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My First Car: '53 Chevy Bel Air, Brian Green, 48, St. Petersburg

'53 Chevy Bel Air

My father bought this car for $500 for my twin brother, David, and me in 1979, the summer before our senior year at St. Pete High School. He towed it home and told us if we could get it running, he would let us have it for our personal use. Dave and I spent the summer trying to find parts through catalogs (we didn't have eBay back then!). We were the "Green Devil Greens" driving the "Green Machine" our senior year at SPHS (Class of 1980). The car had a 235-cubic-inch, straight-six engine with a one-barrel carburetor and the fuel gauge did not work. We always erred on the side of caution about whether we needed to get gas or not. Needless to say, the car was a beast to push if we ran it to empty, so we "erred" as infrequently as possible. The car holds many special memories for my brother, me and all of our friends.

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My First Car: '53 Chevy Bel Air, Brian Green, 48, St. Petersburg 11/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010 6:41pm]
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