Summer's finally here, and regardless of your particular geographic localities, it's time for y'all to show your pride and joys some well-deserved love-get 'em out of their winter storage mode and start rollin' the odometers like there's no tomorrow! That even goes for all you fair-weather-region folk who put their trucks on hibernation hiatus between each outdoor event season. (It's OK-I'm not going to bust anyone's chops for not driving their truck year-round ...living with the guilt is punishment enough!) If it runs and drives-and more importantly, you're physically capable of making it do so-then there shouldn't be any excuses of why you're not out cruising America's highways and byways, back roads and dirt roads, and even fairgrounds and dragstrips for that matter!
Personally, I've got nothing against trailering automotive antiquities-you'll never see a vehicle of mine traveling by any means other than by its own power, though, unless it's broken down (and getting a tow) or being stolen! I just have this thing about cars, trucks, and motorcycles. They were all built with the same basic purpose-to be used as a means of getting from one place to another, be it for pleasure or fundamental transportation ... in other words, driven! Makes no difference if you're talking a '38 Phantom Corsair, a '28 Harley-Davidson twin-cam JD, or even a '57 Dodge Sweptside, when the act of internal combustion enacts, take action and use it! (Obviously, it's easy for me to say I'd jump behind the wheel of that Phantom and rev its Lycoming V-8 till the balloon bias-ply treads literally peeled off-but given the actual chance to do so, let alone the privilege to simply set my butt in the hand-crafted seat of such a rarity, I think I might make an exception in that case ... maybe!) ber-antiquities aside, just because I have no desire to own anything of motorized origin that cannot be motored down the road doesn't mean I think everyone else should feel the same. But when it comes to classic trucks, well, that's where it starts getting a little foggy!
I've seen people dump hundreds of thousands of dollars into a custom-built truck and instead of wrapping the tires in those plastic baggie things before loading it on a trailer, they jump right in and give 'er a good ol' John Force testdrive! But at the same time, I can respect the person who truly values such a huge investment and subsequently treats it accordingly. Oftentimes, trucks of this high caliber are built for the indoor show circuit, so risk-taking as such is quite the no-no. There's nothing wrong with this, and I don't look down upon these folks whatsoever. That's why they make chocolate and vanilla, quick-detail spray wax, and Scotch-Brite pads, right?!
For all the drivers and the haulers among us, bottom line is, 'tis the season to get on the road however you see fit-while we still can! I've been spending so much time in the garage working on my '39 these last few months, I just can't wait till the day comes when that little 235 is lit up for the first time, twice pipes a rappin', my son at my side, and the road's open wide! I know there are those who prefer buildin' and those who prefer drivin'-I like to do both, but right about now, I'm ready to trade the tool time for some quality time ...in the driver seat! Let' go!