Sunday, December 6

On the Road

On the Road

On The Road: 1966 Ford Galaxie 500

Since the 1970s Keith Mowat has slowly accumulated and restored a variety of vehicles that pique his interest. It doesn’t matter that the Edmontonian has only a single car garage and no real place to work on them – he’s got ways around that issue.When restoring a vehicle, he will often rent a workspace next door to Accord Collision, a shop where he’s well-known to the owners, the Smylski brothers. That’s where the bulk of the work on his most recent project, a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500, took place during this COVID-19 lockdown.“I didn’t have a particular make or model of car in mind when I was looking for something to build this last time,” Mowat told me, and he continues, “I just felt I’d know what I’d want when I saw it.”For the better part of two years Mowat surfed Kijiji looking...
Calgary, On the Road

Fixing and finding new homes for old bikes

When Ian Simister retired three years ago from a lifetime spent working in the oil industry, his wife told him he needed a hobby. He had planned to take his golf game a bit more seriously, but the Calgarian realized he would need to do more than just hit the links. That’s when Simister recalled his early motorcycling days.“I grew up in Thorncliffe,” Simister says, “And 50 years ago, the northwest Calgary community had nothing but farmland and prairie beyond it.“When I was 14, my dad came home with a Honda 90, pointed to the fields, and said, ‘Knock yourself out.’”Not literally, of course, but he simply meant ride and have some fun.“It was a complete surprise to me, because my dad wasn’t that mechanically interested in anything. But he did say, if I broke it, I’d have to fix it.”...
On the Road

On the Road: 1976/86 Datsun/Nissan 620/720

They say timing is everything, and for Patrick McCready, the pandemic lockdown proved to be something of an ideal situation. When he underwent a hip replacement last year, the Edmonton man was sidelined from working on his custom Datsun truck project. His surgery was nowhere near routine. Problems arose, and McCready says he was pretty much immobile until earlier this year – right around the time everything got shut down.“Because I’d started this project a while ago, I’d ordered many of the parts I needed and had them at hand,” McCready says, adding, “because I (had been) immobilized, I had a garage full of parts that I couldn’t do anything with. The lockdown coincided with my own increased mobility, and I could finally get after this truck.”Born and raised in Edmonton, McCready...