What I Think

I set up this page to express some of the thoughts I have about different things. You may not agree with everything I say, but this is America, and you can think what you want. That is what makes this country the greatest in the history of the world.

Again, I have set up this page to voice my thoughts about different things. I am not trying to cause any kind of controversy. I am just trying to get some of you to think about the world around us. I will mainly try to post about light-minded, trivial subjects, but you never know what might set me off.

Thanks,
Bob Jones
'49 F-2 Ford pickup
'48 F-1 Ford panel
'37 Buick Special
'49 ford 8N

"My advise to a you man who is on the verge of marriage. Enjoy life now and have fun. Once you're married what your girlfriend found funny and amusing your wife will find annoying and embarassing."

— Yours truly, Bob Jones


"Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. I'm not sure about the former."

— Albert Einstein


"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

— Mark Twain


"If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no head."

— Winston Churchill


"I want to die in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming yelling like the people in his backseat"

— Unkown



What will become of us?


Well, I thought I'd give myself a few days to mellow out a bit before posting my feelings about the presidential election so here I go.

The outcome of the election really disappointed me and many of my acquaintances beyond belief. We cannot believe that a majority, although small, of this country could be so stupid, yes stupid, to re-elect the undeniably worst person to serve as president in our country's history. For those of you who were either so stupid or so self centered and want to be provided for by the government, how could you vote for this evil person? Honestly, you've had four years to see what kind of damage this person wants to bestow upon our country and you couldn't tell he is no good for our country? What was it? You couldn't afford your own birth control? You were jealous because someone else has more that you? Or was it just simply Barry has the same color skin as you? I just don't get it I just can't believe a majority of this country can be so stupid. Don't you have the least bit of concern for your country? For your children's future? Once his birth to death nanny government has Obama Care installed it will never be repealed. You may thing it's going to be the best thing for you but who in the hell is going to pay for it?

Obama Voter


To somewhat paraphrase Michelle Obama, I have never been so disgusted with my country until I saw the results of the election. For you self centered, dependent idiots who voted for the worst president in our history all I can say is you have just handed our country over to a bunch of lazy, whining takers. I fear we might have reached the tipping point, there are not going to be enough makers to support your dependent life style.

I am really disgusted with my fellow Wisconsinites. How could a citizenry who voted a great conservative leader like Scott Walker, twice, and a hard working, sincere senator like Ron Johnson into office vote for the one of the most radical socialists in our country's history? I couldn't believe watching the election results as the map of Wisconsin started turning blue. On top of that you voted for Tammy Balwin! I'm not a big fan of Tommy Thompson but voting for your dog would have been a better choice than Balwin who almost make Barry look conservative!

I don't wholly blame the lazy, self centered leaches of society. I also place some of the blame on the people who bitch about the government hand outs but were either too lazy, too apathetic to vote or to the real conservative morons that didn't want to vote for a "non-Christian Mormon". How stupid can you be? You just helped had over this great country over to the evils of socialism. I fear our once great country will never be the same.

You may call me a sore loser but it's more than that. It just makes me sad that we can take the greatest human experiment which was started and fought for over 200 years and flush it down the toilet in a matter of four short years. I really want to cry!.

For those of you who are offended by my calling you stupid, idiots and morons too bad. You just screwed up my country; I couldn't care less about your feelings.

Barry is not the answer, he wasn't four years ago and he certainly is not now. I refuse to call him "President" or "Mr". To me he deserves neither acknowledgment. A real president wouldn't have done, and would not do, to our country what he's done in the last four years and what he is going to do to us in the next four, neither would a real man.

I'm not a religious person but I think I'll be praying a lot in the near future. I hope God will help us make it through the next four years.


Great news since my last post, the people of Wisconsin, and it seems, our great country as a whole, have come to their senses and have elected government officials that might do what we want. I say "might" because members of either party seem to have difficulties doing anything for us when it becomes easier to do things for their own finacial and political gains. I have great faith in newly elected Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He has a proved tack record in his many years as Milwaukee County Executive at cutting spending and facing over compensated government workers and their unions. Also, Ron Johnson I believe will make an excellent senator. Heck, almost anyone could do better than Russ Feingold. He was a real "maverick". He boasted about his record of voting against his party on tough decisions. Yeah, he did, when the vote was so overwhelming for a poor bill that his single vote didn't matter. On the bills he knew his constituents didn't want he would ask his party to be allowed to cast one of the few opposition votes to make him look good. He was a complete joke. I have faith we are going in the right direction. Now we just have to get rid of the joke that's in the White House.

