This week’s featured member is Thomas Lasso from New York. Thomas is one of our new members here at Cool Rides and owns a beautiful ’57 Chevy Bel-Air. Below is a quick interview with Thomas, who gave us a little more of a background of who is Thomas Lasso and how he came to own his ’57 Bel-Air.
Please tell us a little about yourself?
Well about myself I live in New York about 50 miles north of New York City. I used to be an automobile mechanic and used to like being able to repair other peoples cars for them. I used to buy peoples cars that they didn’t want anymore, fix them up and sell them. That’s when I decided I wanted something to show for all my work. That’s when I bought my ‘57. I bought it in 1980 for $2500 and it was in need of a lot of work. Now I work at the United States military academy at West Point I work as a boiler operator/boiler mechanic. I love cruising to car shows with my oldies playing, late fifties, and early sixties. I love music and that was real music.
How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
I learned about cool rides on a site that someone sent to me, before that I had never heard of it before.
What Cool Ride do you currently own?
My ‘57 is the only cool ride I own and is the only one I really want.
Tell us a little about your Cool Ride, what makes it special?
What makes my ‘57 special to me is that I did everything myself. A lot of people look at it and say “man there is a lot of love in there” I always tell them “yes there’s a lot of hate in there too” (when things go wrong) :). Also the car is my old school colors, maroon (burgundy) and white.
What’s next for your Cool Ride? Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?
I don’t think there is much more I can do to it, I am pretty much happy with it, other than when things start looking like they need to be replaced and just keeping up. I pretty much just like taking it to car shows, which this year here has been bad. There have been plenty of rainy days. I won’t take it out in the rain, too much work to clean up.
What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?
I detailed and painted the engine compartment with the engine in it. I covered the motor and sand blasted the inner fenders and everything. Talk about a mess. But if you look at the picture of the motor you can see it was worth it. Stripping the whole car down to bare metal with paint stripper wasn’t any fun either.
What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
Getting asked by some photographers if they could use it for a model shoot at an old diner and when people ask me if I would let them use it for weddings, because it’s white. Getting my first trophy knowing I did it all myself.
What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?
I’m not really into anything new that much, style is pretty much gone, maybe an Italian sports car. I’d probably look for the nicest old car I could find.
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?
In winter I keep it covered in the garage. I through old blanket over the motor and plastic on the floor under it, I don’t know it helps a little I guess. Putting wax on some parts and leaving it on in winter supposed to help from rusting too. That’s about it.
Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
The only thing else I can say is I’ve had a lot of offers to buy my car but I’m sure like everyone else out there, that restored their car, it’s part of the family. Never gonna happen, lots of luck to everyone else with their cool rides.
What do you guys think of Thomas Bel-Air? Please share your comments below and join the conversation in our forums.
Make sure to check back here next week to see the newest featured member. Don’t forget to submit your ride for the chance to be featured.
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