Saturday, June 30, 2007
I stopped by my parent's house the other day. My mother is planning a BIG garage sale this weekend, and my wife has LOTS of STUFF to put in it.
I loaded up "Great White"...my 1985 15 passenger Dodge "beast" with lots of bags of clothing, a computer, television, microwave, exercise bike, and several tables (plus lots of other stuff) and took it up to my folks house. We spent some time that day sorting and tagging items.
Later in the week, we went back over so that my wife could finish tagging her items. While I was there, I took the opportunity to take a few more pics of my dad's '47 Chevrolet.
This past week, I spent a few days in Dublin, Ohio at an Ohio School Principal Conference. While I was there, my wife and I walked a few blocks to a Max and Erma's for dinner on the first night.
In front of the restaurant was a large banner promoting an upcoming car show. The cool thing was that they had this beautiful Buick parked in
front of the building as well.
After we ate, my youngest and I went out and looked the car over. The car was a beautiful restoration...red interior with a deep black exterior.
For some reason, I really like mid-60's Buicks. Great lines....and they look really cool lowered with a little larger diameter wheels and low profile tires.
It's too bad that I will not be able to return to catch the car show...I think it is July 7th and 8th. At any rate, it's always great to get to see a great
Now that we are in the "thick" of summer, I'm hoping to be able to post more blog posts with pictures from area car shows.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Instead, we went up to the "Losantville Days" in Losantville, Indiana. They had a small car show, and I decided it would be cool to break out my youngest's new "wheels". I bought this car on eBay last winter, assemblied it, and have had it stored in the rafters of the garage waiting until the little guy was big enough to "power" it.
Well, he isn't quite ready to make it go, but the other night, he went "crazy" at Wal-mart over a red 2007 Mustang convertible Power-Wheel. He has also been enjoying "driving" the new shopping carts at Meijer as well. Have you seen these things? Rubber tires, seatbelts, a built in flat-screen TV and a steering wheel. The boy loves it!
I figured even though he couldn't peddle the hotrod yet, he would enjoy getting pushed around by his siblings in it. Well, as you can see from the photo....the boy loves his new ride. We took the car to the show and even was given a dash plaque!
Monday, June 4, 2007
The truck has some cancer along the bottom of both door openings on the cab, but the doors themselves are in pretty decent shape for their age. Looking under the truck, there was some rust concerns in the frame, but again, surprising little. Fenders each had their share of rust and dents. The bed was filled with a couple spare front fenders, an extra door and a second hood.
The interior needs work. The headliner is gone and the seat, while still intact, would require some attention. The floors must be gone due to the plywood that is currently serving as a floor.
The Flathead V8 appears to have fairly new wiring. Donnie was told that the truck had ran in the not so distant past. Donnie has plans of making a "rat rod" out of this old girl.
As I left for home, I turned and jokingly said, "Hey, when you get the '57 running, honk when you go by my house!" Donnie replied, "Ha! It probably won't be tonight!"......
About an hour later, I heard a "rumble" in my driveway. My son jumped up, looked out the window and said, "Donnie's in the drive in the '57!"
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Well, this weekend seemed like a great time to head up. School's out and the Kruse Spring 2007 Auto Auction was taking place. This is something that I can remember attending with my father when I was a little guy, and I've been wanting to get back up there for this as well. I was hoping to take my father and oldest son with me, but they decided to take my father's 1947 chevy coupe to a cruise-in instead. (This is story for another blog).
The weather could not have been more beautiful. Blue skies and 85 degrees. We started at the Kruse Auction. We walked around and looked at all the vehicles that were waiting to be sold. Then we went into some of the buildings. A local Corvette club had several cars in one of the buildings, while another building was filled with car related/flea market stuff. Finally, we ventured into the main building were the auctions would be taking place. We sat down and watched as a motorcyle that did not meet reserve left the rotating stage. Next, a 1941 Chevrolet "Rat rod" drove onto the stage. The car was in primer with suicide doors. One of the auctioneers opened the door to reveal black leather seats and door panels that had green flame inserts. Another auctioneer said that the car had a 454 under the hood. At any rate, the car didn't bring the $10,000.00 (ha!) that the owner thought it was worth.
Next was a wave of several cars with "no reserve". The first was a good-looking 1973 Mercedes sedan. Sort of a metallic blue. The car was very straight, and ended up going for a mere $950.00 dollars! Next, an Austin Healey and then an Alpine Sunbeam both went for under $2,000.00 each.
After a few more cars had entered and left the auction area, my friend's boys decided they were getting hunger, so we got up and left the auction. We drove around Auburn until we found a Subway.
All in all, a great trip to the Kruse Auction. Next time I might even consider bringing along my checkbook.
After lunch we went on the the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum, and then the Kruse Automobile and Carriage Museum and the WWII Victory Museum. I will continue to tell the story of our adventures (and include addtional pictures taken on the trip) in future blog entries.
CRAP! I tried to clean up my hard drive tonight and load a bunch of my pics onto a CD to free up some space. I thought I got all the pictures I took in Auburn onto the disc. However, while I was trying to load some more pics into this post...I've realized that I may have LOST everything!!!! (did I already say, "crap"?)
Friday, June 1, 2007
One of the enjoyable things over the past couple of summers has been to borrow a car or a motorcycle and "joy-ride." Unfortunately, he trailered everything down to his winter home, and left them there.
On the way home from my parents house, my oldest son and I stopped to check out the latest ride. The car was found in Winchester, Indiana. My friend tells me he actually stopped to look at a 1968 Camaro convertible. The guy wanted $30,000.00 for the Camaro, but my friend began to "shoot the bull" with the guy about his 57 chevys, and the guy said, "Well, I might have one of those for sale too!" The car turned out to be a two-door post.
To make a long story short, the guy called him a day or two later and made my friend an offer. The deal was over in less than 24 hours and my friend owned a 3rd '57.Looking the car over, we found it to be in "decent" shape. The carpet is missing and the floors have been replaced. The front bench has been replaced with buckets, and the headliner is missing.
A Hurst shifter on a Muncie 4 speed sets behind a 327. The car would make a decent "driver", but if you wanted to have a "show car", you would need to get some door panels and do some body work.