On a lighter note, I spent a cold Saturday helping my friend and neighbor Grant retrieve a '50 Hudson Pacemaker from a 3 foot snow drift in a old farm yard:

Grant in the snow

The trip was fun. We started out on nice crisp January Saturday morning at about 7:00, it was about 15 and the sky was sunny. As we were headed up to a small town just outside of Sturgeon Bay on Hwy 43 I hit a patch of glare ice and the truck with 20' car trailer, started to fish tail over both lanes of northbound 43. Very interest 5 seconds or so of my life only to be followed by a repeat about a mile up the road. Finally we got through the bad stretch of icy road which was only about 2-3 long. We arrived at the old farm and there wasn't much snow on the ground, maybe averaging an inch, at most, except where the Hudson was parked. Seems the wind whipped the snow from the open fields behind the old barn right around the Hudson. We spent the next hour or so digging out the hard, crusty snow from around the Hudson. The temperature never got above 20 all day although it was very sunny most of the day. All in all it was a great day. I would rather freeze my butt off digging an old car out of 3 feet of snow on a freezing day with a good friend than working at job in a climate controlled building. Personally, I would rather retrieve an old car on a cold January day than in the middle of August in 90+. I've done a lot of both. You can always add clothes to keep warm and I'd rather not contend with the nasty stinging and biting bugs that usually accompany an old car.

The seller of the Hudson also had this '38 Buick:

'38 Buick

I was interested in it but the seller wanted $1200 for it and I know it wasn't worth that much. It had a lot useable parts but it was in worse shape than my original '37. The floors were completely gone and even though the seller said the car ran it was missing the valve cover and the the valve train was exposed and rusty. I would have offered him $400-500 for it, tops. It does make a nice picture.

August6, 2009

One Bad Ass Mistake America

It's been a while since I've added anything to this page, it hasn't been because I've been swamped with work. Thanks to the Anointed One, the great Barack Husein Obama I've had a lot of free time to catch up on a lot of neglected old truck repairs I needed to do on my F-2 and panel truck. Not that I have the money to do much but I've been gathering parts to do the repairs and finally I have time, lots of time.

I must apologize, I stated above that I set this page up to post my opinions, mostly light hearts humorous rants but I feel our country is in dire danger,thanks to our great leaders in D.C., of becoming the biggest socialist country in the world and I must voice my thoughts or my head is going to explode. I've called both of my senators, Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, both Democrats, to voice my opposition to the current bills pending in congress, mainly the health care overhaul. Additionally sent emails to both but only got one form letter reply from ol' Russ telling me we we need health reform. Ol' Russ like to promote himself as the maverick senator that doesn't vote with the pack. Russ does this by voting against bills that he knows are going to have enough votes to pass without his, then he votes against it and calls himself a "maverick".

Now Ol' Barry, I personally don't think this guy is smart enough to tie his own shoes by himself. All you have to do is listen to on of his unprepared, non-teleprompter assisted speeches. The "UMs" and "AHs" take up to 75% of his responses. The guy is an idiot. To me he only furthers this assumption by his horrible economic policies. Even a person like me, with a little better than a public school high school education knows you can't tax people in a down economy and have something good come out of it. Like I stated above I've had a lot of free time lately. I am not one of the "Funemployed" the main stream media was promoted a few weeks ago, I own my own small business and when I don't have work I don't have money.

Now our great government leaders are contemplating another stimulus package, the first one gave our economy such great boost. Also, the great "Cash for Clunkers" program. The program that was suppose to last six but ran out money in four days. These are the same morons who want to screw with our health care. Not to leave our very own Jim Dolye, the great governor of the State of Wisconsin. Ol' Jim hasn't met a tax hike or government entitlement he didn't love, especially if it benefits one of his campaign contributers. Ol' Jimmy doesn't even try to hide the improprieties of his actions. Whenever he signs a bill or tax hike he has one of his three main contributors, the teachers' union, trial lawyer or American Indians, standing behind him fighting amongst themselves trying to hand Ol' Jim their official pen to use to sign it. Oh,Yeah, one more thing for you who voted for Ol' Barry, how's that "Hope and Change" working for you?

