I awoke this morning to find the first snow fall of the season spread out across my yard. For me the start of the snow fall is bitter sweet. While I do love the fun that winter in Michigan brings with skiing, time spent at home with family and the holidays, it is also bitter because it means the end of car show season and traveling around in the vintage cars, which we all love. However, winter time with the cars means time to work. We use this “down time” to make updates, fix problems and get everything back into good working condition before the next season starts. Luckily for me, I have a husband who knows his way around a car.
This winter, the 1950’s Bel Air, is getting a HUGE make-over. Our hope is that we will be able to get it ready for some longer distance trips (hint hint). Right now it is pretty sketchy whether or not we would actually make it to where we are going if we travel more than 50 miles from home in this car. This Bel Air, as it sits now, is completely original. While that may sound like a good thing, it also makes it much harder to drive, and we like to drive our cars. So in order to make this ride easier to get around in, we are switching out the steering and brakes for a newer set of power steering and breaks. Have you ever driven a car without power steering or breaks? Yeah. . this is a really useful upgrade in the cars we drive today.
After the main “adjustments” are fixed, this baby will be getting a new paint job and interior. However, these last two upgrades are something that probably won’t happen for awhile. Taking care of retro cars is a slow-going process. We don’t want to be “car poor”. 🙂 Besides, I sort of like the vintage appeal that it has now.
While I may not drive my car too much in the winter, that is definitely not the case for my husband. He drives his 1930 Model A even through the winter. . . but he is a bit crazy. <–his car doesn’t even have heat! But that’s him (not me). 🙂
Have a great winter everyone! Only a few more months until spring 😉