Parting with a unique vehicle is both blessing and curse. It can be fun to follow the machine as it goes from owner to owner, being loved and improved over time. Then again, it can be gut-wrenching to see it neglected and half-assed into a withered husk of its former self.
I like seeing my old daily driver, a 92 Galant VR4, being prepared for rally competition by the new owner on the east coast, but it depresses me to see my first automotive love, Daisy, my 97 Talon, has had 3 owners and 4 accidents (according to CarFax) since I sold her. The only way to avoid such disappointment is to chop up the car and scrap it yourself.
Paul had an amazing, show quality Eclipse. Pretty much everyone in the DSM community knew the car. Over time, he came to the decision to part it out. Did you catch Part 1? Here we go with Part 2.
[bd] You said you still work in the automotive industry and still have a strong general interest in it. Can you elaborate? What do you do for a living and how would you describe your current automotive interests?
[pv] I work as a domestic sales associate for Motor State Distributing. We’re an aftermarket performance parts distributor and sell to retail stores, speed shops, engine builders, and race team all across the globe. So, I get my automotive fix and my fill 8 hours every day. It’s a fun job for a gearhead. And it’s an automotive job that won’t burn you out of wanting to work on your own cars and car projects when you get home.
Since my last interview with you guys, a lot of my interests have shifted to parts fabrication. I took up welding and have been having a good time building parts for others DSMers. It’s a market and a hobby all in its own. And I plan to continue to keep at it for the time being. I still enjoy going to the local race tracks, talking cars with friends, and poking around the DSM forum boards too.
[bd] Something that stands out to me as I read your responses, is how you mention your reservations and wanting to avoid the spotlight, yet built what has to be considered a top tier show car. Granted, just because a car is show quality doesn’t necessarily mean one takes it out and shows it off (thus being in said spotlight), but I feel like there’s an interesting dynamic there.
What was it about building such a striking, attention-grabbing vehicle that appealed to you as one who doesn’t necessarily want the attention? What kept you moving forward on the car over the years?
[pv] One thing to consider is that I’ve owned that car for 12 years now. I was 19 years old when I bought it. I was young, and very impressionable, and easily influenced by fads and whatnot. And ‘The Fast and The Furious’ was a big thing when I was 19. I thought I needed a car that stood out and I loved the way I made it look back then. Fast forward to my late 20’s and early 30’s, I would have killed for my car to be stock appearing. Everybody eventually grows up and old and changes their opinion of what looks good, and I was no exception.
But looks aside, it was a great chassis. Zero rust, zero dents, and only a few small scratches. Beautiful black interior, low mileage… The list goes on. Those things kept me going with that chassis for as long as I did. And as much as I wanted to paint it one solid color and restore it to a stock appearing car again, I just couldn’t justify the costs. Afterall, I always had an ongoing list of go-fast bits that needed to be purchased and a man has to have priorities.