Can you ever repay your parents? This is a good start
Good or bad, you parents brought you in to the world and were influential in how you turned out. I’m reminded of the song Momma Tried, but let’s not get off topic. For many of us, at least one parent was instrumental in us becoming gear heads, be it through their own hot rods, an endless stream of car magazines entering the house, long days at car shows, or all-weather trips to the junkyard. Some of my fondest memories revolve around car stuff, all courtesy of my dad.
Tyler of HPI Customs up in Canada there, has a similar story, and felt it was time to properly thank his dad for shaping him into the man he is today. Tyler is not shy about giving his father credit in making HPI Customs one of the fastest growing rod shops in the great north. Like many parental units, Tyler’s dad, Bill, invested his own time, money and sweat equity to make his son’s dream a reality, often giving up his own luxuries.
Instead of a wimpy Hallmark card or a tie, Tyler aimed high and set his sights on a 1952 Chevy pickup. Bill purchased the truck years ago to build his dream hot rod which had been back-burnered for too long. Health issues prevailed in the following years, taking Bill’s time, energy and money away from the truck. Tyler was sick of seeing the man who gave him so much be defeated, so the HPI crew began “stealing” Bill’s parts stash. Excuses ran the gamut; a customer’s project needed a certain piece, an outdated part was sold to fund new HPI equipment, you name it! The real story is that Tyler and team were secretly making Bill’s dreams a reality; the shop was building the ’52 behind closed doors.