My Favorite Ride: Decades later, man gets another 1960s muscle car – The Herald-Times

Alan Fluke had his muscle-car days a long time ago, back when he owned a rotating assortment: a 1970 Chevelle Malibu, a 1970 Chevy Nova and a few late-1960s Pontiac GTOs.
Those were the days.
And they have returned. 
Two weeks ago, Fluke traded his dark gray lifted 2016 Jeep Wrangler for a 1967 Chevy Malibu. He had been talking for 20 years, his wife said, about getting another fast car from the 1960s.
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They took a trip a few months ago to a big Jeep show in Gatlinburg, a final Jeep fling where his vehicle held its own among hundreds of others. Fluke’s wife has had back surgery since then, and climbing in and out of the vehicle was not easy.
It was time for a change. “I am a Ford truck guy and a Chevy muscle car guy, but we got that Jeep and joined the Jeep club over here in Ellettsville,” he said. The Jeep was for show and never went off road.
“It was as clean underneath as it was inside,” Fluke said. “The dealership where I traded it sold it in two days.”
That would be Fletcher Jeep and Chrysler in Franklin, where Fluke spotted the 1967 Malibu that is now parked in his garage.
“I was going to look for another 1970, then I started thinking about a ’67 or  ’68,” he said. “Then I came across this ’67 parked on the showroom floor.”
It was just the car he was looking for, although he wasn’t so fond of the Mountain Green color. “But the more I look at it, the more I like it,” he said. “I love the car.”
His new Malibu has just 66,000 original miles and spent a lot of time parked. “All the seals are dried out and the transmission needs some work,” he said. “I can do most of it. The car is drivable, but it needs some attention.” The upholstery is in good shape, he said, except for a tear in the front bench seat.
He will spent the winter in the garage with the car, making it like new after more than 50 years. There’s a rust spot in the trunk to fix. And there are some embellishments he intends to add to the car: dual exhaust, an SS hood with a scoop and chrome trim. He’s already added station wagon springs to lift the car’s rear end. 
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The Malibu reminds Fluke of his first car, a 1967 Buick GS 400 that had a 400 four-barrel engine with a four-speed transmission. “It was green, and I bought if off the original owner. You know, the Buicks and Chevelles from 1967 looked a lot alike.”
That Buick he got when he was 17 didn’t last very long.   
“I went to a party one night and could not drive home,” he said, recalling a night of underage drinking more than 40 years ago.
“I asked my buddy if he could drive a stick shift, and he said could, but I think he drove it home in first gear. It messed up the rod bearing in the motor and that was that. But I got home in one piece.”
Then he got that 1970 Chevelle. “I sold it to my cousin,” he recalled. “Then he blew the motor in it, so I bought it back and put in another motor. That car, I kind of wish I still had it.” 
These days, he mostly drives his 2017 Ford F-150 four-door, four-wheel drive pickup. With the Chevelle as backup, on sunny days.
He says he won’t sell this one, ever — unless he gets offered a huge sum of money.
“I always told everybody I’d have another one someday.”
Contact reporter Laura Lane at [email protected], 812-331-4362 or 812-318-5967.

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