Last updated Oct 12, 2009
My dad bought this steel body the year I was born, with the idea that he could work on it with one of his kids some day. I was that lucky kid. The coupe was stored in an attic until 2001, when we hoisted it down and dusted it off. The body was in excellent condition, having been protected for twenty-some years.
When we started, we wanted a rat rod. Our goals and tastes have evolved since then, so the project has taken a non-rat turn.
School kept me away from the shop for a couple years and salt flat racing kept my dad busy, so only a little progress was made. In the spring of 2007, my dad was diagnosed with cancer and the whole family re-prioritized what was important in life. An amazing amount of progress was made that spring before his surgery, then we were forced to take a break while he recovered. In the fall of 2007, things started clicking again and we reached major milestones nearly every week. We started 'er up in May of 2008 and put 3,000 miles on it over the course of that summer - including a hydrolocked engine which bent a connecting rod on the 2008 Power Tour after a down pour of rain.
Over the past few years I’ve grown to appreciate my dad on a level that’s hard to explain. And while I see more clearly his impact on the world around him, I have to believe that this project has allowed us to bond on a level only possible in a garage. Years from now, when we look back on this coupe, it will be impossible to separate it from our time together.
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