Ed Danneberg / Saskatoon, SK, Canada
We just couldn't resist a reference to The Guess Who's song Runnin' Back to Saskatoon to start this month's garage quest after learning this Canadian is all about fast cars. Even his wife's race effort a few years ago is plenty cool. Shannon "Chili" Hill raced an SCCA Improved Production 2 (IP2) '71 Datsun 240Z fitted with a 2.8L inline-six and a five-speed, along with a full 'cage and safety gear. They sold the car a couple of years ago to a fellow racer, but clearly the Z left an impression. As you can see from his shop collection, Ed has rather eclectic tastes that include 240Zs, Mopar E-Bodies, and even fullsize Ford convertibles. This might stem from the fact that he works on just about everything and has used that experience to start a part-time effort he calls E-tek Restorations in which he'll tackle almost any job. With the rough Canadian winters, there's plenty of time for restoring rusty sheetmetal. For painting, Ed says he just suspends a sheet of plastic from aircraft cable on the ceiling, opens a window on one side with a furnace filter wedged into it, and uses a 1.5hp wall fan on the other side. He says it makes for a great cross-ventilated booth.
A. What's not in the photo is the E-tek shop truck, a '46 Merc Ed purchased from a friend's family after his passing. The piecemeal restoration began in 2004 and started in earnest with the addition of a '53 flathead motor in 2009. Ed would have preferred to rebuild the original flattie, but "after 60 years of service, it developed a crack the size of the San Andreas fault. Luckily, I found a near match not far from me, allowing me to keep it under flathead power." Some things, as they say, should not be tampered with.
B. Show us a serious car crafter, and more than likely, we'll find a guy with precious little space left on his workbench. Also notice the distinct lack of free floor space. In a working shop, floor space is king.
C. The shop is 24 by 40 with 11-foot ceilings that make for sufficient room to clear a car raised on the 9,000-pound, four-post Bend-Pak hoist. The shop has double-wide, 9-foot-tall doors at either end so Ed can drive straight through from the street in front to the lane behind his property. "It makes for easy getaways," Ed says.
D. The 240Z was the parts car for the original road race vehicle Ed's wife drove. According to Ed, this garage queen is now getting an enhanced 302 small-block Ford with 11:1 pistons, a Comp solid roller, an originalACobra hi-rise dual-plane intake, a Holley 750 carb, and a Tremec five-speed to back it all up. That sounds like a fun car to take to the local road course on track days.
E. The '74 Challenger is a recent completion. As Ed says, "It runs a somewhat pedestrian 318 with a Purple camshaft, an Edelbrock Performer intake, a date-correct TQ (Thermo-Quad) carb, and a dual 2.5-inch exhaust. "I did a 'unibody-up' restore on it, which included everything except machining the engine." That means Ed also did the interior, drivetrain, and bodywork, which included replacing the heavily rusted quarters, driver's floorpan, and the blocking and base/clear paint all in this same shop.
F. While you can only see the top of his '67 Galaxie convertible, Ed upgraded this cruiser back in 2001. It has a relatively stock 390 with a police-spec intake and carburetor and a Trans-Go kit in the C6. It makes for a great summertime cruiser before Ed puts it away until the warmer weather returns.