This blog is about old cars, junkyards, brothers and other cool stuff like that. If that doesn't interest you, you might want to skip this one.
By the way, horsefarmer, I got photos!!
And a mystery to boot!
Last Saturday, while the Kid and I were doing this, thejeepjunkie was doing this. While fun, today I had just as much fun, especially considering today's activities.
Anyway, thejeepjunkie was bummed, as I related here, that all four of the wheels he got down that way did not match.
He mentioned he would like to head back that way and get that elusive 4th wheel. I told I wouldn't mind going to the DeLand U-Pull-It with him.
thejeepjunkie mentioned we could go on Saturday, leaving around 7:30 am. I was psyched! A day with thejeepjunkie in a junkyard. What could be better?
Last evening, Friday, I was chatting with him on his way home and we got to talking about today's adventure. thejeepjunkie..."Yeah, I was talking to the sungoddess and...hey wait, I am home, I'll call you later" and hung up, as we always do, without even a goodbye. I did not hear back from him last evening.
So, as often happens with the sungoddess, I presumed plans were off and I was planning on spending a sunny day on the beach.
Just as a precaution though, I arose around 7 am, and mind you these days, I am not a 7 am kind of guy.
I surfed around these tubes, consumed some coffee and Tony The Tiger's claim to fame and got some stuff I sold on ebay in the big brown truck, as well as some traveling museum pieces to the Bus.
As I was getting out of that big brown truck, I get a call from thejeepjunkie. "Hey lil bro, whatcha doing?"
On cue, "Waiting for what?"
"Waiting for you to get your lazy ass out of bed to go get that wheel."
"Dude, I have been up since 7 waiting for your call."
"D*mn, I wish you would have called me, I lounged around in bed all morning and now I am exhausted. Get over here."
Well, those who have been Counting Along With Me know I did just that.
I gathered up some tools, climbed in the olestationbus
and headed over to the Kid's house. In his neighborhood, I saw him mowing a single mom's yard, just down the street. I inwardly smiled at the parenting skills of thejeepjunkie and the sungoddess, getting their 16 year old son to mow a needing neighbor's lawn. Good Job. And to the Kid also.
So, on the way to the Kid's house, I was unsure if thejeepjunkie would want to take the olestationbus or his late model Honda over to that old car yard. I pulled in the driveway and thejeepjunkie came walking out with a plastic 5 gallon bucket full of tools and opened the side cargo door and set them inside. Sweet!! A ride in an old car to get old car parts. How Appropriate.
And we are off. Once we are off, thejeepjunkie turns and mentions to me this is the first "road trip" he has been on in the olestationbus. I related that I was honored he wanted to take it. His response? "Why Not?"
Now remember the olestationbus just celebrated its 46 anniversary this year, and with its 170 ci 6 cylinder 110 hp and its three on the tree, high performance is not in its vocabulary. We are cruising down US 92, that concrete highway with expansion joints you can feel and hear every 10 feet, at the olestationbus's top speed of 50 mph, and thejeepjunkie turns to me and says, "Shift into 4th, will ya?" We both cracked up laughing.
On that cruise down that assbeating highway, he turns to me and mentions, "All these people passing us sure are in a hurry. This is nice and relaxing." I responded, "You know you are a slow moving vehicle when a City Bus passes you. Plus, I don't have to be concerned about a "Reduce Speed Ahead Sign." Got a chuckle out of both of us.
Now a note about junkyards in Florida. This is a relatively newly populated state and as such, there is not a lot of history here. Well, there is some, a blog or two later I will ramble on about that, but automotive history is not huge here. I have lived, consecutively in this state for 21 years, and in total about 25 years. During that time, prior to moving to Sl-Ocala in 2003, I had never visited a Florida junkyard. While in Sl-Ocala, I did visit a few and they, without exception, were filled with 80's and 90's cars and trucks.
I am sorry. A real junkyard needs to be filled with old cars, not cars I remember on the road.
I mean old cars and trucks, like these I saw on one of my On The Road trips this summer.
And that old cut off top station bus I saw in Adel, Alabama? It Will Be Mine, Someday.
