Thought I'd share my little project with everybody. It's a 68 Tempest Custom. I was just finishing high school when I bought it for $400 in 1981, it was dark green, stock and pretty plain looking. Yeah, I'm lucky enough to still own my very first car.
I drove it every summer and worked on it every winter for about 12 years. Just about the time I got it looking right and running really good my 3rd child was born. I no longer had the time, or the money for it so I parked it in the garage .....for the last 20 years
If you've never done it you have no idea how many indignities a car will suffer over the span of 2 decades when you park it in your regularly used 2 1/2 car garage. Things get stacked on it, leaned against it, spilled or splashed on it and the dust piles up doing all manner of horrible things to your paint.
For the first few years I was pretty good about starting it up and driving down the driveway once a month or so. But eventually the tires developed slow leaks, the battery got worse and worse and it all became something of a hassle. Soooo...it hadn't even been started for at least 15 of those years.
In the fall of 2011 I'd finally had enough of my once proud car mocking me every time I walked past and decided it was high time I brought the old girl back to life.
First picture is about what it looked like when I parked it. Second one was taken in 2011.