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My 5,025 pound Family Heirloom

This past May marks the “Golden Anniversary” plus eight (8) years of my association with this vehicle; my late father (Ernst Bernard Wolken) acquired it from my great uncle’s estate on May 1, 1962 for the sum of $1,600. As the Secretary-Treasurer of the Bluff City Brewery, Inc. of Alton Illinois (1882 to 1952), my…

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1969 Road Runner Reunion

I had a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, and one of my objectives in classic car ownership is to find the ownership history trail of the cars I own. This Road Runner was no different. On my own I figured out the past few owners but nothing beyond that to get back to the original owner…

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1956 Chevy Returns Home

In 1981 I purchased a 1956 Chevy Bel Air 2-door Sedan. The main reason I bought this car was because the green 56 I had was undergoing a frame-off restoration and I was missing out on Club events. This Chevy was in running condition with only having to do some small wiring repairs. The car…

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Grain Hauler Hits the Road Again

I have a 1935 Chevrolet Master 1-ton truck that my grandfather bought new in 1935. It hauled grain 5-miles back-and-forth to the local elevator until 1967 when my father replaced it with a newer truck. It’s been sitting in the shed on the farm since 1967. I am now in possession of the truck. I…

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Completing the Dream

About 47-years ago my teenage son bought a 1948 Dodge coupe. He never did anything with it. He dragged this old bird all over the place but seldom was serious progress ever made. Unfortunately he came down with throat cancer and passed away 3 years ago. I felt compelled to complete this dream that he…

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“Studepox” there is No Cure

I grew up on a farm in Montana. I do not know why but my father was a Studebaker man, tried and true. We had big trucks and pickups as well as the family car were all Studebakers. If dad wore one out he would strip what he thought he could salvage and haul it…

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Return of the Muscle Car

I am a 70-year old who grew up with muscle cars. In 1969 I had a 1967 GTO. In 1970 I had a 69 Indy Pacesetter SS Camaro & a 1967 Nova which we raced in the C modified class. Then in 1971 I bought a 70-1/2 Z28 Camaro. Then along came children & luxuries…

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Shell Shocked 1956 Chevy

I traded a 1964 Malibu in 1988 for a 1956 Chevy Bel Air. I worked on it for two years and just when it was done, I got called up with the Army Reserves to go to the Gulf War in December of 1990. When I got back from the war I drove the car…

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Dream Car Barn Find

I was looking around in internet a few years back , and I noticed an advertisement for a 1968 American Motors Corporation AMX. It was a barn find and appeared relatively untouched for years. The owner was an engineer for AMC and the car had been featured at the 1968 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick…

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A Great Trade

I am 66-years-old, I traded my nephew for the 1966 Chevrolet Caprice, he didn’t know how to work on it so he got my 1986 4-wheel drive Chevrolet Blazer and I got the 1966, It was in fair shape, and this was 2006. Since then I have done all the body myself, I took off…

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