Catching Up After A Gap Year
Or, in other words...sorry for the radio silence.
In case you aren't aware, Thrown Wrench Garage is run by one person...one man who writes about cars everyday, one man who is juggling several different project cars, a house, travel, sanity and financial issues as if P.T. Barnum himself is writing his paychecks. It means that sometimes my attention has to be diverted to other pursuits and that every now and then, my head gets lost and I forget what I was doing for a moment. So...yeah...I forgot about this. Blame it on me, but if you're even bothering reading this, chances are good that you read other bits I wrote, so let's catch you up to speed:
So long, old foe.
Raven: 1983 Imperial
The car I'm best known for has been sent on it's way after eight long years of trying to do right by it. The good news: the 367 cubic inch V8 ran like a banshee. The transmission issues were sorted out. And it was just about street-worthy, but when I was presented with an offer of purchase, I took it without blinking. Don't be sad...think of it like a relationship. Once you fall out of love, there's little hope of making it happen again by continuing on. I had my time with the Imperial...and the new owner is showing the car all sorts of love. Last I looked, it's already got an all-new interior from a parts car.
I love a good cat adoption story.
The Dirty Cougar: 1987 Mercury Cougar LS
Another project vehicle that has moved on, the Dirty Cougar's story is even happier. A member of the King of the Heap team who drove the car like the cops were chasing him on the track has since become the owner of the Mercury, and has retired it from beater-dom. After about a year of fixing small issues, the Cougar has started to receive a plethora of speed parts, including much-needed brake work and suspension goodies.
The Rough Start: 1989 Ford Mustang LX
Yep, this happened. Shortly before the Imperial left, I bit the bullet and took a chance on a $600 throwaway Fox Body Mustang. Why? Because I've been collecting parts for the other Mustang at the shop, and I've wound up with a ton of duplicates and take-offs that I could use to put another car together. So I'm doing just that. This Mustang has been underwater a little bit (just past the lower door openings inside, but nose-deep up front) and it's been hit in the hose hard at least once, maybe twice. I'm fine with that. This won't be a beauty queen. More like an angry junkyard dog if the build goes my way.
And one other thing...
Rated "M" for mature!
Yep, I decided to give YouTube a shot as well. There's barely any production worth mentioning, but what I lack in polish I make up for in just straight-up work. Whether I'm brain-dumping some random facts about whatever or I'm stabbing myself in the thumb with the needle of a fuel gauge sender, you'll get what I am able to give. That includes behind-the-scenes views from shows and events I go to in the course of my standard duties as well. Subscribe if you wish. No pressure. YouTube ain't paying me squat and I don't expect them to, so it's more for video editing practice and maybe donating some knowledge to whomever can use it.
Again, sorry for the disappearing act, but that's the way life works in my world. Hopefully I'll pop back in soon with more for you!