The summer is here and the car shows in Texas are in full swing. Every weekend there are double and triple header shows that give the local enthusiast a place to go and show off their rides. There is no doubt that the painted rides will be there boasting metal flakes, candy paint and more flames than a furnace.
I love these cars but for me, there is also something to be said about some of their counterparts, the survivors that are still sporting their well-worn factory paint jobs. Some of which have earned a little patina over the years.
Now with all that said, can you say the same thing about a forklift? A what??? Yep, you heard me right, a forklift.
Stay with me.
One day last week I was at a local metal shop and they were about to load some items into my van.
There it was, sitting in the middle of the floor in a dusty warehouse under florescent lighting. Now I am no photographer but to me, the scene just looked photogenic.
Everything was in its proper place; I could not have staged the scene any better even if I tried. The only thing left for me to do is to snap a few pics.
When I asked the warehouse workers about this old Caterpillar forklift and if I could take a few pictures they burst out laughing and added this old beat-up thing doesn’t even have decent brakes. I knew it was an odd request, in fact prior to asking them I had already gone back to my van and was about to leave. But I knew that I saw something in this rusted out gem that they did not see.
To me it had character, and it was so cool to see this CAT showing off its wear and tear from years of hard work. There is something about pure original patina that can make its own statement; whether it is on an old truck, a hot rod and umm a Caterpillar forklift.
Do you have an interesting car or truck that you love? If so, tell us about it in the comment section below. We would love to see a picture if you have one to share (just email it to us) with a brief description and who knows it might end up as a featured article on Daily Rubber or our social media.