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My Life with Old Cars, by Brian McKay, Canberra, Australia

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Uploaded on Jan 29, 2012

MY LIFE WITH OLD CARS - transcript

Vintage and Historic cars have long interested me, even back when I was a young lad growing up on the Canadian prairies. In those days, my particular attraction was to Model A Fords, largely stimulated by a roadster of that make owned by an older cousin in our community.

But it wasn't until 1949, when I was a university student, that I owned my first vintage car in this case a 1923 Model T Ford. This was a rare, rather strange, centre door model, and very awkward to enter either the front or the back seats. I paid $75 for it, but shortly found that my university funds couldn't really stretch to such an investment, and had to sell it six months later (at a small profit) to a fellow enthusiast.

So the years slipped by, with many cars, both new and older models passing through my hands. However, it wasn't until I moved to Australia in the 1960's that I tracked down something vintage, namely a 1930 Model A roadster similar to the one owned by my cousin all those years ago. However, this was no original beauty, but a basket case requiring a lot of searching for missing parts, and plenty of body panel work (in Australia called panel beating).

During the course of this reconstruction, I ran across and bought a nice 1929 Chevrolet Phaeton, which had been stored away for many years in an old farm garage near where I lived in Canberra. This was an original, one owner vehicle, with only 75,000 miles on the clock. As it was driveable, and in so much better shape than the Model A, I ceased work on the Ford, and conducted a minor refurbishing job on the Chev, which then served me adequately in many subsequent vintage car events.

Nevertheless, I continued to tinker with the Ford, although it still wasn't until 2004 that I finally completed restoration and registered it in our local car club (where it won an award the following year).

Now with two vintage cars, I hankered for something a bit more modern, but retaining the characteristics of the 1940' s. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to find such a vehicle a 1948 Plymouth coupe. This was a. fine original model with low mileage (44,000) and with many of the factory extras of the day. The only drawback was its location 10,000 miles away in the US state of Ohio, which involved considerable expense for inspection and shipping back to Australia.

So that's the story of my stable of older cars. A few of the others I have owned are also included in the photos, the most valuable of which was a rare 1932 Chrysier Imperial. It is now part of the collection of another of our club members, who is slowly restoring it to its past glory.

Brian McKay

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Auto Oldtimer "voitures anciennes" "coches de época" 老爷车 "auto d'epoca" ビンテージカー 빈티지 자동차 "carros antigos" "автомобили старых марок" veteranbilar oldtimers "cổ điển xe ô tô" "eski araba" "הבציר מכוניות" "خمر السيارات" "veterán autók" "mobil antik" "اتومبیل های پرنعمت" "starych samochodów" รถโบราณ veterány "αυτοκίνητα αντίκες" "पुरानी कारों" "berba automobila" "берба возила" "автомобілі старих марок" "луксозни коли" "cotxes d'època" veteranbiler vanasõidukite "vuosikerta autot" "antīkajiem automobiļiem" "senovinių automobilių" "гроздобер автомобили" "kereta vintaj" "maşini de epocă" veteránov "letnika avtomobilov" "پرانی کاریں" "makina cilësisë së mirë" "Época autoak" "аўтамабілі старых марак" "რთველის მანქანები" "વિન્ટેજ કાર" 老爺車 "Էջանշան դնել Դարձնել Ավտոմեքենաներ" "carranna seanré" "hen geir" "antigo kotse" Fornbíla "fornbíla sýningar" "klasičen avto" "classic car" "विंटेज कार"

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