I'm a vintage lovin' gal.
That's why I ran a seasonal antique shop out of my barn for several years.
I also love me all vintage and
When I saw this vehicle in the driveway,
I screamed out there!!!
Funny thing is, I knew right away whose car this may be.
Dude is a GENIUS mechanic.
Here's a little known fact about many
This is the car they drive to work in.
The car they carry their tools in.
The car they go to the grocery store in after work.
The car they don't have to worry about getting all greased and dirtied up in.
Wrenches, Mechanics, Grease Monkeys, Service techs, whatever you want to call them...many save their good car for good.
Their daily driver may not look like a beauty queen but let me tell ya, it'll start on a cold January morning when other cars won't.
Now let's move on to this
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME
2003 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
Jeff Gordon Signature Edition
a customer brought by.
Aw man, look at those factory flames!!!
Our lucky lucky lucky customer had bought this
always garaged, Jeff Gordon, #24, Special Edition
2003 Monte SS with just 17k miles on it last year!
Yes, I said 17k miles on it.
A 2003 SS Special Edition.
I love EVERYTHING about this
Original tires, rims....sighhhhhhhh...
This Special Edition Monte came with the number
24 (Jeff Gordon's number) on the leather seats.
They came with Jeff's signature on the outside by the #24. The wheel rims and dash, ultra cool!!
What I love most about this particular gentleman's vehicle is that,
wait for it,
just a minute,
Okay, this is what I like:
HE ACTUALLY DRIVES IT AND DOESN'T HAVE IT STORED AWAY IN SOME CLIMATE-CONTROLLED GARAGE ONLY TO BRING IT OUT FIVE SECONDS A YEAR AND THEN TELLS YOU TO GET YER HANDS
OFF THE PAINT!
Dude drives it man, that's what I most particularly love! Dude drives it!!!
Well, that and the flames on the hood. :)
Okay, so this car wasn't in my driveway but it was in Iowa City in a parking lot and I just COULD NOT GET OVER THE COLOR!
Let's move on to a mid 90s Ford F250
that was being serviced up at Hostys in Frytown.
This MINT CONDITION pickup had only like
6,000 miles on it!!!!!! 6,000!!!!!!
Look at the bed!
No rust anywhere!
Look at that chrome!
Interior looks like it just rolled off the factory line.
Manual to boot!
Speaking of mid 90s trucks...how about my cousin's 1995 F350 diesel!!!!
Does it look different to you??
It did to me! I couldn't wrap my head around it!
I mean, it just looked crazy cool and you could tell everything was original to the year of the vehicle!
Come to find out some Fords had the
Centaurus Conversion Package
as an after market feature.
Finding an F-350 with this feature is very very rare!
Besides all the cool exterior features like running lights all along the truck, a Westin brush guard, molding, running boards and roof spoiler,
the interiors were trimmed in wood, of course.
Shhhhhh, If this truck did not belong to my cousin who I happen to like very much, I would have ripped out that AMAZING wood console while he wasn't looking.
Just to have it.
Cause it's so cray cray awesome!
There's even wood trim on the headliner.
My cousin sells at farmers markets.
His conversion F350 is absolutely perfect in this setting!
Moving on to our friend's 1960s Bronco.
Not a week goes by in the warm months where at least two people don't stop by every week to inquire about this rare vehicle. This vintage Bronco was purchased, used and found in the Midwest, which is rather unique. These specific Broncos where made mainly for ranches, off road use in western states mainly.
Not EVERY vehicle out here has an engine.
Sometimes the mode of transportation is when Amish come out and lift your house that was hit by a tornado, off the ground and move it down the road to another family's acreage where the house is made beautiful again!
These pics are early in the process, where the road ties were used to secure the house once it was pulled up off the foundation.
This is not my photo but I was there, on Hwy 22 between Kalona and Riverside, that exact moment, that exact day.
I pulled over onto the side of the highway, like everybody else did, not because you had to but because it was a sight to behold.
I remember trying to count the men but lost track at 100.
It's not every night a yellow smart car pulls into the driveway!
Tim and I get the biggest kick out of
stuff like this!!!
Tim was rather intrigued.
Off Tim and Warren went down the road...
...and back again.
We had a blast checking out this car!!
We had this super cool 70s Chevy Silverado pickup truck pull in that was purchased in the 1980s.
The customer customized it out for specific functions!
The customer made his own bed
that was hooked to hydraulics.
Not only was the bed hooked to hydraulics, but the truck ran on LP OR regular gasoline.
Decades ago, the customer even sewed his own seat covers!
Look at this interior!!
Tim wanted to make sure I saw this...
Tim pointed out that the customer has an air tank under the hood that gets air from the A/C compressor to supply air to another canister that you can hook up to an air hose to pump up tires and such.
It's like a portable air tank under the hood.
This is the conversion for the engine: gas or LP.
Lastly, I was down the road picking up a couple sandwiches from Kalona Creamery when a
tractorcade started going by.
Of course I stopped and took pics and waved at all the folks on tractors.
And finally, my cousin, you know...
the one who has the red Ford F-350 pickup with conversion package, well, he also has this Dodge truck and I about giggled myself to no end when he pulled up today...
with a wreath attached to his front grill!!!
He said he went to Goodwill and bought the tackiest wreath he could find.
Beings that this wreath is made out fake vintage plastic
MADE ME LOVE IT EVEN MORE!!!
Merry Merry Christmas and
Happy Holidays to all!!
Hope you enjoyed this post of fun and funky vehicles!
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