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My Classic Car: Jose’s 1966 Ford Mustang

Joe and his Mustang
Joe and his Mustang

Since I was kid, my dream was to drive a classic Mustang. Three years ago, my dream was done.

This car, I made some things to be almost perfecto. I converted to disc brakes in rear, put in a new performance clutch, rebuilt the 289 engine to produce 550 horsepower, rebuilt the transmission, new radiator, etc.
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My Classic Car: Derek and Dad’s 1964 Buick Skylark convertible

Previous owner used this convertible as a pickup truck for hauling pine bark
Previous owner used this convertible as a pickup truck for hauling pine bark

My Dad and I bought this in 1984. It was 20 years old and we were only the third owners.

The previous owner used this convertible as a truck. Therefore, there were three inches of pine bark in the back seat and four inches of pine bark in the trunk. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Lou’s 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

'80s TV show inspired the purchase of this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette
’80s TV show inspired the purchase of this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

Back in the ’80s there was a TV series called Stingray that featured actor Nick Mancuso and a black C-2 Corvette coupe. I was so impressed seeing that Stingray that I promised myself someday I would own one like it.

Well, 30 years later, I found my dream car in California were it lived its entire life. I bought it from its second owner, who had done a body on restoration several years earlier. Continue reading

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