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11-03-2012 11:03 AM
MARTINSR The guy who taught this guy how to woodgrain was one of the best in the business and sometimes I wonder if he showed his friend all the tricks.

The guy who taught this guy was a master at it. He did a fiberglass boat once that was entered into a well known wood boat competition up at Lake Tahoe and it sat there the whole weekend without most who looked at it knowing it was glass!

Brian
11-03-2012 03:07 AM
BWS Just a comment on the wood graining.......we do it here.To the point that it fools folks who should know better.

Theres a few proprietary processes we've developed here at the shop that just aren't discussed.Some of our "real" wood grinding equip won't even be shown in a pic....Just sayin,I understand when shops are a bit reluctant to share certain things.Some of the learning curves are loooong and $$$.So picking up the process(very late in the game) vs figuring it out for yourself "can" be a little self-defeating.....well,thats one excuse.
10-24-2012 07:45 AM
MARTINSR
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Brain, your picture brought back forgotten memories. I had not thought of a flash cube in 40 years, lol!

Today's cell phones have decent cameras for the average Joe like me. I am not interested in "gallery" type images, just images that are clear and show the topic.

Just this past week while shopping at Costco my wife was looking at book titles for books to download to her Nook. Instead of her writing each one down, I just took pictures of the covers. Simple ,easy , and free.

Thanks for the "flash"back memory
What you are describing is what I call "Snap shots" I differentiate between the two as "Snap shot" and "Photograph". And I love them both. Like the 100 point near perfection show car, and the daily driver that has dings and scratches but can be equally as interesting to look at, the "snap shot" of a family member or friend simply living life can be just as interesting and precious as a beautifully prepared photograph.
Sometimes we forget about the simple "Life" photos, next time you and your wife are out snap a photo of her picking out one of those books in the store and print it out and put it in an album. Those are treasures to me.

I did a lot of things I shouldn't have as a kid living next to a large creek. Every time I see a flash cube I think of tearing one apart to make four "blasting caps" for oxy/acetylene bombs! Darn near blew my hand off with one!

Brian
10-24-2012 05:34 AM
Old Fool Brain, your picture brought back forgotten memories. I had not thought of a flash cube in 40 years, lol!

Today's cell phones have decent cameras for the average Joe like me. I am not interested in "gallery" type images, just images that are clear and show the topic.

Just this past week while shopping at Costco my wife was looking at book titles for books to download to her Nook. Instead of her writing each one down, I just took pictures of the covers. Simple ,easy , and free.

Thanks for the "flash"back memory
10-22-2012 10:02 AM
MARTINSR
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Brian;
the great thing is with the internet, these posts and their treasure trove of information that you and all the other guru's have blessed us with...will live on essentially forever. I do know what you mean; my best friend for the first half of my life, passed away a few years ago and it was THEN that I realized I only had one picture of the 2 of us together, and Im half out of the shot LOL. We were always too busy causing trouble to document any of it...on second thought its probably a good thing in some respects LOL
I took what I thought was a lot of photos, but compared to now it wasn't crap. I just lost one of my old friends yesterday and yes, I went thru photos and could't find many. I know I have some of his cars, he had a Model A coupe that sat in my yard for a while and I got a few of it in the back ground of other shots. Also him doing a burn out in his 65 Nova that we put a 350 in. Good times, but yes it is all left to my memory as it wasn't documented any other way.

Brian
10-22-2012 08:09 AM
AutoGear Brian;
the great thing is with the internet, these posts and their treasure trove of information that you and all the other guru's have blessed us with...will live on essentially forever. I do know what you mean; my best friend for the first half of my life, passed away a few years ago and it was THEN that I realized I only had one picture of the 2 of us together, and Im half out of the shot LOL. We were always too busy causing trouble to document any of it...on second thought its probably a good thing in some respects LOL
10-19-2012 01:43 PM
MARTINSR And no Zoom, no self timer, no video, no seeing the photo until you pick it up at the store! You could take a roll of photos and find out the exposure was all screwed up or you were moving or something and they were all blurred!

Brian
10-19-2012 12:18 PM
MARTINSR LOL, I was thinking about just how much this taking photos has changed. LOL, friggin hilarious how much it has! Now, in 1979 I don't remember exactly what camera I was using, it may have gone to a built in flash by that time. But I am thinking it still used a disposable "flash cube" with four flashes.

