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Car Builder’s Collection of Cool Rides

By Dave Guttman

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
I live in Sellersville, Pennsylvania and I’ve been married to my wife Margaret for 50 years.  I’ve been messing with cars for about 60 years.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
I first learned about Cool Rides Online on Facebook.  I saw a post wanting to see pictures of my cool rides, so I sent pictures of my car and my wife’s car. Sign up for their newsletter to see more cool rides!

What Cool Rides do you currently own?
I own a 1965 Buick Riviera custom and my wife owns a 1956 Ford Customline H/T custom (only 3300 were made in 1956).

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?
My Riviera was built to be a daily driver.  It has air, heat, cruise, O/D trans and newer bucket seats with shoulder belts.  We put over 7,000 miles on it last year, cruising to Tennessee, New York (which included a 1200 mile Street Rodder Road Tour), and North Carolina.  We also made a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Custom Car Revival.  It was built to drive and that’s what we are doing.

What’s next for your Cool Ride? 
At present, I am building a 1932 Dearborn Deuce that has roll-up windows and a folding top.  It will have a 401 Buick nailhead, Tremec 5-speed trans, and a Winter’s quick change rear.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
My favorite memory is driving the wheels off the Riviera the last two years!

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?
I built a 1941 Ford Convertible custom.  I made the grilles for the car.  They consisted of a center grille and two cheek grilles. I made them horizontal instead of vertical.  Each bar in the three grilles are aligned straight across.  It took 3 months to complete.  The car was sold at Mecum Auctions.

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?
My dream cars were a full on custom, which the 1941 Ford met that, and second, a 1932 Ford roadster, which I am building now.  When it is completed, I will send pictures.  It will be different!

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?
Keep them clean!  I mean constantly!  Paint will not rub off— in fact it will last longer.  After ten years, the paint on the ’41 Ford looked as good as when it came out of the paint booth.  I never wash any of my cool rides! Try 303 Speed Detailer for a showroom shine!

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
I have the perfect wife!  I spend a lot of money on cars (as you can see).  There are times when I hesitate to spend money on a car, and she encourages me to go for it.  She knows as much about our cars as I do, down to the smallest detail.  When there is cruising to be done, she is either in the passenger seat or in the driver’s seat of her car!  A lot of guys would love to have a wife like this!

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