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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme: A One Hit Wonder



“One Supreme, Please!” That sounds like something one might say at a food truck or certain restaurants. However, that appears to be what a frugal buyer said in late 1973 or into 1974 upon walking into Royal Oldsmobile in Birmingham, Alabama. Let's take a closer look at this smashed Supreme still tucked away in a back lot in Birmingham.

“Supreme” may a bit of a stretch on this 1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. They really didn’t spring for much. Outside of the slightly extra cost Supreme package, this Zodiac Blue example didn’t partake in any tempting luxuries other than air conditioning and top of the line Super Stock wheels. 

Cooler vinyl seat interior color? Nope. Not possible.


I Must Have Music
I grant thee a stereo. Really, that is a stretch. Radio is a better description of the music choice made here. This “FM” thing will never catch on, so a good old fashioned AM radio is what you get. You’re welcome. You should be able to hear it rather well on the bench seat if you are sitting in the middle. Don’t scoff at a bench seat. Drivers of the era made good use of them on date night. If the evening plans were going well, the date would sit right beside the driver in the middle. Not only could the center dash speaker be heard a little better, but the seating location also made a statement about the status of the relationship. Bucket seats were cool looking and cost more, but lost all romance.*

1974 Olds Cutlass Supreme view from driver's seat at gauges and dash.

Options
Power steering is about the only time the Olds assisted the operator. Manual windows, locks, and seats are found here. Junkyard Life thinks that the Landau top was part of the Supreme package. Although we all seem to want cars sans the vinyl top** because they survived at a better rate. So…conundrum? 

V-top roof from wreck or forklift? Share your thoughts in comments.


Running Red Light Guy – 1, Forklift – 1, Cutlass – 0
Our feature car seems to have lost a battle with a forklift. Also at some point there was a dispute over who had the right of way. Neither helped the Cutlass to a better place than it is in now. So now lets’ look at the real salmon and potatoes. That somehow means “let us look at the bright side” — all the engine hardware and linkage you could ever need is present! Except for cruise control. That is for rich folks.

15-inch Super Stock wheels

It does have a complete set of 15-inch Super Stock wheels! If you only knew the perils and pit falls of the journey Junkyard Life endured to get those same-sized wheels that are on our Olds wagon. That would be a much bigger deal to you. Most wheels of Super Stock design are 14-inch. Plus, there will always be a following of these round eyed Colonnades. So is there more? Could have been.



I Could Have Had a V8!
Actually you did have a V-8. The famous Oldsmobile Rocket. In this example, it was a 350 c.i.d. Now for the fun stuff…what you could have had! In 1974 a 455 cubic inch power plant was available. Here are some more optional packages:

  • In the “Salon” model, Mr. Cool gets bucket seats and a floor-shifted console. 
  • In the “S” model, you could get bucket seats that swivel! How cool is that? 
  • In the Hurst Edition, you could get all those goodies as well as swivel seats that had reversible cushions. If you didn’t like the color today….well, you had two choices.  
  • For some reason unknown to us, they didn’t promote the sporty 442 as much as you would have thought they would. However, it was there. 




The End?
Usually, we wrap up a story with hope for the future. In this case, the Automotive Grim Reaper seems to be driving. Outside of the parts we mentioned (mainly on the front of the Cutlass) this one is done. We do hope something good comes from the parts. We can hope.

Ron Kidd
— Junkyard Life


Instead of Cutlass Fun Facts…
wait for it…

1974 Car Buying Fun!

Let's buy a new 1974 model! We here at Junkyard Life come from the era of “hand me down” vehicles. Cars of this vintage were a realistic option for us driving to high school in the 1980s. We also love, nay, adore the Colonnade body style introduced in 1973. Back then, our parents and grandparents drove these cars by force because they were new and not that treasured by “us” car nerds. However, we all have family that swears there was not a “real” car made after 1972. That school of thinking is rooted in post-1972 government standards were more stringent and other factors such as safety and fuel economy were trying to all but kill anything fun from Detroit. So they got slower and heavier. We see it a different way. What would you do if it was 1974 and you were going to buy a mid-sized vehicle? It would be hard to go wrong. Several beautiful choices were available…Notice how we put our choices first. 

