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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

My Classic Car: Chase’s 1947 Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup

'Old Blue' has been owned by two families since new
‘Old Blue’ has been owned by two families since new

Hi there. My name is Old Blue. I was bought brand new at Tommy Thompson Chevrolet in Ulysses, Kansas, in 1947 by Arthur Newby. I am 69 years old and am only on my second family.

I have been passed around and through those two families.

My original owner, Arthur, wasn’t very good about changing my oil. He would buy one quart of oil, drain a quart out of me and add the new quart. Nowadays, I get my oil changed on a regular basis, every spring Chase pulls me into the shop and changes my oil and checks me over. Chase and Gary take wonderful care of me.

I have a 6-cylinder, 216-cubic-inch engine, three-speed transmission and absolutely no rust anywhere on me.

Chase and Grandpa
Chase and Grandpa

I was originally maroon, but that faded pretty quickly, Arthur had me painted green. After Arthur passed, I was passed on to Willie Patton, Arthur’s nephew by marriage. Willie didn’t like me green, so I was painted blue. That was 40 years ago.

I am still original, except for just a few little things like my water pump and fuel pump.

Willie traded me in for a newer Chevrolet in 1987. I was traded into Riley Ford. Sherie, the owner, thought I would be a great gift for her husband, Gary. After I was traded in, Alvin Lance came to talk to Gary, he was afraid that Gary was going to turn me into a hot rod. Gary promised Alvin that he would not do anything like that, he said that I would stay exactly as I was.

But he did say that if he ever did anything to me, he would restore me back 100 percent original. Alvin and Gary became great friends, when Alvin and his wife were chosen “pioneers of the year,” Gary drove them in the parade. Alvin and his wife wanted Gary to haul them in my bed but it was too hot that day so Alvin’s grandson drove me while Gary hauled Alvin and his wife in a newer air conditioned car.

While I was still being taken care of by Gary, a kind employee decided to clean my engine bay up, in the process of that he spilt brake cleaner on my right front fender. That is why it looks like my paint job isn’t very good on my fender.

Gary has taken care of me until his grandson, Chase, got his driver’s license. That was 2013. Then, later in 2013, I was passed along to Chase.

You may have noticed that my driver side windshield wiper is broken off. When Chase was about 3 or 4 years old, he was playing in me one night. I guess it was raining in the garage, because Chase was leaning out the window and ran the wiper with his hands. Needless to say, he got a little violent with me and broke my wiper off.

Unfortunately, Arthur passed away in May of 1982 at the age of 67. Everybody else who has owned my is still alive and well. Harold Lance, Willie and Marcella Patton are now well into their eighties but still come out to see me when their grandkids, who are now fully grown, come back to town.

That is my life story, thank you for taking the time to read it.

— Chase Trahern, Ulysses, Kansas

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My Classic Car: Deborah’s 1934 Ford 3-window coupe

Found on ClassicCars.com and brought home from Florida  to Ontario
Found on ClassicCars.com and brought home from Florida to Ontario

In the summer of 2014, and very new to the computer, I came across the most beautiful thing I ever laid eyes on —a 1934 Ford Coupe, and I found her on this site, ClassicCars.com.

When reading more about her, she was residing in Florida. Now, it seemed a pipe dream to ever see her for real. But I showed my husband, never thinking he’d like her, too. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Roddy’s 1937 Jaguar replica

1937 Jaguar replica uses Mustang components
1937 Jaguar replica uses Mustang components

I’ve owned this car about four years. I bought it from the widow of the original owner/builder.

I’ve had it in several car shows and it’s placed in every one, but never won best of show.

It’s a 1937 Jaguar SS100 Roadster replica and uses all Ford Mustang running gear and electrical components. Continue reading