Since I was a little kid, I've always wanted a hot rod. Instead of sports growing up I was always in the garage with my dad learning how to hold the flashlight so he could work on one of the many cars my parents had growing up, from 70s ford pickups to the 31 model A Tudor we drug out of a ravine and built. My first memories are riding around in his 54 ford F100 with a 223 and a 3 speed he drove daily from Arnold CA to the bay area for about 15 years. My uncles always had old cars from Roosevelts to custom 40 mercs to model A flatbeds and everything in between, and I'm fairly confident I learned to read from Street Rodder magazine and nothing else really mattered to me. I grew up eventually, and moved all around the state and the country for work, and finally settled in Bakersfield for a while where I bought a 53 customline so I'd finally have an old car to drive while I built my own car, but for all intents and purposes it was MY first hot rod. Running, driving, and even though I didnt build it I finally got to have my first hot rod driving experience. Shortly after that, I had to get rid of it (over a woman) so down the road it went. Long story long, I finally tracked that old customline down and I get to go pick it up this next saturday. It might not be as rad as all these full builds I see on here, and I hope I can contribute a full build of my own one of these days, but my Customline is comin home.