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Singlefinger Speed Shop is a diverse group of Engineers, hot rodders, & gearheads, deeply passionate about all things mechanical. We have brought together a wealth of experience that can ONLY come from decades of wrenchin', cussin', bustin' knuckles, and storied careers inside of Detroit's OEMs.

We are rabid, single-minded car junkies & we support our habit(s) the old fashioned way, by buying, selling, & swapping junk. We rarely make a profit, but we have accumulated impressive part inventories at our home-base in Detroit, MI & at our satellite operation, near Denver, CO.

As a special service to our valued customers, we will gladly help you find the "car of your dreams", for a modest fee.

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Margaret Dunning Exits

Tuesday 19 May 2015 at 11:48 pm


Margaret Dunning was a real, feisty, old fashioned spark plug of a gal that was well loved by all of us Detroit area old car nuts. She was universally admired by girls of all ages in this hobby.

Margaret's celebrity was derived from her feistiness, her age, & her deep, life-long passion for vintage cars. She always took the time to say hello, chat a little, or retell a story to those younger girls that were drawn to her at any event she attended. This was blatantly obvious when there was the everlasting crowd of girls around her at prestigious events, like Meadowbrook or the Concours at St John's.

Margaret owned several old cars, but there was a special place deep in her heart for the 1930 Packard roadster that she owned for decades. Growing up on a farm in Redford, MI, she was an only child that found a passion for mechanical things. Her father taught her how to maintain equipment, so she could regularly be found changing oil on her old cars well into her 90s.

Locally, she was well known for her generous spirit, as she was always helping out various charities, like the Plymouth Historical Museum or the Dunning-Hough Library, which she personally underwrote the expansions for.

We're going to miss this Spitfire. GodSpeed Ms Dunning.

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Grand Opening in Jackson, MI

Sunday 17 May 2015 at 2:45 pm


Tomorrow, the 1st ever Singlefinger Certified Build Shop opens in Jackson, Michigan!!!

JB Customs of Jackson will be leading our pilot program for this new endeavor. Jim & the crew will be able to service your daily driver, your hot rod, or kustom ride in the new shop. Locals know these guys are brilliant in their diagnostic skills, because area car dealers send their most difficult jobs to them.

Downtown Jackson, MI is host to a really well attended Cruise-In on the 4th Fri of every month.
Click this link to see where to be, as this Fri is the start of the '15 season!

Stop by & check out our new digs @ 110 North Van Dorn St.

The Thrill is Gone...

Friday 15 May 2015 at 08:14 am


B.B. King passed away in his sleep last night, marking the end of the greatest careers in blues music.

We've seen King a number of times in the Detroit area, from Pine Knob to the iconic Fox Theater & we were always amazed by the man. While his performances were never physically energetic, the songs that King & Lucille gave us were pure, high voltage.

The King is dead, Long Live the King!

Prop#1- More Lansing RoadKill

Sunday 03 May 2015 at 1:27 pm


Prop 1 is brought to you by LAZY-ASSED Lansing politicians that can't seem to do the bloody jobs that we pay them for!
For decades, we have been paying the bloated salaries of these Lansing Losers & dumping Prop 1 on the state's taxpayers proves that we have gotten precious little in return for our money. However, AAA's support of this Proposal indicates that insurance companies still seem to get what they want from these bums.

Michigan has one of the country's highest auto insurance rates, is in the top tier for gas prices, & the bottom tier for road quality. MI spends about $130-$140 per person on roads improvements, which is almost half of what OH spends & our roads are SHIT compared to those of our neighbor states! In the "auto capital" of the US, our roads are comparable to those in Baghdad after years of war.

When you read the entire proposal, it sounds pretty familiar, because the promises were the same for the Lotto ballot vote. Remember all the money the schools were to receive? What happened to all those millions once the cash ended up in the General Fund? Damn little went to the kids, but LOTS went for Lansing's Losers to squander. So, they want us to raise our own taxes to fix what they can't be bothered with.
Prop#1 increases our taxes in other discreet ways, like higher vehicle registration fees, eliminates the registration rate reduction as a car ages, DOUBLES the Gas Tax to $0.40/gal & guarantees future gas tax hikes!
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/brian-dickerson/2015/02/28/proposal-michigan-roads-sales-tax/24153927/
THAT'S BULLSHIT!!!

FYI kids: you need to read a Mitch Albom op-ed about another shameless cash grab by AAA & Lansing's Losers over the state's No Fault laws:
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/2015/04/25/fault-insurance-bill/26370293/

Mighigan needs to kill this stupid ballot proposal & FIRE every Lansing Loser in the next elections!

