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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Dear Shifty,

Father’s Day is coming up real soon and I have no idea what to get my Dad. He is really into cars. He goes to all the cruise-ins and muscle car shows. He has an old white 58 Chevy. In fact it still has the old paint from when it was new. Can you imagine it has never been repainted in all these years? True, it hasn’t been driven much but it just doesn’t look as bright and shinny as the other cars at the shows. I don’t know much about cars but I think it really needs new paint.

My sisters and I were thinking that maybe we should go all out this year and surprise him with a new paint job on the car. I work at Home Depot and can get some sand paper and masking tape, the girls have a friend at work whose husband paints cars in their garage.

Here is what I thought we could do. I could ask to borrow the car to take to a cruise at the Dairy Queen on Wednesday, instead I would take it to the painters garage, sand it down, mask it off and the guy could paint it and have it back by Sunday. Wow, would Dad be surprised! We also thought we would go with red paint instead of the original lame white on the car. Just like Overhaulin on TV!

What do you think?

Signed,

Father’s Day Surprise

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Dear Father’s Day Surprise,

Well, I can tell you are no Chip Foose or an Einstein! I am sure your Dad would be surprised but I would be more surprised if he didn’t shoot all of you when he saw the car after you painted it!

Look you idiot, leave Dad’s Impala alone, don’t mess with a guys wife or his car. His ride sounds like a sweet original rare car, you would ruin it if you painted it. Home Depot sand paper and masking tape? Why don’t you just get some shaker cans and paint it yourself?

Want to really make Dad happy on Father’s Day and not just surprise him? Buy him a wide-screen HD TV and let him watch the NASCAR race at Michigan that day. You can keep the beer cold and the girls can boo every time they show Kyle Bush or mention his name. Dad will be proud.

Signed,

Shifty

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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