Wisconsin's new logo to encourage economic growth and tourism.
They only paid $100,000 for it, what a deal!


New Wisconsin logo
Keep the change

Found on the Ford Barn-Posted by FRANK PKNY

February 14, 2009

Well, I guess my hopes for the country have been dashed. A small majority of US citizens who were stupid enough to elect a person with absolutely no administrative experience, who is a socialist who in his first two weeks in office has caused more damage that most likely spells financial ruin for generations to come. I hope the idiots who voted for this fool are happy.

I know I must sound like a spoiled sport and I would never usually post such strong statements but I can only see irrepairable problems resulting from the actions of the president and the liberals running congress who are only concerned with their power and what they can get for themselves. What they have done is going to haunt our country, both economically and socially for generations. They have been successful in making our country come closer to becoming a socialist country. I am sure our founding fathers would break down and cry if they could see what has happened. The only silver lining I see in this whole situation is that, hopefully, the people in this country will come to realize the huge mistake that has been made and try to right the wrong buy going into the voting booth at the next election and take their heads out of their butts and vote for some one who has the country's interest ahead of their own. The fear I have is the liberal morons in charge of the country now will cause too much damage to our great country that will take decades to rectify, if it can be repaired at all.

September 3, 2008

The Republicans might have got it finally

Finally the Republican Party got it right with the nomination of Sarah Palin. She gives the presidential ticket something that John McCain didn't, some conservative guts. I personally think the Republican primary was a farce. I think the Democrats elected McCain because I haven't met a person who voted for him. With McCain as the presidential nominee it made it very hard for me, or any of my acquaintances to vote this year. We all felt we only had a choice between a tax and spend liberal Democrat with absolutely no idea of what he is doing and a tax and spend liberal Republican that seems to do everything he can to as far left as he can. McCain is a terrible choice but fortunately Palin came to the rescue to pull the conservative people together and has given us hope and some one to vote for.

The liberals, and their PR branch, the main stream media, are doing their best to demonize Palin. But like with their anti McCain ads, they point out the character "faults" that I, and most of my acquaintances are looking for. She's a hunter, big deal. Although I do not hunt and I don't really like others to do so, it's their right. She has a pregnant unwed teenage daughter. What family doesn't have at least one unwed pregnant teenage member in their extended family. She used her office as governor of Alaska to have an abusive state trooper fired. Big deal, the governor of my state, Wisconsin, will do anything the trial lawyers, local Indian tribes and school teacher's union wants him to do. All they have to do is write a check. Palin is for drilling for oil. Alright! We need oil and if that means drilling in a 200 acre piece of land in 3 million acre "Nature Preserve" that is as barin as the moon and a place no one ever will go to, I say go for it! The best "flaw" that is pointed out is she doesn't have experience, and Obama does?! He has a lot less experience than Palin and the Democrats have him running for the number one position! It amazes me that anyone is foolish enough to vote for this empty suit. Maybe it's time to have some one in office who isn't an inside politician. By the way, what does Obama have to offer besides "Change"? What is he talking about, "Change"? No one does, he hasn't offered any idea of what the heck he's going to "Change". I personally don't want change if it means higher taxes and more give always. Where do you think he's going to get the money for his "Change". Please, stop telling me that President Bush has ruined the economy. I run my own small business. I don't make over $100,000, far from it but the last eight years have been good for me and the people I employ. We've been very busy. We'll be moving into a new building this year thanks to the "horrible" economy that President has given us with his tax cuts for the rich. The same rich people who who own the business' that give my small business, and my employees work.

I am very optimistic that Mrs. Palin will win the election and I hope she will prove herself and become our first woman president.

October 4, 2007

~~Spoiled Brats~~

The other day a friend of mine sent me an email with the following column, titled "Made in the USA: Spoiled brats ", by Craig Smith of the World Daily Net, www.worldnetdaily.com. At first I thought it might be another cyberspace hoax column everyone gets on a regular basis so I did a search of the author and article to verify it's truthfulness. I was able to verify it and decided to post it here because everything Mr. Craig said I agree with:

Posted: November 20, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The same magazine that employs Michael (Qurans in the toilets at Gitmo) Isikoff. Here I promised myself this week I would be nice and I start off in this way. Oh what a mean man I am.

