I've come to realize that car nuts are born that way! According to his Mother, Mike always chose a car from the toy department and was building model cars long before he started school. Mike recalls how impressed he was that his kindergarten teacher drove a brand new 1958 Impala!
As an adolescent he read all the Henry Gregor Felson books about teenage hot rod drivers and Hot Rod Magazine. There have been hundreds of models built over the years and quite a few antique and classic cars restored. Cars have been his hobby and livelihood for more than fifty years. Recently he has enjoyed helping our grandson Jonathan start his own model car hobby.
Perhaps the love of cars came from Mike's Grandfather who ran Central Garage of Clearfield, Pa during the 1920s. You can see pictures of that business on the walls in our waiting room Papa, Gerald Wallace, is the gentleman in the overcoat holding his hat.
Over the years Mike has gathered and stored miscellaneous car parts for the purpose of building a car from scratch, much like the heroes of Mr. Felson's books. His dream was to build a traditional hot rod, a 1932 Ford High Boy Roadster. The Roadster is finally road ready and looking good! It has a 1952 Mercury Flathead V-8 engine, 1939 Lincoln front and rear drum brakes, 1941 Ford passenger car rear axle, and 1991 Chevrolet S-10 five speed transmission. There is no heater, no radio, and no top; the only modern updates are safety related items, such as turn signals. It's a real 50s style hot rod.
Many of you have shared stories with us about your first car, a car your Grandfather owned, or the car you hope to have someday. If you have pictures of a special car share them with us! Email your favorite car photos to [email protected] and we will post them for all our customers to enjoy. The next time you are here for car service be sure to ask Mike about the Roadster, you may even get a tour!