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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:23 am 

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From the Newton, IA, Daily News: ... e/avhn3hv/

For Brad and Linda Donahue of Monroe, a 1952 black DeSoto takes them back to simpler times and reminds them of the good ol’ days. The couple showed off their car at the annual Monroe Car Show and Smoke Out on Saturday.

The car belonged to Linda Donahue’s granddad, “Grandpa Mittman” who was a dairy farmer. The DeSoto was then passed down to each kid in the family, according to Brad Donahue.

“Linda’s folks learned how to drive with it,” Brad Donahue said. “They would also drive it to Des Moines, which was a big deal then.”

Once the vehicle had seen better days, and the radiator went out, the car was parked behind a barn and forgotten about.

“It sat out in the weeds for 30 years,” Brad Donahue said. “It wasn’t until at a family reunion that someone asked about that car and where it was.”

In 2010 the car was dug out and the couple went to work on restoring the family vehicle. The DeSoto that was once a bright green was transformed into a black and sleek vehicle.

“It took us about five years to restore,” Brad Donahue said. “It took a lot of work to get it to where it is now.”

All the hard work was worth it when he was able to see his wife’s priceless reaction to the now driveable DeSoto.

“She was pretty happy,” Brad Donahue said. “She was the first to drive it home after its final repairs.”

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:15 pm 

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Great story - thanks for sharing!

"It's delightful, it's delovely, it's DeSoto"

"It's delightful, it's delovely, it's DeSoto"

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