In July 24 IssueRussell County NewsBy Ron Cowell, Columnist
Lonnie Robertson of Robertson's Garage in Russell Springs is a true car lover.
I got to know Lonnie when I was looking for someone to paint my 60 Chevy. Finding someone to do the work today and do it right and a good job is hard to find these days. I saw several cars Lonnie had worked on and painted and decided I wanted to meet this man and see if he would want to paint my car.
I took a ride out to his shop and started telling him about my car and what I wanted done to it. He did agree, so next spring when you see my 60 Chevy it will be the color it should have been to start with.
As we stood and talked I noticed a Rat Rod in his Garage. He told me he had been working on it for sometime now and planned on having it done real soon. I was really impressed when he told me he had done all the work himself, right down to building the frame for the car and a lot of the parts that went into it.
He started out with a 1930 Ford Model A Sedan Body. He channeled it 4" and chopped the top on it 6". It has an automatic transmission with a Ford 302 motor in it. It also has a Ford Truck rear end under it.
This was one the coolest Rat Rods I have seen. It was sporting Dodge rear wheels and had the original spoke Ford Model A Front wheels. It just looked so cool setting there.
He even did some custom work on the interior. For a dash board he has an old double barrel shot gun and 50 cal. shells for door handles. It's truly a remarkable piece of work. He is hoping to have it all finished and out on the road very soon.
Lonnie likes working on cars and said the Rat Rod just started out as a part time project and he just worked on it in his spare time. He was one of the first to tell me that this project, so far has went smooth on building the car. Some of the parts were a little hard to find but he managed to put together a good looking Rat Rod. He even built the custom made exhaust that's on the vehicle.
This is a man that truly is a car lover and knows what he is doing when he is working on a car.
I ask Lonnie when he got interested in working and building cars. It didn't surprise me much with his answer. He told me he liked working on cars and running them ever since he was old enough to nail some wheels on a board and ride it down the hill.
I will be looking forward to seeing Lonnie and his Rat Rod and one of the many shows coming up. When you see it I believe you will be totally impressed also. Good work Lonnie and we'll see you with your Rat Rod real soon.
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