SPENCERVILLE — Wayne Sigler, of Spencerville, is a car guy.
“I’ve been around cars my whole life. Cars are my life,” said Sigler.
Sigler was a technician his entire life and had worked 17 years at Ahl’s. When he left Ahl’s, he started his own shop at his house.
“I’ve been building hot rods ever since,” Sigler said. “I’m retired, but cars still come in.”
Sigler builds cars using parts from other cars. He currently has two trucks that he owns that have been built with various other components.
One of the first trucks he built is aptly called “Frankenstein” by Sigler. It’s a 1938 International cab, with a ‘38 Dodge Sedan front end and a ‘50 Chevy hood all sitting on a Blazer chassis.
“I made the bed,” said Sigler.
Frankenstein holds a special place in Sigler’s heart, as it saved his life.
“Five days after I had him finished, I was driving home and was T-boned while turning into my driveway. I bumped my head, but it could have been a lot worse,” Sigler said.
Frankenstein sits up higher than most other trucks, and when Sigler was t-boned, it hit towards the back of the cab.
Unfortunately Frankenstein’s frame is shot, and Sigler has plans to tear the truck apart and rebuild it.
“He’s lasted more than 20 years though. I didn’t have any reason to build a four-wheel drive, but I had parts so I played,” Sigler said. “He kept the snow cleared on my drive this past winter, but it’s time to get him fixed.”
Sigler’s work truck is a 1934 Ford with a 406 Chevy Engine. It advertises his shop name, Ziggy’s Auto, with the phone number.
Sigler has had this truck for 26 to 27 years, using it as a service truck.
“When I build these trucks, I want them to be everyday drivers. The enjoyment is getting into them and driving,” Sigler said. “I build a car or truck to enjoy. I drive it rain or shine. I put them away in the winter.”