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Motion Pictures How can Steve Bolander afford a 1958 Impala custom?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jazzfidelity, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,585


    My '61 Impala ragtop was $1,395.00 in '65... the same price as the '53 Corvette parked right next to it.

    I wanted the '62 Pontiac Ventura with the 421/4 speed but i didn't have the extra $50.....
  2. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,581


    I had a 58 Impala 348, 3speed, 3-2 carbs, in 65. It cost me $250.00. Had red spot primer on it, and ran good long enough for the guy to unload it on me. It had hardly any compression. I traded it for a 56 Chevy with a 58 Corvette powertrain, 3-2's 4-speed, posi rearend. Black and gold roll & pleat int. That cost me $250. more above the trade in. Cars were cheap back then, compared to todays cars. My Mom paid the money for these transactions, and I paid her back so much a week. I think it was paid off in about a year. Bring back the good old days.
  3. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,418


    In 1961-62, I worked full time and took home $34.75 for a 40 hour week...a new car cost less than $3000...I bought a three year old '57 Chevy in 1960 for $775.00...gasoline was 19 cents a gallon...sometimes it went as high as 24.9...50 cents worth of gas took you all over town for a few days...$10,000 a year annual salary meant you were in the high tax bracket...

    INFLATION kills good times...!!! The nation's politicians are idiots.

  4. nwbhotrod
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,246

    from wash state

    Just like all the other kids that had bitchen cars in high school. Thay had A PHD
  5. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954


    he sold dope at high school
  6. I would think his parents, the same way the banker's kid had a Porsche, the gallery owner's kid had a 'vette, and the lawyer's kid drove a Caddy back in '65 when I was in school.

    Another kid drove a fire engine red '56 Victoria, shaved, louvered, tube grille, chrome reverse rims, and skinny whites that he built himself.

    Bet you can't guess which one I thought was more impressive.
  7. jazzfidelity
    Joined: Sep 19, 2011
    Posts: 371


    man, a '64 chevelle 2dr wagon is rare enough, but with factory 4-speed? i am so jealous..
  8. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,017

    51 mercules

    Just look at the prices of the cars, in the car lot Toad was parked in front of after his fender bender.Not very exepensive.
  9. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,277


    I tell people the richest I have ever been was while I was in High School. Started at 16 bagging grocery's in a union store. Boss took a liking to me, altered my paperwork to make me 18 so he could bond me and promoted me to clerk at 7.35 hr. Most my buddies were pumping gas at $1.25 hr, minimum wage at the time. Working 30 hours a week, living at home and no time for anything but school and work didn't take me long to save up some serious for the time bank. Quit my senior year so I'd have the time to chase girls and build my 68 Barracuda. By the time I graduated I had the coolest car at school by far and tricker then most the older guys. It was doable then if you worked hard!
  10. Steve worked as a child actor on a TV show.
  11. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,599


    maybe he was a lobbyist for the acne cream industry
  12. Silhouettes 57
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 2,791

    Silhouettes 57

    In '62 I was in high school (Artesia, Ca.) and worked as a lot boy for a cheep car lot over in Downey, Ca. I bought a '54 Olds 88 more door for $50 bucks from them, I already had a '57 Plymouth Belvadere I paid $100 bucks for! The high priced cars were down town Downey, Ca. '57 T-bird $1700 bucks or so and a '55 T-bird $1500 bucks. Check out the prices of those Corvetts at the car lot in the movie.
    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,757


    As a young man Goober had taught him the art of investing,he had followed wisely with his Mayberry wages and aww helll even I can't beleive this line!!
  14. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,254

    Rusty O'Toole

    About the same time (1962) Tom Wolfe wrote the first serious study of the custom car culture by a mainstream journalist, The Kandy Kolor Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby.

    He couldn't figure out where these young working class guys got the money for their cool cars either. He called it "the magic economy". He did put his finger on it when he said they spend all their money on their cars.

    Look at Larry Watson's first car, The Grapevine 50 Chev. He describes how he worked on construction for his uncle one summer and made enough to buy the car.

    Is this possible?

    Suppose he worked June - July - August, 12 weeks of 40 hour weeks @ $2 an hour. That makes $960. Take out a couple of bucks a week for Cokes and candy bars, and the price of a leather jacket and he has around $900 bucks in the bank.

    He lived at home for free and his mom cooked his meals.

    So, for $250 he can buy a 5 year old Chev and get it painted, some whitewall tires and hub caps and gas money left over.

    He pinstriped it himself. That is how he got started painting cars.

