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2011 week 2 - Charger
2011 week 2 - Charger

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Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Tokina AF 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 for Nikon
Date: Jan 15, 2011
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Transportation
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2011

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Comments: 13
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This is my husband's car. Its story is a part of our family's own personal folklore, and it goes like this:

Once there was a 16-year-old boy who bought an old car in pieces for $10, intending to use it as parts for his 1965 Dodge Polara. Except when he found out what he'd bought, he decided to use the 1965 Polara as parts for it instead. The boy worked on his car while other boys played Atari. He worked on the car while other boys took girls to the prom. He worked on the car until it ran pretty well, and he painted it with black primer from rattling cans, and he drove it to work and to the Navy and home from the Navy and to run errands for his grandmother and to take his fiancée on dates.

Then the boy, who was of course a man by this time, put the car away until he had the time and money to fix it right. He bought a part here and a part there until he had boxes and boxes of all kinds of parts. He learned to do things like welding and cutting and block-sanding and sandblasting. He learned about self-etching primer and metal body filler. He and his son, who had become quite a big boy himself, spent dark evenings and long summer days making the car's body juuust right. While he did this, he worked side jobs and hauled scrap metal and saved money here and there until he had enough to pay a guy to put paint on his car.

Then one day he took the car home, all red and black and shiny, twenty-five years after he had brought it in pieces it to his high-school auto body shop, where people had laughed at him.

I don't think they would be laughing now.

My husband is 41 years old, but when I look at him this weekend, I see every Christmas every kid ever dreamed of written all over his face.

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01/21/2011 12:03:21 PM
Not only a nice photo, also a nice story behind it!
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01/20/2011 05:04:48 PM
Almost looks like a toy car. I bet you could add some blur and this would make a great fake tilt shift.
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01/19/2011 09:53:19 PM
When do you get to ride in it? Great story and great colors.. red and black are the ultimate!
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01/18/2011 11:08:57 PM
I love stories like these about cars like these. The ones I dreamed of owning when I was young. I can't wait to see it when it's finished.
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01/18/2011 10:30:05 PM
Originally posted by daisydavid:

Wonderful story, tribute to a hard worker. But.. um.. the car isn't finished ;)

Oh, crap! I KNEW he was forgetting something. The bumper!

;-) ;-)

Not done but this is a major, major event, because it's the point where it shifts from taking-it-apart to putting-it-together. Guess I should have stuck that in the story somewhere. ;-)
01/18/2011 06:11:53 PM
What a great story.
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01/18/2011 01:35:43 PM
Great story and I like the way you tell it. From that PoV and with those colors, the car looks like a toy. Don't know if that's on purpose.
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01/18/2011 03:05:29 AM
Sweet! Love the story, too. Looking forward to seeing more.
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01/18/2011 01:28:43 AM
What a nice story. Men and their cars... they're born connected somehow.
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01/17/2011 08:50:06 PM
Wonderful story, tribute to a hard worker. But.. um.. the car isn't finished ;)
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01/17/2011 07:54:37 PM
Love the story and the car. Thanks.
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01/17/2011 03:11:49 PM
Great story and beautiful car.
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01/17/2011 02:22:53 PM
Beautiful story! Congratulations to your husband for his hard work and patience. The red looks good.
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