A friend of mine recently showed me a picture from the inside of a local garage. Under the dust lives a 1955 Chevy Convertible that has not been outside in decades. I have so much need for this car that it makes me sick to my stomach. I’d love to buff it out, clearcoat the patina, install a modern fuel injected engine & brakes, and drive it as is. It would look magical parked next to my 64 Impala convertible. For now, this beauty will continue to rest, tucked away from the elements, waiting. Barn finds – They are still out there folks.
I am a car guy, not a computer guy, and I’m here to tell you that you might need some technology in your life if you don’t already have it. It’s called a Chromecast, and it’s made by Google. It’s like $35 from Google themselves, but if you shop around you can find it for $25, especially during the holiday season. Once you get this magical device, you plug it into the USB port in the back of your TV, assuming your TV is not ancient (and you have wifi in your house), and Tada! The job is done.
From there, you hop on your smart phone, and you can send any YouTube video from your phone to your tv. You can do some other cool stuff with Chromecast too, but for our “car-guy” purposes, we’re primarily going to use it for streaming car stuff on YouTube to our TV’s.
Now you might be saying “Isn’t YouTube mostly 30 second cat videos?”, and yes, in fact it is. However more and more big companies are creating real TV-like shows solely on YouTube. MotorTrend is one of them, which means it is a great time to be a gearhead. You’ve probably heard of HotRod magazine too right? Well, the editors of that magazine have a fantastic show each month called Roadkill. It’s better than anything you’ll find on cable because it is real car-guys, and when things fail, they really fail. It isn’t man-made drama. Below you can see an example episode (from Dec 2014), and if you want to watch the whole series, I have organized it from beginning to end for you on this:
In the future, I’ll be sharing more of the best car-guy video content that I find, so grab your Chromecast or whatever streaming device you like, and leave a comment below telling me what car stuff you are watching!
That is probably what many people would have said to me if I had brought home any one of these trucks. You see a few weeks ago there was an estate auction of a very popular local guy that loved collecting old cars, trucks, farm equipment, machinery and anything else that looked to have value. I personally had never met the gentleman, but I know many people that knew him well, and he was very well respected far and wide. Among his collection were piles of evil sad looking trucks that I would have loved to nurse back to life from behind the tinted shield of a welding mask. The problem was that many were lacking all hope and proper paperwork. Sure they may have had good roofs and maybe a usable door here and there, but a roof doesn’t make a legal truck in Massachusetts. Most were nothing more than the handsomest looking scrap metal. Needless to say, there isn’t one in my driveway as I type this. That doesn’t mean that I don’t regret leaving them in the field that day. In fact, the more I look at them, the more I think that I may have made a horrible mistake. A little wax, a couple swings of the hammer, and they could have been on the road again. Shrug. Everything rides into the sunset eventually. I’ll hope that these derelict metal hulks haven’t taken that drive just yet, and I’ll keep my eyes peeled for them in the future, just in case I have a second chance to redeem myself.