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with license plates from every year since 1915 (minus 1944, which Livingston said used paper plates). He also has, he added, a box filled with license plates in the garage next door — behind a home that his son used to live in. It’s in the garage next door where Livingston stores his restored vehicles. The most noticeable of the three in his main stall is the 1951 red Mercury, which Livingston said he bought in 2000. “This was one of the ugliest cars you could’ve picked to fix up,” he said. “It was a rust bucket from one end to the other.” Livingston’s son Darrell did the painting on the Mercury, but Livingston said he worked on the rest of it. The car features a 350 Chevy engine, and has a new dash console and seats from a Buick Park Avenue. “It does run,” Livingston pointed out. He drove the car through the Danish Days parade — along with other members of the Yankton Antique Auto Association — on July 21 in Viborg. It’s the other car in this garage that has the most intriguing story, though, Livingston said. The 1925 Model T Ford Roadster, in the corner of the garage, was built by Livingston in 1962 from pieces he tracked down from many different locations. The body still has all the original wood. The fenders don’t match. Livingston said he found the motor and transmission in a grain pile in someone’s farm, and found other pieces in salvage yards. “It isn’t perfect, but it’s better than not having one,” he said, with a smile. Next to the Model T Roadster is a 1940 Chevrolet pickup with 47,000 miles — that vehicle isn’t driven much, Livingston said. One Shot Is All It Could Take! In an adjacent stall in the garage, Livingston proudly shows off a 1925 Model-T with a steel cab. It has a Volkswagen chassis, he added, that would allow the car to reach 80 miles per hour. “But I’ll never get it done,” Livingston said. The tour isn’t complete, Livingston added, without a look through his photo album over in his “man cave.” He flipped through the album and had a story for each photo: Him with cars he rebuilt. Him with trucks he restored. Him with his wife, Mary Jo. Him working in the garage or in the body shop. It’s all part of his story, Livingston said. It’s all part of his life-long affinity for restoring antique cars. n Did you know people who do not wear hearing protection while shooting can suffer a severe hearing loss with as little as one shot, if the conditions are right? You can prevent hearing loss by using appropriate hearing protective devices. Talk with our audiologists to choose the type of hearing protection that is right for you. We’re H“ear” For You! EAR, NOSE & THROAT ASSOCIATES, P.C. 2525 Fox Run Parkway, Suite 101, Yankton 605-665-0062 • 1-866-665-0062 • www.entyankton.com Beth J. Beeman Au. D, CCC-A Todd A. Farnham Au. D, CCC-A HISVOICEvSEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018v9

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