- How did you get into old cars/trucks?
My dad was a body man (he prefers metal man) his whole life but was never into cars himself. What he did provide for me was tools. LOTS of tools. The tools made it easier to teach myself how to do bodywork and most anything mechanical with help from books from the library. Once in a while I would ask my dad for advice if I was in a pinch. I’m 41 years old, this was in the late 80s and 90s before we had the internet.
I took some classes at the local community college to learn a little more and worked on all my friends’ cars, getting them ready for paint or whatever else.
About 92 I got a job at the local mom/pop auto parts store, Best Buy Auto Supply. This is when I got interested in older cars. The owner was an old hotrodder who appreciated all types of old cars. He owned a Model T and a Model A that were both on display inside the store, A 54 Ford F100, and a restored 41 Chevy. I owe my interest in cars to him. I was amazed on how people would walk in with parts in their hands and he would go over to the shelf and pull the replacement without having to look it up. I worked there for about 10 years and learned a lot about parts and old cars. I loved that job.
During this time is when I acquired a couple of First Generation Monte Carlos and my 54 Bel Air.
My dad helping me with the roof, I was scared to make it worse. Had to call in the pro.
2. What was the first Chevy bomb vehicle you owned?
My first and only bomb is my 54 Bel-Air. I was already driving the Monte everyday but had been looking for an older car to fix up and a friend knew of one for sale. The owner was a longshore man and had bought the car from a co-worker while working in Oregon. He had plans to fix it up but never did anything with it. This was about 94’. Was able to get it for $1200, asked him to teach me real quick about the 3-on-the-tree and drove it home.
After getting home I figured I would replace the normal wear stuff like any other restoration. That’s when I realized this car was like nothing else I had worked on before, haha. I opened the hood, no master cylinder. I was gonna check out the u-joints, couldn’t see them. Ball joints? None. What kind of oil filter is that? A roll of toilet paper? You serious? At least knew what a generator was.
Like a lot of novice restorers I started working on it, pulled a lot of parts off and lost interest. From there my car sat at my parents’ house for about 10 years until I bought a place with a garage to keep it and brought it home.
After bringing it home it probably took me another 3 years to find all the parts that had gotten lost and get it back together and painted. I always joke how I restored my Chevy $20 at a time. I bought parts and materials as I could and learned to do all the work myself.
What really lit the fire to get it finished was a friend of mine who asked me to use it for his daughter’s quince. That last week before the quince was busy for me. Took the week off from work, body worked and painted the hood, put together some door and kick panels from Joann’s Fabrics(haha), drove up to see Jose at All Glass and Upholstery for all new side glass(thanks again), and the Car and Truck Shop for a lot of miscellaneous clips and rubber. Come Thursday morning it was done. This is the first pic I took when I drove it over to my parents’ house. I can’t describe how good that felt.
3. Which Chevy Bomb is your all-time favorite?
My personal favorite bombs of all time have always been the 46-48 Chevys. I am a little partial to 2 doors and just love the streamlined look of the Fleetlines.
With that said, I think this is my favorite Fleetline of all. It’s the best color ever (lol), and it’s just how I would have liked to build one for myself. The tire and hubcap combination, and stance to me are what set this Bomb apart. This Fleetline belongs to David from Puente Viejo. I don’t know David, but I do know he has a bad ass bomb, great job on your build.
4. What have you gotten out of ChevyBombs.com?
I honestly don’t know how I came across ChevyBombs.com, but do remember how willing everybody was to share their knowledge and help each other out especially new members. This is the first forum I ever participated in because of that, my first post was in March 2006.
I also remember how a lot of us were in the same stages of working on our projects. It was cool to check in and see everybody make progress on their bomb.
While I still don’t know a whole lot about bombs, I like to help with the knowledge I picked up with my years working at the auto parts store and the experience I have tooling on my own cars whenever I can.
5. As a ChevyBombs.com Veterano, is there anything you would like to share to the world?
Yes, I have found this site to have the most helpful and encouraging bunch of dudes on the internet. I wouldn’t call myself specifically a “bomb” guy, I’m more of a Chevy car guy, but feel right at home and welcomed here. Lots of guys have their own specialty, some don’t even own cars, but everybody’s knowledge together make up what is the best bomb site on the net: or by the name best known to its members, the “Chevybombs Familia”.