A Chrysler Chronicle
One Man’s Story of Restoring a Classic 1948 New Yorker
About the Book
There are two kinds of classic car buffs: those who have restored an old car, and those who want to. For anyone who has looked at a rusty heap in a field and seen only the gleaming new machine it once was, the urge is powerful, but also intimidating. Restoration can be a difficult, expensive, and—especially for the novice—mysterious undertaking.
Dave Floyd, an enthusiast with a lifelong love for the great cars on the road in his youth, is one who answered the call. In this book he traces every step of restoring a long-neglected 1948 Chrysler New Yorker to its original glory, all on a real-world budget and in the spare hours left by a full-time job.
Every task, every discovery, every obstacle, every triumph and frustration comes through in a detailed account that is part diary, part practical guide, part love story. Told with great charm, his story is inspiring to any prospective old-car hobbyist, and a special treat for Chrysler devotees.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 73 photos, appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2000
Table of Contents
1-David Meets Goliath 15
2-Down to Business 23
3-Coming to Life 51
4-Gathering Momentum 59
5-Making It Tidy 71
6-Back on the Road 85
7-More Work to Do, and a Farewell 93
8-Making It Shine 101
9-Goliath’s Second Life 121
Appendix: Restoration Expense Ledger 137
Book Reviews & Awards
“an excellent description of the restoration process”—Antique Automobile; “entertaining…a primer for anyone starting on a restoration…a neat little book”—Old Cars Weekly; “inspiring to any prospective old-car hobbyist, and a special treat for those involved with Chryslers”—The Automobile; “a tremendous amount of technical information…excellent…enjoyable and informative and on a scale of 1 to 10—it’s a definite 10!”—Antelope Valley Press.