Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Saturday at home.

Well for the first time in a bunch of weeks Sam is home for the weekend, got word from Mike at the bus company that he would be going on a 7day trip to Panama City Fla. on the 6th of May. Anytime he heads south he is a happy man. Donna took an extra shift this morning at the restaurant so one of the other girls could have off, she will work a morning shift , 10:00am till after the lunch run, the come back at 05:00Pm and close. Luckily she is off tomorrow because she will be a whipped puppy tonight.
How about some more of the cars in Sam’s life.

1942 Willys MB jeep, flathead 4 cylinder,top speed with a tail wind 40mph.
1970 Dodge Coronet 50 383ci. white high back buckets, sharp car.
1977Chev ElCamino
1977Chev ElCaminob
1977 Chevy El Camino, had a cover and a top, 350ci with 4 bbl carb, put an under the dash a/c in this and it would freeze you out.
               1984 Dodge 600, tried a small car, 4cl, a real dog.
1987 Dodge Charger, Donna drove this to work it was a great commute car,my son Andy is about 6 years old here. he’s 28 now.
1985 Chevy C-20 Conversion Van, this started us out camping with a borrowed popup.Sam put in a TV & VCR in a center console he made so you could watch movies as you went down the road.
1970PlymouthSatelite Sport
1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite, That’s Sam Jr on the trunk, he was about 6 there, He’s 40 now.

                            1993 Z71 Diesel pickup
Donna’s 1996 Jeep Cherokee, she loved this car, 4 wheel drive, straight six, she literally wore it out, Then they stopped making them.
Sam, had a 1988 Ford XLT 1.2 ton for a short time ,he bought it to pull the travel trailer , but it had a lot of miles on it when he got it and ended up being the only vehicle he ever had with motor trouble, it had a 351m in it and developed a hole in the drivers side rear piston. Later we found out that was a common trouble with that engine.
Wish I could find pictures of my first two cars, my first was a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air 210 2 dr sedan, it was a six automatic, but it was good transportation. From that I went to a 1961 Chevy Impala SS convertible, it had a 409 with and automatic, After I went in the Navy my Granddad traded it in , and I later found out their were only a couple thousand SS models made at the end of the 61 model year to get the 409 engine into the Daytona 500 as a production engine, Imagine what it would be worth today. I’ll also have to look for pictures of the 1965 Rambler Marlin, and the 1968 Ply Fury III convertible I had. I guess I could add to the list a 1979 Plymouth Horizon,and a 2002 Ford Probe Donna drove to work, and a 1970 Ford Country Squire wagon with a 426ci engine that we had at one time.
Remember when you traded cars like that.
Well that will keep some of the car buffs busy, I haven’t mentioned motorcycles and dune buggies.
Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.


  1. Thanks for posting all the pics of your old cars - brought back a lot of good memories for me. Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of my old cars, too bad, as I used to own some nice ones including a '55 Chevy. You're right about that old Impala - it would be worth quite a bit today!

  2. My mom and dad had a 1953 Chevy Bel Air, two tone green and yellow...talk about a wild lookin' car!! My dad was a car freak...and the more outlandish the better...Had a 1955 Chevy two tone turquoise and white..Dad and his two tones!! Loved the pics!