Last updated Apr 29, 2008
I found this car 20+ years ago and borrowed the money from my dad to purchase it ($250) The car is from Kentucky and when I found her it had very solid floors,trunk, deck lid and doors. The rear quarters where solid but had some dents and dings. the front fender, passenger side, was a piece of sheet metal bent over with a hole cut for the wheel opening. The driver side was full of filler. I purchased a set of fenders from a guy in the middle of the night that looked great until I got them home a found that they were off an old gasser and the fenders were extended and didn't fit at all (first of many mistakes) I had the car a total of two days and it was in a million pieces on the garage floor. After a few months of working, my dad said he would pay to have the body work done (i.e. quarter panels replaced, new fenders and a paint job) The first guy that gave us a quote on the work came to the house and sold us a "great story" on how good he was at body work. We never checked out his shop or any of his work until after he had the car at his "shop" (a two car block building inside a junk yard) Long story short...we had to threaten to sue after the car was "done" what a mess! The car sat for about 15 years until I decided I wanted to get screwed over again...round two! The ol' girl sat for a couple more years then I decided I would do the work myself with the help of a friend who owns the local body shop. A couple of months of work and she rolled out...done right!
Next round of fun was the engine....."build it yourself guys!!!" I bought a fresh mill from the local speed shop and I had to rebuild it and fix a whole list of things wrong.
I guess the lesson is "do it yourself and you will get what you want" that is what Hot Rodding is a about anyway, anybody can buy a car already done but it's not the same as building it yourself..blood-sweat-tears and oh yeah MONEY, A LOT OF MONEY!!!!!
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