At any given time, a person might find Dick Pauley tinkering with one an antique car in his garage or machine shed at his home east of town.
Getting hooked on fixing up, owning and driving antique cars started about eight years ago when his father and brother bought a 1928 Buick four-door from a local auction.
“I don’t think they had gone to the sale planning to do that,” Pauley says. “But once they got it home, it became a project.”
The body of the car was in pretty good shape, although it needed some touching up, but the mechanical aspects to the car needed a lot of work. That’s where Pauley comes in. He spent 20 years of his life as a certified mechanic with his own business. Now, he and his wife, Pat, own Pauley Mini Storage in Jefferson.
His father, Jim, now 96, spent the first winter after bringing home the Buick sanding down the wooden wheel spokes. The spokes had been painted black, but Jim sanded them until the original oak showed through. His brother, Don, did touch-up on the body as well, but it took longer, about a year, for Pauley to find all the mechanical parts needed to repair the car.
There are places where people can find parts for the old Fords, but the Buicks are another matter, Pauley says. He had to go on eBay regularly to see what he could find.
“We really got hooked with that first car,” Pauley says. The trio has since purchased a 1924 Model T Touring car, a 1917 Maxwell and a 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster.
Pat’s favorite car to ride in is the blue, 1931 Model A with black fenders and a rumble seat in the back.
She thought the three men had gone completely crazy when they brought home the first antique car.
“Now I really like them, and I love to ride in the cars,” Pat says.
She doesn’t, however, want to drive them. Some have three pedals on the floor and levers for the gas. Driving can get rather complicated with all those pedals and levers, she notes.
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