A Short Story Written by Myself.
December 21, 2006 11:41pm CST
Hey folks! I wrote this about a month ago for my English class at RCC. I thought maybe it would interest some of you. Anyway, enjoy. Three weeks ago I sold my first car, a 1969 Chevelle two door hardtop coupe. My brother in law and I built that car over a 3 year span of time, in High school. I bought the car for $2,000, off someone that listed it on E-bay. It had no motor, transmission, or interior. The day after we brought it home, we immediately started working on it. I saved up money, and slowly bought parts for it. My brother and I built a small block Chevrolet 350 motor for it. Small block refers to this block’s smaller bore and stroke, as well as overall engine size. The engine I bought was in “short-block” form; meaning it had a crankshaft, rods, and pistons. I bought Edelbrock Performer RPM cylinder heads, and had a camshaft custom ground for the motor. I put an Edelbrock Performer RPM intake manifold and Holley 850 double pumper carburetor on it. As it would later turn out, this combination would be good for 425 horsepower. A custom built Chevrolet TH350 transmission was used, and we rebuilt the rear end with 4.11 gears, upgraded axles and a posi. The posi locks up both axles under hard acceleration. I worked on the interior every so often, trying my best with what little experience I had. All in all it came out pretty nice looking. I put in new door panels, carpet, headliner, dash pad, and painted the dash black to match everything. I loved that car, especially racing it at California Speedway and the Perris Strip. Earlier this year, I started getting second thoughts about driving this car to school every day. Since I had no other car, I was forced to drive the car to school every day, which was not comfortable for me because it did not have A/C, and it’s low rear end gears and massive carburetor made for horrible gas mileage. As if that wasn’t enough, the transmission started to leak. I replaced the common culprit pan gasket, and shifter linkage seal, but with no success. As I was replacing the pan gasket, I discovered metal shards in the pan, signaling parts wear and/or destruction. The next morning, after sealing up the transmission and doing my best to halt the leak, I decided to sell the car. Not more than 2 weeks later, I was contacted by a man from La Habra who was interested in the car. He came out to look at it the day after he called me, and after going on a test drive with me decided to buy the car. I was so relieved, yet marginally nervous, because of the transmission leak. But I later reassured myself when writing the bill of sale, I wrote the words “As-Is,” which I would later watch him sign with no objections. After a trip to the bank, the title was signed, and notarized. He gave me the check and off we were. That weekend, we went to one of my friend’s aunt’s house to go look at a 1994 Mustang she was trying to sell. She was asking $5,500, but because I’m a good friend of her nephew’s she let it go to me for $3000. I am very happy with the car, especially because I now have a nice daily driver Mustang, with enough power to keep me satisfied for now, and working A/C! My old car sold for $10,000. With some in savings, and some being saved for gas, I now have enough money to build another car, which will be much faster than my old one.