Joe Rooney is one of those guys that finds humor almost everywhere he goes. This particular time, Joe found an interesting way to parody the guys that always seem to be at every car show, or racetrack, that “talk a lot of exhaust out of the end of their voice box.” According to Joe, he is a one-man shop that deals only with classics, and does all phases of rebuilds. From the machine work and chassis fabrication to bodywork and paint, he does it all. His dealings with a wide variety of people have left him with a ton of material for parody videos, which is what caught our attention.
We knew that there was something different when we saw Joe using a plumber’s helper to cover the cylinder on the small-block Chevy block while he was talking about adding flathead Ford heads. He really caught us off-guard when he stated that the displacement was going to be 770 cubic-inches when he was done. At that point we knew that we were involved in watching a gag video and rolled with the punches to see what other goodies were in this clip.
The cut fiberglass mating “swaddle” was an interesting addition, along with the deck plate “cylinder extenders” for extra cubes. By the time Joe had gotten to the “Douggie Howser Edenbrock heads” were we totally sold on his schtick. “Every 100 pounds you can gain a half a second” is a great conversion formula to remember, especially if you are into drag racing. The real jewel was the Futon intake with Stromboli carbs, a setup that was certain to push a little extra horsepower. The only problem he is going to have is figuring out how to stop a beast with this much power.
We’ve all seen, or heard, those guys that know just enough to sound like they know what they are talking about, except to the people that really know their stuff. That is what makes this video so great. Joe said that he did this video in one take, and has watched it more than a half-dozen times to figure out what he missed in all the funny stuff that he has seen and heard over the years. “I am amazed at how this video has gone crazy in the number of views,” he said, “over 8,000 in less than 48 hours.”
We asked if we could feature his video in a short news story, and true to form Joe simply said: “Just keep the checks rollin’ in.”
Seriously though, if you love vintage cars, Joe currently has 85 project cars ranging between 1914 through 1969. If you want a decent priced project, or just want to be entertained, check out Joe’s Garage in Billings, Montana or hunt for Joe Rooney on Facebook.