I don’t typically get excited for winter. What with the short days and cold, rainy weather, it’s not exactly a car guy’s dream season. This year, however, I’m excited because I’ve finally got my workspace at home in decent order, which allows me to work on this old friend, my ’52 F-1. It’s been a long time coming, but I think this winter I’ll be able to get back on her and hopefully have her wrapped up come spring. That’s the plan anyways, but as we all know, plans can and probably will change.
I’m also knee deep in tearing the C10 apart as well, which is something I’ve been dying to do since my Bonneville road trip back in August. The stock motor performed flawlessly, a testament to the build quality of these old trucks. But it lacks in the performance department and, me being a hot rodder and all, that just doesn’t cut it. It’s time to bring a little more performance into the truck’s life and I think the LS combo I’ve got slated for it is just what the doctor ordered. That doctor being Dr. Jamie Meyer of Chevrolet Performance Parts!
Between these two projects and another couple I have ’round the house, I think this winter should be one of the most productive in the last couple years. That should keep the wife happy and me outta trouble, at least in theory.
Living in Southern California, we don’t exactly have what most of you would call “winter weather,” but it does cool off and it does rain a little bit, which is all I need to be driven into the garage.
Of course, if the weather is too nice, I can’t guarantee all this work will get done! But I do need to keep coming up with tech stories each month, so that is a sure way to get at least one or two things done this winter.
With that said, what kind of projects are ya’ll gonna take on over the next couple months? I know a lot of guys hide out like groundhogs starting in October only to emerge from their shops with a completed truck come spring time. That always amazed me, but I can see how it gets done. It’s hard to spend time outside when it’s 15 below and snowing and the heater in the shop has your workspace a comfy 60 degrees! I admire you guys who deal with those kinds of conditions; I definitely don’t envy you though!