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Schmitt proud of his 1934 Ford Coupe

Marvin Schmitt, of Streator, sits in the driver's side of his 1934 Ford Coupe.
Marvin Schmitt, of Streator, sits in the driver's side of his 1934 Ford Coupe.

Marvin Schmitt, of Streator, had a 1955 Chevy back in 1960, before it was considered a classic car.

Other than that, Schmitt hasn't owned any classic cars until he retired about 10 years ago and was looking for something to pass the time.

Schmitt found a 1934 Ford Coupe — he wanted the make and model because it has "suicide" doors, which are doors that open in the front rather than the back.

"I bought it from a guy just outside Rochester, Minn., about 10 years ago," he said. "That was when I was retired. I figured I'd have some to play around with it. I've just been going to car shows."

Schmitt says he hasn't changed the car's appearance, just making routine maintenance changes like putting on new tires and installing a new carburetor.

"It's just a normal street rod," he said. "It has aluminum wheels and the top has been lowered a bit."

Schmitt and his wife take the car out for joyrides and he takes it to car shows in the area, including in La Salle, Ottawa, Cornell, Pontiac and Cherry.

"I get a lot of people looking at it, a lot of older people that had the car in their time," he said.

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