Some of you will understand where I am coming from, others will think I am crazy; especially if you read the past 5 pages of what I have gone through with this build. Even I said I would never part with it.
The CJ was finished and I was enjoying it. My new wife loved riding in it and it brought smiles to our face. Then an interesting turn of events happened.
Her father got some bad news on his health and only 61 yrs old. He decided that since he didn't know how much time he has left, he wants to make what he has the best it can be. For him, that means downsizing and he and his wife traveling like they have always wanted. The downsizing involves selling their jet skis and just keeping their fishing boat, selling his beat around truck that he seems to always be working on, getting out of the volunteer fire department, truly getting to what he wants to do with his time. Included in this, is selling his beloved '65 Corvette Convertible. He plans to put all the $ gained from selling stuff to travel.
When he shared the news with us, we were of course saddened by his health situation but know if anyone can hang on, it's him. We've been expecting the news on his health so while it wasn't a shock it's still hard to hear. My wife was holding it together as he told us. Then, when he mentioned the Vette getting sold, my wife's eyes welled up in tears. You see, Her uncle bought the Vette new and sold it to her dad in '79. She was two years old. There isn't a memory in her head that doesn't include that car. 100s of pics over the years, that car is in most of them. She also knew it would hurt him to sell it. I knew what I had to do.
The CJ7 is gone. It went to a good home. The guy who bought it is a Jeep freak like me and fell in love when he saw it. I made back all the money I put into it plus some extra. I am fine with that. Since I owed nothing on credit cards, etc. I was able to use the CJ money and add some from savings to purchase the Vette from my father-in-law. He sold it to me for less than half of what it was appraised at. I am happy with the transaction.
Again, some of you may think I was stupid to sell the CJ, but I can tell you with 100% honesty, it was the best thing I could have done for my wife. She smiles and gets teary eyed now but out of happiness. She has her car and the memories that come with it. Just look at her smile! No CJ could ever replace that. The Vette has been a part of her family - something everyone has ridden in, talked about while having a beer, etc..
I still have my LJ and my JK to build and play with. No worries there. And who knows, there may be another CJ in my future. But for now, the Vette is everything I could ask for for my wife. AdamH's 76 CJ7 build is over. Cheers.