The gritty crunch of rust under the tip of a screwdriver: it’s a sound many of us are far too familiar with, and it’s often the death knell of projects across the globe. The cancerous oxidization of steel and iron eats away at classic cars, often despite our best efforts, typically relegating them to junk yards or crushers. Only the most precious machines are saved from what most would consider “too far gone.
“Normally I buy a car and just keep adding to it,” Alan begins. It’s an approach most of us likely take: a natural evolution of a project over time eventually yields the fruits of our labor. Often times, it’s the ebb and flow of a build that defines its eventual outcome; however, sometimes, a build begins with an idea. For this 1993 Datsun Sunny Pickup, Alan Dufficy knew exactly what he wanted more than a year prior to having a car in hand.
Photography by Josh Castle
When analyzing historic automotive events that have shaped the world of cars as we know it, there are a handful that spring to mind.
We were five or six days into our trip, four-wheeling our way across the Colorado wilderness. As we made our way down the 550 freeway, we descended upon Ouray County’s only stoplight, nestled in Ridgway where the 62 freeway meets the 550. With a town population of less than 1,000, it’s a quiet place, perched at the doorstep of the San Juan Mountains, and was to be our stopping point for the afternoon.
It’s been years since I’ve gone to a car show on my own accord, and even longer since I’ve attended one without a camera in hand. As StanceWorks has grown, and as I’ve devoted more and more of my time to my project cars, enthusiast events have seemed to slip through the cracks. Surprisingly, it was the Japanese Classic Car Show just a few week ago that convinced me to set down both the tools and the camera for a day of enjoying cars as I used to.