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The Good, The Bad, and Life in General

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 16, 2010 by ekhatch

Crazy times these days man. Let’s start with the good. I finally found a solid job I’ll be starting in one week. Same thing I’m doing now, the atmosphere seems pretty relaxed and for the first time I’ll have health benefits. No more working for a spoiled little backstabbing brat (looking at YOU Patrick, you fucktard little douchebag bitch I know you keep tabs on me here). For a going away present my friends at work treated me to a surprise weekend getaway at a cabin down in Hocking Hills, how cool are they? Friends like that are priceless and make life worth living. Sitting in a hot tub in the middle of nowhere was just what the doctor ordered.

In more good news Aaron was nice enough to get in touch with me and send along some latest pix of his chopped xB that has been racking up the trophies in the In Progress categories. I always love hearing from folks I’ve met through the blog and seeing the amazing things they come up with.

Epic box Aaron!

But, as is so often is the case in life, it ain’t all good. Most people would probably be excited about a new job, but truth is I’m a nervous wreck, I was at my previous job 15 years, it was my life, I’m leaving more than a job, I’m leaving my family, a life style, and those great friends I spoke of earlier. It will always break my heart the way it all went to hell these past 6 months. And being the new guy at my next job, I’ve got my dues to pay, starting with the shifts nobody else wants, etc.

Aaron had some bad news too, after all the work that went into his chopped xB it took a pretty good hit on his way home one night.

Now THAT is a kick in the nuts, I can’t imagine what Aaron is feeling, hell I’m on the verge of tears. But he is one hell of a fabricator, if anyone can come back stronger than ever it’s Aaron, but it still has to be one powerful blow to the morale.

And in even more bad news, for the second month in a row we’ve lost a metal god, Ronnie James Dio passed away due to complications from stomach cancer, he was 67. I only had a chance to meet him briefly one time, but he was the nicest, most approachable and polite musician I’ve ever had the pleasure of talking to.

Aaron’s Back Too

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2010 by ekhatch

Aaron’s chop top/panel van/50’s Kustom inspired xB was out rolling around as it nears completion and he was cool enough to send some pix. I can’t say enough about how in love I am with that hood ornament, and the new seats look as comfy as grandma’s couch, they definately have a kind of 70’s Cadillac swagger to me.

Visibility shouldn’t be an issue with count em 5 outboard cameras

Aaron’s Black Box

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 4, 2010 by ekhatch

It’s really starting to come together and is drivable now, for a car to ooze this much attitude before it’s even close to being completed is nothing short of epic. As far as I know this is the only chopped xB around and it’s cars like this that keep me excited about the whole car game, the blending of traditional hot rodding and kustomizing with newer cars, blurring the lines betweeen street rod and tuner. An amazing amount of skill and fabrication goes into something like this, even though it may seem as easy as cutting a couple inches out of the pillars, even on a car as upright and boxy as an xB it takes a huge amount of work and artistry to section and reform the roof contours. Not to mention the commitment and balls to just saw the whole roof off your car! That great hood ornament sells the whole theme so perfectly and the dual round headlights do such a good job of giving it an overall more retro feel, thanks for letting me share this one Aaron!

Zach Wants More

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by ekhatch

Zach asked to see more of the “Mad Max” xB in my Hoods in the Hood post, and as you know customer service is job #1 here at Hatch Life. It’s actually owned by Black_Box and is currently undergoing a….wait for it….full chop top!

and getting chopped

and if you dig Black_Box maybe this one from shortbus 8 will interest you

and this one from GothBox