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Car Guy Diary – 12/31/2013 – Glove Box Stuffing

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When you buy a car, new or used, the glove box can be a source of untold treasures. For car people, the documents, books, manuals and other bits and pieces can be real prizes. When you buy a vintage car, the treasure hunt can be really rewarding.
When I bought my ’65 Rambler Marlin, the car came with no keys and a locked glove box. Not taking “no” for an answer, I reached behind the dashboard and split the seam on the cardboard glove box and tripped the lock on the glove box door. The treasures within were both prizes and penalties. A broken bottle of cheap cologne gave the rest of the contents a nasty smell when combined with the odor of the mouse nest sharing the space. With the penalties out of the way, it was time to count the prizes.
Most of the original books and documents that would have been found in the glove box when the car was new, were still there when I opened it 45 years later…though they smelled a little different.

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