Recently I had the pleasure of working on an absolutely beautiful 1984 Chevy Caprice. I know, I know, “absolutely beautiful” and “Caprice” probably shouldn’t ever be used in the same sentence. However, I assure you that this car is an exception to the rule. This big fella, nicknamed “fat Charlie” by its owner, was clearly babied from the start, and always well taken care of. He was parked indoors, and only driven when necessary which kept the mileage down around 2800 miles per year. Yes, you did read that correctly, Charlie has just over 70K miles on it today.
When Charlie arrived in my driveway under the cover of darkness (don’t ask), he had a saggy headliner, stripped out windshield wiper arm, a leaky muffler, and a directional that only wanted to make left turns. All were easy fixes that I thoroughly enjoyed doing. Every nut and bolt was removed without a fight, and I took special care on everything I removed because I didn’t want to damage any of the original interior trim that was in perfect condition. Overboard? Yea, maybe, but I love cars.
Several days later, Charlie had officially passed the state inspection, and I got to take the big guy for a truly enjoyable jaunt down the road. It basically feels like a brand new 1984 car. There is plenty of room for you and 16 of your closest friends, it has power everything, and the floats like a Cadillac down the bumpiest of roads. I even got thumbs up from multiple people! Going forward, Charlie will be kept in the family of the original owner, and driven and enjoyed daily for the foreseeable future. Maaaybe Charlie will even make it to some local cruise nights? We’ll see.