    So is that how Steve Bolander did it? Hell no, he's a preppy, his dad paid for his car.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  15. shoveled71
    Joined: Jun 3, 2007
    Posts: 159


    I bought a 67 GTO in 71 for 1000.00 when I was in high school making 1.50 an hour in a gas station.Even found the bucks for mags and headers the first year.Cars didnt always bring the big bucks they do today...
  16. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,254

    Rusty O'Toole

    In those days most new car buyers traded in every 2 years. That was the longest car loan you could get. A 2 year old car was worth less than half what it cost new. A 4 year old car almost nothing.

    You have to keep in mind how fast styles changed. There were bigger changes from year to year than you get these days in 10 years. Cars wore out faster too. It was unusual to see a car with over 100,000 miles and every part on it would be totally beat and worn out. A car with 30,000 was definitely past its best before date.
  17. desotot
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,805


    in 67 I could have bought 49 merc coupe for $50 , it was on the back row at one of those old time car lots, the spark plugs were left out of the heads, motor was toast. I had the money but my dad wouldn,t let me buy it, I was eleven years old.
    as for the 58 impala on american graffiti, I've wondered about that and I decided not to worry about it and instead I sing along with all the songs which drives my wife and kids batty.
  18. oldpaint
    Joined: Jul 25, 2009
    Posts: 357


    Don't you mean "Opie Cunningham"? His dad was Boyd Cunningham.
  19. coolbreeze1340
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,342

    from Indiana

    Lots of kids had cool cars in high school. I bought a brand new NINJA motorcycle (that was what we were in to besides hot rods) my junior year at high school with my own funds. I did have to wait at the Kawasaki dealer for an hour because when the salesman took my license he wouldn't sell it to me because I was under 18 and mom had to sign the sales agreement! We all worked after school and on the weekends and spent every penny on gas and parts.
  20. I wonder why we are not asking why in the opening cruz seen you see the querter of a 67-68 chevy Caprice while fanning the 40 ford with panel painting. I had a 66 SS 396 in 1970 while a junior in high school ( uncle owned a wrecking yard )
  21. CH3NO2JAY
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 244

    from Chicago

    My old man bought his mother (my grandmother Claire) a BRAND NEW car at the age of twelve and paid for it outright with cash in hand. He fished TONS of hours a day and sold all the fish (live) to the fish markets on Clark/etc in Chicago. He was making more than his dad and he was a foreman for the railroad at twelve, but he hustled his ass off and I'm still trying to get him to retire...
  22. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,783

    from California

    he had a cool 58 Impala because if he had his Grandmas hand me down 48 Desoto 4 door the movie wouldn't have been nearly as cool.
  23. 56 Frame Dragger
    Joined: Jan 4, 2011
    Posts: 1,212

    56 Frame Dragger

    If you read the credits at the end of the movie which most people don't he sold acid
  24. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    I remember seeing it on Love American Style. I miss that show. I liked the theme song.
  25. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,788

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    I've always hung out/worked with guys older than I am (53 now, they are in their 60'70's)
    almost all of them drove new or nearly new cars back in the late 50's. My good friend Harley Pete was 17, working in construction, right after HS, and bought a brand new 56 Olds Starfire convertible! Then put a Connie kit, skirts, duals, and lowered it! That car cost as much as a Caddilac.
    The others also owned car that were new, or a year or 2 old, and they customized them, as well. One guy, Lefty Rapetti, who I built a 58 Chevy for, actually owned 3 brand new cars in55. Bought a 55 Ford, drove it for a few months, then started getting beat by the new 55 Chevies. So he traded it in, and bought a 55 Chevy. Wasn't impressed with the overall quality fo the Chevy, even though it was faster, and he thought the Fords looked better customized, so before the year was out, he traded the Chevy in for a new 55 Ford Vicky! These wheren't rich kids either, just suburban NJ teens.
    Remember, back then only the man of the family had to go to work, and make a living to support the whole family. Not like the "improvements" of today, where the mother, father, kids and dog all have to go to work to survive!
  26. Thumper
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,611


    Easy.........he was pimpin out his chick.....:eek:
  27. Hotrod1959
    Joined: Nov 3, 2007
    Posts: 678


    Now that is funny! Except it was Kurt who got the money.

    "He'll make a fine Moose"

    Hey I had a paper route at 12 and bought my first car at 17. That was 1977. The car was a 1964 El Camino. The price was $650
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011
  28. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,844

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I can accept that his parents bought the car..but do you think they would have been okay with him leaving it with Toad, while he went off to college?
  29. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    Actually the kid up the street bought a 59 Chevy convertible by saving his paper route money for several years before he could drive. This was in the same time frame of the movie...62-63 He worked his ass off for several years on big routes but he was the one grinning when he drove that white 59 Chevy with the top down and the red interior. We were all jealous as hell but he got up before dawn for many years. It took me a few years before it dawned on me what he had accomplished.
    Joined: Mar 30, 2010
    Posts: 3,254


    WTF....Its Opie, the sheriff got it in a drug bust.REMEMBER!!!!

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