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Keeping it in the family

Posted September 24, 2014 in Community Featured, Bondurant
Dr. Steven Fuller inherited his grandfather’s 1949 Lincoln. Photo by Shelby Hagan.

Dr. Steven Fuller inherited his grandfather’s 1949 Lincoln. Photo by Shelby Hagan.

There it sits by the barn on this rainy day, a light brown 1949 Lincoln with 63,000 miles on the odometer.

Its owner, Dr. Steven Fuller, a dentist at Fuller Associates Family Dentistry, took possession of the vehicle after his father’s passing four years ago.

Fuller’s grandfather originally purchased the ’49 Lincoln new at a dealership in downtown Des Moines. He owned a plumbing shop at the time, which was after World War II.

So why a Lincoln?

“Probably status,” Fuller says.

He explains that it was never a “primary car.” Instead, it was a “fun car.” In other words, it was treated with plenty of TLC.

“He stored the car and would only bring it out on his time,” Fuller says.

That practice has contiued  to this day. The Lincoln is brought out  sparingly and for special occasions only, such as when Fuller’s stepson and his wife used it during their wedding.

The car still has its original color as well as other features that have remained intact. However, electronics don’t always age with grace. The vehicle’s radio is in need of repair.

“The radio broke on my grandpa and my dad on one of their trips to Minnesota,” he recalls.

But Fuller says he has a patient who is willing to help fix the radio, which needs to be pulled out of the dash before anything can be done to it.

Additionally, there is a full seat in the front that has no seat belts, making it illegal by today’s standards.

As for its driveability, Fuller says he was given a good piece of advice by a mechanic at lunch one day.

“He told me to do something with the clutch and to ‘hold on’ because it will buck,” Fuller says.

Despite these “issues,” Fuller  remains steadfast in his plan to restore the classic vehicle and keep it in the family.

“It would be fun to take it out on the highway in overdrive, but it would be a long drive without cruise,” Fuller says. “It’s a big boat.”

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”

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