Keith Brown's '77 Cutlass


My '77 Cutlass was originally bought by my Great Aunt in 1977. Since she was in her late 60s at the time, the car was not used much and was garaged. My dad bought the car for the price of what my Great Aunt paid in taxes for her '86 Cutlass (which was given to my mom's sister a few years ago and now looks like it was run over by a Mack Truck - it is so sad). I started driving the car when I got my license in 1994 and I'm still driving it today.
Last year I decided to have it restored. There was a lot of body rot (Those Rhode Island winters can be tough) and the trunk had enough holes in it to be a pasta strainer. So I brought my car to this guy in town and a year later (I thought it would be 3 months, don't ask) it was done. The roof was taken off and replaced with another Cutlass roof because mine was in such bad shape. The only thing on the inside that was changed was the carpet. Everything else is original. It only has 90,000 miles on it and used to run like a champ. Since it sat in the garage so long during its reconstruction, when I got it back I ran into all sorts of mechanical problems. To the garage it went and many things had to be tweaked and replaced.
It still needs work. Although it looks good on the outside, the rear window still leaks. Hopefully, that will be fixed this weekend. There are a few emblems that need to be put back on and the new vinyl top is slowly coming off! My goal is to take it off completely and have it all painted red. I think that it is more trouble than it is worth. After all this trouble, I think I would still do it again. This car is a part of my family. I can remember when my Great Aunt owned it - she would bring it to my granparent's summer home and I would get to sit on the front seat arm rest. Of course, I was alot smaller then. Up until right before she died she would tell me to get a new car, but I couldn't part with it. I think she would be very upset if she knew how much money I have put into it, but I'm sure she would say that it looks beautiful.


Keith's Email: kbro@etal.uri.edu