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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.:hurray:

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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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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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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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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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 :thumbsup:
 

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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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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:yes: :thumbsup::thumbsup:

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Awesome. I got mine when I was 14. 24yrs ago.
 
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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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My son started the day by proudly wearing his new shirt:thumbsup:



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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Great story cool first car good luck with it glad to see young guys interested in old american iron
 

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Miss mine,,,Good luck with it.
 

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Made a little more progress today. Got everything cleaned out of the interior and vacuumed out.



The next step was cleaning up the seat, which is in really nice shape.



The interior had been all full of the trm that came with the car. We set it all in the bed for now, seeing as how it all needs cleaned up anywa. I threw it in the interior for the trip home to make sure it didn't fly out on the highway.



Then here's the floors all cleaned up. Nice thing is, no signs of rust through.





He's really itching to put the seat back in, but we water tested it and found that the back window is leaking (no big surprise) so all his interior pieces are in my garage until we can get that taken care of.
 

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Still trying to identify some things about this car since most of my experience is 64 specific and his is a 65. Can anybody identify the hole pattern for the engine emblem? I figure this car was a V8 car to start with by all indications, but don't know which emblems will fit this hole pattern:



Its 2 smaller holes closer together on top and 2 larger holes a little farther apart on the bottom.

Devin
 
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