Here's a closeup of the Dodge Ram hood ornament for the old Dodge pickup truck my brother is restoring. Hey, it has to be an antique, because we had this truck when I was a kid...you do the math ;) This particular Dodge truck was christened "The Banana" by us Greer children because of it's pale pastel yellow paint job. Being the packrats that most Greers are, Pop and Bubby have kept the old Banana since it's demise long ago. Now, Bubby has started fixing it up. It's running. It has new tires. It's being transformed from "The Banana" to I'm not sure what shade of green with black hood and trim. Kinda cool. Kinda brings back childhood memories.
As for me, I've always loved taking pictures of hood ornaments. If I dig in the old photo albums and stacks of 35mm pictures from the years right after college, I'll find closeups of hood ornaments, dashboards, and trim from different car shows. Long before I ever went to an AMC show with the hubby, I took pictures at a car show in Elizabethtown. My best friend from high school was married to a gearhead at the time, and I went along with them to the show. I took all kinds of shots of glorious hood ornaments, funky tail lights, and reflections in wheels. It was fun!
Now that I have this camera and the kiddos are almost big enough, I might even want (OMG, did I really just type this??) to go to an AMC show with the hubby again this summer. Marlins, Javelins, and Levi Strauss Edition Gremlins, oh, my! Ugly as I do think a Gremlin is, it sure makes for some great pictures when you find one that has been lovingly redone. Not only that, but a blue on blue Marlin just screams "ocean dreams" and "wow, they really knew how to make some pretty cars back in the day". You know, without a doubt, that I like taking pictures with those kinds of themes!
Here it is, the bumper from hell. Okay, so my little brother won't call it that because he wants it on the back of the Dodge for protection. I will call it that, however, because I don't plan to be the one driving the Dodge. Let me just say, if you rear-end that truck, you'd better be driving a semi with a humongous snowplow blade, or you're gonna be crying about the damage that bumper does to your vehicle. Bubby is grinding some metal parts for the homemade bumper in this picture. I loved catching a pic of the sparks flying! He didn't offer to turn out the overhead lights so I could catch a really dramatic shot of those sparks, but I think you can still get the idea, right?
Back home for me and the kiddos tomorrow. We drove the van to Grandma's, but it wouldn't start yesterday so Ricky got it running and drove it back home. That leaves us, with our Christmas loot, clothes, and other assorted "necessities" to pack into (drumroll, please) the little Cavalier for the return home! I tried to send the bigger things in the van yesterday, but you know how it is when you try to pack up ahead of time. . .
Ah, well, I think I'm rambling. Time to say night-night :)