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South West Treasure

     Jack and Mary Ann took a trip to Texas to pick up a car they bought on the internet .... not a hot rod ....  a daily driver made by a great American company... FORD.  .  The first big treat was when  we finally had a chance to come face to face with none other than  “Too Low”  our long time roving reporter in Central Texas,  Richard Haas.  We have “known” Richard for many years and our readers have always loved his show pictures from Austin and beyond .... especially since Richard always has great captions for his photos.   Richard treated us to a gourmet meal that could only be found in Texas .... the legendary  Texas BBQ.    And all we can say is AMAZING ...  Rudy’s is a rather inconspicuous establishment, but the welcome to us as  “rookies” was great and the BBQ was the best ever.  If you’re in Austin, you’ll want to be sure to find Rudy’s for a real treat.    Even without  the excellent “company” of Richard Haas to go with your meal .....  you’ll still enjoy the BBQ.  It was so good to see Richard ....  the visit was too short but as with most in the car hobby,  we were immediately old friends even though we had never met in person. 

On the trip home,  Jack had his  old car nose radar on high alert and of course he found TREASURE on the road.  It’s unbelievable how many car guys and car treasure you can find in small towns across America.   And of course it’s all about the great guys who have  all that treasure....  car people ... the best people in the world.

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And here they are... Richard “Too Low”  Haas and Jack at world famous Rudy’s BBQ

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With an unusual way of ordering your food ...  meat by weight then you do what you want with it..  make a sandwich...  or just eat

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Nothing left here but the napkins

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You can even get a sample before you order

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Heading north from Austin, it isn’t long before Jack spots treasure and has to get out to investigate

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A great project... but there’s no one around to talk to about it.

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shots from the car while Jack trys to find the shops owners

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Then further north, on the highway, Jack spots a house with lots of cars in the back yard.

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So he has to stop and see if anyone is home

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A bunch of great cars, but no one answers the door so Jack just leaves his card and we’re off again.

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Next stop  Brownwood, Texas where Jack spotted this storage yard full of cars. 

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We made a new friend here named C.A. Brandstetter.  He was having some trouble getting his email working after a lightning storm had knocked out his service... so Mary Ann stepped in and got him up and running again.

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C.A. had a shop full of Volkswagen stuff which Jack has always had a big interest in, so they had a lot to talk about.

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He also had some very cool old cars out back.

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Jack spotted this COE along the road at a car lot.

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Turns out the guys at the lot know all about Hotrodhotline and they were glad to meet Jack.

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Many stops off the main highway yield treasure

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Jack thought this looked like a good project

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In Snyder, Texas Jack spotted another stash

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After circling the building, Jack found an open door and went in to meet  a really great car guy named Dave Strunk.. 

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From there, Jack was sent to meet a friend of Dave’s ,  a guy named Jimmy Wilson ... where he took  NO Pictures because he was so busy visiting.  Hidden away in a small town in Texas was a really nice guy with a huge warehouse full of Hemi motors for racing and rodding... wish Jack had taken pics...

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Okay...  on the road again

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and more treasure to be found

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Driving down Waylon Jennings Blvd in LIttlefield, Texas treasure is spotted...

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What is that ?

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Waylon Jennings Blvd  sign

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Okay.. Jack has to see if anyone is home...

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This turned out to be part of Jims Toy Box ..

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and what a great bunch of toys Jim has ...

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Jim said someone told him  he can’t take it with him so he’s decided to keep adding to his collection ...

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With carports and sheds full of stuff everywhere.

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Then ... on the road again... this looks like an old Fifties concession stand ...

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Then from the Interstate Jack spots a yard full of cars .. so of course we have to grab the next offramp and find it....   and LOOK ...  in the small town of Moriarity, NM lives a fantastic guy and his collection

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Jack starts out by asking if he can wander the premises....  there is just a ton of great stuff to look at

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Just look at this...

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Then we were invited in by owner Archie Lewis and his wife... where they have a great collection  of restored cars.

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In another bay, Archie has tons of parts all lined up...  

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Talk about car guy heaven....

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Jack was having a great time

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We had a great time visiting with Archie.  He’s been a collector for 50+ years and he has lots of great stories about his cars and many great friends he’s had over the years.  His museum is a  “must see” for anyone traveling near Albuquerque, NM.  You can reach  Archie Lewis at 505-832-6131   or better yet stop by and see his collection.

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Then it’s time to hustle home....

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and enjoy some of that great American Landscape on the way.

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Our great southwest is beautiful country.

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     This was a great trip .... through an area Jack had not explored before ... now he’s thinking that Texas and New Mexico may rank up there with Montana as great hunting grounds for car guys.   We can’t wait to explore this area of our country again.  See you again .... on the road ! 


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