Restoring Vintage Vehicles - My Father's Calling

Restored Jeep CJ5
Restored Jeep CJ5
CJ 5 Before. Who would ever see its future potential?
CJ 5 Before. Who would ever see its future potential?
Restored 1979 CJ5
Restored 1979 CJ5 | Source
Jeep CJ5 Gets a new Dashboard
Jeep CJ5 Gets a new Dashboard | Source
Looks better than new
Looks better than new | Source

A Tribute to a Classic.. My Dad

Like many baby boomers, my Father recently woke up to find himself to be an old man of 70 years old. He is a wonderful, intelligent, nostalgic man of old school values. He does not compromise his values or integrity for any thing. His word is golden. He always says anything worth doing is worth doing well. Like many older American's he is struggling to find his place in this world as a retiree.

He has crossed many items off of his “bucket list.” He has climbed every challenging mountain from Colorado to North Carolina, lived in the wilderness out west for several months, swam in many oceans, obtained a pilot's license, and is now planning to hike the Appalachian Trail.


The son of Slovakian/ Irish immigrants, my Father worked for more than 40 years as a construction supervisor and his work led to many awards and publications in Better Homes and Gardens. He thinks nothing of it, he will tell you that he was just doing his job the way it should be done. His labors never led to financial wealth. He instead counts his family, friends, good health and nature as his blessings during this life time.


Still having a deep need to “fix things” as well as beautify his surroundings and items of nostalgia, my Father turned his skills and expertise to restoring classic cars. He can spot the most dilapidated vestige and see past the rust straight to its stunning potential. From tractors, classic cars, trucks, and Jeeps, my Father salvages the most unexpected finds and turns them into stunning show cars for sale. Applying his old school work ethic to these antiques, he leaves no detail neglected. He hand polishes every single nut, bolt and washer.. paints every single inch of his work with the utmost care. His vision and craftsmanship inspire me time after time.

My Father is a classic. His values are classic and part of a dying breed. Today, the value of someone's word means so little. Handshakes are limp and cold. People will compromise their values and beliefs to make a dollar. In the work place, employees dedicate the minimal amount of work needed to get a job done, mostly because their employer wants quantity rather than quality. Though he struggles with dealing with these types of people, my Father never sacrifices his values to make living in this world more comfortable. I wonder what this world will be left with when people like him are no longer in our society.

Me and My Dad

My Father and I LONG ago.
My Father and I LONG ago.

I am thankful for my Father for making me tough, instilling a deep love of nature with in me, for teaching me the value of a good work ethic.

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a gem, I love old cars and many more antiques besides.

My partner is a great lover of classic cars also so I am bookmarking this one so that he can read it later after work.

Take care

Eddy.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Eiddwen,

I hope he enjoys it. I am afraid this will soon be a lost art that will leave with that generation. He is going to do a Tinkerbell jeep for my daughter. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a wonderful comment.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. This is a great tribute. I agree, that age group is a dieing breed. They don't make them like that anymore. It truly is sad. This was a wonderful thing to do. Well written and a great story. I always wanted to do this, but financially right now, it is impossible. But with faith, hopefully one day. Best wishes.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Lyricwriter. It means a lot. I think it is a great thing to do too, especially for the enviornment. Thank you for stopping by and I hope one day you will be able to restore the car of your dreams.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a great story about your Dad. Fantastic job on the CJ5.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Tammy this is awesome! Your father has quite a gift...as do you with this hub and the photos! I adore the photo of you and your dad:)


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Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

What an enjoyable read, and a wonderful tribute to your dad. Congratulations on the Hubnugget nomination, and all the best in your writing endeavors!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Susan.. He has a yard full. He just finished a CJ7 for sale this week! I appreciate the read.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Sunshine! I appreciate your wonderful comments and the kind words!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Annette! It is a real pleasure to meet you. Thank you for your comment and the congrats..:)


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Tammy,

Your dad is awesome...so's that jeep. Beautiful. Good luck with the nomination!

