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My Son, Jake
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It dawned on me a few minutes ago that in many of my posts I have already said 'we' many times referring to the work that'll be happening on the newest addition to our garage. In doing so many of you may have been thinking my wife or one of my kids is the 'we' in question. So, without further prorogation, allow me to introduce to you, Jacob, my partner in all of this.

Jake the day we put all the furniture together on the new deck he and I built.
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Jake is my 14 year old son who has truly taken to the whole car thing just like so many of us before him at that same age. While he loves the Mustang he is truly stricken with the beauty of the Pontiac Trans Am and strongly prefers the early to mid-70s versions over any other. Hopefully this is just his way of ribbing me...hopefully!

He is home schooled by both his mom and me (she does the three Rs and I take care of science, advanced math and many of his electives like auto and wood shop) and loves every second of it. We had him tested a couple of times and he is far more advanced than his public school peers (gets that from his mother, to be sure!). He is an avid reader and is on a local dive team that ultimately can lead to Olympic trials. He builds model airplanes, can turn a fantastic looking wood or acrylic pen and/or pencil set on a lathe and has discovered girls are cool!

At any rate, we have been introducing him to auto mechanics slowly but steadily over the last few months. We started simply enough with oil changes and have progressed through basic tune-ups (points, plugs, condenser, cap and rotor) that include setting dwell angles and ignition timing on our '72 El Camino to doing the front brakes on his mom's mini-van.

Here he is changing the oil on the F-150.
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He performed this oil change all by himself as I looked on. I never had to correct anything during this job.
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Anyways, I just thought it would be wise of me to give credit where credit is due for a lot of the work we do and will do and to let you know who 'we' really is!

Mac

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17 (KJV)

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#2
Awesome job! It's a good thing you're doing with him & he appears to be a good helper! Good times & memories too!

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
73 F-code Convertible, Planned: color TBD/Black top/White Int., 351C, 5-spd, 3L50.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
#3
Always good to have an extra hand.Looks kike he is doing a good job..

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#4
Sounds like a fine young man! You and your wife are doing a great job. Now, when are you going to advance him to electronic ignitions and computer modules on the modern cars!
#5
Good to see a father teaching his son the finer things in life! Welcome Jacob!

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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
"Just relax, I've got a friend named Felix who can fix anything!" ~James Bond
#6
That is absolutely FANTASTIC, Mac!

It sounds as if You (and your First Lady) are doing a GREAT job.

BT

Do the RIGHT thing.
#7
Way to go Mac. I have done the same with my older three. Home schooled and all of them, including our oldest daughter, have turned their fair share of wrenches and swung the hammer. We have two still at home and they are doing the same.

Our oldest daughter's project was a 1967 F-250 Highboy. Our oldest son, a 1963 F-100. Our second son, a 1970 Maverick. Our second daughter, a 1967 Ranchero (the current project). And our baby (9) the play house on stilts.

I appreciate your signature and KJV too!


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#8
You folks are truly living the good life... the world is a much better place with yall in it!
#9
Welcome to Jake, It's good to see some of the young ones joining in the fun.

My 3 kids are not interested in the car thing I'm OK with that... they are good kids and have their own interests.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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OLE PONY;26464 Wrote:Sounds like a fine young man! You and your wife are doing a great job. Now, when are you going to advance him to electronic ignitions and computer modules on the modern cars!

I spent many years chasing sparks in things like the F-15E Strike Eagle, the B2 Spirit and the F-117 Nighthawk as well as a bunch of older planes like the F-4 Phantom and the B-52 Stratofortress so, yes, we'll certainly get there! Wink

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17 (KJV)

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