1. 1974 Pontiac Grand Am (Jody’s choice-he'd probable hold onto his 1973 GA)
        2. 1974 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ (Ron's choice)
        3. 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a big block and swivel seats (Keith’s choice)

        4. 1974 Pontiac Le Mans
        5. 1974 Chevrolet Malibu or Laguna (a popular race fan favorite)

   6. 1974 Hurst Olds Cutlass

7. 1974 Olds Cutlass 442

8. 1974 Buick Regal in it’s second year of production

9. 1974 Mercury Montego

10. 1974 Dodge Charger is heavenly in red with a black top

11. 1974 Plymouth Cuda

12. 1974 Dodge Challenger 

13. 1974 Ford Torino-always a beauty


See? The choices would be hard for many enthusiast. We know what we would pick, other than all of them, if money and storage were no object. Though seen as dark years for the American automobile, maybe it wasn’t as bad as we thought?


Editor’s Notes:

*Ron is not allowed to give relationship advice after that whole lawsuit thing.

** This may be historically the first time Ron has ever spoken against vinyl. 



A huge impact to the side of the Cutlass was enough to take it off the road, but I'm betting it was still drivable (a short distance), despite the damage.



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Friday, March 11, 2022

1963 Chevrolet C10 SWB Fleetside: Son holds onto a truck full of memories

 James LeCroy stands beside his 1963 C10 truck that once belonged to his dad.

Holding on to dad's truck. James LeCroy has owned this 1963 Chevrolet C10 fleetside of the short-wheelbase variety for the better part of three decades. He made the mistake of letting it go once but has decided to keep it in his possession from now until forever. LeCroy holds firm to his commitment of never selling despite his wife, Joy's, lack of enthusiasm for the old truck.
  "My dream is to fill the bed with dirt and turn it into a flower bed,” said Joy. Her idea is not shared by the many people who drive by their house and stop with offers to buy it.


Tail gate view of rusty 1963 C10 that holds many fond memories.
Chevrolet sold over 425,000 trucks of all styles and weight classes during the 1963 model year.


Backstory
LeCroy's dad, Papa LeCroy, was the second-owner of the C10 when the truck was still wearing factory fresh blue and white paint. Papa LeCroy kept the wheels rolling on the C10 ferrying little old ladies back-and-forth 
from hair appointments and to the Piggly Wiggly grocery story in downtown Oneonta, Alabama. Papa LeCroy's shuttling days and “to-do” list items soon slowed down. That's when the son acquired the C10 from his dad in the late-1960s to use as a daily driver and to handle his own Saturday grunt work. Years went by and the truck was relegated to part-time use and a spot at the side of the driveway.
  Opportunity, or as LeCroy would surmise, the truck slipped away. 
During the 1980s, another family vehicle needed repair. The mechanic, who was working on the other vehicle, suggested a trade. The C10 would be payment instead of a repair bill for automotive work. It seemed like a good way to handle the unexpected expense but LeCroy soon regretted the decision when his dad's old truck disappeared from the driveway. 


Rusty 1963 Chevy C10 front bumper view shows decades of outdoor parking character marks.
The vent windows on the 1963 Chevrolet C10 were the last to feature wider glass at the top.


The return
Regret can leave a lump in your throat. A bruise on your eye. Or just the burden of undoing a wrong. LeCroy spurned regret in 1992. The mechanic who bought the C10 decided it was time to find a new home for the worn truck. His first call was to LeCroy and he jumped at the chance to buy back the second vehicle his dad ever owned. The 
truck, now 30 years old, did not disappoint in making lasting memories on LeCroy's long drive home.


