So after the Red Oak Iowa collection car auction that we didn’t buy anything at I told Jeff to continue looking for a Chevelle. I called a place in St. Louis that had one, a few weeks ago, I told Jeff, he called on air fare (less than 200 one way) and we figured we would head to St. Louis. Got a text from the guy that he sold it shortly after we spoke…
So I kept egging Jeff on. I said you are the one that has always done without, or settled. He settles for less constantly. I told him that I want him to have a Chevelle to enjoy. So the hunt continued. He wanted a fun car, not a show car. He had a certain price that he refused to pay over. He found the 72 Chevelle SS tribute car in the middle of freaking no where…negotiations began. He thought he was dealing with the “dad”…however the “kid” started sending weird emails…Jeff said I am out. I do not want this, something is wrong with this deal.
So we were supposed to go to the ends of the earth last weekend but Jeff called the deal off. During the week, the “dad” got a hold of Jeff, told him that it was the “kid” replying to the emails and made amends with Jeff. Jeff worked him even harder and got the price down even more…Jeff is good at that stuff! So we left for the middle of no where Friday at one. The town that this was located in, reminded me a lot of southern Illinois. No fences and farmland for miles and miles. We had to go darn near to Canada to get this car. We got to see North Dakota in the rush of Sugar Beet harvest. It was quite the sight to see. Fun fact…North Dakota farmers created the sugar plants for Crystal Sugar for an outlet for their sugar beets. We got to see Two of the plants. Pretty impressive to see the semi trucks of beets headed to the plants. The machines used to harvest them were very impressive as well! There was wet ground from here to timbuktu..they were using huge 4 wheel drive trak tractors to drag the semis in and out of the fields. They had caution signs up on the high ways regarding mud covered roads, they had graders out grading the mud off the roadways. I was amazed at the unity of the communities supporting their lifeline and harvest. It was heartening!
We were supposed to look at the car Saturday morning, but we got there around 6 ish and the guy said come on over. We got our hotel room and headed to his house. The car was very pretty, it had all the expensive stuff done, Interior was nice, the body was pretty good with all rust areas (tank, floor pans etc) having been replaced. It has a few dings and questionable body lines, but it was just what Jeff was looking for. It was very low budget, very high shine, with a solid motor, trans, and aftermarket disc brakes. It ran smooth and shifted amazing. So the deal was done, Jeff drove it to the hotel and I followed in the Suburban with the trailer.
We had a lot of strangers stop and talk to us. They all liked the car too. Jeff was grinning like a kid at Christmas. We have had a couple of collector type cars through the years, but we always ended up selling them when money got tight- Jeff always sold those first….so that is why I finally put my foot down and said you are buying one, you will buy one soon, or I will go find one and buy it for you…(I think that made him nervous) because I am shoot for the moon gal.
We put a car cover on at the hotel so that people wouldn’t see it and come close to it…but when we took the cover off yesterday morning, we had a guy stop in the middle of the service road and watch us take the cover off and asked if we could just hook that trailer to his truck. Oddly, this is a small town….and no one had seen this car before??? Shit, if you asked anyone in our town who owned a Chevelle, they would seriously name them off by name…
So she is now home, safe in the shed and the prior owner is off to Colorado. Here is a pic of it:
We weren’t sure about the orange…but it has grown on us. It makes it even more unique than it is already. Jeff is happy with it and that is the important thing. I took it to the grocery store and got groceries with it yesterday…The bag boy didn’t know what to think as he was loading groceries into the trunk. That made it a win for me. My friend Val stopped out with her niece – I had bought cookie dough from her niece so we went for a ride in it. Val explained the various things to her niece, where to put the lights on bright, how there is no air, the levers by the floor to pull to put the air out the two vents in the dash, the radio, no cup holders etc. Then we both recalled how the glove box used to have two places to put your drinks on…this one didn’t have that. I explained to both Val and her niece how the cowl induction hood worked and put the throttle down to show them how it opens. That was fun 😉
So that was our weekend adventure. We bought a car for cheap that looks real nice and the world is good… It brings us joy. Life is short…buy the flowers, use the good china…eat the chocolate… we are, after all, responsible for our own happiness. And seeing Jeff’s face is priceless and made my heart full of joy.