Introduction to Restoration (May 21, 2017)
Welcome to one of my biggest passions. That is Classic Car restoration, maintenance, repair, and component development.
Restoration means different things to different people. In my case, it is a way to experience the past as it was in the 1950’s and 1960’s. A day when roads were not nearly as crowded, life was quite a bit slower, and it was a standard practice, at least in my family, to cruise the highways around town on Sunday afternoons. We still have Sunday afternoons you know!
As we got to be teenagers, it was a form of freedom that we had never experienced before, and we got to know and interact with people who were beyond the block that we lived on.
I was lucky, my father was well entrenched into Studebaker at that time and we always had a new car to drive. They were never more than a couple of years old. I got to experience the design, development and sheer engineering of making an automobile. For me, restoration is to relax, relive those days and once again enjoy the passion of just getting around and driving on the newly developed freeways of the time.
Engineering has always been my passion. To me engineering is designing and building things. Friends call me Mr FixIt, I am always available to give an insight to device both new or old. Just overlay that over to cars of the era, and you will see what I mean. So I take classic car restoration as the rebuilding, as close to the original as possible with perhaps some safety factors added in for modern driving. It is also an ‘art’ form. Just go to any car show, they are all over the country and you will see what I mean. There is certainly an art to molding an old rusty piece of metal into what it once was.
Over these many years, I’ve owned over 50 cars, many of them Fords. You can go figure. But I have learned how each work in detail, have the skills to diagnose systems as they were and as they are today. On many occasions, I’ve been called to help folks in one of the clubs to reverse laser engineer a part, and build again using modern CNC machining techniques. If you need something – don’t forget to drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do. It’s actually fun. I’ve also helped folks find obsolete parts which they couldn’t do on their own.
On the following posts, you will see some of the things I have learned and I am forwarding to you through this blog. Don’t forget to sign in and leave messages, questions, or discussions. We will all get to know each other better.
In addition, have you ever thought about using classic cars as a personal investment. It’s better than having paper in a bank. Cars you can actually enjoy and they are inflation proof. The market for collector cars is rising at a minimum of 10% per year. Try to match that in your bond portfolio. And did I say, it is fun. See me if you are interested in more detail.
They call me Mr. FixIt for a reason. There is nothing that I can’t get my mind around.
Also don’t forget Doug’s Garage. It is planned for a collection, as a online garage sales of left over parts and pieces.