I always enjoy reading your Driver’s Seat column. We have a lot in common. I started a ’39 Ford sedan a while ago. It was ready for paint, but it had a few issues, so it went on the back burner. Before that I started a ’56 Chevrolet 210, finished it a year later, and am still driving it. Halfway through the ’56 I found a deal on a ’37 Chevrolet coupe (five years so far). I was taking it to the audio guy and the driveshaft fell out (that’s another story). I should finish that one in a few months. Then, a few years ago, I walked into a customer’s shop and pushed in a corner was a ’55 Ford truck-top chopped, suicide doors, and tilt front end. It looked really cool. I expressed some interest, and six months later, it was in my shop. My quandary is what unfinished project do I start next? I could keep going, but I do see what you mean.

Keep up the good work. I’ve learned a lot from your articles.

Larry Mitchell

Heck no, it ain’t just you. We have to work a little on one project then ya get burnt out so ya work on another for a little bit. I have an awesome wife, too, and though I have seven projects going, she’s OK with it and leaves it to me. I ain’t rich by any means--actually I’m poor as hell--but little by little I always get stuff done. I think it is good to have lots of projects going at once--that way we ain’t hangin’ around bars or strip clubs--we’re in a garage, usually by ourselves, radio cranked and working away. I think it is like therapy--great therapy at that!


I am a first-time writer. I have always enjoyed your articles in Street Rodder and was about to let my Classic Trucks subscription expire, but then you became editor.

I am sending this email for two reasons. One, to tell you what a great job you have done with the mag, and two, to comment on your March editorial. I, too, have suffered a lot of years with my spouse’s comments like, You have too many projects, why don’t you concentrate on one, and the classic, what are you going to do with another project. I think you know the drill. I have thinned the herd down to three from 11. The move from the rural area of Indiana to Indianapolis, plus going from six garages to one three-car garage, and a three-and-a-half-acre lot to just a little over one half acre didn’t help.

I have an Effie with a 350/350/9-inch combo. It’s been my driver for eight years or more--you know they are never finished. I’m also working on a ’37 Dodge sedan, and a ’57 Dodge sweptside pickup. Again, I think you are doing a bang-up job with the mag.

Ronald J. Jahrman