What's been in Bob's Garage: my favorite cars. By Bob Friedrich
Lately I have been thinking about the cars I was able to own that were special to me. I have not included all my daily drivers, but focused on the ones that I had a special connection with. I have arranged them more or less in a chronological order. The Cadillacs and Corvettes I have arranged in a group as I feel it looks nice and it brings them into the one car family.
I have put together a little bit of story for each car. What it meant to me, the circumstances and other fun bits. Most of the pictures are from the internet as I did not have photos of my many cars. The images I picked are as close to the color as I could find.
This is one of my first real cool cars. I bought it from a high school friend Tom. It had a blown engine and cracked windshield. Working as a bus boy at the Regina Inn, I got a used engine from a wrecker a Riley engine. The MG dealer on Broad street did the install to get it back on the road. As always it was fun scouting out the right engine to match the specs on the MGA.
1939 Olds Coupe
My memory is a little foggy on the exact time I bought this car sometime after the MGA. I found it in the Rosemount area in the Crescents. It had been hot rodded with an Old's Engine and a 4-barrel carb. The Olds came with a homemade floor shifter no power shifting. It made for a lot of guessing and pulling no quick shifting process.
1947 Chevrolet Fleet Master
This car came to me through a buddy. One of my friends called it the Army staff car. It was black and again the rattle can black paint came in handy. As well so did white sidewall paint a type of rubber compound. It passed from my hands in an unremarkable way. It was a good runner.
1964 Pontiac Super Sport
This car I bought off a lot on Albert North it was a Super Sport. It caught my eye at the time it looked like a really nice car and was cool. But like so many cars then it was 6 years old and had the sparkle, but not brand new. In those days a car that was a few years old lost its appeal too quickly. I enjoyed the bucket seats, console shift, and imitation convertible top. The color of the model I found is close, but mine was a little lighter color. Just loved to drive it to the beach especially for a late-night run.
1967 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible 396
This was my first muscle car but not really of the type you would expect. The color is correct Red. It had a 396 with a 4-barrel carb. It was a lot of fun. When all of my friends and I would go to the beach the girls would get their hair tangled up, so much fun. One favorite sport in winter was to tie a rope to the hitch and pull a friend along in the ditch on a pair of skis and boots I got from my cousins in Minnesota.
1962 Acadian Bracket Race Car
My brother and I bought this car together and worked on it with friends. The best time we got was 13.5 in the quarter mile. We dressed it up from there adding a better carb, dual point distributor, cool can, M and H slicks and a bunch of other fun stuff.
1954 Jaguar Mark 4
I bought this car for very few dollars. It was really rusty and needed a pile of body filler. In those days a painter from Western Autobody did the work filling it with lead. The thinking was better than bondo as bondo was new.
1959 Jaguar Mark 9
This is my second-best car to the 61 Vette I owned. I got married in this car and drove it through most of my school years at U of R. I loved it, I felt like a million dollars. It was like driving a Rolls only affordable. I worked on the engine head with a friend Brian Hooker a real race car, skidoo and motorcycle driver. He is one of the coolest guys. The car had folding picnic tables in the back seat, leather sunroof and walnut dash and trim. My best story is putting a hitch on it and pulling my ski boat heads turned.
1961 Corvette Convertible and Hardtop
This Car is my favorite. I have a model car of the exact colors I had painted it. I bought the car from a kid in Moose Jaw who brought it up from the US after college. I painted it black and silver for the Majestics car show. I had worked for Kaufman's just before the show so I got some furniture and signs emulating a beach scene. It was fun.
1969 Corvette Stingray 427 - 3- two-barrel Carbs, 4 speed manual transmission
I traded my Cougar XR7 Convertible on this car. It was a great car. It had 3 two-barrel carbs, and a 4-speed manual transmission. I remember shifting out of second gear at post 90 miles an hour. It also had a posi trac rear-end. The color shown is correct. I traded it off in winter after spinning off the highway passing a car on a curve coming up Lumsden Hill.
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