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Eric’s blog entries
Round Six’s Eric comes across a 1927 Model T roadster project at a price that’s too low to pass on, and begins to slowly accumulate the missing pieces to put it back together. At the same time, his wife Victoria lays claim to the car, and the build plans for the roadster quickly change. Victoria initially wanted a car that was a bit rough around the edges, but with the help of their good friend Bob, a nicely finished car begins to take shape.
Round Six’s Eric continues his great story about working on his late Father’s beloved 1950 Ford Shoebox. In this installment, the Shoebox gets it’s engine rebuilt and running. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, and Eric is at a crossroads. Do I keep the finicky flathead or do I go with a different, more reliable drive train? Each choice has it’s pros and cons, and Eric is left with the daunting question, “What would Dad do in this situation?”
My early years were consumed with following my dad around the garage fetching wrenches and riding to car shows with him. I have pictures of many of his high school cars, almost all of which happened to be ’49 through ’51 Fords. A few coupes, several Fordors, a smattering of Tudors. Of course, I developed a love for the Shoebox Ford.
You’re certainly familiar with Ford SVT’s Raptor. Introduced at the 2008 SEMA Show, shortly thereafter released as a 2010 model, the Raptor was a production version of a trophy truck – or at least as close as the average consumer would get. But what do you do when you scale something good DOWN?
My brand new GMC is a nice truck and I got a great deal. It’s the first NEW truck I’ve ever purchased. Bells, whistles, doo-dads, dingle berries, satellite radio and four wheel drive. That last part is what I’m having the most trouble with. In GM’s infinite wisdom/delusion they seem to have made the world’s LOWEST 4X4 pickup. Don’t believe me? Let me explain.
I was in the mini-truckin’ scene pretty heavily. I drove a convertible Isuzu pickup. Two 15’s in the bed under a hard tonneau with a “crawl through” and of course – mint green paint with peach scallops! Looking back it was a hack job, but MAN was I proud of it! Chicks loved it, cowboys hated it, so you know it was cool. I was hanging with my small circle of mini-truck friends at a show. We were kind of snickering (quietly) at a Ford Pinto that had been entered. Bone stock, horrid repaint (fresh paint, still fuming) and rainbow stickers poorly applied running from the headlight to tail light. We joked that the guy must have spent more on the $15 entry fee than the whole car. Danny sat and listened to us, never saying a word while we joked about it for several minutes like immature guys do…
You have a great item (hot rod, race car, vintage parts, pet turtle) for sale. You’ve taken adequate detailed pictures to show all features and any possible defects. You’ve written an accurate description and priced it fairly. You’re ready for the inevitable negotiation. Now let the serious buyers come running,