Ken & Denise Valentine at Waxahachie Town Square Car Show. Ken Valentine owner of “Greasy Strangers Garage”
(Ken was born and raised in NYC but he got to Texas as fast as he could.)
Ken’s first experience with classic cars started when he was 10 or 12 years old. His family lived in a Long Island, NY neighborhood. There was an old gentleman that lived on the corner of their street that had a garage full of rare classic cars. Ken became friends with the old man and would hang out with him in the garage and learned how to polish fenders on the classic cars. Ken said every time there was a parade in town you would see the old man driving one of his classics cars in it.
Ken said when he was age 15 he was walking to school and back everyday. One day on his daily walk he noticed this early 60’s model MG Midget parked in one of the driveways that he passed. The MG was a neglected project that just sat in the driveway unused, uncared for and unloved. Ken said he felt this little car pulling on his emotions everyday when he walked by. It was like it was calling out his name.
One day Ken decided that he was going to buy the little MG. On his way home from school he stopped and knocked on the door. He asked if the little car in the driveway was for sell. He was told that the owner wasn’t there today to come back tomorrow. Ken came back the next day and talked to the owner and bought the MG his first car for $50.
Ken and his friends pushed it home and he began to work on the engine attempting to get it to run. After some study, time and effort he got it running and sold it for a small profit. And that is when the classic car bug bit Ken. From age 15 to 18 Ken had bought, repaired and sold about 24 different cars. He had a ’60 Triumph TR3, ’67 Camaro, ’67 Cougar, ’61 Plymouth Fury III, several pick ups including a ’52 Ford pick up that he still owns today.
Ken started his excavating business in 1980 with his ’52 Ford pick up. At some point he had to upgrade to a newer truck and he retired the ’52 Ford. Ken decided to keep it and he planned to get it restored and drive it as his personal vehicle. Ken took the ’52 Ford to several auto body shops over the years to get it restored. He said there always seemed to be some reason why they couldn’t get started on it. Ken decided to gather up all the pieces of the ’52 pick up bring them home and do the restoration himself. In mid January 2012 the ’52 Ford pick up is back on the road. If you come out to take the classic tour ask Ken for a short cruise in his 1952 Ford Pick Up.
Billy “The Kid” Hamilton Lead Mechanic of “Greasy Strangers Garage”
Check out the sign Billy made for Ken’s birthday in 2016. Call or text Billy after 6 pm weekdays anytime weekends at 817-727-9902 for quotes on signage or email anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call or text us at 972-935-1660 or email email@example.com
Gary started “A Touch of Classics in 2011 after trading a 1996 Volvo wagon for a 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe. The 1966 Mustang had been dead in the previous owners garage for 10 years. Gary brought it back to life, got it tagged and inspected and sold it for a small profit. This was the first time he had tinkered with classic cars since about 1980.
Gary really enjoyed bringing the Mustang back to life and getting it back on the road and decided to buy another classic Mustang to fix up and sell. As he was shopping for another Mustang he went to check out a 1967 Mustang Coupe that he saw listed on Craigslist owned by Ken Valentine.
After Gary and Ken discussed the 1967 Mustang and Ken showed Gary his car collection. Just before Gary was about to leave Ken asked Gary if he would be interested in helping him market his classic cars. Gary told Ken that sounded like a fun way to make some extra money. And their classic car association began. Gary now has several classic car collector friends that have approx. 500 vehicles available for sale or trade. If you are looking for a particular classic car or truck or have a collection you would like to sell call or text Gary at 972-935-1660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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