Actually, the car was more Linda's than anybody else's. When Dickie's little sister got a Javelin for her 16th birthday, Linda loved the pony car so much she decided to get one herself and ordered one from Hooker AMC in Sherman, Texas. A lover of all things purple, she chose the color G-4 Plum.
On July 16th, the young couple drove their first new car off the lot. Linda loved the car, and drove it every day until the tornado hit. The falling tree and flying debris caused severe damage to roof and rear quarter. The insurance company considered the car a complete loss and wanted to mark the car as "totaled," but Linda refused. She had the necessary repairs done to make it driveable again, and continued using it for another sixteen years!
For the next two years Linda occasionally drove the Javelin, until the restoration began in earnest. A body shop started the job in 2012, but failed to perform the work as promised. Frustrated, Dickie and Linda had to start all over again and find somebody else to finish the job. Finally, Gary Armstrong of Reno, Texas began restoration of their Javelin in the summer of 2013.
Using a combination of NOS and OEM parts, Armstrong restored the Javelin to near stock condition, except for a few special touches that Linda requested, such as the purple wheels. It two longer than they expected, and cost three times what they'd budgeted, but after nearly two years, Linda finally had her beloved plum Javelin back.
In an email to AutoMoments, her husband Dickie said, "I can honestly say that this restoration of a piece of AMC Automotive History would have never occurred without the persistence and dedication of Linda, and her sentimental love for this car, and I personally feel that this story needs to be told, to provide an inspiration to others interested in keeping the Classic Car Hobby alive."
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