Keenan paid $50 in 1959 for his first car, a ’40 Olds with a six-cylinder and three-speed
Randy Keenan writes: “I had the pleasure of tagging along with you guys on the Bonneville trip of 2008. I was with my friend and neighbor, Jim Angier, in his ’48 Ford coupe. I have been very fortunate to own some great cars over the years. I grew up in the true American Graffiti era in San Francisco. In those days, fun cars were available at unbelievable prices, and we always had two or three projects going.
“I never lost the bug, but had not had a rod or custom in about 10 years. Hanging around with Jim and attending events kept me fairly happy, until one day in March 2010 when I woke up and had an urge to drive to the Goodguys event in Pleasanton. Within 30 minutes of arriving I spotted a ’47 sedan that just ‘struck’ me. I phoned my wife and described it to her. After an hourlong test-drive we cut a deal, with a pal loaning me the cash deposit. Six days later, my 10-year-old son, Jack, and I drove it home from Hollister.
“I located the original builder in Oregon who put a 283 Chevy in the six-cylinder U.S. Navy staff car in the ’70s before going through it again in the ’80s, adding a Camaro subframe, Mustang rearend, 350 V-8, power steering and power brakes, and painting the coupe red. In 2003 it was sold to the fellow I bought it from, who changed the wheels, added disc brakes to the front, and A/C. The brakes and some suspension parts are being replaced now, as some leaks and squeaks developed over time.”
By 1962, the ’40 had made way for this ’54 Olds, “finished” in green with primer patches.
By 1968, this light blue 283/four-speed ’61 Vette, bought for $900, was his transportation
The current ride, after a decade without a rod or custom, is this ’47 Tudor.
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