July of 2007 the 1971 Buick Riviera was pulled out of the weeds, off of the bricks and into the garage. But the story really begins in the 80's. Before I was born my dad got this car from Willie Nelson (so he says) after doing some floor work in his studio (which he really did do.) Says he bought the car from him after he was done. The truth is that down the street, Willie Nelson's neighbor at the time was selling this car.
My dad enjoyed this car for a few years with the family, but eventually like too many of our old classics, was parked and sat for 20 plus years. In July of 2007 I was with my family driving on Congress downtonw when my dad pointed out a 71 Riviera parked on the side of the road. I asked if that was the same car that was sitting in the weeds at home and he said yes. The car was all there and clean and I couldn't believe that my dad had this hidden gem in the weeds!
The following weekend I got to work immediately on this car and started by washing it and cleaning out the inside. Rusted out floors, quarters and around the back window, and a frozen motor made a good home for wildlife, but soon this turned into a project. 7 years later, countless hours spent together working on this Buick with my dad, and the many road blocks we encountered along the way it has finally been completed. Although, these cars are never really complete, there's always something to do with them. And, the memory of this project and spending all of that time with my dad was worth all of the money spent, dealing with the lack of parts, dealing with the frustrations of finding a decent painter and having to buy another Riviera from Corpus Christi for parts. It was all worth it because now we have an awesome reward in the end: father and son bond, oh yea and car too.