It was 1991, the kids were in the backseat. Marilyn and I had just attended our 20th year college reunion. I had agreed to take US 30 home from Kearney Nebraska. The purpose was to look for a rebuilder car for our son, Dan. He was fourteen. We wanted something we could work on together. We went about twenty miles toward home and spotted her. Sitting in a vacant lot in Gibbon, NE. A 1957 Ford Fairlane. She would run, but barely. She was black, just what we wanted. Back then, they searched for the straightest cars from the assembly line, to paint black. The black paint would show any bad body lines, and so the black cars were the best of the best. This one had rust but was still straight.
When Dan started to work on that car, he barely knew anything about using wrenches. He just had a desire to have a nice, old, car. Let's call it driven to have a nice old car.
We couldn't do the body work but we did the rest. Turned out better than we had hoped and the fresh rebuild on the motor, was perfection. Well, that project, shown here on the left, lead to quite an interest in auto body work, which lead to auto collision repair school, which lead to this Ford Probe.
As he finished college, he rebuilt this car from a total wreck and went on to win several "Best Paint in Show" trophies and it was featured in the PPG Magazine.
All of this lead to marriage, (he married very well) starting his business, buying the building, and hiring his brother.
See Morrow Collision Center here.
He loves to make customers happy.
He loves his family.
He loves building this business from scratch and making it grow. He's good at it. He's more driven to succeed now than he ever has been.
My point here is, even when your brain says why bother, it's just a passing fancy from a child, or this might get into too much money, or man, what a pain, you never know where broadening a childs horizons may lead. Go for it. See where it leads.
One more thing! When you get old, it might just get you some top grade body work at cost.