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change.

So being the knuckle dragger I am, I starting thinking,

Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all involved. Whether you are rich or poor they treat your wounds and even, if necessary, send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home, you may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of having a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes; an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an ''other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable'' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells. Just ask why they are going to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book and do a TV special about how he didn't kill his wife but if he did insane!

Stop buying the negative venom you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad.

I close with one of my favorite quotes from B.C. Forbes in 1953:

''What have Americans to be thankful for? More than any other people on the earth, we enjoy complete religious freedom, political freedom, social freedom. Our liberties are sacredly safeguarded by the Constitution of the United States, 'the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.' Yes, we Americans of today have been bequeathed a noble heritage. Let us pray that we may hand it down unsullied to our children and theirs.''


I suggest this Thanksgiving we sit back and count our blessings for all we have. If we don't, what we have will be taken away. Then we will have to explain to future generations why we squandered such blessing and abundance. If we are not careful this generation will be known as the ''greediest and most ungrateful generation.'' A far cry from the proud Americans of the ''greatest generation'' who left us an untarnished legacy.

April 3, 2007

~~Is there a new version of Metallurgy?~~

I know, it's been a long time between posts but I've been busy.

Anyways, I am trying to figure out if there was a revision in the science of Metallrygy. The reason I am questioning this is because of research I have done in the old car hobby. It seems a lot of people are mistaking rust for gold. The more rust there is on a vehicle the more it seems people think it's worth. They also like to add the phrases, "It's rare" or "You can't find a better one." Yeah, rust is rust and if the part or car is 90% rust it's still useless. I had two recent experiences of this phenomenon last weekend. I answered two ads on Craigslist that had old trucks listed for sale. I went to look at both trucks to see what was being offered. Even though I have my small fleet of Bonus Build trucks that my wife thinks is excessive, I still like to check what's out there and, hopefully, find some parts trucks I can use parts off of.

The first truck I went to see had nothing left to it. The bottom ten inches of the cab were rusted away and just barely sitting on the frame. There was no box, the doors were as bad as the cab and there was nothing else on it that was of any value except for the hood. Although the hood was still useable, it had a couple of coats of scaly paint and surface rust on it. After looking the truck over and deciding there was nothing left I started talking to the guy who was selling it. I asked what he wanted for the hood, just to see what he would say. His reply was,"I'll take a $150 for it." Yeah, right.

The second truck I looked was stored in a pole building, up about fifteen feet on a pallet rack shelf. This truck was in a little better shape than the first but, was still a total rot bucket. The doors might have been useful but I didn't want to my life to crawl up a rickety ladder to check it out ( I don't like heights). I asked the guy how much he was looking to get for it, he replied, "I'll take $750". Again, I said, " Ah, no thanks". I was thinking possibly $100, $150 at most.

I have run into the above situations many times over the last few years. I just find it amazing that people think just because a vehicle is old it's worth a small fortune. After looking at these two trucks, and other parts I have inquired about, I came back to my shop and started to assess my parts stockpile,("junk", as my wife calls it, I prefer to call it my "good stuff") and thought it must be worth at least $25,000 to $30,000, if I guage the value by the junk I saw over the weekend.

For now, I will just sit back and watch my retirement fund grow in value.

Bob


March 17,2003

~~Colin Powell's United States of America~~

I love this country. Although I might not always agree with the people running it, I believe this is the best country that has ever existed in the entire history of the world. I really despise it when people from other countries try to knock us down. It even makes me more upset to hear our fellow countrymen deride our country, but that is the main reason this country is so great — they have the right to do it.

The following response from Secretary of State Colin Powell pretty much sums up what I feel is the ultimate response when someone tries to cast our country as world dominators out for our own advancement.

The following is from the Friday, February 15, 2002, issue of the Media Research Center’s online CyberAlert.

During a MTV program titled “Be Heard: A Global Discussion with Colin Powell,” a woman from Norway, asked "Hi, hello Mr. Secretary. I’m wondering, when I talk to my friends about the U.S., we think about how do you feel about representing a country commonly perceived as the Satan of contemporary politics."