James LeCroy knocks the dirt dauber nest off the engine of his 1963 Chevy C10.
LeCroy under the hood checking out the 230 cubic-inch inline six cylinder engine,


Smoked
Feeling the clutch engage and rowing through the column shift was no trouble. However, the view in the rear view mirror told another story. "It looked like I was spraying for mosquitos,” said LeCroy. “The engine smoked bad.”
  The years are seldom kind to throwaway, part-time vehicles. They get the short end of the stick when it comes to regular maintenance, even when owned by a shade tree mechanic. Based on the evidence, it could be possible that a lack of regular oil changes may have sent the piston rings to an early retirement. LeCroy discovered that power was down on the engine and the truck just didn't have "it" anymore. The truck found "home" again but seldom moved.


Dash and steering wheel look nearly perfect on 1963 C10.
Three-on-the-tree column shift transmission.


Rust-color
Parked for two decades outside has been brutal on the exterior condition of the C10. The body shows pinhole rust spots on top of the cab and everywhere below the belt line. The metal on all the C10's body panels has to be worn thinner, even on this era of tough, thick metal trucks. Two bright spots are the interior and
the 230-cubic inch six cylinder engine under the hood. The engine bay looks better than expected. But we know that smoking problem needs a rebuild. A sheet of steel replaced the wood floor bed years ago and helps hold the truck together. 


What next?
The potential and parts are available to restore the truck but it would be a long, expensive trip back to making this old Chevy a beauty again. To some, including me, the beauty in the truck is just as it sits.
  LeCroy is keeping it. Each time he walks outside, the truck takes him on another trip down memory lane. I believe that is the best trip that money can't buy.


Jody Potter
– Junkyard Life



Dirt daubers made several nests under the hood.
140-horsepower inline six cylinder engine has 230 cubic-inches.



Side view of rusty short-wheelbase 1963 Chevy C10.
Short wheelbase C10s are more popular and bring more money.




White front bumper revealed under the layers of decay.
1963 was a good year for Chevrolet trucks.




Large hood points skyward and shows the large opening these clam shell hoods offered.
Large hood will swallow you up for easy access to any mechanic issues. 




Original dog dish hub caps on passenger side of truck.
Originally painted blue with a white spear and roof.




Side view show last year for the forward slant cab design on the 1963 model C10.
Last year of the C10 with the forward-sloping roofline.




Truck was originally blue with white roof and spear, now rust is only color.
Hubcaps and big mirrors, ready to get the job done. No modern frills here.




Short wheelbase fleetside C10 sits by the road in front of the house.
Call me crazy but I don't think these trucks will never go out of style.





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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The Perils of a Turbo Coupe Fan in Serious Denial

1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe in black paint and original, used, worn condition.

I don’t want this car. Circumstances dictated my presence in a neighboring county, which yielded this 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. The circumstances brought me there again where I had no choice but to stop and find it behind a TV repair place. I mean they left it right there behind the store for me to drive two blocks off the main road to see. It couldn’t be avoided. 


Go jump in the creek, circumstance. If, that is your real name? I don’t want this car. This beautiful black T-Bird does not beckon and I shan’t concede to these desires. Wait, I didn’t mean “desire.” Remember? I don’t want this car.


Who then? It seems that a member of the Junkyard Life staff does indeed have a thing for these boosted SVO Coupes. Is it Jody? Yes, it would make sense. This is a rare, classy vehicle WITH a manual 5-speed shifter between the seats. That would have him written all over it. However, it is not Jody. Then, it must be Keith! Yeah, that guy loves turbos and would probably go for this! Truthfully, no. It isn’t Keith. He would love the turbo but would arrivederci when he counts the cylinders and they don’t add up to eight. Or even six. So who does that leave that wants a 1980’s Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe with power everything, other than the super fun shift-it-yourself option? Oh. I see. You think it is me?


Turbo Coupe emblem detail shot of emblem on door of 1988 Thunderbird.
Turbo Coupe emblem detail shot of emblem on door of 1988 Thunderbird. Run for your life! Just kidding.


