August 2021 Car of the Month
Member/Owner: Toby Jones
This month Pickens Freedom Cruisers has chosen the 1963 Chevy Impala owned by Toby Jones as our car of the month.
The Story of the 1963 Chevy Impala owned by Toby Jones
When I was 17, I worked all summer, saved my money, and bought a 1963 Chevy impala for $400 dollars. I drove it to school my senior year until the motor went south on me. I loved that car, but it ended up getting stolen.
I always told myself, as soon as I could afford one, I would have another one. So, about 16 year ago I had the chance to buy this car, and over time had it painted the same color as my first one, then had an “old school” drag racer build the 409 engine that is in it now. With all the changes I’ve made to her, it took about 5 years to get the car like I wanted it.
that’s about the long and short of the 63’s story, and thanks again for the privilege of being car of the month. tlj
June/July 2021 Car of the Month
Member/Owner: Brody Buckner
This month Pickens Freedom Cruisers has chosen Brody Buckner’s 1963 ½ Ford Falcon Spirit as our car of the month.
Brody is an active member of the club and has been a willing volunteer to help us out where needed. Brody is currently our
“sign keeper” putting signs out for cruise in’s and storing them during the month. Thanks for that Brody.
The 1963 ½ Ford Falcon Spirit story:
My Pop (Ricky Rittenberry) and I found this great Falcon Spirit through a family member who knew we already owned another and liked these models so much. The interior in this car was completely stripped, except for the headliner and the car was in need of a paint job. Mechanically the car was all there, so, we cleaned the car up and drove it around as is for a couple of months before we ever started on any restoration. Pop took the car to Michael Vick to be painted and once the paint job was done we took the car straight to Finish Line Interiors to get the interior done. So, after a new paint job, interior and a new set of wheels the car was finally ready and we have been taking it to the local car shows ever since.
This is a great story of families that play together, stay together. Thanks Brody and Pop for being part of our club. The Buckner Family all join Brody and Pop at the cruise ins and we love having them there.