Coming back

So, we have been out of it for about 11 months, with a small amount of posts and articles.

We are back, this time, I think for good. We have some things in the works to ensure that we can keep on going without another stop and look forward to bringing you more stories.

I first want to apologize to anyone who gave me information to publish and never saw it published. I am very sorry. I have looked back and I just cannot seem to compile a story for anyone, all of my data seems to be gone, or partial.

I was extremely busy with a new job that just didn’t allow me any spare time to write these stories. I got further and further behind, until I just lost site of what I was doing and became completely overwhelmed.

No longer am I in that job, or overwhelmed. I have begun to gear up production of the stories and some new things to ensure that they keep coming.

Let’s start this new year off right, let’s start telling the stories again and get some new material.

So, I am looking for any and all car owners. Tell me your story, let me write it down so others can enjoy your project/car/truck/bike and give encouragement to those who may be stuck, or thinking that they just can’t do it.

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Lead Courageously

If you thought that, as a man, you could just follow on someone else’s shirt tail and not make decisions or lead when it is necessary, let me help you understand what God demands of us, as men. Let me help you understand why, seeking to never be responsible as a leader, is far from what God has had in store for you and for men in general.

Read below and begin to lead, in whatever situation you find yourself. Learn how to be a good leader, even if it is just yourself that you are leading.

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“Silver Bullet” – 2013 Chevy Camaro LS – Shane & Erin Wilder

Often, when we think of a dream car, we think of an older classic, maybe an antique. The story that is associated with our dream car is usually extraordinary, because, after all, it created a dream. So, what happens when a lady has a dream and 2 different men come into her life and make it happen? Read on to find out how the Silver Bullet became a dream come true. Continue reading

2017 – A Year in Review

Well, another year has gone by and we have had some milestones happen. This has been a good year for us, so, in an effort to recap what has been happening, let’s look back at last years review. (Make sure to scroll down and check out all of the articles. Also, write a comment on your favorite article, or articles.)


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As for this year, well, let’s just say it started a little slow. January through April, we had a total of 1,019 views to our site. Four months and we barely had any viewership, which made me wonder if this was at all worth it.

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1928 Ford Sedan – William Sands

This post is to share the feature build on the Facebook group – Lean on Me.

This is a group that chooses several projects and votes at the beginning of each month to see who will get featured for 30 days to raise money, through a Go Fund Me account to help with there build. This is a group looking to just help and see who they can help. Click the link and check them out.

The month of September has provided William Sands 1928 Ford Sedan as our feature for the month. Here is the Link to donate.


SO, tell us a little about you.

sedann - CopyI’m 36 and live in small town in Elk City Oklahoma . I do pyrography ( wood burning ) and try to save as many cars old parts as I can.My Facebook page is Forever in Wood.

I have had grand mal seizures off and on for almost 9 years now so it restricts what I can do . Luckily I have only had

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Wood Burning

one in the past year, or so.

I’m no mechanic but I have loved hot rods as long as I can remember and always drove some sort of classic . My 1st car was a ’63 impala .

sedan tape - CopyI Love to make things with my hands . I can beat dents pretty well and taught myself how to weld.

Unfortunately I have never got into mechanics of the engine.

What is the vehicle that is being featured by Lean on Me this month?

1928 Ford Tudor Sedan

Where did you get this gem and for how much?

I found the 1928 Ford Tudor Sedan the in a scrap pile behind a mechanics shop about 2 miles or less away from my house, here in Elk City

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Here is a link to the video of William picking up his 28.

That was almost 4 years ago.

It was missing the doors and pretty much just a shell as everything that could be stolen off of it had been over the years.

I got it for 600 dollars.

Give us a little

idea of where it is in the process right now.

At the moment I do not have a title for it. I have had this tucked under the shelf waiting to come out and be built .

I have been collecting parts here and there as I can , So far I have found the doors on eBay . along with a visor . After finding a few great videos on YouTube the tops been chopped 5 1/2 inches ( my first chop too ) the windshield frame was shot so I filled in the swiss cheese .

I have no plans to paint it, so I am leaving it natural patina .

xmembersedanI have a 307 sbc I’m using for a mock up engine. Using a Ford 9 inch I got from the salvage yard . A dropped front axle kit from Speedway with the hair pin radius rods . Triangulated 4 link for the rear axle.

I have some control arms left over from another project for the front. Using an X member for a 35 ford frame.

Over all it’s in fair condition , not rusted out beat to crap.

I found a ’30 Ford frame in the recycling place for 10 bucks . I will be using the front frame horns and cross member from the firewall up , and the rest 2×4 boxed steel .

