Please tell us a little bit about yourself…
I grew up around body shops. My grandpa, my dad, and my uncles all had shops. I started tinkering on cars at a very young age. I would get a new toy and change it around somehow; wheels, paint, anything to make it look different. But even with being around body shops, I hate to do body work; I would rather design or build something instead. It’s all fun.
How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
I heard about Cool Rides Online from a friend who had his Cuda on Ride of the Month back in February of this year and won.
What Cool Rides do you currently own?
At the time I only have my ’34 Plymouth. We used to have several: A 1976 Road Runner; a 1972 Duster, both Pro Street cars; My dad had a 1934 Plymouth Sedan and a 1939 Rat custom Pick Up. However, due to his health and mine, we sold all of them. I kept my ’34 because it was unfinished and I always wanted one.
Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?
I wanted to build a street rod. I had a 1940 Plymouth sedan, then a 1937 Dodge coupe, but I always liked the 33 to 34 body style. I started out with a 1934 Plymouth coupe, but that’s a long long story; so, I sold that body and bought this roadster body. This is my baby. I worked on it for 8 years, and finally completed it in October, 2012. I spent hours laying out the car and polishing stainless steel bolts and brackets. It turned out ok for my first street rod.
What’s next for your Cool Ride? Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?
I’ve only had this car out 1 time this year due to so much rain, but I hope to get it out to a few shows and show it off some. I’m working on the top for it at this time.
What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?
The entire car was a difficult job because I started with just a bare frame. It was very difficult getting the paint right, and all the drill and tapping line clamps. But, I think the brakes were the most difficult. Getting the lines run and to not leak, and getting the brake pedal right; that was a hair puller, and unfortunately I don’t have much.
What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
I have several favorite times on my car. When I got it painted the first time, I fired it up. That was great. But, I guess my favorite memory is when my dad got to see me test drive it. He was glad to see it done. It was cold then and he couldn’t go with me. He passed away this past April, but even though he didn’t get to test drive it, he saw it done and he’s with me every time I get in it.
What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?
If I had the money, I’d have a ton of Hot Rods.
Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy. Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?
If you have a lot of polished parts or chrome on your ride, be sure you keep it polished and covered in the winter months because it will pit or dull. Also, be sure to keep STA-BIL in everything. I keep it in my Hot Rod, mowers, generators, and every other gas powered thing I have.
Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
I’m a 51 year old Hot Rodder and love all kinds of cars or anything with gas and wheels.
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