I Have always been kind to others, giving and providing for others, ignoring my own desires. My wife and I have been together since 1977, our junior year in high school, and now have been married since 1981, and have two wonderful kids and granddaughter. In 1979 I bought my first new car, a beautiful blue 1979 Camaro. Boy did I love that car! I was always washing and waxing and dusting this car. But after our daughter and son were born I eventually was persuaded to get rid of the car. I reluctantly agreed that it was not a practical family car. You would’ve thought I lost my only friend. Maybe I did. I continued and still do continue to work hard to provide for my family. I have suffered through three job losses due to businesses closing. After the third job loss, I took a job that required driving at least 1 ½ hours each way to work each day. I did this for almost eight years until taking a job closer to home. Through all of this we sent both our kids to college (still paying for that) providing beautiful weddings for both, has made multiple home improvements and remodels. One of these included having to get rid of a pool table, another of my favorite things.
For years I have been dreaming of the Camaro I had to sell so many years ago. Well after a couple years of searching around, I convinced my wife of my idea of getting another 1979 Camaro. I searched and searched for one like he had to no avail. The closest I could come was finding one with the correct interior color, so I thought I could get it repainted. We live in Michigan and it was in Vermont, so before I could make the arrangements to get there to look at it, it was sold. As you can imagine that was not a good day. So, I kept searching and eventually decided to find the best car available, and not the same colors. I found one in Missouri and off we went take a look with him. I knew we would probably be buying it. So we flew to Missouri, drove an hour to the dealer and long story short, that car now resides in our garage. It has a beautiful red interior and a dark red paint job. It desperately needs a paint job. I want to get it painted black. I have been taking it to get quotes for a paint job in between the tinkering I have been doing. I can’t believe the things that I have fixed. I am an engineer but by far not a mechanic. I have replaced the exhaust system, power steering pump, radiator, spark plugs, air conditioning hoses, etc. I also have done things to the inside like a new headliner, new rear deck, painted panels, added rear speakers, etc.
Even though this car has brought so much joy I am getting more and more frustrated because the vision I have for this car seems to be slipping away. The quotes I have been getting to paint this car are twice what I was thinking. I have started to try and sell off my collection of 1964 GI Joes on Ebay to pay for this, but that is also going much slower than I had hoped. I am beginning to believe that his new dream car will never get finished.
I have never really asked for anything in return or any recognition over the years. So, here I am with my hat in hand asking for $12,000 to finish this dream car.
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