Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Pheonix Rises

Well after what seems like forever, I've finally started moving toward getting my little roadster fixed. Meeting Marty South was the catalyst. Marty is a guy who recently moved to Georgetown, TX from Long Beach, California, not far from my old stomping grounds. My son, Drew, had posted a Craig's List ad in search of a 63-65 Riviera and Marty called saying he had one. We drove out to see it and while we didn't end up buying Marty's Riviera-- way too nice-- , we really enjoyed talking about California, Hot Rods, favorite cars, favoriet buiilders, etc.
It turns out we had a mutual acquaintence, none othe than Rob Fortier, Managing Editor of Classic Trucks magazine. Anyhow, to make a long story short, I mentioned to Marty that I had a crashed 29 roadster, and he said something to the effect of, "I could probably fix it." As we chatted further, I learned that he wanted to build hot rods for a living and had moved to Austin and found a four-car garage so he coulkd start building cars at home and getting out of collision repair ASAP. I asked him if he's like to stop by my place to see the 29 and see if really could fix it. He did, and the more we chatted, the more convinvced I became that he'd be the perfect cat to build me a new frame and do the initial body repair on my car. So I dragged the mess from my garage to his.