Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Florida Triumph TR3 & the bronze hammer

from Greg Phillips, in the Florida panhandle:
"Growing up in Alabama, we would have no more considered buying a Florida car than most of the country would buy a Maine car. " Too much rust, has to be there somewhere, must be a great Bondo job". I don't know its provenance, but this TR is sporting antique Florida plates and my money says, "no Bondo". What a beauty.

"The true wires get me every time. Morris Garage included in the MG tool kit a special tool to break free the knockoff spinners. What did MG trust to whack that beautiful chrome? A hammer, short handled with a soft bronze head that was stamped with a logo that said "Thor". Don't know if the TR had a Thor hammer, but I would like to think so.  Such a beautiful and delicate thing those wires are and a hammer named Thor to remove them with. Such is the practicality of the British, I guess.

"Six weeks in Apalachicola left so I'll step up the delivery of vehicle pictures, polished to rusted..."--GP

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