It’s too hot to work.

Posted: July 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

I got up early today and tried to get ahead of the looming 95 degree weather.  I went to 4 small, rural junkyards that I used to frequent years ago.  Most I hadn’t been to in over 10 years.  I was surprised at how little old iron was left.  In junk yards that used to have rows & rows of ’50s & 60’s cars were now filled with 80’s & 90’s junk.  The scrap prices of 5 years ago seemed to have taken their toll on these classic American parts sources.  Of all 4 yards, I found one 1950’s car.  A 1959 Edsel Villager Wagon.  It was pretty picked over, and nothing I needed interchanged with it.

I got home around 11:00am, and the temp was already at 83 degrees.  So I unloaded a set of rims & almost new tires I had stored and carefully cleaned them up and primed & painted them. The hot weather & bright sun was perfect for baking on the Chrysler Red enamel I decided to use on them.  I don’t know what it is, but whenever I see an old ’50s vehicle sporting bright red wheels with their small hubcaps I smile.  So for now, the wagon will have tires that will hold air, and shiny red wheels.  I have a set of really nice 1957 or 1958 Ford center wheel covers in the attic of my garage, but it is so hot up there now I think I’ll wait to go searching for them.  Tonight during the evening I will be putting the wheels on the car.  Now, I must go BBQ hamburgers.


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