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Need a Gift for Father’s Day? Here is an idea!

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 hot rod he has been working on for years. It has no paint on it that you can see, it is covered in rust. Can you imagine; it looks like it has never been repainted in decades? True, it hasn’t been driven much but it would look so much better if it was just bright and shinny like the other cars at the shows. I don’t know much about cars but I think it really needs new paint.

Radical Rat Rod

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 hot rod. 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 his garage.

Here is what I thought we could do. I could ask to borrow the rod 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 and maybe even add some yellow flames! Just like Overhaulin on TV!

What do you think?

Signed,

Father’s Day Surprise


Dear Father’s Day Surprise,

Well, I can tell you are no Chip Foose or 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 hot rod after you painted it!

Look you idiot, leave Dad’s hot rod alone, don’t mess with a guys wife or his car. Home Depot sand paper and masking tape? Why don’t you just get some shaker cans and paint it yourself? His ride sounds like a sweet Rat Rod, you would ruin it if you painted it. Rat Rods are cool! Believe it or not; some guys spend big bucks just to make their new cars look like they are old and rusty! Sounds like your dad has a real prize there and it isn’t you and your sisters.

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 Sonoma 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 nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in 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 our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it 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. 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 with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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