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post #1 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 1:13 AM Thread Starter
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The Next Generation

My son is 1 month short of his 14th birthday and bought himself his first car this weekend, through a deal with a fellow site member.

Tuesday morning something told me to go look at the classifieds, although I rarely do. So I go in and what do i find on top, but a 65 Camino. I think about it for the day, talk to a couple of car buddies, consult with the wifey then make an offer. Only to find it's already got a deal pending. Ok, I tell my son, we have an offer on it, but only if the prior deal falls through. I get a PM in the morning indicating it's mine, and 5 minutes later he's staring at me and asking...Hey, dad, did you hear anything?

I play it cool and say I don't know..just pay attention to school and get your work done for the day.

I told him when I got home that evening and he did a major happy dance. Only problem was car needed to be gone asap and he was already going on a planned trip this weekend, my inlaws would be in next weekend so it was now or miss the deal. I told him to go skiing and the car would be there when he got home.

So I took off at 7 am on a frosty Saturday morning for what Mapquest promised would be a 4 hour trip



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post #2 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 1:16 AM Thread Starter
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With a borrowed trailer and hope I drove about 250 miles to hook up with our seller, who may choose to identify himself if he wishes






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post #3 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 1:22 AM Thread Starter
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I finally arrived about noon. The car was covered in tarps which I removed and started peeking around. He arrived a few minutes later and turned out to be a great guy.



The trick was that I was buying a 327 and 4 speed also, with no real good way to strap them down, so we dropped the motor in on the frame stands after installing the oil pan and front cover.

But in order to do that we had to assemble the engine hoist he had bought that morning. Hard work takes food so we ran to get lunch in his Chevelle.

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Finally after several hours of work everything is set and I'm all loaded and ready to head home.



My son got home late last night, today was the first time he got to see his car.

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post #5 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 1:32 AM Thread Starter
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Now if you noticed in prevoius pics how low the rear was draggin, it did cause quite a bit more work than necessary while loading, so before I unloaded it today I installed a st of springs that came with it and some good roller tires. The passenger side rear that came on the car only held air for about 3 minutes.




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post #6 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 1:38 AM Thread Starter
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So as for now, that's where we're at. I intend to keep this updated as we go along. I expect that he'll have this thing road ready far before he's 16.

The next step is going to be to get some color on it that's not primer and get the shiny stuff back on. I told him today that I'd decoded the cowl tag and it was originally turquoise, but it was his car and at this point he could paint it any color he likes. We need to make it look presentable to the neighbors before I get compaints.

As of yet he does not own a motor for it, but I know where there's a 283 that should keep him out of trouble for a while for $100 he'll be buying.

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post #7 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 11:08 AM
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Re: The Next Generation

Nice story, i notice you said HE will be buying vs. Your buying for him. I like that its a great way of teaching him to respect his first car

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post #8 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 2:35 PM
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Great story, tell your son congrats on this first car. One I am sure he will never forget!
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post #9 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 4:36 PM
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So when is he going to sign up for Team Chevelle ,congrats to him as well .
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post #10 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 8:52 PM Thread Starter
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The car is his, bought and paid for by him. He's been mowing my yard, scrubbing toilets, loading dump runs and saving birthday money for years. He covered my fuel to go get it too. I will help him, guide him and teach him but I won't do it for him. He works hard and will have something to be proud of.

As far as a team membership goes.....probably on time. There's too much trouble he can find if I let him loose on the Internet.

Thanks for the congrats. He's thrilled

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post #11 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 13, 11:24 PM
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Neat story Devin,
My dad left when I was 9. My MOM did what she could for me....I was a hand full & a half! Trust me I kept her busy. There were alot of "phone calls". But for the grace.......it worked out for me. The best thing my MOM did for me was she never moved those walls. Without getting on a soapbox here..We see it time & time again...Parents keep moving that wall so the child's feelings don't get hurt. Its a shame!!!!! The child suffers.
I never had children.....Seeing a story like this makes me wish sometimes I did...

For me it all worked out well.......But I bet MOM every once in a while looks down & shakes her head.....We'll keep working on that!

PS. Another car guy...... COOOOOOOOOOOOOL

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Awesome. I got mine when I was 14. 24yrs ago.
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post #13 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 13, 7:57 AM
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Re: The Next Generation

Did the seller just recently buy that Blue '65 back after many years? May be thinking of someone else....

Great story to have your son interested. I wanted an Elcamino when I was young but could not afford one as I was responsible for all my actions at that same age. Grew up pretty tight on the dollar but learned to appreciate everything you have nice or not!

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post #14 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 13, 8:29 PM Thread Starter
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My son started the day by proudly wearing his new shirt



We have company in town for the weekend so didn't get a whole lot done, but before anybody arrived this morning he was out polishing his front bumper in 45* weather.

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post #15 of 601 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 13, 8:31 PM Thread Starter
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The bumper cleaned up pretty good and he moved on to removing the hood letters in preparation for paint in a few weeks.




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