This dream began years ago in my youth.
I was your normal, or at least I thought I was, young hot rodder.
I would watch my older brother work on his cars in the 60's and
70's. He would have his collection of Hot Rod magazine always opened,
and studying them religiously.
Growing up I can remember his wide array of rods. A 54 Belair
that he had installed a 283 4 speed in, painted hot rod flat
black with a spray can. A 1958 Impala 348 3 deuce 4 speed, that did not even have a
starter on it. I remember watching him through the window early
in the morning as he was driving off to school. He would have to
raise the hood and prime the carbs with fuel, he had conveniently
stored in the "Pepto Bismol" bottle clipped to the
radiator support. Then, slamming the hood, and coasting the car
down the steep hill we lived on, and hearing it come to life
through headers and Thrush glass pack header mufflers. I was only about 11 or
12 then, but I knew it was in my blood.
He, along with myself, had many other rods over the years
from 409 Impalas to an actual LS7 454 powered Camaro.
brother's flawless 1979 Z28 with a REAL GM Crate LS7"
I had built many
cars by myself and also with friends, and wound up with a Very nice 1957
210 Chevy 283 4 speed that I drove through my high school years.
1957 Chevy 210 Post, 283, 4 speed. My high school car"
But there was
this guy I went to school with, one of the "rich kids" he
would always be buying these great rods. He wound up with a 32 Ford
chopped top deuce, tunnel ram, 2 four barrels, 4 speed, with flames on
the side. What a bad ass ride. I had always seen these in the magazines,
and at car shows, but when he took me for a ride, I was hooked. I had to
have one, I had to build one.
But it would not be a 32, but
rather a 1934 Ford with a little more laid back grill, a little more
style. So the search was on, but I knew it would wind up just being
another one of my dreams.
Now, I was much older, my brother has passed away, I was working
paycheck to paycheck, with a family now. I was driving a 1978 Red
Corvette factory 4 speed car, 34,000 original miles, with a crate
1978 25th Anniversary Vette, 4 speed red on red, 34,000 miles"
A friend and I had
just finished painting it, it was beautiful. I had traded for this Vette
by shear luck off of Craigslist. But, there it was on Craigslist
"For Trade" 1934 Ford 3 window coupe, chopped top full
fendered, Streetbeast, still in the crate unopened. After much emailing
and wining and dining, he said he would swap it for my Vette, and even
deliver the crate to my house.
Ford, 3 Window, 3 inch chop, Still strapped to the pallet."