A) Background


My pre-teen and teenage years were spent in my dad's machine shop. Dad did his very best to pass his skills and knowledge on to me. However, at that time in my life, my mind and interests were often elsewhere. In spite of that, I did acquire skills in tool use, measurement, machine tool operation and welding. My teen years were also spent maintaining and modifying a sequence of cars: a '40 Ford, a '36 Plymouth, a '48 Ford and a '50 Olds.  

After completing high school, my time was taken up with the Navy, college, starting a family and a career. Needless to say there wasn't much car stuff going on during this period other than maintaining the family car and reading some rod magazines. 

My college education was in Electronics Technology and Industrial Education. My working years were spent as an Electronics Technician for 12 years then as an Electronics Instructor in a community college for 22 years. I developed from scratch the Electronics Program at the community college, writing all the lab and classroom materials and teaching each of the program courses. Other instructors came along to help out. However, I taught each of the courses several times during my tenure.  I always had a shop of some sort at home and a project in progress that I worked on whenever possible.

Most of my knowledge and skills relating to auto restoration and modification have been self taught. I have a "I'd rather do it myself" attitude, learning by doing things over and over, spending long hours until I get it right. 

Just before retiring I purchased a 36 Ford 3 window coupe which I drive and work on. After I retired came a 47 Ford club coupe and a 41 Lincoln Continental as project cars. I had a 30'x60' shop built, outfitted it with tools and started pursuing my dream.

I metal finished all the fenders and the body of the 47, however, I lacked a plan and progress was very slow. A learning project was needed so my brother in law (Jack) and I joined forces and purchased a 1953 GMC pickup as a restoration learning project. Jack disassembled, cleaned, sand blasted, cut out rust, fabricated patches, assembled, and kept me on task. I did the metal finishing, welding, painting and performed mechanical and electrical duties. We finished the pickup, it was appraised at $19,500 and we sold it for $18,500. The next project was a 65 Chevy 4 door hardtop, the car exterior was restored and painted. We finished the car in January of 08.

As soon as the Chev was finished we started back on the 47, that was 2010 and the car was finished in 2014, except for upholstery. Jack went on to what he considered bigger and better things, bird hunting and fishing. 

In 2015 I worked out a deal with Gary Merriman, an upholsterer. The deal was that I clean up the body work and paint his 1916 Center Door Model T and he would upholster my 47 and 36. The Model T is #5 under “Projects”. The “T” was finished in 2015. Also the '47 was upholstered in 2015. 

The current project is a '58 Chevy which I’ve just about finished. 

My next project will be to completely restore my  36 Ford 3 window coupe, this will be an effort to change it from the current "looks good from 20 feet" to up close looking good. 

I belong to 3 car clubs: The Early Ford V8 Club, Albany OR Chapter, The Bay City Cruisers of Newport OR and The U.S.101 Car Club of Waldport OR. Belonging to these clubs are some of the world's best gear heads and thier wives or girl friends. 


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