Category Archives: Cars

Abandoned Tire Store

Abandoned Tire Store In Zanesville, Ohio

When you look around the Putnam Historic District in Zanesville, Ohio, you can see history in different stages. From the beginning of the state, to present.

This tire store is an odd duck in the area, but you can see recent history here. This was probably a good business at one time. It would have been the tire specialty types of stores of the 80’s and 90’s. They replaced the gas stations where tires were replaced before this.

Abandoned tire store in Zanesville, Ohio.
Abandoned tire store in Zanesville, Ohio.

Time goes on, things change.

Red Green Would Be Proud Of This Duct Tape Truck

The Duct Tape Truck

I was at a gas station when this beat-up truck came in. I have to wonder what in the hell they did to this poor truck. Even more interesting is the duct tape. This repair work would make Red Green proud.

Duct tape covered truck.
Truck held together with duct tape.

Anything glass or plastic seems held on by duct tape. Even the rear window is just two pieces of plexiglass held together with duct tape.

It is admirable that the owners figured out a way to get continued use after whatever disaster struck this pickup-truck. They’re also cleaning it when I took this photo, so keeping the interior tidy is still a important, despite the demise of the exterior.

The military often refers to duct tape as 100 mile-per-hour tape. This truck will probably find out if that rating is correct.

 

The Licking County Sheriff MRAP

Licking County Sheriff MRAP

Licking County Sheriff MRAP
Licking County Sheriff MRAP

The military MRAP is an impressive piece or equipment. “What the hell?”, would be the most common sentiment heard when people walk up to it.

I won’t get into my opinions of it. Information about the pros/cons of military equipment used in civilian applications is bountiful. Here is a link to counter the, “Price doesn’t matter if you care about the lives inside.”, argument. This article discusses the many hidden dangers of the MRAP in civilian applications.

Transitions 

Comparison of Humvee and a Jeep.
Humvee and an Army Jeep side by side.

The only time I seen this previous to this car show would have been when the Army made the transition. Complaints about the new Hummer were abundant.

When I think about how poorly the little jeepa would have done in the warfare to come in Iraq, it’s easier to deal with the fact that transitions are always difficult, even when for the better.

Back Alley Body Shop

Restoration In Progress At An Old Body Shop

Old car at an old body shop.
Antique Car At An Old Body Shop

Some great car restoration projects come out of these old back alley bodyshops. The mess is many times the sign of a genius at work.

Shops like these are fewer and fewer. I hope they make a return. There’s something inspiring about people that can learn a trade and turn that into a business in a garage. It’s rare these days.

Redneck, White, And Blue Chevy Truck

Patriotic paintjob.
Patriotic paintjob on an old Chevy truck.

I know, it has a rebel flag on it. So what. If that’s a problem go read your history. That’s what the driver of this truck would most likely tell you and he’d be correct.

I can only make assumptions about this truck but I bet it’s a safe bet to say that he works on his own vehicles, doesn’t care what you think, and he works for a living. Most of all, he loves his country. You may not approve of his truck or his rebel flag, but he’s not going to take anything from you. He has counterparts that do.

VW Beetle At Rocky Top, Tennessee

I’ve been traveling to the mountains more often now. I have friends there and we love the area. The main purpose for going is to see them , ride motorcycles, and take photos. I just haven’t got to take the photos yet.

This photo from the mountains is just a simple antique car I found in Rocky Top, TN, but I love the Beetle’s character.

A VW Beetle with a few custom pieces.
VW Beetle in well kept condition with a few customized accents.

The Bug’s bumper, headlight covers, good hubcaps, and other things not shown in the photo, showed that someone still really cared for it. The overall condition showed that all of it’s owners had cared for it well enough to preserve it’s appearance. I’m pretty sure that this is a 60’s model, so it’s showing somewhere around 50 years of care for a budget car that didn’t tend to last very long under normal use.

Something about this car made it’s owners feel the need to take good care of it. I can only guess the situation.

I’ve noticed that interesting antiques of all sorts are in the mountains. I’m not one for buying antiques, but I love it when you come across them and they’re still being used as intended.

As a previous owner of a Volkswagen Beetle, I can attest that if these cars were loved and treated with care, they would keep going. The heat would stop and other important items may stop working, but the car could keep chugging along. They were a poor person’s friend. The owners of this one may appreciate that fact too.

A Lot Full Of Junk Jaguars

Growing up in Mount Vernon, I was around many eccentric people. My best guess is that the combination of Kenyon College, farmers, and industrial types of people brought in the inventors and other types of intelligent people that had their own ideas about what would work.

I was happy to find this Jaguar collection. It let me know that the eccentricity was still alive, even though much of the industry is leaving or gone and the farming has left the hands of many private farmers.

Antique junk Jaguar car.
Junk Jaguar sits rusting in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

I have to wonder how many city ordinances he would be breaking in so many other places in the country.  It’s a great thing where you can still do want on property that you “own”.

Collection of Jaguars in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Row of rusting antique Jaguars.
Old 4 door Jaguar awaits restoration.
Antique 4 door Jaguar awaits restoration.

I found these cars to be inspirational. I’m not sure what he’s doing with them or what the future plans are. Right now, the collection is just intriguing and interesting.