I have been nominated by Carol over at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind to participate in the Five Photos, Five Stories meme, which simply says I should post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.
Thank you Carol for thinking of me….the timing is not great but when is a good time? May is generally May-hem in our little world, but I am going to try my hardest to follow the rules. 🙂
This is a vintage, 1936 Pontiac we had years ago. As you can see, The Investigator and her friend are very young. We actually poured an additional concrete pad on the side of our two-car garage to accommodate it! Why we got it, I don’t remember, but it was probably so Entrepreneur could play around and turn it into a street rod.
Which he did.
It was great fun to drive around in it….on sunny days. A real head turner everywhere we went! It was impossible to drive in wet weather because, as we discovered, the wipers were vacuum powered and the front dash resembled a waterfall when it rained. Vacuum wipers are explained as: the manifold vacuum is created by the air pressure difference between the outside atmosphere and the pressure in the intake manifold of the engine. As a car accelerates, the throttle is opened wide and the intake manifold fills with air. This inrush of air fills the vacuum in the manifold, increasing the air pressure. This increased air pressure–and the difference between that pressure and the outside pressure–created energy that was once commonly used to power many automobile accessories, including vacuum windshield wipers.
Too much information, I agree. The long and short is that safe driving was a bit sketchy in wet weather.
Anyway, Entrepreneur spent hours restoring the car and we named it Slick ’36. It had suicide doors and a gorgeous “silver streak” front grill, which Pontiac was famous for in the 30s. By the time Entrepreneur was finished, it had a new paint job and dual exhaust. And, with the hood side panels removed, you could see the “modified” engine. It was…..slick!
We put it in a few car shows and it usually made an appearance at Labor Day parades. It was always a hit.
Aside from the wipers, one of the drawbacks was that there was NO power steering. And the thing weighed more than 3,300 pounds…so turning the darn thing was always a great ab and bicep workout. Cars weigh about the same today, but as we all know, are super easy to turn. It took all the energy I could muster to get the thing around a corner when I drove it! Thankfully it had been converted to an automatic transmission!
But it was great fun and always a conversation starter. We had it for a number of years and it survived three moves before it was time to say goodbye.
Now we come to the part where I nominate another to share in the fun. I would love to see Lisa over at Simply Living Photography take part as she has lived overseas and I’m sure she had fabulous stories to tell….and her photography is amazing. So, Lisa…..will you play? 🙂