It Was a Joke, Folks
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.