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My Classic Car: Harry’s 1961 Mercury Monterey convertible

The '61 Mercury Monterey looked good, but it undergoing restoration after 415,000 miles | Harry Jacobs photos
The ’61 Mercury Monterey looked good, but it undergoing restoration after 415,000 miles | Harry Jacobs photos

In 1959-1960 I was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army. I was transferred back to the States in January 1961. I was assigned to the ROTC Unit at St Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y., where it was a little below zero with snow blowing hard.

One of the first things I did was order a 1961 Mercury Monterey convertible, fully equipped with everything. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ralph’s 1971 MGB

Ralph and Zelda
Ralph and Zelda

I owned two MGBs long ago — a spanking new ’78 and an old ’73 — but both were gone from me by the year 1985. I spent a quarter of a century bemoaning the absence of a British sports car in my possession, but life kept getting in the way of getting another one in the form of mortgages and kids and making ends meet. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Gates family’s Maxwell trucks

Dad had the 1917, son built the 1919 open cab | Gary Gates photos
Dad had the 1917, son built the 1919 open cab | Gary Gates photos

In 1930 my Father needed to replace two tires on his 1919 Maxwell truck. He put the tires on the rear (load bearing) of the truck and moved the best two old tires to the front (they had been the rear ones). But the rear tires were bigger in diameter and the truck wouldn’t turn as tightly to the left as to the right without rubbing the dragline. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ken’s 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Deluxe pickup

Restored after purchase from the original owner | Ken Cluley photos
Restored after purchase from the original owner | Ken Cluley photos

I purchased this truck in 2003 in anticipation of retirement in 2005 (as a retirement project). I purchased the truck from the original owner ,who had bought it new in Durant, Oklahoma, in 1950.

The truck needed a complete restoration. The original owner was a farmer but he kept the truck covered most of the time when not in use. This was crucial in keeping the rust on the truck to a minimum. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Mom and Gregory’s 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Mom left the Monte Carlo to her son, and he still has it | Greg Maughan photos
Mom left the Monte Carlo to her son, and he still has it | Greg Maughan photos

On February 14th, 1972, I was turning 9 years old and living in Boulder City, Nevada. We had moved there from my hometown of Phoenix after my father’s sudden death at 34 when I was just 3.

In February, 1972, my mom was in search of a new car. At the time she was driving a 1963 Cadillac Coupe DeVille that was on its last legs. We drove the Cadillac from Boulder City into Las Vegas, about 18 miles, stopping along the way to add oil to the motor as it was leaking something terrible. She decided to try Fairway Chevrolet on East Sahara Ave. Continue reading

My Classic Car: John’s Dad’s 1954 Jaguar XK120

Dad and the Jag and car-show awards | Verhoek family archives
Dad and the Jag and car-show awards | Verhoek family archives

In 1959, my Father came to America from Europe in at the age of 23 with his Mother and Father and nine brothers and sisters. After acclimating to California for a few years, he purchased a 1954 Jaguar XK120 from the original owner in the San Francisco Bay area.

Within a couple of years he met my Mother and they drove to Reno in the Jag with some friends following and got married. A year later, in 1963, I was born. Continue reading