Thomas


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Thomas,

I appreciate your kind comments. They ARE both pretty awesome. A new jeep also makes for a great Christmas present.. :) Thank you for reading it!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Damn! Good memories..you picture tells me that it was taken in 68. Am I wrong? Wonderfully done! You smile as though he just made a joke of his own..right? Been around slovaquian hills and appalachian mountains..hitting Pittsburgh and the land of free. Thanks Tammy!

LORD


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Lord.. the picture isn't that old.. it has to be from 1975 or 1976..Yes, I was a Daddy's girl. I appreciate you stopping by. Enjoy Pittsburg!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Beautiful photos and a lovely story. The before and after photos were particularly interesting to see.

Your dad is fortunate to have such an appreciative daughter.


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Windclimber 4 years ago from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay

No wonder you prefer cowboys - maybe your dad set the standard, gave you the idea of what a good man is. There are a whole lot of youngsters that would benefit greatly from spending time with him. And you, too, for recognizing that your dad - despite whatever human flaws - is something good. (You know the quote from Kahlil Gibran, "The appearance of things changes with the emotions, so the beauty we see in them is actually within ourselves."

Also, a great read about a "real man" is Rick Bragg's "Ava's Man", the true story of his grandfather. Actually, it's about real love, real family, even though the man is certainly a "bad boy" (a moonshiner, to be exact.) I highly recommend it.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Melovy,

Thank you.. that is so sweet of you. It was a little sad for me to write. I appreciate it!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Windclimber,

It is nice to meet you here. I will certainly read Ava's Man.. You just don't know how right you are about these things..

My Dad has a few faults.. but he does not budge on his standards. He is rough around the edges.. people criticize him because he doesn't do anything for show. He will tell you he wasn't put on this Earth to impress anyone but his Creator. People these days tend to look down upon people who don't try to project a certain image. That makes me mad, not because I was raised to defend it, but because life has taught me that these things are meaningless. You really have touched me more than you know as he is a descendant of moonshiners..

I have 3 sons that have benefited from his presence. Learned the value of a handshake and the meaning of what it is to give someone your word. Sounds to me like you know this man..lol. Thank you my new friend.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

You are right tammyswallow, your father is a dying breed and it is scary to see what is to come. Too much of society is all about what can you do for me, not what can I do for you. I see it every day in my job and it saddens me. What a beautiful tribute to your dad and a great tribute to placing attention and value on things that seem to have lost their beauty and usefulness. Nicely done and congrats on your nomination.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you so much Cardelean. I appreciate your kind words and that you stopped by!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

There is still hope for this generation and we start by increasing our awareness like this hub and how it reminds us of what is important. I am not very familiar with restoring vintage vehicles but for sure I could reflect that the things nowadays doesn't last the way it did before. :)

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To read and vote, this way http://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub...


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Windclimber 4 years ago from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay

I see you won the Hubnugget award with this! Congratulations!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you for your very kind words Ripplemaker. I think like you do that we should cherish the older generations and not take them for granted. Thank you for reading!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Windclimber.. I guess it is true.. write about the things you love.. :) Good to see you again!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

It looks strong vehicle. Thank you very much for share with us. I really enjoy all the pictures here. Have a nice day! Rated up..

Prasetio


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Abrushing1968 4 years ago from USA- Florida

What a wonderful tribute to your father. Thanks for sharing. My father passed away last year he too enjoyed working on cars and had "Old School Values" You made me think of him.

God Bless

ABR


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Prasetio. You are one of the kindest hubbers ever. I appreciate your comments. I am going to visit your hubs soon.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Airbrushing,

I am sorry for your loss. I don't even want to think of how that feels. Our fathers probably would have been friends. Thank you for stopping by. I will visit your pages soon. Merry Christmas!


