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Yes, the road.
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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The 1962 Chevrolet Impala project

Judging from the Moon decals and those period wheelcovers, I'd say this car was semi-hotrodded about the time of the Tet Offensive. Then it probably sat in the barn for a long time. Maybe the kid went to the war. I say the thing to do here, now, would be a 409. And restore the rest of the car as factory-plain-jane as is possible with an Impala. It's not a Biscayne stripper, after all. My Santa Barbara car guru Frank ordered one of these from the factory in 1962 when he was 17. Had them put everything go-fast on it. Frank ruled on State Street, and at the Pepper Tree. Did anyone ever order dog-dish hubcaps with an Impala? My father did on our 1968 Chrysler  Newport Custom, and I thought it embarrassing. But I was a whitewalls & wheelcovers guy as a kid. My taste has matured. This solid-seeming unit awaits the go-ahead, maybe from you, at Twisted Wire Customs in Wiscasset, Maine.

1 comment:

  1. i am from Bali Indonesia ,I love this impala , i have impala 62 4dr in indonesia