Brian Pederson

53 Chevrolet

1972 MGB

Although my family owned Texaco service stations throughout the 50.s and 60.s, I really wasn.t into cars. The first car I ever bought was a 1960 Plymouth Valiant. Remember the push button gears? I paid $50 dollars for it in 1973 at Don Moe Dodge.

My first "cool" car was a 1969 Cutlass convertible. I sold that when I got married and didn.t really do much with cars until about 10 years ago. A friend of mine had a 54 Chevy Bel Air that he was going to "give" me for $450. I remember going to ask Tom Carson about "fixing up" old cars. He said "Why would you want to get involved in a hobby where you never have enough money or cars and will end up subscribing to magazines that you won.t even read?". Well I didn.t listen, (he was absolutely right) and bought the car. I put about $1500 into it before selling it for $650. My now ex-wife just didn.t understand how this new hobby worked.

Since then I have owned a 54 Chevy wagon as well as the cars I have now. I have a 53 Chevy Bel Air that is a real "frame off" car. Instead of sub framing it, it has a full 1972 Monte Carlo frame. (Another one of Carson.s ideas). It has a 305 engine and 350 turbo transmission, rides nice and is very dependable. I also own a 1972