Junkyard Find: Jacqui's Chevelle May Clog Crusher With Excess Bondo

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

Poor Jacqui. Her ’64 Chevelle sedan looked great with her name on the trunklid, surrounded by airbrushed vines and flowers. Then the mean tow-truck man showed up and hauled it away.

Well, maybe this Chevy (which I found in a Denver self-serve yard last week) had a few cosmetic flaws, including an unfortunate bowling-ball-dropped-from-5th-floor dent in the roof.

I like to use chicken-wire as an armature when I use this much Bondo on a car, but that’s just me.

I’m slightly tempted to buy this trunklid for garage display, but not before I hang the Goddess of the Rockies milk-truck door in there first.

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Obbop Obbop on Sep 04, 2011

    A rolling memorial for the ocean explorer who invented (perfected?) scuba? For extra points, without peeking on the Web, what does the acronym "scuba" translate to ye lowly landlubber pollywogs? The Disgruntled One misses the Cousteau TV specials but, admittedly, your Cootness does not have access to anything other than the handful of over-the-air broadcast TV offerings. Now, go forth and do what ye would will do when not doing what ye are doing now.

    • Dynasty Dynasty on Sep 04, 2011

      Recently I mad a very very grave mistake of hiring an incompetent south of the border "contractor" to redo my front porch. From the looks of the bondo job on that car, I'm not one bit surprised how my porch almost ended up. 90% of the work I had done before firing this scam artist was the wrong materials, bad cuts, the wrong nails, the wrong screws, and everything was either crooked or jacked up somehow. It looked mediocre from across the street two streets down. Jacqui's Chevelle may have looked okay at night time, in the rain, and fog, with no street lights (like my porch almost ended up). Because as sure as day the god awful mural on the deck lid of that car, the retarded wheels & tires, and piss poor color choices do nothing for it. All that car is missing is some lettering on the back window saying, "In loving memory of Julio de Contrares Gonzalez Perez Guadalupe", and a banner on the front window spelling out MEXICAN. I guess that is not all it's missing. Needs some curb feelers and hydraulics too. Hydraulics may have been too much for the 1/2" bondo job to hold though.

  • Andy D Andy D on Sep 04, 2011

    Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

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  • Eric No, I just share my opinions. I have no use nor time for rhetoric from any side.
  • Redapple2 Jeez. This is simple. I 75 and 696 area. 1 nobody -NOBODY wants to work in downtown Detritus. 2 close to the tech ctr. Design and Engineering HQ. 20 miles closer to Milford.3 lower taxes for the employees. Lower taxes for Evil GM Vampire.4 2 major expressways give users more options to suburbs. Faster transport.Jeez.
  • Clark The Ring (Nürburgring) is the only race track I've driven on. That was 1985 or 1986 with my '73 Fiat Spider (and my not-so-happy girlfriend). So I made the Karussell (today: Caracciola Karussell, which I believe the author meant; there is another one: Kleines Karussell).
  • AZFelix This article takes me back to racing electric slot cars with friends on tracks laid out in the basement. Periodically your car would stop due to lost connections or from flying off the track and you would have to dash over to it and set it right. In the mean time your competitor would race ahead until faced with a similar problem. It seemed like you were struggling harder to keep from losing than trying to win. Fun times.“History never repeats itself, but it does often rhyme.” Mark Twain