Customer Story: Will C.
What moves me is the excitement of being able to use my natural born creativity. I am a former construction worker.
One day on the job, decades ago, I met a drywall taper on my lunch break. As I listened to him talk with great pride about the 1937 Chevy he had built, I became fascinated. Towards the end of our lunch he passed me a picture he took of an old car he saw sitting under a tree in Santa Cruz California. It was a 1935 Ford Victoria. As I stared at that rusty and neglected Black car in the picture, my heart fell in love with it.
I knew myself and my abilities to construct things out of wood. I said to myself: “I can do this.” I even went so far as to drive to the exact spot where that car had been to try and find her and make her mine, but she was already gone.
One day as I was driving from work, I decided to take a different route home. As I neared my street, I drove by a house that had an old car parked out front that looked like it came right out of the Untouchables. My heart jumped. I was not going to let that one get away if I could help it. I went up to the door of the house and awaited my fate. I had no money to buy that car, but that never stopped me.
I told the owner that I was a Carpenter and would be willing to trade my services as payment for his car. He bit at the idea of having me remodel his garage. I did and the car became mine. That was in 1987 and I have owned over 30 cars since that first one. I now know how to, pull engines and trannies and reinstall them into other old cars; rewire a car with a new modern labeled harness; body work, weld, bend metal, install brake lines, make my own bracketry. My love of being able to exercise my creativity in building a car the way I want it has provided the one thing I think all guys need: an endless challenge.