Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Year.....A New Body Shop?

It finally happened.  Roger finally lost his patience with the body shop here in town.  After 8 months of confinement at a local body shop (who's name is to never be spoken in this family again),  Roger finally decided it was time to spring Daisy from paint prison.




A couple of days ago Roger marched himself down to that local body shop and  loaded up Miss Daisy along with every piece, part and wheel that had been sitting gathering dust for over half a year.




After checking his rear view mirror to make sure Daisy was safely following along on the dolly,  Roger headed toward Abilene and a new body shop.



Two hours later, he and Daisy arrived at this place.  Touch of Color.  It sounds like a nice place.  At least it doesn't have the word "collision" in its' name.


Roger unloaded Daisy and left her with this guy.  He says he can do the job and best of all,  he says he can get started on her right away.  Man, we hope so.  Just to improve our chances that he is speaking the truth, we are going to eat nothing but black-eyed peas over the next few days!






Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Match.com


One brand new, beautifully tooled (faux) leather bench seat is
desperately seeking the company of a pickup cab.


Prefers 1931 Ford Model A pickup cabs
but after weeks of sitting alone on the cold garage floor
will accept most any make or model.


If interested, please call BR549.
Cab doesn't even have to be yellow.



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Still waiting........

We've twiddle our thumbs.  We've paced back and forth.  We've pulled out our hair.  We've cried.  We've begged.  We've pleaded.



We got nothing.  Daisy is still sitting in the body shop.  A forlorn little scrap of metal if  ever there was one.


They've thrown us a few bones.  There has been a little patch work here.  And a little plugging of holes there...



But that's been about it.  We are totally at their mercy and frankly, I've given up on them.  Roger, the optimist, hasn't lost all hope.  He's thinking they might actually get the body work finished sometime next year.  Next year?!?!  Yep, that's what he is thinking.  Mercy me,  I had no idea when we started this project it was going to consume so much of our life.


On a lighter note, Roger did make it by the upholstery shop one day last week and actually saw a bit of progress there.  Soon we should have a beautiful, newly upholstered seat.  I have no idea what we are going to do with it!!!!


Maybe Francis could use it as a saddle blanket!


No patience left,

Joy







Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Fond Farewell

It was sad.

It was traumatic.




We didn't want to do it, but we felt pressured.




One dreary day back in September, Roger loaded Peaches up on the dolly and took her to her new home.

Like a lamb being led to the slaughter, she was sacrificed.  She was sold.  

And for what?




For this?  For this little, yellow, upstart of a pickup that is so needy it is sucking it's owners dry?

Yes, sir, that would be the reason.  Daisy wants it all.  All of our time, all of our attention and every last dime in our pockets.

Peaches, being the grand southern lady that she is, stoically made the sacrifice.  When Roger drove off with her on the dolly, she never looked back.




Oh, but we miss her.  I never would have thought I could miss a car so much.  Every time I walk out into the garage and see that empty spot I think of her.  She was special.  Our first Model A.   She was a grand old lady.  

Her new owners have renamed her.  Maggie....Molly.....Matilda??  I can't remember.  It doesn't matter.  She'll always be Peaches to me.





Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Grand Old Tour

Last month our car club hosted the 48th annual Grand Old Tour here in San Angelo.



Unfortunately, Daisy wasn't able to pull herself together in time and had to send her regrets for not being able to attend.  That didn't stop Roger and I from going.  We had lots of fun looking at other people's vehicles and meeting lots of folks that share the same interest we do:  Old Cars!

Roger put together a little video documenting the whole weekend.  It was a blast!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Daisy's Lament


The memory becomes hazy
but this once was Daisy
a 1931 pick-up so rare.



Although not a beauty
now is seems looney
we thought she needed some flair.



Right from the start


we started taking her apart
and now we are filled with despair.



The crazy decision
to take her to West Texas Collision
has caused us to pull out our hair.

It's hard to remember
but they've had her from May thru September
and it certainly isn't fair!



Our sweet little Daisy
must think we are crazy
or at the very least we just don't care.



But she would be wrong
she's been gone way too long
and we'll bring her home soon, we swear!









Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Happy Dance

Roger and Dave completed the repairs to Daisy's bed and Roger got it delivered to the body shop last Thursday.




Now every single piece of Daisy that needs a coat of yellow or black paint is sitting in one of the bays at this body shop.  We are just waitin' on them, baby!

We reached a milestone!

We clapped!

We cheered!

Roger and Dave did the Happy Dance!




Finally!

Finally, we had a day at the shop where we got to do something other than watch paint dry!




Roger loaded up the bed to Miss Daisy and took it over to Dave's house so they could do some work on it in his shop.  Some parts of the bed were rusty and they needed to be replaced before going to the body shop to be painted.

Let me tell you, they put in a days work!  They were exhausted when they got finished.   




I enjoyed going out and watching for awhile and snapping a few photos. Those two work really well together.  It was truly riveting.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Patience

I've never been known to have a lot of patience and the routine of the past few days is really testing what little I do have.




The only progress I can report on Daisy is there has been a little bit of sanding,





and little bit of varnishing,




followed by long periods of watching varnish dry.




This is our friend, Leroy, and Congressman Mike Conaway standing in front of Leroy's federal blue Model A Coupe. 

It doesn't have a thing to do with Daisy, I just liked the picture.




Sunday, September 12, 2010

Spray Day

I decided this afternoon to pay a little visit to Roger out at the shop.  He's been spending an awful lot of time out there.  Granted, he's been coming home with spray paint all over his hands and clothes but I still thought I'd better make a surprise visit.

I just wanted to make sure things were on the up and up.  They were.



He was spray painting parts just like he said.

He was using that spray can like Van Gogh used a paint brush.



It didn't matter if he was sitting or standing.

He could spray that black paint like nobody's business.

There was lots of proof of his spray painting handiwork scattered about, too.

Some of it was on the floor......




While some of it was hanging from the ceiling......




I don't need to let it bug me any more about all the time he's been spending out there in the evenings.  He's been a busy boy.  Just spray painting his little heart out.

But there is something else that is bugging me.......




Remember some time ago when I complained just a wee bit about all the car paraphernalia scattered throughout the house?




All kinds of car stuff filling up the garage..... boxes of car parts stacked up on the dining room table..... car parts and accessories laying on our bedroom floor!

It's everywhere!!

Or so I thought.




Now it's everywhere!!








Friday, September 10, 2010

Killing Time


Man, if I thought things were moving slow the last week of August, things must be at a complete standstill now.




Roger is still going out to the shop every evening for a couple of hours.   He says he is working on Daisy.  He comes home with grease and black spray paint on his hands and clothes, so, I guess he really is out there doing something to the old girl.

He admits he's just been doing some small things.  Small, but important things.

Things that have to be done before this place finally delivers:



Oh, what fun we'll have if we can just ever get Miss Daisy back from this place!

Things will start happening!

Things will get exciting!



In the meantime, you will just have to be content to look at this picture of my little buddy, Banjo.

And if you are really bored, you can try to figure out what this is:



Got any ideas?

Here's a hint:





Bye for now!















Sunday, August 22, 2010

Moving Slow

It seems to me things have come to a stand still out at the shop, however, Roger assures me things are going on "behind the scenes."

Things like powder coating (whatever the heck that is), things like doors being straightened, things like transmissions being built.




I don't know.....

I was out there for a few minutes yesterday and all I saw was some hammering,




some grinding,





a little bit more grinding,




and then some heavy duty drilling.




From his facial expressions, it looked like really hard work.  

He wasn't fooling me though.




And he sure wasn't fooling Francis, the resident shop mule.




He got bored with things pretty quick, too!