My family and I were heading to a fair in a rural part of Maine when I thought I glimpsed the distinctive lantern lights of a 1967 Impala on a car sitting on the side of the road. "Nah," I thought, thinking it too good to be true. But we did a quick turn to double check, and sure enough, it was! We pulled into "Skips Auto Repair", a small, roadside repair shop, and asked a mechanic on duty in one of the weather-worn garages if it was for sale.
"That's why its there," he replied, in true Maine fashion.
We wandered out back to look at the piles of junked cars behind the garage, and on our way back to the car the mechanic told us that Skip, the owner, had just pulled in. We chatted for a bit, and when I asked about the car, he said it was for sale. It had been his mom's car - one owner. She had purchased it new at the end of 1966, but had stopped driving it when her husband, Skip's dad, passed away in 1984.
It had been in and out of storage since then. It had 49,000 original miles, and according to the stickers still on the car, it had been purchased at a Chevrolet dealership in right there in Maine. After a friendly negotiation and reassured that the car would have a good home, the car was mine!
Its been a long restoration process, but definitely an enjoyable one! I have learned a lot about cars in general - I've always been a hands on person - and have had some great mentors along the way. I can't say enough about the Facebook groups that I found who's sole purpose is to connect fellow 67 Impala owners. I've watched countless hours of YouTube videos and even created some of my own. I've pulled out the seats and disassembled the dash and bagged and tagged endless nuts and bolts. I've scoured eBay for countless hours, searching for parts. I've worked closely with Scott and Fred, owners of Double S Speed Shop in Portland, Maine, concerning the restoration and accuracy of the car.
In February 2018, The Trickster was out of the shop and home! She needed some additional cosmetic work - door panels, interior trim, lots of the little stuff that an old car always needs.
Now its 2021 and I've had lots of adventures with her - three Supernatural Conventions in New Jersey, lots of road trips, meeting tons of fans. The way I see it, the car is just not for me - its to share and bring joy.
Supernatural fans are...intensely Supernatural. So much that the 1967 Impalas that are out there being restored as an homage to the show are named after characters on the show. There's Mary the Impala, Crowley, Jo, and similar (in fact, check out the list under "The Impala Family" on this website for a complete list of cars and their owners!).
I was a bit stumped what to name my car. However, once we had it delivered began work on it, the choice was obvious. For instance, one of the first things I did was to replace the battery. However, upon connecting the black and red wires where they should have gone, a fire ignited in the engine compartment. I then realized that with THIS car, black was positive and red was negative.
A few days later we had a mechanic friend over to do a bit of work and possibly get the car started. He replaced the points, and I added fresh gas to the tank. The car cranked, but nothing. My friend scratched his head, and then after a bit, realized that the firing order for the distributor was incorrect. He moved them all over one place from where they should have been, and the car started right up. After sitting since 1984 - the beast roared to life.
A few other weird things - when I ripped up the carpet there must have been 1,000 "s" hooks on the floor. And when I removed the front passenger door panel, the original Fisher -and very rare - inspection sheet fell out! On the most recent Google Earth pictures of our house, The Trickster appears as a bright flash of light in the photo!