Collector Car Appreciation Day!
July 14 is Collector Car Appreciation Day in Minnesota! This day recognizes the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. Our Accountant, Mike Fox, who is an avid classic car collector, tells us more about his hobby! To learn more about this day, check out the National Day Calendar!
1948 Dodge Pickup
My first old car is my 1948 Dodge 1-ton pickup truck. I have had it for 17 years now. I pulled the motor and had it rebuilt. I have refinished the bed boards and added dual rear wheels and fabricated fender extensions for the rear wheels. This is a fun truck and runs and drives well and gets lots of looks wherever I take it.
1964 Chevy El Camino
Next is a father-son project with my youngest son Bill. It is a 1964 Chevy ElCamino. We have had the motor out twice for rebuild, we completed a suspension upgrade to the front and back and converted the front drum brakes to disks. This is a pretty fast car and very fun to drive. We have had it down the drag strip at BIR. We have had this car for about 10 years.
1959 Chevy Biscayne
Next is a somewhat dream car that I looked for, for about 10 years off and on. It’s a 1959 Chevy Biscayne. (a one year only body style) I have redone the headliner, switched the drum brakes for disks in the front, and added a front sway bar. This is a fun car to drive and gets lots of thumbs up. This is another car that has been down the drag strip at BIR and is a bit slower than the ElCamino. One highlight day at the track, Bill and I raced heads up about 8-9 times with these two cars. (he won each race, but they were very close)
1964 Dodge Polara 500
Last is my newest car, a 1964 Dodge Polara 500. This is a bit of a project car currently. The motor is out for rebuild and I should have that back soon and quickly back in the car. It will be a strip/street build as the motor should top over 600 hp. I have replaced the entire interior. This will be a big accomplishment when this car is done and should double in value from what I bought it for.
Minnesota has a pretty big car culture and there are lots of car shows throughout the summer. The biggest is Back to the ’50s at the Mn State fairgrounds in June. There is a weekly car show in North St Paul that I go to a lot. I have a brother in law that has a couple of old cars and several buddies that live nearby that I get together with often to help work on each other’s cars or just go for a ride.