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2,600mi Test Drive w a 51 Year Old Car

29 03 13 - 14:55

April Fool's Day 2013, is when I fly to Denver to take possession of my new summertime daily driver. a 1962 Chevy Impala. This is your classic "little old ladies' car", that you hear so much about. This particular old dear, bought it brand new in the summer of '62, in Corpus Christie, TX. I bought it off this little old lady's son Art, in Colorado about a week ago, based on only a few photos & the quick inspection of a couple of buddies out there. About 4 or 5yrs ago, Art's sibling drove it up to his place in CO from TX, but it really hasn't been driven much since then.

This is a pretty spartan car by today's standards, no AC, no power anything, & it has the base 6-cly engine with a "3-on-the-tree" manual trans. My plan is to fix a few big things like the Exhaust System & Water Pump, do a quickie service on the car, put on a new set of skins, a Mexican blanket on the front seat, & then drive it to the Lonestar Round Up in Austin, TX.

Hmmmm, a 2,600 mile test drive all across the southwest & then back to the midwest, in a 51 year old car that hasn't run much in a few years...

"What could POSSIBLY go wrong???"

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