Clues A quick Junkyard Life website search would probably sway you into THINKING it is me. Just because I have written three or more articles about these cars doesn’t mean anything. That could have been anybody, with my name, and great haircut. I admit this looks suspicious, but alas, no. I don’t want this car. This beautiful car. You can’t prove it!


Console with manual transmission in 1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe.
Console with manual transmission in 1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe.


Look it over This example rolled off the line finished in Ford’s gleaming, sinister black exterior with a 2.3 turbo and a five-speed (did I mention that?) making a low-rated 190 horsepower and boosted at 15 psi. The car offered an interesting alternative to the Fox body Mustang, who was also enjoying a turbo 2.3 option. All of this turbo fun courtesy of Ford’s SVO program. SVO built mean rides. Need a positive-traction rear end? Yes, you do. You got it. Rear sway bar? Goes without saying. Options? A plenty, to say the least. The dash would light up like Chicago at night and made you wonder—is there anyone cooler than you at that very moment. Can you hear Gary Numan’s earlier hit song “Cars” in your head, or is it just in mine? This Thunderbird moved with authority and confidently made you, MADE YOU, I say, go just a few more RPMs before the shift. Why? Because it could. Imagine what other drivers thought when they looked in the mirror and the indigenous Turbo Coupe hood scoops came into view. The mere sight of that hood threatened to take you to the woodshed for a spanking right there on the street. You just bought cool. 


Sleek body of a 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe sitting at stop sign still looks fast.
Sleek body of a 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe sitting at stop sign still looks fast.


Come to a stop occasionally with your 4-wheel disc brakes. The Mustang guys wanted them, but couldn’t have them. Some say the car would do 145 MPH on the top end. Others claimed it to exceed 150 MPH. Way too fast for a 4 cylinder. But you see…that was the idea. Some claim European inspiration, but it was all-American. Like apple pie and whatever that game is where people run in a triangle and throw things at each other. (Ron, get it together. Baseball diamond.)


It’s a good thing I don’t want this great example of a beautiful black Turbo Coupe. It appears to be in relatively good shape despite a missing driver's window. It seems to have been garage kept most of its life, however, I noticed clues that indicated it had been in that spot for a while. Another interesting note…it had a brand new tire on the rear while the other tires seemed to be melting down. Alabama had a recent cold snap, and that tends to rob pressure from our tires. It is a good thing that I don't want this Turbo Coupe for several reasons. While true that the Junkyard Life garages are full of other fun toys, I am not going to contact the business where it sits and inquire about my chances of obtaining it. I am not going to leave my contact information. I am not going to, because I already did.

Ron Kidd — Junkyard Life



The big Ford headlights were "the" look across the showroom in the late 1980s.
The big Ford headlights were "the" look across the showroom in the late 1980s.



Turbo Coupes looks faster than regular Thunderbirds because the beak was unadorned with chrome or a grill.
Turbo Coupes looks faster than regular Thunderbirds because the beak was unadorned with chrome and it had no grill. Air was pulled from under the bumper into the engine bay.



Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupes featured NACA scoops on the hood.
Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupes featured NACA scoops on the hood.



This one, spotted in a parking lot behind a building is missing the door glass on driver's side.
This one, spotted in a parking lot behind a building is missing the door glass on driver's side.



16-inch alloy wheels on Thunderbird. This one wears one new tire.
16-inch alloy wheels on Thunderbird. This one wears one new tire.



No leaks?
No leaks under here?


The alloy wheels on the 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe looked sporty.
The alloy wheels on the 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe looked sporty. 



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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Two sisters that lived in a 1966 Pontiac Tempest

The Price sisters, two strong-willed women, survived using everything available including their 1966 Pontiac as a makeshift home.

Finding refuge. ​The front and rear bench seats of a 1966 Pontiac Tempest became beds for Louise and Verna Price. These sisters once lived in a small, wood-framed home that was damaged by age and neglect so severe that the roof gave up and the walls folded. Neighbors in Pinson, Alabama worried over the sisters' care as they continued to live without heat or electricity in the decaying home. Reluctant to receive assistance, the reclusive women found another housing option when the house became too dangerous and conditions unbearable. In 1996, Louise and Verna, now in their early 60s, moved their living quarters into the one-car, 10-foot-by-20-foot, wooden garage which sat behind the house. The garage roof and walls protected them from the elements and the green four-door Tempest became their place to rest. 


