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Sunday, June 6, 2010

It's graduation time!

It's that time of the year; lots of graduations and along with them, comes the open houses. We've had a few to go to this year, and I thought I would show you some pictures from one.
This was the open house for Bob's nephew Max. This family is really into cars - especially restoring old cars. Max will be going to a unique college in the fall, where he will receive a degree in restoring antique cars. It's no surprise he enjoys this, because he grew up working on cars with his Dad and brother.
This open house was held in their back yard, and on display were some of the old memorabilia and cars they have worked on. There was old music to go with the old cars and picnic type food to eat!

This is one of two old gas pumps they have.


This is an old soda cooler - it still works!


This old truck is one that Max's brother Christopher drives. It's well known and recognized in town. It's had a few different types of pain jobs, and only comes out in the summer.


This is an old Skylark, that Max and his Dad worked on as part of his application to McPherson College. They really did a lot of work on it, and now it's his summer ride!


This is what Max drives in the winter - a neat old Mustang.


This is the next project. It's a 1958 Edsel. It holds special meaning to Bob's family because it's exactly like the one they had as kids. Here you see Bob's Mom, with his brother Rog and Tom, and sisters Karla and Diane.


Front of the Edsel.


Neat old tail lights.

The 1958 Edsel



This is one of the biggest projects. This is an Auston Healey kit car. Rog completely built this one. I just love it!


Front grill on the Auston Healey.
It was fun looking at everything, and it made a unique graduation party!

18 comments:

Syrone said...

Mari I love the blast from the past. For being so old, the cars are in great shape. I especially love the oldie Coke machine.

Kathy said...

What an excellent idea! A themed graduation party. Love the photos, Mari. Thank you!

Saija said...

*smiling* ... it looks like Max will have a dream career!!! there seems to be a goldmine in the area of memorabillia & restoring it (ever see pawn shop boys on history channel? cool show) ...

Kat said...

Very cool...the cars and the themed party.

Hugs!
Kat

Susan said...

What a fun and very different party. Thanks for sharing it with us. That old Edsel has to be a find and a keeper!!!!

Momma Roar said...

What a unique, but very cool, party! Love their work!

Brooke said...

very cool! B-) those first few were my favorites.

Betty said...

These remind me of our first car we got in Canada. 1967 Chevy Malibu. What a cool idea to have such an open house. I´m sure it was a lot of fun. Congrats to your nephew on his graduation!

Sue O said...

How neat that Max and his Dad share the same passion, and that he gets to do it for a living. My Dad used to work night shift at the Austin factory in Birmingham (England) in the 50's.

~Ginger said...

Very cool!!! It totally forgot that was Bob's mom. I see her in the store and in the office all the time.

Heart2Heart said...

Mari,

It seems the older I get the more I appreciate the really vintage looking things in life and how I wish I could own one of these amazing classic pieces. Love the truck!


Love and Hugs ~ Kat

A Stone Gatherer said...

WOW what fun and what talent! Steve would be incredibly jealous to see these!

Nancy said...

What a fun party and great future for that young man, he already has a head start in knowing how to restore those old cars. Fun looking at the pictures I remember the Edsel..

jenniferw said...

VERY impressive. I love all that old stuff. The gas pump and Coca-Cola cooler really took me back to my childhood! Also the Edsel ... that's fantastic. Congratulations to all and thanks for those wonderful pictures, Mari!

Kathy said...

I love the vintage photos! The Texaco pump and the Texaco truck are too cool. Now that Coke box brings back memories. I had an Aunt Pee-Wee who, it was reputed, never drank a glass of water as a adult and only drank milk and Coke. She had one of these boxes on her patio and the Coke company came once a week and filled it up for her!

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Kim said...

Will have to show this post to Ivan! We love old cars; would love to get hold of one of the old Ford Falcons that are so plentiful here and restore it!

Alice Teh said...

This is so interesting! I have a colleague who loves and collect vintage cars.