Right now, many enthusiasts have found a lot more time to work in their garages. Even though we’re busy churning out stories for enthusiasts to read, even we’ve found a few more minutes of solitude in our build-chamber.
We were emailing with some readers about our projects and how things are moving along lately when the idea of having our readers join in on the conversation popped up. Everyone loves to share what they’ve been working on, and everyone loves reading the good, bad, and ugly details of the build process. We’ve all got a story to tell, and we’d like to open up the venue for enthusiasts to do just that.
We’re not reserving this for completed cars only. We want to see what you’re working on right now! Whether a long-term project or a stack of newly-acquired rusty metal, we’d love to share in the enthusiasm of bringing something from our mind’s eye to the real world.
Let me take a few lines to introduce you to my long-term family member. Back in high-school (yes, THAT long ago), I started gathering parts for a Model T. I had previously helped my dad build a T-bucket while in high school and figured I’d build my own in my spare time. I started squirreling away parts such as the early Chevrolet headlights, a beat-up ’32 Ford radiator and shroud, and the rolling works of a ’40 Ford pickup.
I’ve always said you can build a car two ways – quickly, or inexpensively. I was definitely seated in the latter category. After college, a friend and I were walking around a swap meet and located a Model A frame at a price I could afford, so I snagged it up. Problem was, I lived in an apartment at the time, the frame was in Florida, and the rest of my car parts were in Pennsylvania!
My friend said I could keep the frame at his house until I could do something with it. As all the parts worked their way south, I secured a small spot in the garage where I was working. When I went over to my friend’s house to retrieve the frame, he had it hanging over his pool table! He said it made for a cool conversation piece and a neat way to hang the overhead light!
The project really took a leap forward when I found the body and the engine. I found the body at the Daytona Turkey Run. The story I was told by the seller was, a cabinet maker who was an enthusiast, began building the body from a shell. He cut out the doors and custom-installed all the wood, including the floor. Then he stopped working on the project when his wife said she wanted the body out of their living room! That’s right, I guess he built it in their house!
The engine came from my brother in law. It’s a 1956 Desoto 330 cubic-inch Hemi. I mean, who WOULDN’T want an early Hemi in their ride? The engine is currently disassembled, but plans are for a cost-efficient rebuild since the little T doesn’t need much power to those wide-white 6.50-16 tires, ’35 Ford wire wheels, and ’40 Ford banjo rear end. The wire wheels and Banjo steering wheel were a gift from a good friend who was rodding out an original ’35 Ford back in the day. Thank you Steve!
Another good friend who taught me a lot about life and cars had been collecting parts for decades. He had this steel Model T/A bed sitting in his barn, collecting dust. Sadly, he passed away, and when the parts were eventually sold off, I had the opportunity to purchase the pickup’s bed. I’d much rather have him still with us, but the bed helps keep his memory fresh in my mind.
The car has morphed throughout the build process, but one thing has been constant – I still need to get it on the road! Which is what I intend to do with this new-found time and a few extra hands around the house. I’m not sure how long it will take, but my younger son has asked if he could take it to prom. He’s got a few years before that clock strikes, but it’s a realistic goal and he’s got the incentive to make it happen. Perhaps we’ll find ourselves solving problems together along the way, much like my father and I did on his T. It’ll be a good experience for the both of us, and who knows, maybe we’ll even get to finally hear this old Hemi run!
Show Us Yours!
If you’ve got a project that you’re working on, feel free to send us some pictures and information about your build. Whether large or small, we’d love to see what you’re working on and we’d love to share it with folks who are working through their own projects. It’ll give all of us a nice shot in the arm and right now, that’s something that we ALL could use! Click the “Email Me” tab at the bottom of the story (in my mugshot) and we’ll start sharing YOUR great stories with our readers! – AB