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was good, cleaning and repairing it

and storing it away for reassembly.

The body took us three or four years to

get done. The drive line, minus the en-

gine, was redone. My brother-in-law

repainted the car for $1100. It got to

the point where it was time to make a

decision about the engine. I sent it off

to a machine shop because it needed

some modern technology to deal with

today’s fuels and oil. It came back the

day after Christmas, 2012, balanced

and blueprinted and we restarted it

for the first time. It cranked over

about three turns and then fired right

off. A ton of little details still needed

to be done. The original tachometer

had been stolen and during the recon-

struction I found someone who had an

original tach he had bought at a flea

market in 1970 in Glen Burnie, Mary-

land not too long after the original had

been stolen from my car. He brought it

over and we took it apart, and the date

on the inside was remarkably close to

the production date of my car. So close,

in fact, that I suspected it was the

original tach. The owner told me he

wanted it to go to a good home and he

had it listed for $250. Then he turned

to me and said, “

This is the best home

for it

.” He gave it to me. I sent to out

to MoMa Manufacturing in New Mex-

ico and Margaret and her crew, who

seem to have all of the original Faria

parts, restored it perfectly.

Fred Ballard rebuilt the original

fuel pump and I found a date-coded

Ford four-barrel for a 289 Hi-Po auto-

matic transmission on the internet,

again at a high price, but the guy who

had it said, “

If you don’t buy it, some-

body else will and you will kick your-


.” I bought it and have never seen

another one even close to this carbure-

tor’s date. I started searching for the

original engine block that one I had in-

stalled in 6S1855. I found the car for

sale in California and I asked them to

check the block to see if it was the

same one. It wasn’t. I began searching

back through the owners and I am still

in the hunt for it. The car was pur-

chased by hot rodder George Poteet

and I called him about purchasing the

block. We talked about Bonneville and

he told me he had a car that I could

drive there if I wanted to. If I could

come to Bonneville he would make it

happen. I couldn’t get away from work

at that time but I am glad to have had

the offer. Maybe one day it may hap-


The first show I took the car to

was at a local beach. It was where I

had my first job and it now hosted a

spring car show each year. The car was

running but not completely finished:

the stripes weren’t on it yet and the

window moldings were still off. I prob-

ably shouldn’t have taken it there but

I couldn’t wait. When I arrived (it was

only about a half-mile trip from where

it was being worked on) I parked it in

the field. A lot of local people were at

the show and some came up to me and

told me about another Hertz car that

used to sit in a driveway, covered in

dirt, and how it was horrible that

someone would let the car deteriorate

like that. When I told them this was

that car they couldn’t believe it.

I also ran into some old friends, in-

cluding Jimmy Caldwell. He looked

the car over and asked if I wanted to

give him a chance to win his $100 back

and we both had a good laugh about

that. Sadly, Jimmy passed away the

following week from a heart attack,

but I hope that the good time we had

that afternoon made it a great day for

him. The car won a trophy from State

Farm as the sponsor’s choice. It was

awarded by my insurance man and I

had always kept the car insured and

registered even when it was apart. I

always knew it would get done – I just

didn’t think it would take this long.

Since then, 6S1431 has been on

the road and it has been to many

shows and cruises. I tell people about

loading seven people in it and riding


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