Walls falling down, roof fell in and the floor collapsed. Trees growing inside the Price sisters home. Things were bad. They looked better from inside their 1966 Pontiac.
For 13 years the sisters lived in a house without electricity and parts of the home collapsing around them.
Photo by The Birmingham News/Mark Almond




Father knows best

The ever reclusive women, now beyond middle-age but holding fast to childlike sensibilities, continued to follow their father's lessons long after his death way back in December of 1963. The sisters refused to leave the property where they were raised unless it was to go to church or to the store. Their father, Addie Price, was stubborn and reluctant to trust outsiders. He was a stern man who was notably quiet but would argue with a fence post to prove he was right. He taught his only children, Louise and Verna, to stay close to the yard and not socialize unless it was at church. Addie did not allow his daughters the opportunity to learn to drive a car. If he couldn't take them, they had to walk or ride the bus. 



After father died

Verna, the younger of the two sisters by a year, took driving lessons after her father passed and became the primary driver of the 1966 Pontiac Tempest when she was 29 years old. The car was purchased at Doug Willey Pontiac in Birmingham, Alabama in late 1965. The Reef Turquoise four-door sedan also had Turquoise Morrokide seats on the interior. This budget-minded Pontiac was bare bones from the factory. No power steering, no power brakes, no air conditioning, and only rubber floor mats. No carpet. A column-shift automatic transmission, 326-cu. inch V8, and an AM radio were the only extra cost items on this Pontiac.


1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
1966 Pontiac Tempest parked in garage since 1986 gets a new home.


Momma kept them going

The sisters’ mother, Lyda, was the complete opposite of Addie. Lyda was sweet to a fault. After Addie died, their mother was the glue that held the small family together for almost 16 years, until she too became ill. Lyda passed away in 1979. The sisters, then in their early 40s, survived on the generosity of a local church and neighbors who left food for them. Their future was uncertain and they fell back to what their daddy taught them. “Trust no one and stay close to the yard.”


Dangling trash?

The sisters tied the empty bread wrappers, pie tins, and just about all the trash discarded from the donated food items in the hedgerow and trees that separated their yard from the neighbors. Passersby thought it was odd but it was the Price sisters’ gesture of saying “thank you” for the food. As a neighborhood kid who grew up in Pinson in the 1980s, I encountered the mysterious trash dangling in the shrubs, never knowing the source. 


Verna and Louise Price lived in their Pontiac Tempest after their house collapsed.

Unusual ways

The inseparable sisters continued to have tea parties with their childhood dolls under the shade just in front of the garage. Several decades of neighborhood children on Walnut Street grew up wary of the unusual sisters. Rumors created by children and adults are often unkind when they don't understand the circumstances. Some speculated that the sisters were suffering from hallucinations or schizophrenia. Whatever the reasons, the Price sisters closed themselves off from everyone. Their peculiar ways were known among the locals in Pinson, such as cutting the grass in their yard with scissors or wearing two heavy coats to the grocery store in the middle of summer. One heavy coat is an alarming sight during an Alabama summer. But two is unheard of!


For nearly two decades after their mother passed away the Price sisters survived without guidance on the upkeep and maintenance of a home. With little money to spend on anything but the primary necessity of food, everything else suffered. The last tag sticker bought for the Tempest was 1986. The women wore long outdated clothes from the late 1950s and 1960s, and walked to the store. By 1997, the meager check from the local church stopped coming. That’s when things changed because the sisters had no other choice. The house fell in. Their world had fallen apart.


Verna and Louise Price in 1998 with their bibles in Pinson, Alabama
Photo by The Birmingham News/Bernard Troncale


Help is on the way

Louise Price walked to the preacher’s house. He was the man in charge of the First Baptist Church of Pinson and would have an answer.


