Thirty-one years of commitment to preserve his Trans Am is Jasper resident Tony Aaron's unique time capsule. He purchased it from CC Knight Motors in Ellijay at age 18 after saving money for the down-payment from his job at Piggly Wiggly. After refusing to drive it in the rain, he drove his mother's car, and within a few years he decided to see how long he could keep it in the original condition.
The 1980 Pontiac Trans Am has 6225 miles and original tires that are not drivable because the belts have separated. He drives it enough each year to keep it working properly. It still has the 1982 Safety Inspection sticker intact which is no longer required in Georgia.
Tony also has a Ford truck fetish with year models 1957-1960 and currently has restored three. Twelve years ago he purchased a 1957 Ford F-600 Fire Truck from the City of Jasper for $1,200. He primarily uses it to pull his camper after he upgraded to a 460 engine. It also has been used in local parades representing the American Red Cross.
A few years later he bought a 1960 Ford F-750 Fire Truck from Gibsonville, North Carolina and recounted that it took many man hours to remove the fire truck equipment. A nice car could be bought for the price of the bed, but needed for a showpiece hauling the 1960 Ford F-100 that belonged to his father. He refuses to sell his father's truck since he learned to drive with it, and he took Penny, his wife of 25 years, on their first date.
Tony says he's finished restoring cars because "it cost too much". He does have a sentimental car that needs some TLC. He purchased a 1974 Ford LTD that was Eunice Caylor's who recently passed away. His father was a salesman for Vernie Jones Ford and this was his demonstrator and remembers riding to school in it when it was brand new.
Tony is a member of the 1st Mountains Cruisers that meet the first Saturday of each month from April to October at Quick Burger in Tate. There is no cost to join and all money raised from the 50/50 drawing is given to local charities. A a trophy is awarded each show with the winner decided by a secret judge. For information on the 1st Mountain Cruisers, contact Tony at 706-253-1960, Terry Haynes at 770-735-3189 or Danny Davis at 770-345-2340.
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Jasper, Georgia in Pickens County in the North Georgia Mountains Blaine, Hinton, Jasper, Ludville, Marble Hill, Nelson, Talking Rock & Tate GA
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