You know the rest of that saying. “If she ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” We know the sentiment well…it’s why on beautiful sunny days that we saw as perfect wrenching weather, we’re out mowing lawns, cleaning gutters, doing garden work or cleaning something up around the house. For what our significant others put up with, keeping them content is a small price to pay for being able to keep doing what we love to do. It does make the whole “sorry, but it just followed me home!” explanation easier, too.
Many guys would consider themselves lucky if their wives were just tolerant of the hobby at all. Those who have wives that get it and participate, even better. But, as I know, as Chad knows, as many of us know, once she gets the bug she gets the bug. She’ll want a part of that. Why do you get all of the toys in the shop? Forum member “BFXJason” gets it…he’s had a good run of cars to himself, including several muscle car builds, but this time around it’s time to get his wife something she can drive around in. Stepping out of his normal zone, the selection was made: a 1940 Ford two-door.
Starting out with any kind of raw material that is about eighty years old is going to present challenges to the builder in one shape or another. In the case of Jason’s build, the Ford is going to be a nice, mild street rod kind of build…a 302, AOD automatic, and some highway-happy gears that will still allow for some shenanigans is going to be the order of the day here. A lot of work has already taken place, including the fitting of a Heidt’s front suspension, patching of the floors and other trouble spots on the body, and the frenching of the license plate. There’s still plenty of work to do, but we suspect that Jason’s wife will be quite happy with the finished result!