I would like to keep it as old school as possible , using a transverse leaf spring setup in the back like the old t buckets.

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I’m going to fix it, someday

If you have been around cars, or car guys, you have undoubtedly heard this at some point, either in 4508192955_b8e7b5626f_bperson or, via a story about a dream car just sitting, rotting away.

When I saw this picture, I had to laugh, because, I have seen this many times and have even asked the person, when they thought they might get around to it. Yes, it kills me to see something just rotting away, never to be used again, never to be enjoyed again. You see, there is a point where something is just too far gone.00b68c9e14bb3befef96b63dda0eab4e

That said, I have seen people pull what looked like total junk out of the woods, or out of the ground and completely restore it. Yes, I love that, I love it when something gets a complete restoration, gets rebuilt to be what it was meant to be, in its glory days, or gets built to be something better, mixing old and new, to become something with greater function and purpose.

catspring-old-houseCars are not the only thing that I have seen this in. I have seen people hold on to an old house and let it rot to the point of falling down, because they wanted to “rebuild” it, someday. The day never comes and it just wastes away, to be forgotten and trashed.

We, as a general rule, put off what we do not deem as important. Sure, that old car or truck has meaning, or may be your dream, but, other things have become more important, so you push it aside, again, with the idea that you’ll fix it tomorrow. That old house that you purchased to fix, or that you inherited from old Aunt Bessy and Uncle Wilbur would be a great project, which you intend to do, but, it is over there and other things are making it impossible to get to today, so, you figure you will have more time, tomorrow.

This is also what we do with our lives. With our very soul. (See my article, called Restoration.) It is over there, it is far off, it just isn’t important right now. We don’t give any thought to where we will spend eternity, because, we are living here, right now. We already have a life to live, responsibilities, desires, so, there is no time, today, to get to our very soul.

Here is a quote I found that I think hits the nail on the head.

I know there are people who hear me preach regularly who will never consider changing their way of living They will go ‘underground’ before they will do that! Our situation is not an isolated case. There are millions of men and women with an understanding of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, who are still not willing to receive and commit themselves to Him whom the very angels and stars and rivers receive. They hesitate and they delay because they know God is asking the abdication of their own selfish little kingdom and interests. This is the tragedy of mankind, my brethren! We have rejected Him from our lives because we must have our own way. But until Jesus Christ is sincerely received, there can be no knowledge of salvation, nor any understanding of the things of God. The little, selfish, sinful man rejects the Son of God. While he is still enumerating the things he deserves, the Son of God stands outside. My brethren, I repeat: this is the great tragedy of mankind!
A. W. Tozer Sermon: Unwilling To Yield

Think about that, ponder it, are you one who will not listen?

I hear, a lot, from people I meet that they aren’t worried about where they will go when they die, they are alive, young and healthy, they have plenty of time to consider that, tomorrow. This makes me very sad, because the Bible is very clear, tomorrow is not promised. We do not know when Jesus will return for His people.

Mark 13:32-37 (ESV)

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake.[a] For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants[b] in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows,[c] or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Luke 12:35-40 (ESV)

35 “Stay dressed for action[f] and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants[g] whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he[h] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

God does not promise another breath. I have shared 2 passages from Scripture so that you can see the urgency with which you need to place upon where your soul ends up. You could live another 25 years, or you could die before the end of this sentence. I urge you, take care of your soul, now. Stop putting the things of the world before your very soul.

Luke 9:25

25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

This verse in it’s context is shown below. I urge you to read it, but I also urge you to read my article on Restoration.

Luke 9:23-27

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

I urge you to make your decision now, for, you have been shown the truth and have no excuse. Choose this day, who will you serve?


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1956 Cadillac Coupe DeVille – Shaun Swanson

Sometimes you run into people who have a dream, trying to make it a reality, but, it seems life is against them in every sense. You want to help, because you see their desire and their hard work. This is such a story. The Cadillac is far from done, but the project has been started and could use some help.

Maybe you are one who likes the underdog, the guy/gal who just isn’t “set” to win, but works hard to get where he/she is going, no matter the obstacles set before him/her. If so, this is going to be a good story for you.

This is the start of a restoration of love. Check out my article on Restoration to see another one made of love.

Without further ado, here is Shaun’s story.

What type of vehicle?

1956 Cadillac coupe DeVille. Production numbers show that there were 25086 ever made.

Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?

I am not the first owner and really don’t have any prior history on it other than it had been parked somewhere between 1976 and 1978.

When was it purchased?

November 1st 2015, she arrived.

Was this a father/son, Daughter project?

