Happy endings are good

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  1. Knucklehead

    Knucklehead Member

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    I recently sold the 1977 Camaro that I used as a daily driver from 1986 to about 1996. Just a base model, with a 305/2-bbl and automatic. I prefer stick shift, but bought it when a divorce triggered an immediate need for new wheels. It's hard to describe how good that car was to me. It never failed me in any way, and except for a water pump and an alternator, never needed anything. The trans finally started slipping in high at about 125K, so I got the original one rebuilt by Jasper. It was the date-car for my now-wife and me during our courting period, and we made about a dozen trips to and from DC to Maine in it. With a 2.56 rear axle ratio, it was a great high-speed cruiser.

    I have/had three other Camaros (all with stick shift), and it didn't get driven much any more. As I get older, I'm driving all of them less, and came to the conclusion that I needed to thin the fleet. The 77 was the obvious choice as the first one to go. So I ran an ad in Hemmings and got several inquiries. But then I got a call from a man in northern California who simply said "I'll buy your car." He had owned a 77 at one time, sadly sold it, and now wanted another one -- and he wanted to drive it from DC to California. So I made sure the fluids were all topped off, checked the air pressure, and swapped out the mini-spare tire for a full-size rally wheel and tire.

    He flew in on the redeye a week ago and showed up at our house at about 10:00 AM. Cash and keys were exchanged, the title was signed, hands were shaken -- and off he went. Five days later I got an email from him letting me know he had made it home. It included the following: "The only problem I had was keeping it under 80. Seemed like everytime I looked down there she was. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your memories with your car and I assure you She will be well taken care of as I begin my memories with her."

    Happy endings are great.
     
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    Hope he joins the site.
     
  3. Knucklehead

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    I'll suggest it to him.
     
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    How cool
     
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    Nice story, glad the old Camaro will get new life. A lot of Camaro's have gone to the graveyard way too early.
     
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    Happy ending for sure. I think your car found a good home. Really great that he even contacted you to tell you he was happy.
     
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    Your story made me think of all the cars I've sold over the years. They were part of the family. I hope they're all still running and giving their owners as much fun as they gave me
     
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    some of mine made it into the family....but not all of them
     
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    Cool story
     

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