It Was a Joke, Folks

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook -

I’m fairly new to the hot rod scene (al­ways into bikes) and to your mag­a­zine, but I have to com­ment on Chuck John­ston’s “Amaz­ing Find” pho­tos in the Nov. 2018 Scrapbook. I would have to agree with you that it’s “quite a trans­for­ma­tion”! The rusty photo is ac­tu­ally a small die-cast toy car, pos­si­bly a Toot­sie Toy (see ebay Item No. 2329848020­98). For­give me if I missed the joke here, but just thought I would point this out. Bob Rigby You were not alone, Bob. Sev­eral read­ers failed to catch Chuck’s joke about rusty cars and the “trans­for­ma­tion” he claimed from rust to red. As it turned out, Chuck him­self had sec­ond thoughts about the let­ter af­ter he sent it, as you’ll see be­low. I see you put my rusty car rant in the Nov. 2018 Scrapbook. Man, was that me? I’m em­bar­rassed. While I will never be able to ap­pre­ci­ate rusty cars, I need to be more tol­er­ant of those who do. Af­ter all, there is enough in­tol­er­ance in this coun­try to­day with­out me spread­ing it into the car hobby. The “lazy” ref­er­ence was cer­tainly not ap­pro­pri­ate. My hum­ble apolo­gies to the Mc­graths and all your read­ers that have an im­pres­sion of me now that is hope­fully not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of me as a per­son.

Also, I have to con­fess that I was not en­tirely hon­est about the be­fore and af­ter pic­tures of my ’40. I hate to have to tell you that they are ac­tu­ally two dif­fer­ent cars! I know it was wrong, but I guess I was just caught up in “barn find fever.” How­ever, I am at­tach­ing real be­fore and af­ter pic­tures of my first car.

My dad was an auto trim­mer by trade his en­tire adult life. This car had a beau­ti­ful rolledand-pleated in­te­rior. My dad bartered a lot of work to get the car from a po­lice tow-in lot with no mo­tor to a driver with a white primer fin­ish when I turned 16. I only had it for a year be­cause when­ever I wanted to go out with friends, I would take his car, and my mom and dad would end up driv­ing the ’40, which dis­pleased my mom some, to say the least. He made me sell it and get a sedan.

The red ’40 in my ear­lier email is a 35-year project to be the car I al­ways wanted my orig­i­nal one to be. It’s still an on­go­ing process.

Chuck John­ston

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