Monday, October 24, 2011

Horsepower and Hot Rods.

Are these NOT the cutest little wooden rocking horses you've ever seen?

Sure, they were rescues from the vacant house across the street from Janice, and are well aged...

I can't imagine a little kiddo riding them, but oh, they make me smile every time I go to her house. She has these little ponies in her front yard. I bet they'll look really cute in the snow...Not rushing Winter, just sayin...

Phillip giving Janice a spin in the hot rod on Saturday.

This little pony, for real horsepower, is Phillip's 1965 Chevy Impala.

I call it his, because it's the BIG car and I've only driven it a couple of times. I feel SO small inside that big 'ol hunk of steel. BUT, when I see HIM driving it, well, I get all gooshy inside, just like when I was 15 in 1983. My heart flutters just a bit!!!

Back in 1993 when he was working away from home, he called me and said he'd found a "really clean Impala...the proverbial little old lady from Pasadena car". It was owned by a woman whose husband was strictly a FORD man. She had bought it off the lot from Hansen Chevrolet in Los Angeles. When she drove it home, her husband refused to EVER drive it because he was strictly a FORD man and this was a CHEVROLET.

Weird, I know, but that was good for us. You see, when the dear woman passed away, she left it to her son. He parked it next to his house. Phillip spotted it and true to our hobby of days gone by, he knocked on the door to see if he would be interested in selling it.

Needing a new roof on his house, he said he'd take $1000 for it. SOLD!!!

Phillip charged up the battery and drove it home (well, to his home-away-from-home anyway).

It had the original head lamps!!! The interior was original. There was NO rust - only a little oxidation on the roof and some body panels. SCORE!!!

Once we decided to make it a hot rod and restify it, we chose to paint it 1995 Kia Sportage Whisper Green, after many drive throughs on car lots. I love the color. Depending on the light, it's green, blue, grey-green, almost black. The black interior with custom carbon fiber dash and accent panels (designed and fabricated by the man himself) is a nice, simple design.

When we met in high school, Phillip was driving a 1966 Impala that was about 8 different primer colors with ratty interior, but he stole my heart with the hot rod. It was cool then and it's even cooler now!



Hopemore Studio said...

You are cracking me up!! btw I was the one with a 'car' in our relationship..a baby blue 1967 mustang convertible..ah those were the days.

Those little horses look like the kind of yard ornament that cries to be pranked. You could move them next to some ornamental grass so they can have a snack..or every once in a while drop an apple or a carrot nearby..when it snows cover them in an old flannel blanket..on derby day stick a prize ribbon on them. Oh dear I could go on and on.

andrea said...

Dang! nice score on the car, its beautiful.

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