From the time Ken could drive, he did! Starting with motorcycles then eventually moving through just about every type of sports car that was on the market.
The motorcycle days were before me, thankfully. I don’t think I would have liked them too much, especially if those guys drove them like they did their cars!! How we all survived back then, I really don’t know.
When he got his drivers license he was going to school of course but also working part time at a local garage……that way, when he did finally get his first car, he’d not only be able to fix a lot of things that went wrong but he’d have a place to do it. One thing his parents instilled in him was that you took responsibility for whatever your bought and they didn’t have the money back then to help the boys out, so it was buyer beware. Know what you’re buying, have the money to buy it (the most important lesson) and then have the money to fix it. All the boys worked, bought their motorcycles and cars and managed to keep them all in running order.
This was a good thing. Over the years I can’t even begin to think how much money we saved on car repairs because between Ken and his brothers, they could fix just about anything. As cars became more and more computerized, those fixes weren’t so quick and simple but luckily by then, we could afford to buy half decent cars that didn’t need all the repairs the old clunkers did.
When we did have better cars, it was hard to understand why he’d want to buy and old clunker again!! He would have preferred a 65 Mustang, but not too many of those on the market at the price he wanted to pay….he wanted a restoration job. The car had to be at least driveable, but he was going to do whatever else it needed. He spent hours and hours on that car. It looked pretty darn good by the time he “finished” it. But truthfully it was never finished….there was always something that needed doing….the trunk was full of tools and spare parts because you just never knew what was going to go next.
He bought a new Mustang in 2006 so the old one didn’t get driven to and from work anymore. We only insured it in the summer when the weather was good. All the body work that he so painstakingly did started to need redoing. The plan was once he retired he’d take it in and get it professional done and repainted again. He loved that car. My kids loved that car……I don’t think they got to drive it too often though.
I still have the car. It’s a classic so I’m sure it’ll always be worth something, whatever condition it’s in. It hasn’t been started for years now, it has a very flat tire and I think some squirrels live under the hood. What a shame. Both of the kids would love to have it, but neither have a place to keep it. I’ll hold on to it for now……maybe one day my son and grandson will make it a project or even my daughter…..she’s the one that is mechanically inclined in our house.
Getting it back in running order will definitely NOT be a project that I’ll take on……