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My Classic Car: Frank’s 1964 Dodge Dart

My parents bought a new 1964 Dodge Dart 170 four-door the year before I was born. Later that year, my great aunt bought a nearly identical one.

My parents’ car served our family well but, by 1979, the body had seen better days due to its exposure to road salt. After a minor accident, my father decided its days were done.

My great aunt had passed away two years earlier and we acquired her car. I parted out my family’s Dart and we made a number of repairs to my great aunt’s car, which became my first car. It served me well until its life was cut short one stormy night two months before I graduated high school.

Fifteen years later, when I was 32, I acquired this Dart. It was a low-mileage car that had been owned by an older woman prior to her death. Over the years, I replaced the tired 170 with a healthy 225, rebuilt the transmission, installed stiffer torsion bars, and added a sway bar and disc brakes, and swapped to a more highway friendly 2.76 rear axle ratio.

Five years ago, I tackled the rust and refurbished the interior.

Now, 20 years into ownership, I am enjoying my time behind the wheel more than ever.

— Frank Adkins, Greenwood DE

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My Classic Car: Wounded veteran’s dream of owning a ‘55

James' dream is to own a 1955 classic, such as this Chrysler New Yorker
James’ dream is to own a 1955 classic, such as this Chrysler New Yorker

(Editor’s note: Today is Collector Car Appreciation Day.)

My story isn’t one of a specific car, but classics in general.

My parents grew up in the ’50s and always spoke fondly of the first cars they drove. I fell in love with ’50s music and culture as a little kid and even had a fund going for a ’57 Chevy. I think I made it to about 50 dollars. Ha. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Dad and Jay Leno compare their Morgans

Jay Leno and the Lafford family | Peter Lafford family archives
Jay Leno and the Lafford family | Peter Lafford family archives

(Editor’s note: Lindsay Lafford’s life with cars was profiled in a three-part, My Classic Cars series in 2014.)

In January 2013, my father, Lindsay Lafford, then 100 years old, was 15 months into his residency at Friendship Village Healthcare Center  in Tempe, Arizona, following a catastrophic fall in Dayton, Ohio.  My sister, Julia, was visiting and as she and I drove up Loop 101 we noticed that Jay Leno’s February appearance was advertised on the Talking Stick Resort/Casino marquee.  She commented that she had always thought my father, an auto-enthusiast with a lifetime of interesting stories, would have been an interesting guest on his show. Continue reading

My Classic Cars: Thad’s Chevys — ’57 Bel Air and ’71 SS 454

Both cars were found through ClassicCars.com advertisements | Thad Martin photos
Both cars were found through ClassicCars.com advertisements | Thad Martin photos

In the early 1970s, when I was 5 years old, my grandmother bought a ’71 Chevrolet Chevelle.  She told me I could have it when I was old enough to drive.

Ten years later, the Chevelle was sitting in her driveway.  It had four flat tires, a bird’s nest built under the hood, and the interior was filled with returnable drink bottles.  My dad got it running, we got it painted and I put a nice set of wheels and tires on it. It was just a two-door Malibu with a 307/2-speed Powerglide, but I loved that car. I drove it for many years and, in fact, still have it. Continue reading

My Classic Car: John ’s 1964 Buick Riviera

The '64 Riv is a great weekend driver | John Loghry photos
The ’64 Riv is a great weekend driver | John Loghry photos

I was 16 years old when the Riviera first appeared at the local Buick dealership in Redding, California. My brother Pat, my best friend Tom and I would go to the local new car dealerships in town to check the new models.

We checked out the new 409 Chevy impala, the new Ford Mustang, and a red Falcon 4-speed V8 convertible. We finally found our way to the Buick-Pontiac dealer and discovered the new Riviera. Continue reading

My Classic Car: John’s 1949 Chevrolet 3100

Truck is restored and will be driven cross-country to family reunion in 2018 | John Schneider photos
Truck is restored and will be driven cross-country to family reunion in 2018 | John Schneider photos

My 1949 Chevy truck came into our family in the summer of 1981. While living his dream of a cross-country bicycle trip, my brother Peter stopped in the village of Preston, Missouri, for a cold drink. During that stop he asked if anyone knew of an old truck for sale. He had always wanted one, and figured a truck from that area of the country would be in better shape than anything similar that he might find on the northeast coast, where we live. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Mark’s 1978 Oldsmobile Toronado

Low-VIN car now needs a lot of TLC
Low-VIN car now needs a lot of TLC

I worked at Clark Oldsmobile in West Palm Beach, Florida, right after graduating high school in 1978. This (formerly) beautiful but still rare and unusual Oldsmobile Toronado came in for service and oil changes.

I gave the owner my name and number and told him to call if he ever wanted to sell it. In 1980 he did, and my dad purchased it. They drove it very little. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Scott’s 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

This 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was in primer gray when purchased for $12,000 | Scott Dendy photo
This 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was in primer gray when purchased for $12,000 | Scott Dendy photo

You ever feel like you’ve done something awesome before you have really done it?

My ’68 Z28 has been talking to me and I’ve been listening. For two years now, I have been taunted by a Camaro Z28.

$12K got me a solid, rust-free body, 302 motor, 4-spd, primer grey, black seats great condition and 28,647 on odometer. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ken’s 1958 Edsel Corsair

This Edsel was built the same day Sputnik launched into space
This Edsel was built the same day Sputnik launched into space

It was the Spring of 2000 when I first saw my soulmate. It took a drive to Maryland and upon turning into the owner’s driveway it was love at first sight as I knew I was not leaving without the car.

The car was a 1958 Edsel Corsair, tired and worn and needing some TLC, and I was just the one to give it. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Roxy’s 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Business Coupe

$200 Chevrolet has a 409 under its hood
$200 Chevrolet has a 409 under its hood

I was 21 years old in 1963 and working at a bank when I was drafted. Naturally, I had to sell my 1962 Corvette.

Then, a couple weeks before I had to leave, the vice president of the bank pulled some strings and got me signed up in the National Guard, so my draft orders were cancelled. But I was left without a car. Continue reading