• Second Gear was Gone and it was Green

    Second Gear was Gone and it was Green

    I shifted into second gear, let out the clutch, and it kicked out into neutral. Oh no, not again. It seems the old Ford lost the ability to stay in second. That was a problem. It was a 3-speed on the column, and with second gone, it made driving difficult. And it was green. Dad…

  • Sedan vs. Coupe

    Have we lost the meaning of the words Sedan and Coupe? Reading an article the other day on a car site ( should know the difference) and the review was for a 2-door coupe. In the article, they continually called it a sedan. For decades, two doors were coupes and four doors were sedans. Did…

  • Fourteen Years Old with a Driver’s License

    Do you remember, as a teenager, that feeling of freedom? Remember? It was the day you passed the driving part of the test to acquire your driver’s license. I admit I’m not sure what it means to today’s teens, but in the ’60s, it was everything. With driver’s education, you had to be 14 to…

  • It was Iris Mist Iridescent

    When he floored it, I was nailed back in my seat and found it difficult to breathe. The G-force was incredible as we raced down Paramount Street in Amarillo. Then as fast as he had accelerated, he let off and slowed back down to the speed limit, which, if memory serves, was 45 mph. From…

  • “What are we busy about?”

    “It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” — Henry David Thoreau

  • 24 year old computer still boots

    You might amazed that this Dell computer is 24 years old this month and it still boots and works. As shown in the video, it takes four minutes to boot from a cold start to mouse control. My wife and I received this as a 25th anniversary gift from our family members. The old DAK…

  • It was a Red 1956 T-Bird

    It was a Red 1956 T-Bird

    It was a red 1956 Thunderbird just sitting there, hidden in 5′ tall weeds. Dad was an avid gardener with a love for growing fresh vegetables. It was his way to relax, and I was generally a part of the labor. Rototilling, forming up the rows, planting, watering, and weeding were things I could always…

  • My “Money No Object” Cars

    What are your “money no object” cars

  • I’m struggling with the term Retirement

    I’m struggling with the term Retirement

    Working is in my DNA. Going back as far as my experience allows, both my grandfathers were hard workers. They are still an inspiration to me to this day, even though they have been gone for decades.   My maternal grandfather, Walter, was a cobbler by trade. He was also a deaf-mute. I guess today…

  • Pictures With Cars

    Pictures With Cars

    In the past, pictures of cars frequently included a person standing in front. A fine time-honored tradition, if you ask me. In going through old photos, one can see my family was part of the tradition. I am in seven of the photos below, even as others are featured. Look through your photo archives and…

  • A Real Bucking Bronco

    The bucking was fierce. Back and forth, up and down. Then, as quickly as it began, it quit. Once again I failed to meet the challenge. But I was determined. Again and again, the bucking continued until I rode to the metaphorical buzzer. I was thirteen years old and all I thought about was cars.…

  • A Red Shoulder Hawk hunting in the neighbor

    A Red Shoulder Hawk hunting in the neighbor