Site updated: 11 July 2019
I have been writing short stories for a few years for fun. Friends and family have been encouraging me to publish a book. This is a short story I wrote with a book in mind. I had a lot of fun writing it and putting it in book form.
This is the first sight of the garage four days after we had to leave
This is the shop where my brothers and I ran a business for about three years in the mid 1970's. It was called, Overton Brothers Custom Body and Paint. We had a good clientele, but the reason we went out of business is we put our personal cars before the customers. We were young and dumb. That is Johnny's orange '69 Camaro just to the right of the parking lot. The three bay part of the building is the main shop, the paint booth is the two door building on the right. We painted a lot of custom jobs in that booth, lots of flames and stripes. along with complete paint jobs. I painted my '68 Camaro three times in that booth. :)
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Here is a video I edited for work.
This is in celebration of 30 years of Shuttle Flights.
Hope you enjoy it!
I actually found parts of my Vette suspension near the end of my driveway! Those were parts that were waiting to be installed.
Meet Axle Grease !
We got Axle on 18 November 2017. He is the new Garage Dog. He looks like he will take his job serious. We think he will be a big dog since his feet are large and he is big for being 10 weeks old. We have really fallen in love with Axle and look forward to many years with him. He is really growing fast.
I wrote about the night of the flood and posted it on the Driveway Stories part of this site. Here is a link: The Flood
I added a new page called "Driveway Stories" From time to time I write about observations I have about the world around me. I do not pretend to be a proficient writer, but I do enjoy putting what I see into words. I have friends who stop by to see what I am working on or tell me about what they are working on. We end up telling each other our latest stories while standing in the driveway. I will add to this page when I do write something. Hope you enjoy this page as much as I do creating it. Here is a link: Driveway Stories
Hurricane Harvey changed my plans for getting the Vette body back on the frame by the end of the year. We got 36 inches of flood water, 29 of those inside the house. The garage got the full 36. The water level was bad enough but the current is what did the most damage. The water rose so fast that there were whirlpools everywhere that flipped over furniture and moved them all over the house. We only had minutes to leave. We got the john boat which leans against the back of the garage that the dogs use as their dog house over to the drive way. We got our three cats and Bella, our Black Lab into the boat. You have not lived until you carry a cat in a pillow case walking through almost chest deep water!! Ginger our Cocker Spaniel drowned while waiting to get put in the boat. We literally got out with the clothes on our backs, most of our pets and just a few things we could put into two back packs. Jennifer and Allison did not even have shoes on.
We are slowly recovering thanks to the many people who helped in so many ways. Not sure when I can spend time working on any of the project cars. Looking forward to getting back to normal.
When I was 10 years old I saw the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the theater. After that movie my life was set in a direction that still influences me today. The character that Dick Van Dyke played, took an old beat up race car into the garage and a few days later he brought out a magnificent custom car. That gave me the idea that if he could do that so can I. Well, not to build a car that can fly, that would be cool, but transforming an old beat up car into something new. Breathing new life into an old car.
One afternoon I was chilling in front of the TV watching one of the car shows on Motor Trend TV and one of the car builders said basically the same thing. That movie had a profound affect on him too and made him into what he does today.
I find it interesting that something like a movie can influence someone's life and make them into the person they are today. That guy made a career of that, I just have the passion and build my own projects.
In honor of my faithful companion Annie, I named this site after her.
We called her 'Big Dog'. She was a good friend and ferocious guard dog.
Through the grace of God and talents of my heroes at MD Anderson in Houston, I conquered kidney cancer. I now understand real thankfulness as each one of us should. I see every new day as a gift from God, every sunrise, sunset, even the very breath we take.