Thought you would like to see some pictures of my 7-year-old son working at my shop. I own a welding and fab shop just south of Dallas, Texas. My son Jakob loves to come down and help out. He even learned how to TIG weld. This summer he tore down this 350 Chevy engine (these are not staged pictures!). He didn't even know we were taking them. He pulled the carb off, the valve covers, the intake, the rocker arms, pushrods, lifters, timing chain, and cam. He put everything in ziplock bags so we could label them. Talk about getting misty eyed!
I have three classic Chevy trucks: a '63, a '66, and a '37. The first two are on the road and the '37 should be within the next six months. Jake loves to help me work on them and loves to go cruising. Now that's a young gun!Regards,
Lone Star Metal Works
Wow, Charlie, looks like my 4-year-old son has his work cut out for him if there's any chance he'll be doing anything more than just getting in my way out in the garage! Teach 'em young, right?! I bet Jake's mom doesn't mind when he's at the shop instead of in her hair-at least I know my son's mom would cherish the freedom!
This is in regards to "Herb's Heavenly Truck" (Nov. '08): I was watching TV last night and saw the edition of Overhaulin'. It caught my attention because I had an uncle named Herb, with a wife named Eleanor, a son named Greg, and a daughter named Kathy.
To make a long story short, it turned out to be my uncle Herb's truck! Chip and his crew did a fantastic job overhauling Uncle Herb's truck, to say the least. By the end of the episode, I was in tears. I remember when they originally got that truck, and have fond memories of going camping and fishing with my Uncle Herb. I hadn't spoke with Kathy in years, so I called my mom to see if she had a way to get a hold of her. Well, she did, and I just had a great conversation with her and will definitely be keeping in touch. Now, seeing the truck in your magazine just brings back so many more special memories. Thanks to all of you who helped with my uncle's Chevy. He was a very special, dear man who will be missed by all who knew him. This truck is a pleasant reminder of the man he was and the memories we shared.
Mark, it was our pleasure featuring Uncle Herb's Overhauled C-10 in the first place-but now, knowing what effect it had on you, well, that's a double layer of icing on the cake! It's great to hear that it helped reconnect you with family relatives, too. Thanks for the letter-it truly made our day.
Thanks for the great magazine; I enjoy it each month. It is reassuring to know there are others out there suffering from the same truck affliction as I am. My personal favorites are the '60-66 body style in the Chevrolet persuasion. But I do not limit my appreciation to just these bodies, or just trucks, for that matter. I appreciate original ideas as well as good craftsmanship; dare to be different stuff is fun to see. I enjoy your editorials; they seem very real-world to me. I can relate to juggling a job, home chores, family, and trying to squeeze in time for a project. If you guys need someone to run some GM crate engines through some framerails, just let me know-I may need a sponsor for rear tires, though!
Bismarck, North Dakota
Thanks for the kind words, Kent-they're very much appreciated. But as for the engine testing offer, though I can only speak for myself, I've had too much fun this past year to relinquish my duties any time too soon-doing that budget blown small-block was fun, and I'm looking forward to doing some more vintage builds in the not-so-distant future. I will keep you in mind in case anything happens-if Grant doesn't get his Bumpside's mod motor fired here shortly, well, let's just hope he does!