Sunday, May 20, 2007

For Cody
Today, Sunday, turned out to be a bust for Gary and I to ride. My wife was on call at the hospital this weekend and had a boatload of patients. By the time she was able to get home the hour was already much later than we had anticipated. So this very short post is for my friend Cody whose heroic career is firefighting. Its rare enough to see the boats Gary and I had the chance to find but even more rare is the sight of this vintage fire engine.
When you ride up to the lot the first thing you see are the boats. Some small and others enormous. They take in your attention immediately. Its not often one can find a shop dedicated to the wood finishing of historic sea going vessels. Even less so to find a company handling the complete restoration of them. The shop itself is dwarfed by the size of of quite a few in the yard. What's amazing is these boats are located quite a distance from any water capable of supporting their size. I would love to see how they got there in the first place. You would have to use semis for many of them. I can't think of another way.
You're thinking of all these huge wooden boats. That's where your focus is until you realize the only thing on the lot is partially hidden by a fairly young tree and a very modern aluminum fishing boat up for sale.
There at the center of the small plot of grass centered in the front of everything is an incredible machine. I couldn't date it. I'll estimate thirties to forties (how's that for a broad guess?). As far as I could tell this engine still has about everything it came with when it was in use. What caught my eye about this old workhorse is the fact is a ragtop. A convertible. If you look closely you'll see it. Just click on the picture and enjoy.
Cody, this one's for you, bud.


Gary said...

Hey Harv,

I went and got a stinking Google account just so I could post comments here.

Thanks again for your hospitality this weekend. I understood going in that you had domestic obligations, and we may not be able to ride as much as we wanted. No sweat there.

It was a pleasure to meet you, and your delightful family. Thanks also for your help in performing Rose's first service. She's out of break-in now, and I was able to let her run at full throttle in places on the way home.

That was Fun.

Ride well,

CodyandMichelle said...

Thank you Harv! I can't quite read the front plate of the make. All I can say is that is one good looking ft! I wonder if it's for sale and if it still runs? I've seen ft's with an open cab like that before but not with a ragtop. Way cool! Thanks for thinking of me amigo!
yours in Christ!
BTW, I didn't know they made a midnight blue LX, that is a hot color!

irondad said...

I just wonder if anyone has been stopping by to feed the spotted dog?!

American Scooterist Blog said...

Gary, it was a pleasure having you stay with us. We had a good time. My kids missed ya by the way. You know you're always welcome. Even if its needing a place to stay on the way through.

Thanks Cody! Its a great looking machine. People tell me she seems fast even for an LX but then you also noticed I'm not the biggest guy. Weight to power dontcha know lol. I was glad to get that pic up there for you. I had to haha.

Irondad! HA! Oh man that was funny. Took me a second to register but you about had me spitting coffee on this keyboard. Those are sharp looking animals.