These days, it seems if you’ve got a little clutter in your garage you’re immediately considered a hoarder.
As reality television teaches us, this is not a good thing. But what about people like Jay Brewer who aren’t too keen on throwing things out if some scraps can’t be used right away?
“I’m one of those folks that don’t throw much away,” says Brewer. “Every time I do, I need it the next week.”
From the welding table he built for his father while in high school to old Christmas lights to farm journals, Brewer makes room for all these things without making his garage feel cluttered. That’s probably because he uses all this stuff… eventually. A piece of sheet metal that had been around since Brewer bought the house in ’99 finally was used this past year as a make-shift roof to his John Deere Gator.
Of all his scraps and recycled material, the Jaylopy stands tallest. Pronounced like jalopy (with emphasis on the “Jay”), this little machine is equal parts automobile, bicycle, toy and artwork.
“(The Jaylopy) was based on something I saw in a mechanics magazine about 50 years ago and couldn’t get out of my head,” Brewer says. “So when I retired I set about making one, but I couldn’t find a picture of the machine anywhere. I ended up building the thing from memory.”
Not too bad for a winter hobby/job, Brewer managed to create his Jaylopy using recycled material he either found around the state or had in his garage. The two bikes, on either side of the machine, were found in Pella; the tiller engine came from Luther; the combine pulley from Colfax. Even the two chairs were found in a ditch not far from Brewer’s own home in Grimes.
“It must have been about 10 years ago I put that thing together,” says Brewer. “Time flies when you’re having fun.”
The Jaylopy has been featured around the state. It’s been in several parades from Grimes, to Granger, to Johnston (among others) and even won a plaque as the “most unique vehicle” in the state fair parade one year.
“Gotta keep your scraps; you’ll never know when you’re going to need them,” he says.
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