020
Restoration Series Level 5

The dive into Stacey's new Amazon Prime exclusive show “Stacey David’s Restoration Series” continues! Focusing in on the highest & most difficult level - “Level 5 - The Custom Build”

Also, Stacey shares a story of a how a friend’s Daytona coupe dream project turned into a nightmare money pit.

Finally Stacey answers a listener question about converting a ’04 RAM 2400 4x4 from a HEMI to Diesel.

Mar 12, 2020
Restoration Series Level 4

Stacey continues to dive into his new Amazon Prime exclusive show “Stacey David’s Restoration Series”. With the focus being “Level 4 - The frame off restoration and build”

Then, a brief look into the MAHINDRA ROXOR copyright ruling.

Stacey also answers a listener question about attempting a frame swap on a ’53 Chevy long bed truck and all the potential problems that come with it.

Finally, Stacey shares a tale about how an easy-peasy 30 minute job devolved into a multi-hour nightmare.

Feb 21, 2020
Restoration Series Level 3

On this episode, Stacey continues to dive into his new Amazon Prime exclusive show “Stacey David’s Restoration Series”. With the focus being “Level 3 - The Restomod - Just like the name implies. it’s part restoration and part modification.”

Stacey also answers listener questions on aftermarket vs. OEM parts, switching to a smaller steering wheel on a 2002 Mustang GT and dealing with vapor lock on an ’85 F150

Finally, Stacey shares a tale about one of his first cars (’30 Model-A Coupe) and all the wrong things that the previous owner did to the frame.

Feb 11, 2020
Restoration Series Level 2

On this episode, Stacey continues to dive into his new Amazon Prime exclusive show “Stacey David’s Restoration Series. With the focus being “Level 2 - Mechanical & Cosmetic Restoration - fixing or restoring a vehicle back to original condition with upgrades.”

Stacey also answers listener questions on doing a transmission swap on a ’90 Chevy Suburban, ’52 Chevy pickup column shift issues and how to not let a project get away from you. Stacey shares a story about his high school Mustang as an example of learning the hard way.

Finally, Stacey discusses Steve McQueens Bullitt Mustang selling for 3 million dollars and the recent passing of legendary RUSH drummer Neil Peart.

Jan 23, 2020
Restoration Series Level 1

Stacey dives into his new Amazon Prime exclusive show “Stacey David’s Restoration Series” (https://www.amazon.com/Laying-out-and-planning/dp/B082PBLQBS/) and explains what it means to take on a level one "get it running and drive it project”.

Also, Stacey shares his thoughts on the film “Ford vs Ferrari”, the findings of the Jessi Combs crash investigation and Elon Musk's Cybertruck debut.

Finally, Stacey answers a listener question about a ’73 Trans-Am and shares a tale about why mentoring young people is important and how it just might save your sandwich.

This episode is sponsored by LMC Truck and Cornwell Tools.

Dec 19, 2019

Stacey sits down and chats with The American Tri-Five Association’s Jerry Dixey about all things tri-five Chevy and more. https://www.americantrifive.com/tri-five-week.html

Stacey also answers a listener question about rewiring a ’72 Scout. Which leads to a tale about when Stacey was in high school and attempted his first wiring harness replacement on his 1930 Model-A Coupe.

Nov 18, 2019
C8 Corvette

The premiere episode of "Tales of a Gearhead," host, Stacey David, discusses the new mid-engine C8 Corvette and why he thinks it may not be as controversial as some think.

Then, Stacey dives into some listener questions, gives his mechanical advice and shares some stories that every gearhead can relate to and are sure to give you a chuckle.

Aug 07, 2019