My Favorite Ride: 1938 Dodge coupe

June 5, 2014 

The car: 1938 Dodge coupe

The owner: Gene and Barbara Holiday, Atwater

1. What are the key features of your vehicle? The fact that you seldom see a Dodge of this year and model; you see a lot of Fords and Chevys.

2. What did you have to do to get it in its present state? The car was running and in very good condition when I bought it. Later I had the bodywork done, new paint, chrome, overhauled the engine and had the dash and window trim wood-grained, and new upholstery.

3. What else do you want to do to it? Keep it maintained and just drive it and enjoy it.

4. How did you acquire your vehicle? I bought this Dodge in 1962. I saw it sitting under a big oak tree for sale. The sign read: “$75.00 terms, or $50.00 cash.”

5. Why did you pick that particular vehicle and what do you find appealing about it? My family car was wrecked and the body shop had no loaner. I needed transportation and the price was right. The appealing part is that it’s so dependable, and I like the body style.

6. What started your love affair with cars? I think it started when I bought a 1937 Ford coupe when I was in high school.

7. What advice would you give others about starting such a project? Find what you like, take your time fixing it and expect to spend quite a lot of money because there will be some things you may not be able to do yourself.

8. Do you have any other collector vehicles or project cars? I have a 1963 Ford Falcon Futura convertible, a 1963 Falcon four-door sedan and a 1915 Model T Ford runabout.

9. What’s your favorite memory about this ride? When I bought this car, my daughter was 2 years old. This Dodge had a flat shelf just by the back window and my wife would always put my daughter on this shelf while she was driving and she would always go to sleep.

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