UPDATE:
"Voters appear to have defeated Proposal 1, the plan to raise the state sales tax to fund road improvements, is spectacular fashion. Returns from every part of the state show the measure losing by big margins."

Click on Detroit Results

I think Republicans HATE Americans

Saturday 18 April 2015 at 8:19 pm



Sorry Taxpayers, but the US Treasury just had ANOTHER $20Billion in taxes filched from their coffers! Because, our own shitbag Congress has seemingly proven that the Republican War on White Collar & Blue Collar America is very real.

The most prosperous period in US history (20s thru the 60s) was peppered with high income tax rates & a nearly usurious inheritance tax. Over the last few decades, the inheritance rate for estate transfers has been dropped time & time again, with the ceiling was raised to over $1Million, etc. It was no longer very painful, but to overtly cow-tow to the 1%ers & make it $0.00? free??? WTF, can't these Hilton-styled tarts afford their lavish, drug addled lifestyles without a Gov't handout???

BTW, anybody that can say "this money will create jobs & stimulate the economy" with a straight face, ought to be bitch-slapped, pilloried, & sterilized so they cannot reproduce. Because that's proven to be unmitigated bullshit too.

"We, the 535 halfwits that are supposed to represent & serve the entire US populace, will blatantly put the interests of 5000 families ahead of, well, EVERYBODY ELSE!"

The Taxman Cometh...

Sunday 12 April 2015 at 11:03 pm



IRS reports that TAX FRAUD is a $21 billion per year problem and NOBODY in Washington is doing jack-shit about it. WTF? http://nypost.com/2014/04/10/billions-in-fraudulent-tax-refunds-continue-to-plague-irs/

We all know a surprising number of folks that this has happened to in recent years. Don't ya think $21b would fund a crack team of investigators to put some of these identity thieves & illegal Mexican "tax filers" behind bars??? Apparently not, because the IDIOTS in Congress can't do that math, because the Republicans wanted to "show the IRS who's boss" after the scandal over investigating conservative PACs.

Time to get off your dead ass, Holder & help put a stop to this crap!



We agree with John Oliver, who said that instead of laying off IRS agents, Congress ought to be hiring more agents to help people get through this arcane process & ensure the financial health of our country. He postulated that the IRS is the "anus" of our country & everything would go to shit without it! (see article & video)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/13/john-oliver-michael-bolton-irs_n_7052922.html
Funny that it takes a Brit to explain it to our citizens...

Model T Springtime

Sunday 05 April 2015 at 10:51 am .
One of the 1st signs of spring in Detroit, is the opening of the old Model T plant on Piquette Ave.


April 1st, was the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant's 2015 Opening Day & we can't wait to get back there again! You won't find a better display of the various types & body styles of the Model T anywhere else!

"The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of the birthplace of the Model T and the interpretation and celebration of Detroit's automotive heritage and spirit of innovation." True to their mission statement, these hard working volunteers are working to preserve, not restore or modify the building. It's a costly undertaking, but man... is that joint cool to visit!

Be sure to join up with one of the many tours that happen every day & you'll be amazed what you can learn about the early automobile manufacturing & engineering.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, 13 & under free).

Gene, Gene the Dancin' Machine

Monday 16 March 2015 at 09:27 am



The 70's Gong Show was loved by fans because of the chaos that ensued for 30 minutes every day. At random moments, Gene Patton, aka "Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine" would shuffle out from behind the curtain & perform his unique dance moves to Count Basie's Jumping at the Woodside. The show's host, Chuck Barris was mesmerized by this Stagehand's moves & couldn't resist joyously dancing with him.

Patton will be remembered for both his dance moves & for breaking a Hollywood color barrier when he joined the Int'l Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees.

Dance on Gene...

It's Pi Day!!!

Saturday 14 March 2015 at 11:17 am



Today is a VERY special day for all of us Enginerds!

This day comes but once in a century, it's 3-14-15. The next date that comes close will be in 2115 to reflect the day's five digits of the magical, infinite number,

Look up the funny stuff nerds around the world are doing to celebrate the day!

Detroit Autorama is NEXT WEEKEND!

Tuesday 03 March 2015 at 12:36 am


The Singlefinger crew is bringing a over a half dozen BARN FINDS to the show this year! They will mesmerize the crowd, they are so cool!

We are introducing a new artist to the Detroit audience for the 2015 show, Mark Ervin. Mark has been drawing for the Simpsons & Futurama for decades & he has sent us a ton of cool stuff to display & sell. We can't wait to show it to everybody!

Seeya in the Basement on Friday, Saturday & Sunday!