December 5, 2020

The Car History of Alex Beloff III

MY FIRST SERVICE LOAN CAR, THE 1959 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF PARASOL TOP WAS DEVELOPING HYDRAULIC LIFTER NOISE THAT WOULD SIGNAL A MINOR OVERHAUL INCLUDING GRINDING THE VALUES ETC. ON AN ALREADY TIRED DRIVE TRAIN.

THIS SHOULD BE A LESSON FOR THOSE OF YOU OUT THERE WHO THINK THAT CHANGING OIL EVERY 3,000 MILES ISN’T NECESSARY.  BEFORE I ACQUIRED THE CAR AND PUT IT INTO SERVICE, THE MAINTENANCE RECORDS REVEALED MARGINAL OIL FILTER REPLACEMENT.  THIS RESULTS INCOLLAPSED LIFTERS OF WHICH THE 1959 PONTIAC WAS FAMOUS FOR AFTER EXCESSIVE USE.

ELDON CRUMP, OUR USED CAR MANAGER AT OAKLANDON SALES HAD ALERTED ME OF THE 1963 IMPALA FOUR DOOR HARDTOP THAT WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT REPLACEMENT LOANER CAR. 

EVEN THOUGH HE KNEW THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT RETAIL PIECE, HE FELT THAT MY FIRST TIME EVER SALESMAN LOAN CAR PROGRAM WAS OF REAL VALUE EVEN TO MY USED CAR CUSTOMERS ALSO.  HE WAS  AWARE OF THE EVENTUAL DEMISE OF MY PRIZED STAR CHIEF.  I PURCHASED THE IMPALA 327 V-8 POWER GLIDE NON-AIR CAR REFLECTING EXCELLENT HOUSEKEEPING TRAITS AND SERVICING BY ITS PREVIOUS OWNER.  NOTE THE HIGHLY UNUSUAL OPTION OF THE FRONT CROSS OVER BUMPER GUARDS AS PICTURED.  ALSO MY 1967 IMPALA COUPE IS AT THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE IN MY DRIVEWAY ON 13TH STREET IN INDIANAPOLIS.  I HAD THE DOORS LETTERED APPROPRIATELY AND COMPLETELY DISMANTLED THE SIMULATED WIRE WHEEL COVERS FOR EXTENSIVE CLEANING AND REINSTALLED ON THE CAR.  IT WAS SHARP AND GOOD LOOKING AND ALL MY CUSTOMERS LOVED IT.  SINCE WE WERE A HIGH VOLUME DEALER FIRST AND THEN PONTIAC WAS SECOND, THE TIMING WAS GOOD FOR THE IMPALA TO TAKE CENTER STAGE AS A SERVICE LOANER.

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