Dad is a pretty remarkable guy. From fixing leaky faucets and wonky vacuum cleaners, to building impressive hot rods, cruisers, and off-road rigs, he’s a got a knack for making things right.
Our fathers have taught us a lot, like the importance of the breaker bar, how to make the perfect mid-project snack, and (for some of us) what to yell when we smack our knuckles across a hot manifold.
In fact, some of our fondest memories of Pop involve the smell of gasoline and late nights in a dimly-lit garage.
We asked you to share some of your most memorable projects on the Summit Racing Facebook Page, and here are 15 out of the hundreds of the responses we received.
15 of Your Favorite Father-Son and Father-Daughter Projects
Vyn P. – 1969 Dodge Dart Hobby Stock
“Picture taken in 1979; putting a 340 in the first stock car with Pops! A high school senior at the time. I raced at Mt Clemens race track.”
Lyndsy P. – 1970 Dodge Super Bee
“Started this as a father/daughter project with my dad when I was 10. Don’t let its good looks now fool you, it came multi-colored with some typical Dodge rot, but we were both in love with it. First car I got to pull the motor and gut myself while my dad supervised.”
Mike B. – 1968 Chevy Camaro RS
“My grandfather gave it to us for Christmas and dad and I fixed it up before he passed away. It took a lot of work to get it looking like it does now.”
David G. – 1966 AMC Rambler Classic
“This car started out as my Grandpa’s. While it was my Dad’s, I helped him install new carpet and seats from a Buick. I got it a couple years ago, and my son and daughter helped me put in new carpet and original style seats. It’s becoming a family tradition.”
Brian Y. – 1986 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z
“My dad helps to this day even when he knows it will hurt tomorrow. Not bad for 80 years young…we never had time when I was younger due to work and school but we are making up for it now.”
Kathi M. – 1964 Chevy Chevelle
“Built with my dad, mom, and husband. Complete frame off rotisserie build, we have a long ways to go, but we’ve accomplished a lot so far.”
Timothy D. – 1934 Ford Truck Hot Rod
“My dad got this 1934 Ford in 1963. Drove it all through high school and even took my mom to the hospital in it when my brother was born. It got parked for 15 years until we put it back together. He died in 2013 and now its in my possession where it will stay, until passed on to my daughter when the time is right.”
Anthony C. – 1967 Ford Mustang
“We’ve been restoring it for what seems like forever at this point but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. I’ve learned so much from my dad and watched him do work he’s passionate about. It’s been such a blessing.”
Jeff L. – 1976 Pontiac Trans Am
“My dad helped me install cam, heads, headers, as well as spent time installing all the stripes after I had the car painted. Couldn’t have done it without him. He was always helpful and supportive.”
Michele B. – 1969 Volkswagen Beetle Hot Rod
“Built from the ground up with my dad. Started with a rolling 1969 VW Beetle. I’ve been driving her for 3 years now but she’ll never be done. He’s been gone for 10 months.”
Matt N. – 1972 Ford F-100
“We’ve had it for over 15 years now and is in the process of being redone. It will stay in the family forever.”
Craig V. – Dirt Track Race Truck
“We are in the shop 2-3 days a week working on her for Sunday night racing!”
Tadd L. – 1962 Mercury Comet
“This pic was taken back in 1972, dad has passed-on now. We were patching the floor. It was my Grandmother’s car that I bought for $50.”
Dana S. – Jeep CJ-7
“When I was 16, my dad and I put in a Ford 302, lifted it, and put in a stronger transmission. We still do stuff to it now.”
Sharad R. – 1986 Ford Mustang
“My dad bought it new when I was 9 years old. He taught me how to work on cars by helping him wrench on this 5.0. Over the years it went through various configurations until it was finally put in storage. I promised my 12 year old son I would teach him how to work on cars by rebuilding this same Mustang, so we drug it out of storage and we’re hoping to have it running again this year. The smile on his face is priceless to me!”
I recently got to put a new carrier and gears in my 67 Chevelle, 12 bolt. I had my Pops up to help with the R&R. As we got to work, I walked over to my toolbox to grab a brass drift, and it hit me. Why do I have a brass drift, why do I know I need one??? It was because of the man sitting at my workbench- my Dad! My brother and sister and I all probably started helping out with cars around the same age, 10-11 maybe? Late nights, laying under the car or truck (if you were lucky enough to be under the car, at least you were out of the rain on some nights) :-). So happy I was able to learn valuable skills from him, skills I have shared with my two sons. Thanks Pop!