|Jay in his element.|
It's been a long time since I've posted anything on this blog. There have been lots of reasons—work has been busy, other hobbies have sucked up my time, and my wife and I have been battling over garage space—but at the end of the day I suppose I just haven't had anything interesting to say. I've started writing a number of blog entries, but just didn't feel inspired to finish any of them. Luckily for me, a recent trip to Colorado has given me some inspiration.
I had the chance to catch up with an old friend who is living the car enthusiast's dream. After a tour in the pharmaceutical and financial industries, my friend decided to take a shot at making a living doing what he loved. Now Jay Binkley has a successful small business restoring and repairing cars—primarily Ford Model A's but generally just about anything from that era. It is a vanishing skill—many of the people that know how to work on these cars are too old to maintain them or have past on—and I think it is awesome that somebody my own age is keeping it alive.
We had a few (too many) beers and spent a long evening hanging out in his shop and talking about his family history with the Model A. I admired his tools with envy. Some of them are tools that haven't been made for ages; like the cars they help repair and maintain, these tools are classics, and using them is an art in and of itself.
Model A's were made on an assembly line, but every job on that line was done by a person. Nowadays, we would probably consider these cars to be handmade. The tolerances back then weren't nearly as precise, so a restorer of these classics needs more than just knowledge of how the engine works; he also has to have a feel for the work. Jay has developed a feel for the Model A, having spent a lifetime around these cars and learning how to take care of them from his father and grandfather.
If you need expert help with your classic, give Jay at Bink's Garage (email@example.com) a holler!