Category archives: My Classic Car

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

My Classic Car: Dan’s 1965 AMC Ambassador convertible

Long-distance searches finally led to his car | Dan Ostwick photos
Long-distance searches finally led to his car | Dan Ostwick photos

In the spring of 2014 I decided that it was time for a classic car. It had to be American Motors.

It was an easy decision. — 1965 Ambassador convertible. Nothing else would do.

Why? I started with AMC as a dealership mechanic in 1964. In 1968 I took a service manager position. Yes, AMC. In 1971 I took a parts manager position. Yes, AMC. Stayed in AMC  parts management to the end of AMC. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Michael’s 1932 Chevrolet 5-window coupe

Cruisin' | Michael Scott photos
Cruisin’ | Michael Scott photos

My dad bought this car in 1968 for $200 and drove it home sitting on a 5-gallon bucket for a seat.

He changed the engine to a 383 V8 and got it running and then I drove it to high school in 1975, my senior year.

After that we were going to do more work to it but life got in the way. My dad passed in 1992 and the car had been sitting for years. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Richard’s 1964 Chevrolet Corvette

Son is scheduled to take ownership next year  | Richard Simon photos
Son is scheduled to take ownership next year
| Richard Simon photos

I bought this car from my neighbor in 1972 as I saw her drive home in a new 1973 Corvette with automatic transmission. She got the 1964 Corvette as a high school graduation present and very rarely drove it as she did not enjoy a four-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Steve’s 1970 Plymouth GTX

Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos
Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos

I bought this 1970 Plymouth GTX through ClassicCars.com in 2010. It meant something to me because in 1978 I had almost the identical car that was borrowed — without permission — by my then brother-in-law, only to find itself in a collision with a bus. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Phil’s 1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III

Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos
Dad had three of these when Phil was growing up | Phil Melito photos

My father had three of these cars as I was growing up.

I remember his first Mark III being a pale yellow with black interior and vinyl roof. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, which would have been 1970-71. Continue reading