Worked after school and weekends in 7th and 8th grade and when I got to 9th grade I bought my first 56 for $750 in 1979. White 2dr sedan with big 6 and power glide. At only 14 it gave me time to learn how to work on it for a year til I got my driving permit.
My first car was a 58 Biscane 6cyl and I gave $150 for it. I tore it up as kids do so my dad found me a 57 four door that was a good car for $300. That was in 1969 My current tri five is a 56 2dht that I gave $2000 for in 1987.
Did much of the work outside on a concrete pad beside the repair shop where I worked. Pulled the engine and trans with a big Cat front end loader. Sold it after two years - was still in college, and had just bought my first Nomad. Heard later it had been totalled ...
Bought my first tri-five and first car from my brother in 1972 for $200. That was a lot of money for a 16 to17-year-old kid back then. I had to pay him $20.00 either weekly or monthly (I can't remember) until it was paid off.
It was actually in really good condition except for rust in the rockers and above both headlights.
I paid $200 for a 57 station wagon which I bought for my brother in 1968 who had just gotten married and was hard up. Two years later he dumped it off on a friend for 50 bucks and he bought himself a '68 or '69 396 Chevelle. His friend drove the wagon for 300 miles and abandoned it on the side of the road when it broke down.
My parents paid $150.00 for my 56 in the fall of 1972 and my dad drove it home 235 3 speed. I was more proud of it than I would have been a brand new car. This is the same car my wife and I are rebuilding now.
My first was $200. off my brother who was doing a lot of barn finds on 30's and 40's cars flipping them in the 70's. Within weeks I traded it in to my brother and bought a supposedly really hot running race car Bel Air for $350. Wish I had kept the first one, I didn't know enough how much to inspect them for rust. Didn't care I guess, the thought of the hot engine and 4 speed had me hooked. And the engine... I suppose they canned the racing idea when it was nearly impossible to start. Turned out to have bent valves from hitting the pistons. A friend did a "slap happy" rebuild, had the domed pistons cut, and it ran pretty good. I remember one cylinder with a big ass scratch in it, I mean deep. He said don't worry about it.
Not enough. With what I spent on the 55, i could have bought a 55 that was completely restored with a ls engine. So word to the young, if your looking for a trifive, first price the cost of parts to restore a car. I didn't and every day that bag of rusty bolts sits on blocks, its costing me money.
39.56.....that was the amount of a past due phone bill of the hard up owner. I was 16. I went to my local bank and took the money out of my savings account and went to the local phone company with his bill
and paid it in full. For that price I got one title and 2......yes #2 1955 Chevy 2 dr hardtops. One was for parts and the one with the title was the builder. Had an older buddy that worked at the local gas station take his wrecker over and brought the one I was going to RESTORE home. Put it in the back yard off the alley where I worked on my 62 Chevy 4dr hardtop daily driver (via permit). When my father came home from work that night he saw this "junker" in his back yard and boy was he mad........but Dad it is a CLASSIC! OK keep it, but NOT IN MY SITE......OR YARD!
That was 52 years ago and I have never been without at least one 55 ever since! Wish I could have kept it......but it was sold 30 years ago now.
Bought my first Tri-Five in October of 1956 - a 1957 Bel Air 2 door post 283 V8 w/PG for $2800.00 including the financing and pay off on the 54 Bel Air 4 door I traded in. I was making about $55 take home each week at that time.
Payed $5995.00 in September 2010 for the one I'm working on now.
June 1,1965 for $495 at a Chevy dealer's used car lot. Actually my brother had to sign for it as I was "under age" then he sold it to me for $1.00. If memory serves me, I haven't paid him the $1.00. Gosh, what would that be day? That's the 55 in my avatar.
1967 I bought my parent's '57 Belair 2dr. sdn. with 283 and PG for $500. It had 67,000 miles on it then.
Next was my '55 150 I gave $125 for, and drove it home. 6 cyl. 3 speed.
Had probably 7-8 I gave less than $100 for back in the 70's, and most got parted out if they were 4 doors, or had damage.
I gave $1200 for my 55 Belair 2 dr sedan in 1957. It had less than 20,000 miles on it. I drove it until 1965 when it had over 200,000 miles after 1 in car overhaul (rings, valves, and rod bearings). Sold it for $300.
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