So, after a brief detour to see a CJ3A in a field a FHP trooper told thejeepjunkie about, we arrive at Deland U-Pull-It.
Of course, I immediately start getting images for By The Numbers and you, while thejeepjunkie heads off to get commandeer that wheel.
The above image is an old Mercedes 230S, the emblem on the trunk now is enjoying a place of luxury in the climate controlled Taj Mahal.
This is a cool old Plymouth, I think, Savoy. A two door longroof which has definitely seen better days. I think the neighbor at my grandparent's cabin on the Big River outside St. Louis had one of these. Love that Classic Clamshell!!
An old Oldsmobile and a 68 Impala. That Impala had the same rust problems as did the 68 Belair I inherited from my grandpa, Alphonse.
An unnamed old Rambler along with an early 60's Lincoln.
Another old Plymouth and a F-1 with late model wheels.
Another old Chrysler product. I have always loved the headlamp layout on these.
Check out this old CJ. thejeepjunkie had mentioned several times this week that he lusted after the original steering wheel of this and had brought along had brought along a battery operated sawzall to cut off the steering column to get it for his old CJ2A. And did.
An old, I think, 55 New Yorker coupe.
Sorry about this terrible shot of a 64 Ford sedan.
And this one. I am pretty sure it is a Morris but
I am unsure of the model. No badging remains.
Just a bunch of cool old cars. I will be going back soon to pick up some more stuff to ebay.
On the way home, thejeepjunkie got an image of this camo motorhome.
As well as this villainous face.
So we got back to the Kid's house and thejeepjunkie starts pulling the steering wheel off his CJ2A with that steering wheel puller. What a pain those things are, no wonder he brought the sawzall to the junkyard. After several failed attempts, I told him to grab the small sledgehammer and get that wheel off. Success!!
the Kid was checking out that new wheel, as well as that new steering wheel and some other stuff we scored today.
So, thejeepjunkie gets that late model steering wheel off his CJ2A and sets this new old steering wheel on. As you can see the disappointment on thejeepjunkie's face, much to his dismay, It Doesn't Fit. thejeepjunkie is totally bummed. Two old CJ2As and the steering columns aren't the same. As he related, in a total Gentleman Farmer kind of way, "Whodathunkit?"
This is the mystery I was referring to. Why would CJ2A's of similar vintage have different streering wheel columns. Was one supplier to over burdened that multiple suppliers were necessary? What would this mean to our troops in the middle of France in 1944? What would this mean to a farmer in his field in his Jeep in 1955? What would this mean to thejeepjunkie in his driveway in 2009?
On the positive side, he said, "Well, at least I got the matching wheel." I piped in, "I got some cool, original hubcaps for the olestationbus and a bunch of Willys parts to ebay."
It cheered him up somewhat.
And he commenced to reinstalled that newer, undesirable steering wheel on that old CJ2A.
And even though that Willys has no front seat, it does have a steering wheel.
Now for the best part.
If you know much about Jeeps, and if you don't here is a brief bit of history. During WWII, Willys, Bantam and Ford all built protoypes of the eventual Jeep to get the military contract for the replacement to my niece Sarah's favorite animal in combat. Bantam was considered as a volume production risk, unable to keep up with the military demand. Willys had the best product and was awarded the contract. However, Ford was also awarded a contract for a limited number of Jeeps, should Willys slip up and not meet their end of the bargain. Well, Willys met their end of the bargain and the Ford Jeep slipped to the wayside.
thejeepjunkie and I were stumped about this steering wheel situation until I started posting this blog. I went back and reviewed his blog about last Saturday afternoon's walk.
If you remember this blogpost,
you will be able to solve the mystery of why this CJ2A steering wheel is not interchangeable.
While thejeepjunkie has a 46 Willys CJ2A, that steering wheel is off a GPW Ford CJ2A. Same product, two different manufacturers.
That steering wheel came home with the longrooffan, I am looking at it right now and it goes on ebay tomorrow. At a bunch more bucks than we paid for it!!
And it is solving mysteries like this that allow me to