“Why did we stop getting our check?” Louise Price asked.


Brother Gary Fisher was surprised to see one of the Price sisters at his door. The sisters had not set foot in the church in many, many years. Never under his tenure, which was quite a while.


“We will straighten this out, and get you some help,” said Fisher.


It did not take long for Brother Fisher to understand the dire situation of the Price sisters. He was ready to do anything to help and knew he would have the full support from his congregation. The sisters, after a brief stay at Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa and a mental health evaluation, were moved to a rental house near their old home place. In 1999, the church built the Price sisters a new house to live in on the same property with the little white garage and the green Pontiac Tempest.


Louise and Verna Price lived together in their new house for many years. The Pontiac stayed in the garage. 



Parting thoughts

As I think back on the history of the car and the story behind it, I was most interested in preserving the story of how the Price sisters, two strong-willed women, survived using everything available including their 1966 Pontiac as a makeshift home. Their church, neighbors, and larger community stepped up to help them when they needed it most. 


Verna Price passed away in November of 2012 at 75. Ella Louise Price passed away 9 months later, in August of 2013 at 77. The property, including the home and Pontiac, were sold in 2014.



Jody Potter

– Junkyard Life





Interior of 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Inside and outside, the Reef Turquoise color is everywhere.



Engine of 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Bare bones engine bay with a 1966 Pontiac 326-cu inch V8.



Outside when 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.

At some point the trunk lock area was damaged with an axe. The sharp cuts and dents remain as proof that someone (one of the Price sisters?), improvised and unlocked the trunk without a key.



Back seat of 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Back seat of the 1966 Pontiac Tempest.



Dusty 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
The Pontiac spent more years inside this garage than outside. It was parked in 1986.



Call them mud dauber, dirt dauber, or potter wasps – they built homes all over the Tempest.



Dark little 10x20 garage with 1966 Pontiac Tempest.
10x20 foot garage was home to the Price sisters and their Pontiac.



Damaged core support on 1966 Pontiac Tempest.
Rats nests were piled high under this part of the hood.




Dash is like new on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
The Tempest's dash looks perfect.




Old battery leaked on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
You haven't seen a battery like this in a few years. Acid leaked out and damaged the core support.




Door panel on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Door panels, like everything else, are original.




Doug Willey emblem on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
The Pontiac was purchased at Doug Willey in Birmingham, Alabama.




326-V8 engine on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Heater box, hoses, and a V8 engine under the hood. 




Like new floor mats on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Pristine Pontiac floor mats.




Column and gauges on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
The PRNDL on the column.




Grill on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
The 1966 Pontiac Tempest/LeMans/GTO grill design is a beauty.




Barn find? No, a 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Looks like barn find dust on the hood of the 1966 Tempest.




Hubcap on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Hubcaps all the way around.




Blanket covers seat on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Driver's seat and the entire interior was once packed solid with blankets and used as makeshift beds for the Price sisters.




59,759 miles on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Odometer at 59,759 miles.




Hood and grill of 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Turquoise paint is waiting to shine after all the dirt and grime is washed away.




Price's Drug Store tag.
Tag from Price's Drugs, a store on Main Street, remains on the Pontiac.




Back seat in 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Back seat in the Tempest.




Out in sunshine, the 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
The old tires held air long enough to trailer the Tempest to its new home.




Body is straight and rust-free on 1966 Pontiac Tempest pulled from garage after 28 years.
Body looks straight, solid, and original.




1966 spare tire looks new.
Original spare.




Design details make a difference. Tail lights trimmed to match the Tempest emblem.
Tempest emblem and tail light trim detail.




Small one-car garage barely held the 4-door Tempest.
Simple lines of 1966 design and a snug fit in the little garage.




In 2014, the Tempest was moved to its new home 2 minutes away.
The Price sister's Tempest found a new home two minutes away.



Do you have a car story? Send us details!  Send emails to Jody Potter at junkyardbull@gmail.com & Ron Kidd at Kidd403@bellsouth.net