This is the story of my first car DABEEST as it is known. I have owned this car for 34 years and have put over 500,000 miles on it. The engine has not been rebuilt during that time and it still runs great. Most of that time it was my daily driver. Then came that fateful day, Friday, May 26, 2006. I was coming home from work at 4:30 in the afternoon. I was in the exit lane on the freeway stopped waiting for traffic to clear when I looked in the rear view mirror and saw a utility truck was going to hit me. I must have turned my steering wheel at the last instant because I did not hit the car in front of me, but instead the impact spun me across 3 lanes of traffic and I ended in the fast lane facing the wrong way.
Most of my family and friends said that since I have had the car for 30 years, it was time to get rid of it. I decided not to and started to look for someone to repair DABEEST. Once I found someone to fix my car, I took the money I got from the accident claim and cashed out a 401K (just before the market “crashed”) and had it fixed. So now DABEEST is my 401K.
The pictures shown are the accident scene, the work in progress and the current status. I would say finished product, but it is never really finished. You can see DABEEST on most Friday nights at the Bob’s Big Boy in Northridge, California. It has also been in numerous car shows and has won several trophies.
The moral of the story is; How much you love your car is not based on how much money you spend on it, rather how much money you spend on it that you don’t really have.