Powell delivered his best response of the night: "Well I reject the characterization. Quite the contrary. I think the American people, the United States of America, presents a values system to the rest of the world that is based on democracy, based on economic freedom, based on the individual rights of men and women. That’s what has fueled this country of ours for the last 225 years. I think that’s what makes us such a draw for nations around the world. People come to the United States, they come to be educated, they come to become Americans. We are a country of countries and we touch every country and every country in the world touches us. So far from being the Great Satan I would say that we are the great protector. We have sent men and women from the armed forces of the United States to other parts of the world throughout the last century to put down oppression. We defeated fascism, we defeated communism, we saved Europe in World War One and World War Two..."

Powell proceeded to note that the U.S. did not stay and conquer Japan or German. Instead we built them up and gave them democratic systems. Powell added: "Did we ask for any land? No, the only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead. That’s the kind of nation we are."

The last paragraph really struck me — I feel it pretty much put the woman, and the rest of the world, in their place. I think this quote should become one of the most famous quotes in our history — if it doesn't I think we will have lost something very valuable.

Bob


November 7, 2002

Saved by the Fat-Fendered

Well, I didn't get the "Old Girl" stored as I planned, and it was a good thing. My new modern designed 1996 Dodge 4X4 decided it didn't like the new fuel pump transplant it got fourteen month ago (two months out of warranty)and decided to reject it. Fortunately, I didn't have the Ford in storage yet and am now using it while the Dodge is going under the wrench.

I know the newer vehicles are a lot nicer when it comes to scheduled maintenance, but when they decide to break down, there is not much you can do. Other than opening the hood and hoping there is something very obviously wrong — like a disconnected wire or a hose spewing something — there is not much the shade-tree mechanic can do. After seeing that there is nothing you can do, you have to call the tow truck.

Last night the Dodge decided to have pump failure fifty miles from home at 6:00 at night. After finding a towing service, in a unfamiliar area and hoping I wasn’t going to be taken for a bundle, I got it home and had to call the Ford into duty. Hey, the bright side is I get a good reason to drive the truck a little longer, I suppose that’s the golden lining in my otherwise cloudy day.

Bob


October 14, 2002

~~One More Weekend~~

It happens every autumn — I get depressed. It is time up here in the “Rust Belt” to store my truck. I despise this time of year. I always wait until the last minute before succumbing to the realization that the old girl has to go for her winter nap. I store the truck in a shed in the back forty of the farm. Every fall we have to pack it away like a sardine between the farm machinery.

I always wait until the last minute and the coldest day to do the dirty deed, because I always think “just one more weekend”. I get my old clothes on, grab a sweat shirt to put under my winter work jacket, slip on my gloves, dump some gas stabilizer in the tank, and check the condition of the coolant. I then drive her down in back to the shed. After rearranging the other machinery, we tuck her into her little corner.

It’s usually so cold that you don’t notice you smashed an appendage until a few minutes after it happens. I fog the engine with oil, place the mice poison under the seat, and stuff fabric softener sheets throughout the interior. I finally throw the old sheets over it and say good-bye for the season.

Once in a while, if I’m down there for some reason, I will go into the shed and say "Hi" (we all talk to our trucks, admit it) and dream about the wonderful day next spring when life comes back and the old girl starts, after a little gas pedal pumping, and smokes for a few minutes and I can feel my infusion of “Old truck” for the year.

Bob


July 31, 2002

~~The Miners~~

he rescue of the nine trapped miners in Pennsylvania is enough to make everything else seem insignificant. An event like this — one that starts out with what seems like a very slim chance of having a good outcome and finishes with such a happy ending — can lift a person to new heights. I personally felt a extreme sense of relief and joy when I found out they were all safe. It made for a very happy weekend.

Maybe this is a start of better things to come.

Bob


July 20, 2002

~~Better Things~~

I know I stated above that I will try to concentrate on light-hearted matters, so here I go. In the last month I have attended two events that have made me feel good about the world around me.

The first was the Arthritis Foundation show in Dublin,Ohio, on July 6, 2002. I have been emailing back and forth with Jack Brown for the last three years or so. Finally I decided, after being asked by Jack quite a few times, to go to the show. It turned out to be great a show. The variety of cars and trucks was amazing. There were modified and vintage and everything between. I met many nice people and talked a lot of "car" with them. At night there were great musical acts. The weather was beautiful.

The only thing I regretted was that I wasn't able to bring my F-2 to park next to Jack's. I was a twelve-hour drive in my '96 Dodge at 70 mph with air and cruise, I don't want to think what the trip would have been like in the F-2 with a flat six and four speed. Thanks again, Jack.

