A Stevie Production
You are a father with a teenage son, Anthony, who is seventeen years old.
Anthony recently passed his driver's license and is, of course, still at the stage where he wants to drive at any possible or impossible moment.
You have a small business repairing automobiles on the side - you specialise in older, so called classic cars that modern mechanics do not know much about. Today is Saturday morning, and one of your better customers has dropped off his 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS convertible for a tune - up and general mechanical inspection; he has entered a local car show concours next weekend and wants everything to be perfect. The car stands a very good chance to win first place, but is running a bit roughly; it obviously needs new points, plugs, and a few general minor adjustments.
Although the car is an SS model, in 1965 this was mostly a trim option - it's not automatically a muscle car the way a 1966 SS model would be and could even have been ordered with a 194 c.i.d. (3.2L) 120 h.p. six*.
Accordingly, this car is equipped with a fairly mild drive train - a 283 c.i.d. (4.6L) 225 hp four bbl V8 fed through a column mounted three speed manual transmission. Floor mounted shift levers were an expensive option in this model year and this car is not so equipped; it also has neither power steering nor power brakes.
Although Anthony is generally a good boy, lately you've been getting a little teenage attitude for which you have already spoken to him about, and physical chastisement has been mentioned as a possibility, as has loss of his driving privileges.
You have just finished an emergency repair job on a older car for the son of a friend - the boy is a college student and needs his car to get to class - and you are just about to deliver the car to the lad on the other side of town.
Anthony asks if he could drive the Chevelle into the garage for you. You tell him that he may not, that the Chevelle is somewhat tricky to drive, and that it is a valuable collector item for which repairs are not cheap.
The boy responds that he knows how to drive, and that he'll be careful; you refuse again and tell him to leave the car to him in a more emphatic tone. Anthony is a little miffed, but signifies his agreement.
It takes a little while before you get back and you arrive to a disaster of somewhat less than biblical proportions... the Chevelle is jammed up against the cinder block wall of the garage, with minor damage and scratches to the front trim; one of the chrome pieces around the headlight is ruined and the bumper is dented in a couple of places.
It's not too bad, but there is no possibility that the repairs can be completed before next weekend (that little piece of chrome has to come from a supplier in the U.S.); first place at the Concours is now completely out of the question.
Anthony had never seen a column mount gearshift before and had assumed that the car was an automatic; he carelessly engaged the starter without de-clutching and the car jumped forward - he panicked and did not react in time to prevent disaster - into the wall with some force.
He's almost in tears as he stands there waiting for your reaction - are you going to give Mario Andretti (junior) even more reason to cry?
* The 1966 Chevelle SS package included a 396 c.i.d. (6.5) V8 and heavy duty - three speed transmission (with four speed manual or 3 speed automatic optional).
In 1965, a very few Chevelles were produced with the 396 engine and a special equipment package, but these were not generally available to the public... only 201 were made in all. The normal top engine option in 1965 was a 327 (5.4 L) V8 of about 300 h.p.