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.
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
My March issue of CT came in the mail today, and I had a chance to read your comments in Driver’s Seat.Yup, you are not alone; enough is never enough!I’ve been into old cars and trucks since I was a kid, but the bug really hit me in the early ’80s when my brother began construction of a ’34 Ford sedan delivery street rod. I was hooked. I latched onto a running, stock ’38 Chevy and started rodding it. About two years later I saw an ad in Hemmings for a ’69 SS396 El Camino and convinced myself to have it shipped from California to New Jersey so I could recreate the ’69 L78 that I special ordered in the summer of 1968 but sold during the oil embargo. While these two projects were underway, my brother finished his ’34 and was having fun cruising, so I bought a done (which we all know is never really true) ’29 Ford sedan delivery to join him. Then, while at one of the early NSRA Burlington (Vermont) shows, I came across a rare ’42 GMC pickup that was looking for a new home. So I came back to New Jersey, hooked up my car trailer to the El Camino, trucked up to a remote area of Canada, and towed it home. Now I’m up to four and haven’t sold anything. Along the way, I got the reputation of being a car and truck nut (don’t know how that happened), so people are always telling me about this or that for sale. Three more old truck cabs, two rolling chassis, parts up the wazoo, a ’55 Chevy sedan delivery, and a ’37 Ford car body later, and my property looks like one of those paintings you see advertised in the magazines. Why the ’37 Ford? As a retired shop teacher, when I hit the lottery, I will have what I need to start a ’37 woody wagon! But it doesn’t end there. Always the inquisitive type, one night I’m searching eBay to see what kind of sedan deliveries are out there and I came across an interesting looking ’56. I put in a below average bid and went to bed. You guessed it ... The next morning I get up to find I’m the new owner. What’s the status as of today? The ’38 and the ’42 are still apart and nowhere close to being done. I finally sold the ’29, gave the ’55 to a friend, and the ’56 is undergoing surgery right now, because while it looked good on eBay you know the story. Yup, Riz, you are definitely not alone.
Well guys, Looks like I’m saved. I’m not the only one afflicted! Thanks to everyone who got back to me; I wish I had room to print ’em all. I can’t wait to have Candy sit down and read ’em!
Best Regards, RIZ