Boys Toys

It been a few years since the first Boys Toys page. The boy is now a man, well, legally anyway, so now he has a real car and is allowed to pound the tarmac on his own. Not being content with a ‘normal’ lads car, he had to have something different. What do you get that wont cost an absolute fortune, is ‘cool’ enough and is insurable as a first car (that’s a real big deal here, believe me!) Nat loves old cars and retro cool is the thing, so as luck would have it we found a 1983 Vauxhall Chevette, all original, no mods, totally as it left the factory with only 36,000 miles on it. No tax or MOT, been sitting a couple of years, but a good solid car that with a few weekends work would come up a treat. Deal made and we carted it home and got her fixed up.

Some may laugh and say ‘My parents had one of those’ but once into the scene its amazing how many people will come over for a look and reminisce about the old thing. It’s got a certain charm for sure, and Nat loves it and is the often the centre of attention because of it. Must admit to sneaking out to take it for a blast into town on occasion. It might not have a stonkin’ great V8 and candy paint, but it still raises smiles all round.

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Nathan


The ‘little’ cars we built all got sold off. We kept the blue T for a few years and constantly made small improvements to it. The picture shows it in one of its regular poses, amongst the show winners! This is one of the last pictures I took of it. The grey model A is still a regular around the shows. After we sold it, it reappeared in this very fetching black’n’flamed paint job and looked great. We were so happy to see still being used and loved.

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Quite obvious by now everyone is into cars. Old cars, hotrods, kits, customs, classics, indeed anything that is not run of the mill car. Which brings me to the gorgeous old lady in the pictures. I was lucky enough to come across this lovely old Jag and struck up a deal with its trumpet playing owner. Kept the car for two and a half years, using it of course! Now, anyone who's ever owned an aging Jaguar will tell you running one is a labour of love. They can be so temperamental, but you love them anyway. Reluctantly in the end she had to go to a new owner who had the resources to restore her further and keep her where she belongs... on the road.

Jag
Jag
Jag


Some of you already know that while I can get by playing the trumpet my real instrument is guitar. Loud and noisy Rock ‘n’ Blues type guitar. I’ll let you into a secret, guitar players are generally far bigger hoarders than trumpet players. Guitarist don’t have two guitars, they have 10 guitars! Don’t believe me, talk to a few, it’s a bit of an obsession. While I have the usual array of stock off the shelf but very nice ones, a first edition Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Blackie (when they were Custom Shop! That’s a good few years ago now), a more recent Gibson Nashville Custom factory 335 (I love playing that one), a 1964 Gibson Firebird, a 1984 Fender Strat (this was the last year Strats were made in the USA and production went to Japan). All those are factory axes, nothing to out of the ordinary and easy enough to google up pictures if you’re that keen.

It’s the fun of making specials out of bits that I’ve enjoyed particularly. Ok, I can cheat a bit as we have good workshop facilities here to make, alter, reshape and refinish most parts if we need to. This means we can create a professional job and still have fun with it. The pictures are of some of these creations. Some of the ones in the pictures I’ve kept, some I’ve sold on to fund the next one, you know how it goes. It would be stupid of me to get all possessive and say they are all keepers, I’m in the musical instrument trade, so if something catches your eye and you fancy it for yourself then they all have a price. And a lot cheaper than having Fender Custom Shop make you one!! You’ve only got to ask. I still have about a third of these.

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Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar


What’s the point in having all these guitars if you don’t play them? Well, they do get played, well most of them do! Through a Marshall, what else? Ok, had a Mesa Boogie but you need a forklift to pick it up! I have my guitar playing ‘heros’ of course. So here’s a bit of a picture clue as to who might be pretty close to the top of that shortlist. And the other is a picture clue as to how the amp needs setting up! Only joking on that last one, but I do love the sentiment. I play mostly old school Rock and Blues. Third picture gives pretty obvious indicator as the sort of stuff we play! That’s me on the right. Think Bad Company, the Who, Clapton, Dave Edmunds, Stevie Ray, Rolling Stones, even Golden Earring, and you’ll get the idea. Not a Maynard lick to be heard!

While I can appreciate jazz and will listen to it (and enjoy it) there are just to many chords going on for my brain to process fast enough. I might play songs with only 3 chords, but I know lots of inversions of those same three chords…. and sometimes even in non 12 bar configurations. Clever stuff eh! Love playing funk, too. Lots of groove, and less chord changes!

Stevie Statue
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Dressed Up

Not my toy, but my friend Don allowed me to play with one of his!

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Little car 2

The other passion is the bike. Rock and Roll, bikes, it’s starts to paint a picture doesn’t it? Sorry, but don’t have a Harley. Next one may well be! In the meantime, my thinking is, create a unique machine of my own. So, bit of research, scour ebay, find the biggest single cylinder bike made as I like the old style ‘thumpers’ (just happened to be Japanese!) and chop it. Idea was to create a cool looking Indian style single bike (which of course Indian don’t make!) and with a retro feel, oh and make it comfortable to ride (sounds obvious I know but you’d be surprised how many chops are far from comfortable) Very much a fair weather bike!

Bike
Bike


This is my first stab at doing this sort of stuff to a full sized bike. Used to play around with push bikes, making pretty wild chopped bicycles, but this is a whole different ball game. Everything is so damn heavy!!

I say ‘my first stab’, we; I did have some professional help. Great bike builder named Chris is on the same Industrial Estate as my workshop and we’ve been mates for a while so he was the obvious person to see about the heavy grafting stuff. The bike might look ‘factory’ but is far from it now! He has the technical knowledge and ability to see the best route through the project and insure no major cock-ups were made while building it. Most of the body work and some of the one off machined parts making was done in our workshop and Chris handled the frame, forks, wiring and mechanical side, along with final reassembly and set up. Special thanks to Jason for the special colour mix and paintwork and a big thank you to Ty at Pageant paintwork for the wicked looking pinstripes and artwork. It’s that sort of detailing that sets it apart. Hope you enjoy the pistures of it as much I enjoy owning it.

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Bike

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Bike


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