by Randy Dandry
I am a 64 year-old retiree from Entergy. I have been married to my wife, Kim, for 23 years. We live in Mississippi. Here is the story of how we went through nine cars in three short years:
In 2012, after I crashed a motorcycle and we moved back to Brooklyn, my wife would not ride on the bike anymore. So, we decided that we needed an old car. After checking Craigslist we were able to find one in Illinois. We took a roadtrip to Illinois to make the purchase – a 1923 T-bucket with 350 engine, two-speed power glide transmission, and no air.
Now, let me explain something. We have our grandson living with us. He is 13 years old and has been riding Harleys since he was old enough to hold on. Whenever we went somewhere, we had to go in two cars as the T-bucket only had one sear. My wife decided that we needed something with enough seating room for all of us. So, we put the T-bucket up for sale or trade. We sold it and found a 1929 Model A. It is a nice car with 2 doors and a rumble seat for our grandson. The only thing about this car that I was not crazy about is that it only had a 4-cylinder engine and a 4-speed, no hump. It also had no air conditioning or heater. Because of this my wife decided, again, that this car wouldn’t work. Once again, we were putting a car up for sale.
After that, we found a 1930 Ford Phaeton in Ohio which meant another road trip. This time, I thought we had the right car. It had a 350 engine, auto transmission, front and rear seat, but again no air/heat/or windows. After a while it started having a lot of mechanical problems. We decided that this would be too expensive to keep fixing and, for the third time, decided to sell/trade.
We ended up finding a trade offer for a 1984 Chevy Corvette with only 16,000 miles on it. So, we jumped the gun and traded it – not thinking about where we were going to put our grandson. Well, when we went somewhere, we would have to cover him up under the rear deck or let him ride with someone else. Again, this car did not last long as we couldn’t take any chances of getting a ticket for stashing our grandson under the rear deck. So, we decided to trade our fourth car.
We then received an offer for a 1974 Chevy Nova Hatchback – which was now the perfect car. It had two doors, a front and rear seat, 350 engine, auto-transmission, but no air conditioning. We thought we could put up with it because man, this was a nice car. Well, when summer came around, me still thinking that this was the perfect car, discovered that my wife had come to the conclusion that it was too hot to drive anywhere in it and that we should try to find something better.
My wife hates driving and has had her own previous buying/selling adventure: She had a 2013 Chevy Malibu with only 5,000 miles on it, found a 1931 Chevy Independence in Florida, and sold her Malibu back to the dealership to pursue the Independence in Florida.
Back to the Nova. We ended up getting another trade offer on the Nova for another T-bucket. This, we had to say no to because we had already dealt with a T-bucket. My wife asked the man what else he had to trade for and he offered up a 1958 Chevy Bel Air. The only problem was that we would have to sell the ’58 Bel Air along with my wife’s ’31 Independence. My wife told the sellers about Cruisin’ The Coast so they came here to sell their car and see the show. My wife and I were able to sell the ’58 on the first day and, by the end of the week, we had sold the ’31. Now, our problem was that the Confederate owners were already back on their way to Illinois. So, we took another road trip, all the way to Illinois, to get it.
The car we ended up with was the 1932 Chevy Confederate which is fantastic! It had a 350 engine, 700R4 transmission, power steering, power windows, power brakes, air conditioning and heat, along with front and rear seats. It was everything you could want in a car! I told my wife to stop looking at cars – we had finally found the one.
Overall, my wife and I went through about nine cars in three years to finally find the right one…we hope…
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