December 3, 2020

The Car History of Alex Beloff III

I WAS GAINING A REPUTATION FOR TRADING FOR ANYTHING ON WHEELS EVEN NON-FUNCTIONING NON-RUNNING VEHICLES.  I MADE A TRADE WITH A GUY FROM THE BASE WHO SAID, I WANT TO TRADE YOU MY OLD 1955 PLYMOUTH SAVOY GO TO WORK CAR.  IT LOOKS AWFUL AND IT LOOKED AWFUL WHEN IT WAS NEW.  I WILL MAKE A DEAL WITH YOU.  BRING A LEASH AND DRAG THIS DOG HOME.  HERE IS A LESSON FOR EVERYONE.  NEVER EVER RUN DOWN A MAN’S CAR.  YOU MIGHT AS WELL SAY SOMETHING ABOUT HIS MAMA.

WHEN I SAW THE PLYMOUTH AS YOU SEE IT HERE, I COULD TELL HE WAS EMBARRASSED BY ITS APPEARANCE AND LACK OF CLEANLINESS.  I SAID, SAY I’LL BET THAT CAR HAS BEEN GOOD TO YOU. HE SAID, IT REALLY HAS.  I KNOW IT DON’T LOOK LIKE MUCH AND MY KIDS LEARNED TO DRIVE IN IT.  BUT HERE COMES THE CLOSE.  I SAID, IT HAS SUCCUMBED TO AGE.  IT’S TOO NICE OF A CAR NOT TO PERFORM SOME NEEDED MAINTENANCE AND BEAUTY TREATMENTS.

I GAVE HIM A FIGURE AND HE SAID, THAT’S MUCH LOWER THAN I HAD HOPED FOR.  I DON’T THINK I CAN TAKE THAT.  HIS WIFE SAID, YES YOU CAN.  I AM SICK OF THAT THING, EVERY TIME I TURN AROUND AND NEED SOMETHING AROUND HERE, IT’S ERODED BY A REPAIR BILL FOR THAT UGLY CAR.  WE TRADED.  I DETAILED IT, SERVICED IT, SAFETY INSPECTED IT FOR BASE REQUIREMENTS AND IT WAS STANDING TALL.

NOTE THE DUAL EXHAUSTS.  IT WAS A 361 V-8 WITH THE AUTOMATIC SHIFT LEVER ON THE DASH AS PICTURED.  ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS IN THE BASE TRAILER PARK HAD BEEN WATCHING IT FOR SOME TIME AND WAITED UNTIL I WAS COMPLETELY DONE RECONDITIONING IT AND CAME OVER WITH HIS CHECKBOOK.  HE SAID, HOW MUCH.  THE CAR WAS SOLD.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT I NEVER STIFFED ANYONE ON A CAR.  HE CAME BACK SEVERAL MONTHS LATER AND SAID HE LOVED THE CAR, BUT HE HAD TO PUT A NEW GENERATOR AND STARTER ON THE CAR BUT OTHERWISE IT WAS FINE.  I SAID, WHAT DID THAT COST YOU.  HE TOLD ME, AND I WROTE HIM A CHECK FOR ALL HIS REPAIRS INCLUDING LABOR.  HE SAID, I DON’T BELIEVE THIS.  I SAID, I DO IT BECAUSE I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW I WILL DO WHAT I CAN TO MAKE IT RIGHT.  MANY PEOPLE, AIRMEN AND CIVILIANS, CAME TO ME FOR ADVICE FOR A FUTURE CAR OR MORE IMPORTANTLY ADVICE ON THEIR PRESENT VEHICLES.

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