Friday was my birthday, and like every year it is followed up with a day for me to reflect on Fathers Day. Every year that goes by I end up gaining more perspective about my dad and ultimately finding even more respect for him considering the job he did with us in the short amount of time he had to do it. I’ll be honest, I was a mother fucker of a kid and I never seemed to get away with any of the bullshit that I pulled. Like the time I stole a backpack full of (his) illegal fireworks and lit them off at school, or the time I burned down 10 acres of property that was owned by the power plant near our house. Just to give you a couple examples. I can’t put into words how badly I wish I could have experienced a relationship with him as an adult. I turned 35 on Friday and can’t help but wonder how he managed to accomplish everything that he did in such a short time on this planet. He will always remain a constant driving force in my life to do better and accomplish more for myself, my family, and those around me. If you have the opportunity to give your dad a hi-five today, best give him a low five too because someday you’re going to be happy that you did.
Embarrassing photo courtesy of @elroyroughingtonthethird
So we ran down to Omaha Sunday night in order to meet up with John over @arsalvage on Monday AM to grab some doors we need for the new shop buildout. Much of the items we need are hard to find and era specific, they had such a huge variety to choose from and I’m sure we didn’t even see it all. We ended up coming home with a whole trailer load full of things we need and we have to make another trip back! It was well worth our time to take a day out of our crazy schedule right now. Excellent pricing and even better customer service! Thanks again to the whole crew!
We can never seem to leave well enough alone. We did an extremely simple little modification of this @bungking oil fill cap for @f1shoptruck cafe racer build just to add a little more detail to better fit his bike. I’ve used bung king’s stuff many many times in the past and the quality of their products as well as the price has always been great.
Here’s a series of photos of our new building from the early days when it was still operating as Ed Killmer’s Ford dealership. It’s really cool to have these photo’s for historical documentation, I think we will probably blow these up and have them in the showroom. If anyone has any old ford dealership signs like the ones in the photos, we’d be interested in acquiring them. Can anybody positively identify the brand of gas pumps out front? You can see some writing on the globes, but I can’t make out what it says as it’s pretty blurry. Pretty cool to see the Watkins products snow machine, also check out the factory dealer endurance car! I can’t get over how perfect this property is for our business, we searched for the last 7 years for a good fit and this was well worth the wait. 📷: Photos courtesy of the Killmer estate.
Spring is finally here in Minnesota and it has me thinking about having to cut the lawn soon. Anybody have a line on one of these bubbletop mowers? @oohhello Is allergic to grass, and I think we have finally found a solution to solve that problem so I can be all about that lawn chair life.
I’ve been waiting to post about this for almost a year now. Since we finally closed on our old building this afternoon, I can spill the beans. For the last 6 years we have been searching for our new location, something that would suit our needs but also allow us to expand and grow beyond our current business platform. A little over a year ago I stumbled upon this building in Osseo (MN) and knew immediately it was going to be our new place of operation. So we started the lengthy process of trying to acquire it and get approval from the city of Osseo to operate. Special thanks to @ed_tillrock_pencilspecialist for these amazing renderings as we feel like that is what made the city look past who they were talking to, and instead visualize what the towns future might look like. What you see in the pictures is what we own. The main building that we will be operating out of started life as a Ford dealership/repair shop in the early 1900’s. The two story building attached started life as the towns hardware store and has some really cool history inside. We are looking for tenants for both the 2 story and the smaller side building as well. As drawn they show an ice cream shop and a brewery/distillery. That is completely up to the tenants that come forward to rent the space, although I will say the city planning commission is excited about the idea of a distillery/brewery so you probably wouldn’t have much of a battle to get approval. Spread the word if you know anyone looking for a new space. We will continue to operate out of our Monticello location for about the next 6-12 months until we have finished the renovation of our showroom/workspace. The city of Osseo has been great to work with and we’re very excited to be a part of their community moving forward.
I had an amazing time at lonestar roundup, I can’t believe it has taken so long for us to finally make it down to set up at the show. We made a lot of new friends and were able to catch up with some old ones.
I have to say that yesterday morning was the highlight of the trip for me though. I love continuing to learn new things and expand my mind in hopes of pushing to new levels. Never stop learning and picking up tricks from your friends to make yourself better! I can’t thank Jesse enough for taking the time to talk shop with us yesterday morning. My mind is reeling with ideas and I absolutely CANNOT wait for our @pettingellmachineco power hammer to show up. Time to get back to work! 📷: @popeofwelding
Somebody needs to buy this so we can go crazy on the build out. Half assed thrown together mock-up with some crusty parts on one of our chassis just to get a feel for the look of it. I’d like to build a full custom grill and hood, among other things. Also needs a chop of course. Pretty open to discussion, let’s make a deal!
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Here’s a Sedan Delivery we’ve been working on. Today was nice so we were able to take it out for a short test drive.
We took care of a bunch of drivability issues. Minor engine tune up, replaced the entire front end and lowered it a tad, cleaned out the gas tank, and replaced the wiring. We also added disc brakes and replaced all of the brake and fuel lines with Stainless steel.