Photo was taken around 1964 in front of my
soon to be wife's parents house in Hayward California.
I purchased the Belvedere in 1962, the year
I graduated from Tennyson High School. I sold it in 1966 when I got
This is my original Plymouth that was black
and white with a white top, 3 speed transmission with overdrive. I swapped out
the motor after spinning a main bearing to a 1960 318, I think
It had a
full race Iskenderian cam and solid lifters. I did 103 mph in 13.90 seconds in
the quarter mile at Fremont Drag strip. Not bad for those days... I had tons of
fun going to Santa Cruz with my buddies almost every weekend with surfboards
hanging out the back seat with the top down while listining to the Beach Boys.
I used to cruse East 14th in San Leandro on a regular basis from Mel's to
Prings with my buddies of which 5 became California Highway Patrol officers, or
Alameda County deputy sheriffs.
I recently went to my 45th Tennyson High
School Reunion and a guy that I used to double date with said "I had the best
times of my life in the back seat of that 57 Plymouth of yours." Then went on
to tell me names of the girls that he dated in my Plymouth of which not one I
Drive in movies were our first choice for a date then a
drive to A & W Root Beer for fries and a Root Beer float.
I gained my mechanical and detail skills
working as an aircraft mechanic at Hayward Airport. We built up P-51s for
private pilots and the Reno Air Races. I worked on a lot of different aircraft
including the 727 for Playboy Hugh Hefner.