NEW CASTLE —
His eyes still light up when he tells the stories.
“It needed everything,” he described about the Pontiac. “It was body off and frame restoration, and the original six-cylinder engine was rebuilt. I kept it as close to the original as possible.”
Photos of the car as it first appeared in 2006 reveal it was covered in soot.
Tom did 99 percent of the work including all upholstery except the seat, painting and mechanical work. When it was finally done, it brought about a deep sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction.
Today, the Pontiac isn’t driven much but he and wife, Patty take it to classic car shows.
“Almost all the cars of the 1920s had one color body and the fenders were always black.”
The Pontiac also appears in an automobile association’s Worldwide calendar for March 2014.
Besides car restoration, the retired mailman still works as a cabinet maker. He renovated the kitchen in their 1930 Sears and Roebuck home that was built for $1,200. It was owned by Patty’s stepfather.
But restoring cars is his passion.
“I have always been a car nut since I was 14. It’s in my blood.”