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My First Car: 1963 Chevy Nova Super Sport, Jim Garey, 59, Valrico

'63 Chevy Nova Super Sport

I spent the summer of 1971 cutting fire breaks for the city of Concord, Calif., for $1.65/hour. I managed to save $300. My dad threw in another $300, and I bought my first car: a 1963 Chevy Nova Super Sport with bucket seats, a center console and an automatic transmission. My second job was delivering food for a Chinese restaurant which I did through my senior year and into my first year of college. The Chevy was a great car, and it's still well remembered by my friends as I ferried everyone around northern California. While I owned it, I rebuilt the engine myself in my parents' garage. The car was stolen one time, and I replaced the transmission twice. Finally I installed a manual transmission, which was more reliable.

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