Please tell us a little about yourself?
I have lived in Oregon All My Life, Learned to drive in a ‘65 yellow Mustang named Lenord. I have owned a few classics through the years. I have 3 Daughters and a wonderful soul mate in my wife Sandy.
How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
I found you guys on line looking for cool sights for posting classic cars.
Now tell us a little about your “Cool Ride”?
I own a 1962 Chevy nova 400 Convertible, with a wonderful story about this survivor.
This car is one of the earliest still in existence — 1 of only 23,741 manufactured. This Nova was the 460th convertible down the assembly line, and is the 4,959th Nova made for all of the 1962 model year. Its build date is the 3rd week of November back in 1961. The 194 c.i. 6-cylinder engine build date was November 14th 1961 in New York. It is a pretty special car and has a special history as well.
I bought this Nova from the original 95-year-old owner named John Daly, who is now 98-years-old. Well, in talking with him, he told me the following story of why he bought this convertible in the first place.
It was Christmas Eve 1961 when John went to the local dealership, Hulac Chevrolet in Omaha, Nebraska, and this car was sitting on the showroom floor. (The dealer trunk logo plate is still on the car! I also learned that back in 1962 it only cost $1 for a title!) So, John bought the car and hid it in his backyard behind the garage. When his wife got home, he asked her if she heard a noise coming from the backyard, and when they went out back to see, there was her surprise Christmas present. At this time John was around 46, and his wife 43.
John’s wife passed away in 1996 around age 77, and John did what many of you would do and kept the car around for a while. The car currently has 51,500 original miles, it was always garage-kept, and from 2001 to 2011 it was driven only 192 miles. But now to explain how I came across this car; A guy named Scott saw the car in a parking lot in Omaha, Nebraska back in 2001 and asked John if he would like to sell it, but John said he was not ready. Still, they exchanged contact information to talk again later. So Scott went by John’s house five or six times a year for 10 years to check in on him. In September of 2011 John was ready to sell because he was moving to an assisted living home. So that got the ball rolling.
Scott bought it the same day and showed his friend Ron. Well, Ron bought it from him because Scott already had a Harley project that he was working on. Ron had it for a total of 2 months and sold it to Dave who was visiting his hometown for Thanksgiving from his current state of Colorado. Dave bought it for his friend Todd who bought it for his sister who had one similar to it back in high school. But in December when Todd received the car, his sister had lost her job and that landed him with the convertible all to himself. So he listed it for sale online and that’s where I come in.
I contacted Todd though the website to purchase the car and he and I have become good friends and stay in touch. I bought the car in February of 2011 and by that time; this Nova had exchanged hands four different times in as many months across three states without changing the title. Now that was a fun mess to sort out!
What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on your Cool Ride?
The most difficult modification was doing the motor detailing to make it as original as possible.
What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
It is truly wonderful having it in car shows, and being able to tell folks the history and the story of this survivor.
What is your dream ride to own if money wasn’t an issue?
That’s a tough one, but it would be a toss-up between a ‘55 Nomad!!! Or a ‘67 GTO.
Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?
My advice would be to keep your rides out of the sun as much as possible, it causes a lot of deterioration, and fading all around.
Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
Well I’ve been a Detroit Lion’s fan since I was 5 years old, Monday night football was on and my dad said who do you want Bears or Lions..I said I like cats!! To be honest it has been a hard Football life for me over the years be loyal and from Oregon.
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