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

Great hub. Thanks for sharing! Voted up.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you KimberlyLake! I appreciate you stopping by leaving a wonderful comment!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Oh, my, we are such big fans of Jeep Wranglers, and I love what your Dad did to this one! This is a wonderful tribute to a man with such strong values who obviously takes pride in his work and skills. How fortunate you are that he is around to pass on so much to your children. I love the photo of you with your father! :)


oldandwise 4 years ago

Give your dad kudos from me! You and your dad have a that special bond that is priceless. voted up!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Ms. Stephanie. He was strict but he raised my brothers and I right. I appreciate your visit and your kind words.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Oldandwise! That is priceless and I thank you for your kind words!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

That is an excellent avocation. Did you write this for Father's Day? Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

No, but that would be a good tribute. Thank you so much!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

What a wonderful tribute to your daddy. It took me down memory lane as my father also restored old cars and trucks and even motorcycles. He restored a '72 Sportster (Harley Davidson) and won several awards. His last truck was a "57 Chevy. It's been 3 years since his passing and I really do miss him talking about what he was going to work on "next!" Thanks for a great hub! Voted up and shared! Lisa


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Tammy, what a lovely hub! This is a beautiful tribute to your father. I love the wonderful photos, especially the one of you and your dad. Your dad's skill and pride shines through in his work. That jeep, what a beauty! Voted up and shared!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I would love to see a restored Harley. That is really neat! My Dad usually sticks with cars and John Deer Tractors. These guys have a very unique skill. I am sorry about his passing and hope you and your family are doing well.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much SanneL. I appreciate your kind comment.


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Brandym2012 4 years ago from PA

This is a great hub Tammy!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks BrandyM! :)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

My hubby needs to read this. This IS what he does. Heheh. He built a shed and he's just about finished with an old Ford Bronco and she's beautiful! He's going to sell it soon. (Haha, we can't keep ANOTHER car!) Fun hub and great content as always!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow Cclitgirl! My Dad would love to talk shop with him. There aren't many people who speak car part and body paint language. That is really neat! My Dad's first restore was a Ford Bronco. Small world!


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mjkearn 4 years ago

Hi Tammyswallow,

What a truly awesome hub. What an amazing tribute to a multiskilled gentleman and father. This type of tribute is far from easy to think about without emotion, never mind writing and sharing with the world.

Truly deserving of a Nugget. I'm voting up and up, though I've missed the boat. Never mind it's important to do the right thing.

I'd love to talk Moonshine and Poitin but I don't want either of us, to be asked to leave HP.

Restoration is my passion, be it cars, bikes, boats or machines. Love restored tractors and just waiting for one of my neighbours tractors to finally die to give me another project. As if I need another project. Maybe I shouldn't do such a good job of keeping them alive, that's a bad thought and besides I couldn't do that anyway.

Understand and appreciate what you say about dying skills. I am not a parent and the colleges won't take my knowledge due to rules and regs, so my skills will go with me but before they do I hope to help as many hubbers as I can or as many that will listen to my ramblings.

Thank you so much for writing and for sharing. The world could definitely do with more of your father.

MJ.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you so much for your warm comment mjkearn. Meeting people like you is what I love best about being at Hubpages.

My Dad would love to talk shop with you. This is a special knowlege and drive in the blood that people could never get in any college. You guys are a special breed! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi tammyswallow, What a beautiful tribute to your dad. His age group (same as my dad) is a dying breed when it comes to old school values and the importance of integrity. A great hub so lovingly written - congrats! voting and sharing :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Suzie HQ. That means a lot as this is a very personal topic. I appreciate that. They truely are a dying breed of people.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Wow I just found this and am so interested as my son is in the middle of restoring an old F100 & a HR Holden...gee it came up a treat, I'll have to show him...and such a lovely way to honor your dad...well done.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much carter06. These fellows that restore vehicles are such artists. Thanks so much for your kind comment and I hope your son will keep restoring.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I love classic and vintage cars, your article reminds me of an annual event in Kenya for vintage cars called Kenya conque de elegance. This is a great hub, i have to share this. I like the photos too. Thanks.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I appreciate your thoughtful comment dwachira. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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