After getting discharged from the U.S. Army in 1958, I took the couple hundred bucks I had saved up and bought a slightly used 1957 Chev Del Ray two door hardtop.
First thing to go was the turbomatic transmission, which I replaced with a 4-speed from an almost-new wrecked ‘59 Chevy Impala.
That wrecked Impala was a beauty, with a 348 ci that had powered my new 4 speed. I’ll never forget how beautiful she was, all bright red with fender skirts. I heard that the driver barely escaped with his life, after drag racing on Tustin Blvd., in Orange County California.
I’m sure I was much more careful … (drag racing, who me???)