a few months ago.. I learned about a set of wood that had been removed from a 1948 Chevy woodie and was available for sale... The wood was used, and wouldn't be available until April, and no photos were available until the seller returned home from his wintering in Florida.. I felt the price was fair, so in earnest I began saving my pennies, started packing my lunch again, did a few small side jobs, and sold a few things to have cash ready... when photos of the wood arrived.. this is what I saw. I hoped that the wood might be "good enough" to allow me to finish my 48 Oldsmobile woodie (that I bought from Django in 2001? or 2002? IN the midst of a February snowstorm..) the seller and I agreed that April 15th / 16th would be the best time for both of us to do the deal.. I had already committed to drive to Michigan and the only caveat to the trip was that I needed to be back in Philly to hear my girls sing in church on Sunday 4/17. given that my DD Chevy Silverado gets 15mpg, and has an open bed, I decided the only reasonable thing to do was to load up my other car.. and head west.. leaving work at 3pm on Friday I made decent time.. I was careful about my driving and watched fuel economy closely.. I managed to pull off 20- 22mpg on all but one leg of the trip.. (that leg calculated out to 17mpg.. but I wasn't wasting any time) I hadn't mentioned to don that I would be arriving in my woodie.. so I think it was quite a shock for him.. here we are loading up the chevy wood into my ford woodie.. the drive home saturday was somewhat less spectacular. Downpours were expected late in the day.. so I was trying to hustle back thru ohio when at my first gas stop I realized that I had lost an exhaust hanger.. although it only took a few minutes to find a parts store and repair the situation, I lost valuable time.. at my second fuel stop I added some new windshield trim to address a leak that came with the driving rain. shortly thereafter I passed this guy.. who may be more foolish than me? I arrived home around 11pm saturday night.. the rain stopped around 11:15 ;-( monday evening.. I went and rescued my olds wagon from storage. 20 minutes of charging from my trusty 5.00 swap meet battery charger.. and it came to life.. the wood I began to fabricate 5,6, 7 years ago.. now comes off.. and the chevy wood goes on.. no more steel substructure.. more to come as I dig into it again!