PEQUOT LAKES -- Fred Haeg probably has the only car, a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 four-door sedan, in the area with straight exhaust pipes made for a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail.
Actually his car's exhaust system is nothing more than two tail pipes connected to the engine's exhaust manifolds with the Harley pipes on the end.
He said he removed the pipes from one of his two Softails after receiving complaints that they were blowing dirt and sand around.
These chrome pipes aren't the only thing that shines on this classic. It was repainted in its original vintage burgundy by Crow Wing Auto Body in Pequot Lakes. Haeg said he also buffed every item on the car that shined, including the silver side moldings.
"I went right straight through it," he said.
But this car, which Haeg purchased new from a Gaylord Ford dealership in December 1963, for $2,300, wasn't in that rough of condition to begin with.
It sat in Haeg's garage for several years. The only major damage was the fading of the paint, Haeg said.
As evidence, a person can look in the car's door jams. These were not repainted. The new paint still matches these areas.
Haeg said employees of the body shop worked on the car at their leisure. He estimated he spent $8,000 for the car's complete restoration. The paint job cost $4,438.
"I didn't want to see it die," he said.
He also put a new clutch, throwout bearing, brake master cylinder, new hoses and even new rubbers in the heater trap doors of this classic.
He also painted the heads and the block of the 289-cubic inch eight-cylinder engine.
When asked if he was going to enter this classic in car shows, he said, "No, you go and they say, 'Oh that rich guy.'"
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