When it comes to cool classic cars and trucks we enthusiasts have an awful lot in common. Perhaps that's what makes it so easy for us like-minded folks to become acquainted so easily. Heck, even the most introverted among us seems to have little trouble drumming up conversation with the public when the subject is about or related to our hobby-or, better yet, is specifically about our personal classic pickup.
I know that in my case (when I was a youngster) before I got into trucks, cars, and motorcycles I was pretty much a loner. I did eventually start hanging around the fringes of the older guys in the neighborhood who were typical gearheads, and after a while was semi-accepted, or at least tolerated, by the guys who eventually taught me to appreciate the hot rod experience-but I digress. What I really wanted to talk about is just how wrapped up some of us guys get when it comes to projects-in other words, when is enough enough?
This past weekend I found myself out in the garage, bright and early as usual, surveying the shop and driveway while I mused about what I was gonna work on that day. That's when it hit me-what I was gonna work on? Not what chore was next on the project list, but which one of the chores on which one of the projects! You see, not only do I have my '57 Chevy small-window in the works but also a '29 Model A pickup, a '27 Model T roadster, a '60 Pontiac Catalina two-door hardtop, and a '29 Model A sedan-all in various stages of repair (or disrepair depending on how you look at it). How in the world had I ended up in this situation-and should I really be upset that I did?
I say no-my wife thinks differently. She's the level-headed, common-sense half of our duo and though she's a true "Hot Rod Girl" herself, she still thinks starting and finishing one project at a time is the best route. She makes a seriously good point in that respect, but it's a point that I have a really hard time coming to grips with. I mean geez, if ya go to the swap meet to find that missing parking brake cable retainer for the '57 and you run across a smokin' deal on say a bitchin Model A, do ya just pass it by? Or do ya take advantage of the smokin' deal and drag home another project? After all, I could fabricate that cable retainer from scratch, but that cool Model A project may get snapped up by the next passerby. This is roughly how I end up with a yard full of cool classic car and truck "drivers"-but never a show-quality totally finished anything.
Is it just me? Or are there others equally afflicted out there in classic truck land? I'd surely like to hear from ya if there is because I think I'm slowly losing the argument with the better half. If not, let me know that too-it just may make a difference the next time I walk through the local swap meet.