Thanks Dad

My father was not a “car guy”, although he grew up on a dairy farm in northern Minnesota, and was no stranger to work. The lessons he taught me, to work hard, self-reliance and to always do the best you can, have served me well. Even though he passed away a few years ago now,

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Show Time

Laying on the cool concrete floor beneath the differential of my ’35 Chevrolet, I slowly squeezed the bottle of gear lube. Forcing it would ensure I’d be wearing it. An occasional trickle of oil reminded me to go slowly though I had much to get done before tomorrow’s car show, and it was getting late

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The Smell of Progress

As I neared the garage, I could tell something was different before ever turning the doorknob to enter. A faint but pungent smell permeated the air; a blend of something burnt with the distinct odor of mice nests. Upon entering, my suspicions were confirmed, as a thick blue haze seemed to hug the ceiling. Soon

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Right of Spring

Winter has finally released its icy grip for those of us who live in the northern tier states, long after our friends to the south have begun to enjoy having their cars back on the road. While every hobby pursuit has there own way of marking this event, such as the first round of golf,

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A Cut Above

Recently the video crew assembled at the shop of JTR Customs in Bloomington, Minnesota. Owned and operated by Jim Lundquist, the shop specializes in cutting and installing glass for classic cars. Jim’s expertise in cutting glass is legendary in these parts so I was excited at the prospect of Jim sharing some of his knowledge

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More Than Understanding

As “Mother’s Day” quickly approaches my thoughts turn to my own mother and all she has meant to me, and also toward my wife and mother of our children. I recalled the countless times friends and family have entered my shop and after looking at the projects in the shop and the tools I have

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Getting Started

A late spring cold snap brought howling winds outside the garage doors as I wrenched on the old hemi late one evening, I couldn’t help but feel a certain amount of anticipation to finally making the last connection and bringing life back into the “old girl”. A mental checklist was gone over and over again,

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