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......................................................--- 1951 Ford Vicky ---

I bought my 1951 Ford when I was 16 in 1960 for $150 and it was a typical 10 year old car at the time. My parents paid the insurance, so that entitled my dad to use it one day a week in his car pool until my aunt quit driving (1961) and gave us her '51 hemi Chrysler (another story). I worked on the car for over a year taking the chrome off and shaving and decking it and installed elect. doors. It was my first attempt at body work and my last until the '61 at the bottom of this page. Of course I had no welder, or much of any tools for that matter, so the holes were just filled with fiber glass mat and bondo.


After a year I finally saved a $150 to have a painter paint the car a medium blue. I also installed the '55 Ford grill I got from J.C. Whitney for about $15. This was serious money at the time. Of course I never had any money to make a Hot Rod out of it so it always retained the Flat Head V-8 (stock) and Auto Transmission which I hated. Me and some buddies were at the drive-in one time out of town and the locals wanted to know what was under the hood, so the flattie became a Caddy they weren't allowed to see. My friends use to make their cars back-fire, so once I found the biggest hill around, turned the key off, went to the bottom at about 40, turned the key back on and blew the whole muffler out. Of course me and the car were grounded until I earned enough for a new muffler. This was the only custom in my high school (1500 students) and the only one I saw for years except for in the magazines.



..................................--- 1961 Chevy Wagon ---

I bought this '61 (three seat wagon) in '88. I had started reading car magazines again and was bitten by the bug to build something. I saw a '48 GMC pickup in a magazine and said 'hey I got one in the back yard", so that is what I will build. I needed an engine and drive train and hadn't read about sub-frames and Mustang II's yet so I bought the wagon off of a gal for $200 planning on using it for the above mentioned items. You couldn't keep it on the road. She had 4 different size tires and some were radial and some weren't. I put tires on it and it ran great.

Well about this time my computer store was really growing and I needed something for my service guys to get around town in, so guess what I used. I again yanked most of the chrome off like on the Vicky, except I thought dad was right this time and left the door handles on (the service guys appreciated that). I never touched the 283. I put a floor shifter on the 3-speed. When I moved to Utah in '90 I took it with me along with the GMC, which was chopped and sectioned (just tacked together). I took the wagon to B'ville in '91 and '92. Of course at that time wagons were not kool like they are now. I then sold it to a friend (for the $1600 I had in it) who used it to distribute the newspapers he puts out. It was a good billboard. I recently tried to buy it back, but he had given it to one of his kids up by Salt Lake City and someone had stolen it from them. It was last seen somewhere in Calif. Who would steal a yellow wagon and drive it across three states?

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