November 26, 2020

The Car History of Alex Beloff III

MY DAD CAME FOR A VISIT TO OUR HOME IN INDIANAPOLIS TO SEE THEIR GRAND BABIES AND US.  DAD SAID, I NEED A GO TO WORK CAR.  I’D LOVE TO HAVE A FOUR DOOR BONNEVILLE.  I SAID, INTERESTING YOU WOULD SAY THAT.  I HAVE JUST TRADED FOR A BEAUTIFUL 1960 BONNEVILLE PARASOL FOUR DOOR HARDTOP WITH AN ABSOLUTE PRISTINE INTERIOR, IMPRESSIVE MAINTENANCE HISTORY FILE, ONE OWNER, GARAGE KEPT CAR WITH BADLY FADED LIGHT METALLIC GOLD PAINT.  THE ORIGINAL CORRECT WHITE WALL SPARE IS IN THE TRUNK AND HAS NEVER BEEN ON THE GROUND.  I SAID, IT’S THE STANDARD 4 BBL 389 303 HORSE SUPER HYDRAMATIC AND NO AIR.  DAD SAID, I DON’T NEED AIR.  IT’S ONLY HOT IN OHIO THREE MONTHS A YEAR.  SANDY (MY NICKNAME GROWING UP) I WANT YOU TO REPAINT THE CAR IN LAURA’S AND MY FAVORITE COLOR – LIGHT YELLOW.  I WANT IT IN ORIGINAL LACQUER AND REMOVE ALL EMBLEMS, LIGHTS, BUMPERS AND DOOR HANDLES BEFORE PAINTING.  I WILL PAY EXTRA AND I AM IN NO HURRY. 

I HAD OUR SENIOR PAINT MAN PAINT THE CAR.  ONE SNOW STORM AFTER THE OTHER LED US TO WET SANDING AND BUFFING IN EARLY SPRING.  IT REALLY WAS BEAUTIFUL.  SINCE LIGHT YELLOW HAS NO METALLIC, I BOUGHT MATCHING BRUSHING ENAMEL AND HAND PAINTED THE ENGINE FIREWALL AND HARD TO REACH AREAS.  DETAILING THIS CAR IN MY VIEW, WAS ONE OF MY FINEST EFFORTS FOR MY DAD.

I EVEN PERSONALLY WITH A SMALL BRUSH TOUCHED UP ALL THE RAISED LETTERS ON THE SPARE TIRE IN SILVER AS CUSTOMIZERS DID BACK THEN.  I FOUND A SET OF GORGEOUS 1959 BONNEVILLE THREE BLADED SPINNER WHEEL COVERS AND INSTALLED  THEM ON THIS 1960 BONNEVILLE.  HE DIDN’T WANT TO SPRING FOR CORRECT WHITE WALLS.  DAD DROVE IT BACK TO ROSSFORD AND DROVE IT TO WORK AT LOF AT THE TANK DEPARTMENT FOR MANY YEARS WHEN IT FINALLY SUCCUMBED TO CALCIUM CHLORIDE (ROAD SALT).

DAD SHOWED THE CAR UPON ARRIVAL TO JOE AT JOE DUGAN MOTORS.  JOE SAID, IF MY CARS LOOKED ANYTHING LIKE THIS BONNEVILLE UNDER THE HOOD ESPECIALLY, I COULD SELL EVERY ONE OF THEM IMMEDIATELY.  THIS IS REALLY AN IMPRESSIVE 1960 BONNEVILLE THAT SANDY PREPARED FOR YOU.

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