So here's the scoop: This was the first classic I ever bought. It's a 1950 Plymouth with a flathead strait 6 & a 3 on the tree. I was 19 had a job that didn't pay sh#t & didn't know sh#t about cars. Well, I did some minor work (brake cylinders & such) over about 2 years or so when I decided to take a job & move to Northern Ca. & I sold the car. The couple who bought it were passing through town on their way to their home in Oregon when they saw the classified. The gentleman said that he had owned the very same model in the same color while he & his wife were dating quite some years back & that he used to drive it to Oregon & back on the weekends to see her. So of course I sold them the car & that was that.
Then about 10 years later, I was visiting my folks back home when they get a letter in the mail addressed to me. Well, the letter was from the gentleman who bought the car saying he had finished the restoration & had enclosed a couple of pictures of the car now. We have since been in contact through email & the above photos are the latest he's sent.
I'm the type who has a hard time parting with classic cars & bikes unless I'm comfortable with the new owner. Yeah I know, weird. Any way, Harvey's done a fantastic job & I'm happy knowing that my old car went to the right home.
My friend Chris sent these in an email today & I thought I would share them.
Happy Fourth of July!!!
“Freedom”, he said, “is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” -R. Reagan
Many In Modern America Now Mock These Men
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots.
It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: freedom is never free!