I’ve always loved cars since I grew up at the drag race track. My dad had a highly modified VW Bug which we, as a family, raced at NHRA events. We even held the National Record in the late-70’s and were featured in HotVW magazine. But I never thought I’d be able to own and restore a classic vehicle until a couple of years ago when I bought my first “old car,” a 1971 MGB Roadster.
How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
Carl (cor66vette) invited/introduced me after I gave him a rear-view mirror plastic piece he needed. You never know how generosity is returned.
What Cool Rides do you currently own?
I own a 1971 MGB MkIII Roadster.
Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?
I noticed the black MG in a warehouse under a lot of dust, boxes, and rags. It wasn’t necessarily for sale but the owner agreed to sell it to me. After 2 weeks of ownership, the clutch went out – and I mean in a thousand pieces. After that was fixed, it almost burned to the ground due to a faulty ignition switch. After rewiring the entire car, new fuel pump, rebuilt carb, new gas tank, new interior, new paint job, I’m now able to drive it without stalling and enjoy it.
What’s next for your Cool Ride? Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?
I still want to address the suspension, bushings, and seals around the windshield.
What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?
I replaced/restored the entire interior…carpet, seat frames, seat foam, seat covers, door cards, door pulls, window winders.
What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
Every time I take the car out, I constantly hear stories starting with, “I used to have one of these.” It’s so much fun to hear how these cars are in people’s life story.
What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?
I believe my dream car would be a 1963 Split-Window Corvette. My dad’s VW (see #1 above) would always compete against a team of brothers who had Corvettes and we would usually win (handicapped NHRA class, of course). But the look of those cars has always kept my interest.
Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy. Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?
Even in the garage, I have a car cover. But when working on it, I would frequently start the car and let it run for several minutes to get warm and circulate the fluids.
Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
I thoroughly enjoy making old things look new again. This is why I have pursued my wood-working hobby to restore old wood steering wheels (see new2youwheelrestoration.com).
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