I hope to have this 56 done enough to be used to chauffeur my 3 children to prom and also for their future weddings. My children are 16, 14, and 13. Girl Whisper, boy Paul, and girl Lea.

Why this vehicle?

I had always been a fan of Harley Earl and how he designed cars of this era. The 1956 coupe DeVille has been a dream car for me for most of my life. Number one on my bucket list of cars to own before I die.

Tell me the story of how you acquired this car.

 It came to me from Minnesota through an even trade. Since I had always hoped to own one of these, I started getting worried about them going out of my price range or ability to acquire since I’m a very low income person. I owned and kind of restored/rat rodded/ customized a 1968 Cadillac DeVille convertible and after a 2200 mile, problem free road trip, decided I wanted to sell it or trade it for a 55/56 coupe DeVille. There were a few prospects before this 56 that didn’t end up panning out. When I was contacted with the offer of an even over trade, this 56 for my 68, I jumped on the chance without hesitation.  I was so happy I got teary eyed. On that trailer with 4 flats, rust holes in the body and floors, no back glass or engine or transmission. My 68 ran and drove but I didn’t care, the 56 is what I wanted. I was near homeless, living in a friend’s 32 foot camper in their yard…. but I had a 56 coupe DeVille. It’s like a sickness you could say… any one who has seen the movie “Christine” will have an idea of my mind set when I laid my eyes on my 56 caddy. Since that day, I started searching parts and scavenging supplies.

Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.

I spent most of my life as an auto mechanic and was always so burned out I couldn’t enjoy my cars. With this 56 I decided also I wouldn’t repair cars for a living anymore and I went to work as a chef. I had experience as a chef and as it turns out I’m very good at it. This allows me to enjoy my 56 without being tired of fixing cars all day long.

What have you done to it so far?

The first thing I bought for her was a matching set of vintage Iowa 1956 license plates. Other parts and goodies trickled in the whole time I spent living in that camper.

Back glass came from Kansas city in a guys garage, $30 score. It was OEM blue/green tint back window.

I started hunting air ride stuff for it and found some amazingly cheap deals on eBay and on Facebook groups. I even ended up making some wonderful new friends through the whole process.

Eventually I had all I needed for my air suspension. Lines and fittings were free from a truck driver friend who said those parts are disposable in his line of work and free to him.

Another friend locally works for a metal fab place and got me 12 foot by 5 foot of 18g sheet steel to repair all my rust. Another freebie as it had be messed up and deemed as scrap for his work.

One of my new fender skirts came from an accident at a closed down auto shop/hoarders scrap barn. He was selling everything and I was looking around and tripped over a 1956 Cadillac fender skirt, rust free and perfect! $20 score. How often does that happen?

Not long after that fender skirt find, I got moved into town and into a house. So now I felt comfortable actually taking apart and working on the car.

I had been paying payments to Brandon Strange, owner of an amazing 58 Coupe DeVille in Kentucky, for the engine from his car. So in June of 2017, my wife and I went to Louisville, Kentucky and picked up a 1958 Cadillac 365 and its corresponding auto transmission. Brandon has become a wonderful friend through this deal and I plan to keep my promise not to publicly say what I gave for the engine and transmission.

Right before I left to pick up that engine, I won a 59 tripower Cadillac intake for $125, on eBay. Unheard of steal for a price. With that purchase I decided to step out of the normal Rochester or Stromberg or Holley 3 deuce carburetor combinations and went with 3 vintage carter wd-0 carburetors.

I’ve been slowly hand polishing them to a brilliant shine to help match up with a the chrome, copper, stainless and aluminum in my vision. With that the name Copperhead was born for this Cadillac. I plan to paint the body a copper/Orange color with a pearl white roof, and white interior and trunk.

Most all of my heater hoses, air lines, vacuum lines, will be polished copper.

I have polished stainless brake lines and will have custom steal braided brake hoses up front as well as Taylor steal braided spark plug wires. I did away with the factory tredlevac brake system and have acquired a chrome Corvette booster and master cylinder.

I custom fitted a snow white, pleated vinyl rear seat upholstery and have the same company ready to custom make me matching front seat covers for my 1990 Chevy pickup front bucket seats and console for $137 shipped.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?

Currently, I work a bit randomly on it.

I have patched up one front fender, the whole trunk floor, detailed and installed the drive train and gotten most of the air ride working.

It doesn’t run yet, but will soon. I plan to make it run off one of the 3 carbs and seal the other 2 for now.

I want to be able to start it and move it. It’s far from being drive able due to needing a water pump rebuild, a new radiator($206 on eBay) and all the brakes installed.

Take a look below at the photos of Shaun’s Cadillac.

 

 

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