25 Aug 1940 Plymouth Deluxe Garage Find
I found this 1940 Plymouth Deluxe in a dilapidated garage during my graduate studies in Winnipeg in the early 90’s. I had to borrow $150 from a friend because I didn’t have enough money to close the $700 purchase. In Manitoba at that time, no safety check was necessary to license and insure a car, so I was able to put it on the road right away, even though the tires were so worn the cords were showing and there were virtually no brakes. After improving the brakes slightly, I drove it the home to Duntroon, 2000km over two days, the following spring. I found a ‘new’ pair of tires and my childhood friends Rick and Alvin Jameson painted over the existing primer and brushed-on paint using a homemade mixture of flat black and blue paint to maintain that ‘just pulled out of a barn’ finish. I have no intention of restoring this one, but do plan to use it as a daily driver.