The second event was this last week, July 14 through 20. My two sons are in scouting, Germantown troop 151. My oldest son, Charlie, attended Boy Scout camp this week. All of the boys at the camp, from many different troops, showed the true spirit of scouting through cooperation and friendship. I spent two separate days and nights as an adult supervisor. I found all of the boys to be very polite and well behaved. When someone accomplished a requirement, all of the boys complimented each other, and when someone had a problem, the other boys provided encouragement and suggestions so the boy could achieve his requirement.

The world still has a lot of good.

Bob


July 11, 2002

~~Old Car Suicide~~

I have been working on cars and trucks for nearly thirty years. I started working with my dad at his service station in the early 1970s. I pumped gas, checked oil, and cleaned windows when I was ten years old. I am now 39, soon to be 40. I have always gotten my hands dirty working on cars. Although I am no longer involved in the auto repair industry and I run my own business — an industrial control panel shop — I still like to work on my own trucks, doing the mechanical and body repairs.

I have been lucky in the past with finding parts for my trucks. I have done a lot of horse dealing to get parts. Sometimes I have paid too much for things; other times, I have gotten extremely good deals. Recently I was able to get my hands on a truck that was rotting away in farmyard. I hoped I could use it for parts for my latest project truck, the '48 F-1 panel. Unfortunately, the one main part of the truck that I wanted to use for the panel, the floor, proved to be in worse shape than I thought. Fortunately, I was able to sell some parts that I didn’t need and make a little money to put toward the panel. I am still going to use the running boards and radiator for the panel.

I feel I sold the parts at a reasonable price, first trying through this web site and then on eBay. I did not want to gouge anyone on prices, and I hope the people that bought the parts from me feel they got a good and honest deal.

This brings me to the point of this “Thought”: I feel the old car hobby may be a dying one. Lately, when I attend car shows, most of the cars and trucks are being slammed and modified and painted pastel colors. I know whatever the owner wants to do with his or her car is up to them, but I sure hope there are young people interested in preserving stock versions of the vehicles, too. Our hobby is under constant attack by the “Tree Huggers” and others who pass crush laws and attack the old wrecking yards where our vanishing supply of parts lay.

I also feel our hobby is being attacked from the inside. When I go to swap meets and on my regular rounds on the Internet web sites, I am constantly amazed at the prices some people are asking for parts. At the swap meets, I am able to see firsthand some of the junk people think is worth a fortune. On the web sites, you can’t really tell the condition of the items, but a lot of it, no matter the condition, is not worth what the person is asking.

A lot of the people I see at the swap meets, I see every year with the same overpriced parts. I know something is worth only what you can get for it, but be real! How is a young person suppose to get into this hobby if the prices for parts are too high? Also, how many times have you seen an old rusted-out car or truck on the side of the road, and when you stop to inquire to the price, the owner tells you $3,000 or $4,000? The vehicle in prime, restored shape would only be worth about $8,000 at the most.

You all know what it takes to get a fair-condition runner restored, not to think what a rust bucket would cost. How is a young person, or any person with modest means (I being one of the latter) supposed to afford to restore a car or truck? It is a lot easier to fabricate a nonstock part or use nonstock items from more modern cars than it is to find useable, reasonably priced stock parts.

I suppose I should face the real world and realize that there is no fairness rule in life. I feel everyone should work for what they have, but I don’t believe people should try to screw each other, either. I feel that, by trying to get every last cent for a part, we are killing our hobby. We don't have to do this — we already have a government, and others, that are more than willing to do it for us.

Just my opinion.

Bob


July 11, 2002

~~The Pledge~~

I have revised my site to include a link to the Pledge of Allegiance, as recited by Red Skelton. With the recent ruling of a Circuit Court, I think this recitation is very pertinent and a good reminder that we are slowly losing some of our freedoms.

Being involved in the old car hobby, I see many instances of our rights and freedoms being legislated away by our elected officials. It is very upsetting to have every aspect of our lives being controlled by people thousands of miles away, and the most shocking thing is when the state and federal Supreme Courts, who are there to interpret the laws, contort their own ideas to make new laws. I try to do my part by voting every election and contacting my elected officials whenever an item comes up that I feel strongly about.

Bob



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