Yesterday morning Mike and I had planned to hang out together. We had been planning it all week actually. About 3 weeks ago we dropped Mikes' car off at Fast Lane Cars to have some major work done to it and we're beginning to miss it, plus I wanted to get some photos of it's progress along the way. We're very anxious to go cruisin' in his '54 Ford again! We only got to do it a few times before we dropped it off there, so it was just enough to tease us.
Unfortunately it turned out to be a rainy day, but we made the most of it and kept with our plans. Fast Lane isn't just a mechanic shop, in fact here's a link so you can see where we went.. www.fastlanecars.com. They specialize in everything to do with muscle cars, vintage cars, rebuilds, sales, they have a gift shop, two show rooms, they have it all. On top of that they have a network with all areas that help with rebuilds. For example if you want to add air conditioning to an old car like Mike's, they have a connection with the company that makes a/c conversion kits for older cars.
We each had our reasons for wanting to take a ride out there (it's about 40 minutes from our house). Mike wanted to browse around the show room floors, it's like going to a car show, but it's indoors and climate controlled, so it's really enjoyable, and boy do they have a lot to see! My mission was completely different. I wanted some photos of Mike's '54 in progress. I thought I might be able to find a way to use them in a layout for him. Together though, we really wanted to see how his car was coming along.
So we get out there, it's pouring down rain, and I look over, yep, there's his car, outside...uggg in the rain. I could see the motor had been pulled, it was sitting really high in the front, all the weight was gone, I also noticed the hood was no longer attached, but just sitting on the car.... I thought boy this isn't going to be easy... how am I going to get photos? So we took a walk around and we found the mechanics, they sure are nice there. The owners are super too. The wife loaned me her umbrella and two of the mechanics took the hood off for me, one person held the umbrella over my head, and I clicked off some shots. I couldn't believe how helpful everyone was so I could get the pictures. I was so thankful.
Then the mechanics took us inside and started showing us all of the new parts that had arrived for Mike's car. Everything is there, new tires (he's getting some cool ones, they have big wide white walls like old cars, but they are actually radial tires like new ones), the new engine is there, transmission, radiator, headers, fuel injector system, air conditioning system, power steering, all kinds of fun things that will make Mike's car loads of fun to drive.
It was really fun to see everything and know they are ready to begin putting it all back together. We are really excited to be getting this done. The old motor had a lot of really bad oil leaks and needed a rebuild. Well for not much more money we figured we could just replace it. But then we decided, you know what, let's just go all out and make it super nice and add the a/c, power steering, and all the creature comforts. It already has a nice body, so that's the route we're going.
After we did all that we had planned to go out to lunch together. And after an hour or so on my feet my back was screaming at me. Not far down the road we found a Long Horn Steakhouse and decided that would work. So we had a real nice lunch together. It was good for both of us just to spend some time hanging out together, having a relaxed time even if it was a gloomy day out. We did a lot of chatting about buying land, selling our house, and building a much smaller house. We're definitely moving in that direction.
We also discussed him growing his Etsy store and making that his full time job. That's a very foreign concept to him since he's been a tile and marble man all his life, but the idea of not working so physically hard as he gets older is appealing to him and he has gotten a taste of how the online store thing works since he does manage his store at the level it's at. He just can't imagine it being his full time job. I told him anything is possible if you're positive about it, believe in it, and work in that direction. It's called "a life without fear". :)
Here's some shots from yesterday! I love sharing our lives with all of you, you truly are like my extended family.
This area will be all clean and shiny when we pick the car back up
It was one wet day!
The new motor
The new tires, all wrapped up in plastic still