I know I had an camera like this with the modern drop in 12 or 24 exposure film cartridge. It was one time use, you took your 12 or 24 photos and then brought that down to the store dropping it off for developing. This took a week or two as I remember. You then went and picked up your 3.5x3.5 inch photos. Wanted enlargements? Give them the negative and wait a few more weeks then pick them up at the store.

My goodness even I had forgotten what a friggin hassle it was. You had to REALLY want to take a photo, one of my "Basics" where I take a bunch of photos would have cost me $10 or something, and that was 1979 dollars! I was getting paid about $8 an hour!


Brian

10-18-2012 08:44 PM
MARTINSR I had forgotten, there were three hot rods. This was one in the main area at the GREAT Grand National Roadster show. And like digital cameras and cel phones, it was a MUCH different show than it is today in Pomona. When it was in Oakland there were no rat rods or even "traditional" Rods there there. This was a Car show, we are talking , you had to send in an application packet with photos and your car got accepted if it met their standards. When you walked around this show, you saw VERY nice cars. You couldn't put your car in the show if it had been there before unless it had "major changes" from the last time it was shown. I am not kidding you, it was a CAR SHOW for show cars!

Anyway, this T was the first car I cut and buffed with "Ultra fine" which was the first paper ever sold finer than 600. OMG it was like friggin magic! This was a brand new body that needed a bunch of work, the "Ford" script on the tail gate was all full of holes and partial letters missing. My boss told me the customer would love to have it but for me to grind it off because it can't be fixed. He said that to the wrong guy, I repaired it and the customer was thrilled.

Anyway, this car was in the main arena 1980 show and I was THRILLED to say the least having been to that show for years with my dad. It was like getting to play on your favorite MLB team and walking into the stadium you use to watch them in.

Anyway, there it was in the main area just 50 feet or so from the car that won America's Most Beautiful Roadster. When I went in there with my Girl Friend we couldn't even see it there were so many people. We literally walked right by it without seeing it. We went up into the seats around the main area and I found it then we went back down so I could get a close up look with her.

I have this StreetRodder magazine up on the wall of my garage.

Brian

It's in the lower left hand corner.



And the AMBR winner......The Great John Buttera's 29 Roadster.

10-18-2012 09:55 AM
MARTINSR It's so funny, right as I finished the last post my boss came up to me and handed me a new digital camera, man how things are different.

Oh, and Henry, there were no hotrods, this was a restoration shop. There were only two hot rods we ever had in the shop, a fiberglass Model A coupe (must have been the first one!) was a 35 Chevy, I don't even remember what we did to it. I didn't touch the Model A as it got painted elsewhere. The Chevy I remember having all the wood replaced with metal and it was MASTERFUL! The owner did it, and it was a piece of friggin art! It was as shame to cover it with upholstery.

Nope, it was all restorations, early Ford V8 restorations mostly.

Brian
10-18-2012 09:49 AM
MARTINSR Like when I was delivering newspapers before that, I didn't take many photos of the houses or the papers.

I have a few photos, where they are I am not quite sure but photos weren't taken like today, and I have always been kinda a nut on photos. It's like a guy from today imagining what it was like when you had a 16" black and white tv in the front room and one phone in the hall at the bathroom, and people wrote words on a piece of paper and put them in the mail to a friend instead of pulling a phone from their pocket and sending them a text.

It's like when I boxed for 10 years, I have TWO photos of me in the ring,I was too busy working for a goal than to have pictures taken. But I sure wish I had taken more, the shop was like a museum, it was very cool.


Brian
10-18-2012 09:36 AM
tech69
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SOOOOO lucky! I have two, him and in collision work it was a guy at another shop. These two men saw that I had a crazy passion for this stuff and they took their time to show me everything they could. I will be forever grateful to them.

Brian
so let's see what that equated to and dig up some old pictures of some hot rods. It's always nice to see old hotrod pics cause at times you'll see certain things in prestine condition and you'll think, "Just imagine how hard it is now to find that part in that condition."
10-18-2012 08:12 AM
tech69 sounds like the old jedi was selfish and insecure but at the same time you have to exhibit a degree of secrecy due to all the back stabbers in the trade.
10-18-2012 07:40 AM
MARTINSR SOOOOO lucky! I have two, him and in collision work it was a guy at another shop. These two men saw that I had a crazy passion for this stuff and they took their time to show me everything they could. I will be forever grateful to them.

Brian
10-18-2012 07:22 AM
Old Fool I am glad he shared a lot of his knowledge. You were a lucky guy to be mentored by him.
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