I live in Portland Texas, a city of ~14,000 just north of Corpus Christi.
It's hard to say what started first...the old cars or the old radios. For sure, I was working on both as a teenager. The car hobby began when my Dad dragged home a 1958 Austin A55 for me to tinker with. I got that thing running (crank start!) and drove it around the potato field next door for a few years. Vehicles along the way included two VW dune buggies, a 1951 Chevrolet 4 door StyleLine DeLuxe, a 1955 Chevrolet 4 door "150" and a 1972 Karmann Ghia convertible.
The vehicles in the fleet today include a 1957 Chevrolet 2 door Sport Coupe, a 1955 1st Series Chevrolet pick-up truck and a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad (under restoration). Here's a few pictures of the vehicles:
It all started when my uncle gave me a 3-tube Progressive radio kit, a tube tester, and a book called "Radio Physics Course" by Alfred Ghirardi. I made the various kit circuits until the parts wore out (I still have the book but not the kit). Over the span of approximately 40 years, my knowledge of radio and television circuitry increased, as well as my inventory of parts, test equipment, and sets.
Here's a few pictures of some of my favorite sets (I have a soft spot for high tube count consoles).
And here's a picture of my "radio room". This is where radios and tv's of all sort are brought back to life!
I love old cars! I love old radios! But with no more room for any more cars and a houseful of old radios, I had to figure out a way to continue to enjoy both hobbies and maybe even make a little money at it! And then the revelation...restore old car radios! Why not consoles, or tombstones, or cathedrals you may ask? I'll restore those too but the problem is getting your treasured set to me and then me getting it back to you in one piece AND still working! Heavy consoles and other wood cased sets typically don't fare too well in the shipping process. And to make them fare well can be expensive! The car radio...not as much of a problem. It's not that big and it comes in a nice steel case! That's not to say damage can't occur to a car radio in shipment but it stands a much better chance of being shipped back and forth across the country and then work just fine once it's placed back behind the dash where it belongs.
I hope you will take a look at my "Services" and "Resto examples" pages. These pages are intended to show you the work I am capable of providing and help you decide if you want to use my services to restore your classic vacuum tubed car radio!