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Mary Hitchings Macks

Posted By Mackdaddy Sunday, November 21, 2010 1:56 PM
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Wolfcreek_Steve (11/21/2010)
I wouldn't mind having that Impala 2dr post.


Hello,

I found your post after doing a Google search for "Mary Hitchings". I know this is a truck forum, but hopefully the forum won't mind if I bump this to share this with you. I am now the owner of that '61 Impala. After mentioning her name to someone else, they had already heard of her, and I was prompted to do a little more research about her and her estate. Of course, I have done my research on the car as well. The car is a very early production '61, with a build date in the fourth week of September, 1960. It is a power steering/power brake car with optional tinted glass, one of only 6,770 two door post V8 Impalas produced for '61, the only year you could get an Impala in a two door sedan. I was initially going to find the right person to sell the car to who would restore it as it deserves, but considering the car's rarity and the unique story behind it, I have now decided to restore it myself.

The car has its original Arbor Green Metallic paint on it, with the original green cloth and vinyl interior. The car needs a total restoration. The car was last registered in 1992, and in the glove compartment is a smog test slip from 1989 - It passed! The odometer reads approximately 38k miles, and after my study of the car I believe it to be original. I believe the car was a clean, good looking, original survivor car when it was parked in that spot. It is a shame, the toll that nearly twenty years of sitting took on this car. The floors need to be replaced, as well as some patch panels at the bottoms of the front fenders. The entire interior is destroyed and will all need to be replaced. The car is an original 283/Powerglide car, but the original engine was apparently replaced with a later small block of unknown variant(haven't checked the numbers yet). I have not tried to get it running at this point, but I have a correct vintage 283 that I will likely install in the car when the time comes. 

I may have to sit on this one for a while, as I do not have the time or means right now to give it the love that it deserves. Fortunately though, it is now resting inside, out of the elements where it will not deteriorate any further. I don't anticipate checking this forum for replies, but if you'd like to see any more pictures of the car or know more about it, please feel free to email me directly.

Andrew
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Thought I'd bring this back to the top for a bit.

If no one noticed, it looks like Dennis at OldMacks.com was at the auction and brought back a pair that are on his site for sale now.
One 68 RL763 and a Superliner.

If I just had the room and money for that RL right now......:(

At least a couple of her trucks will have the chance to go to some lucky person on the east coast.
Monday, January 31, 2011 3:22 AM by KeithC
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There's a very restorable Dodge cabover with a bunk about 5 miles from me. Could probably get it reasonable. Been sitting about 10 years. I think it has an 8v71. Was used by a farm equipment dealer.....just holler.....
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This one was at Huntsville and is owned by John Pate, from Wisconsin.



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Eddy Lucast (11/24/2010)
I drove several of these for a moving company out of the Detroit area. Everything there rusted. They use salt by the truck load LOL.

Its good to see one preserved. I can't recall seeing any others restored??


There is one (restored) in southwest Wisconsin owned by an ATHS member.


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Dan,

Glad you got the Mack. That Santa Rosa climate wasn't kind to a lot of stuff there. I remember walking past a pile of five hole Alcoas that had turned to cornflakes sitting outside.

Cheers,Pat


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Here is the solid metal door handle that bolts through the door. It is shaped to grab as a hand hold. The top of the door inside at the window is also slotted for a hand grab. Time sure flys by! It seems like yesterday I read that WOT article and it was in 02.

Mackfully,

Mackdaddy

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 7:47 AM by Mackdaddy
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Eddy Lucast (11/24/2010)
I drove several of these for a moving company out of the Detroit area. Everything there rusted. They use salt by the truck load LOL.

Its good to see one preserved. I can't recall seeing any others restored??


There is one (restored) in southwest Wisconsin owned by an ATHS member.


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The Jan-Feb 2002 Wheels Of Time is the one with the story on Mary Hitchings. Every body have a good thanksgiving.
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I drove several of these for a moving company out of the Detroit area. Everything there rusted. They use salt by the truck load LOL.

Its good to see one preserved. I can't recall seeing any others restored??




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