The Story Behind The Site
Now, just so you don't get too confused
when surfing around, here's what to look out for...
Archie years ago before doing anything to the car's appearance
Archie with wheel covers
Archie after waxing
Archie's original vinyl roof in various stages of decay
Archie with new duct tape vinyl roof
Archie's duct tape roof 1 year later
Edith as I got her, before custom plate
Edith after custom plate, a little body work and new paint job
Meathead before my mechanic crashed him
Meathead after my mechanic crashed him
Meathead after my mechanic's top notch repair to the crash damage
Meathead after I spray painted the "new" door.
Gloria always looked pretty much the same since we got her.
In 1988, I needed to
find a ride, fast and cheap. You see, my stunning 1983 Mercury
Lynx (with the patented oil leaks) fell apart. I mean, everything
needed replacing on that car! I knew old Chevys were solid cars,
so I opened up the classified section of the newspaper and bought
the first car I saw in my price range. That was Archie,
though he didn't acquire the name until I got a second car many
years later and needed to differentiate between the two cars.
Archie was a 75,000 miler and cost a mere $650.
For the first years that
I owned Archie, he was "just a car" to me. He was disposable;
if he died, I wouldn't care... I'd just buy another one. I couldn't
understand how people could get attached to a car. Cars are vulnerable;
they get scratched, vandalized, wrecked, etc. In fact, in the
beginning, I looked forward to the day the car would finally
kick the bucket. That's when I knew I'd finally get another car.
Friends and co-workers always gave me a hard time. And this was
when Archie wasn't all that beat up. They'd insist that I "needed"
to get a new car. But as the months and then years unfolded,
the same friends and co-workers went through several cars while
I still drove ol' reliable. So who was it that needed a new car?
The same people who thought that I did and pestered me constantly
in hopes that I'd get one!
Finally, in 1995, after
learning how to make web pages, I created a fairly small web
site. It attempted to glorify Archie and show him off to the
world, as if he was something to behold. Of course, at the time,
I still felt he was just an ugly old rust bucket, as did most
of the civilized world. Hence the humor in the site...showing
off my impressive vintage automobile, which was neither impressive
nor truly vintage. I mean, if this car was so special, demo derbies
and monster trucks wouldn't crush them by the dozen, right? Well,
now that many of the cars have been crushed, in derbies, by monster
trucks, in wrecking yards and in accidents, they are actually
becoming a bit more rare and therefore a bit more special.
When I finally decided
that Archie deserved a complete restoration, 15 years after owning
him and 30 years after he was built, I found that it would be
cheaper and easier to just get another '72 Impala in better shape
and have it painted. So that's just what I did. And along came
Edith, and the desire to give the cars
a name. I had no idea that yet another car would come along.
But my daughter was about to start driving. And she would want
her own car. When we saw the Malibu for sale for only $200, how
could we turn that down? And along came Gloria.
I thought it would be
years away, but that it would be nice to have a car I could call
Meathead. I thought about a '72 Impala
wagon, or maybe a beat-up old pickup truck. But when a guy placed
an ad on my site for his '72 Impala convertible, it was obviously
written in the stars. So there you have it. Many other things
have developed over the years, all of which you can learn by
poking around my site. A few that stand out as worth checking
out are: My trip to Mt. Rushmore,
the time Archie got stolen, the
time someone threw a rock through
Gloria's rear window, some of the shows
I took the cars to and many many other great adventures along
the way. Too many to list here, so see the sitemap
or just start clicking stuff!
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