Wednesday, May 09, 2007

1969 Chevrolet Caprice - His Last Automobile

As I've said before in other posts, my Daddy always dated everything in his life by what car he was driving at the time. The last car he had was his 1969 Caprice, which he always said he bought when our younger DD was born. LOL

He babied and pampered that car, wiping down the engine, checking the oil and water, and generally making sure it was in tip top shape before he drove it anywhere. It was always kept in a garage, and the only place there's any flaw at all on the finish is back where he put his hand on the trunk when he filled the gas tank. For some reason that part of the finish faded, so Daddy tried to even the paint out, but not successfully. He had put duct tape on the driver's door handle a long time ago, too, because of a tear. But other than that, the whole car looks like it hasn't been broken in yet, even though it has about 133,000 miles on it.

The old girl has been sitting patiently in the garage for a long time now. Daddy used to start it up every few days, even after I quit driving it, but then one of the brake cylinders leaked. After that, it's just been sitting.

We have several people who have expressed an interest in buying it from me, so I've called the local mechanic to go get it and get it back in good running condition. It's kind of sad to be thinking about getting rid of it, knowing how Daddy felt about his cars, but I don't have a desire to keep it, either.

The car is so old that Daddy didn't have a Title for it, so I called the county license office to see what I needed to do. The clerk said all I needed to do was make out a Bill of Sale for it. So that means I don't have to deal with the State DMV to get a Title for it, and I'm glad of that.

It should be interesting to see if any of those people who have ooohed and ahhhed over the car over the years, who said they would want to buy it, really will be interested. Of course, it will sell for a good bit, since it's so old and in such good shape. In fact, it will likely sell for considerably more than Daddy paid for it!


jan said...

I'm sure you'll be very particular about who buys the car too. My dad always said he would be buried in his last car. We did think about it, but it would have attracted too much attention.

Dirty Butter said...

You're right,Jan. Selling that car is not going to be easy. He counted everything with cars, so this is like actually burying him, to sell his last one.

Kilroy_60 said...

Do you still have the license plate?

You are "N", nostalgic? Would you share Your ABC's?

Dirty Butter said...

I hope you have great success with this new blog. It should be an interesting one, as a lot of bloggers seem to really enjoy doing the meme posts.

PS. The banner and post are working perfectly!!