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70 years old and into heavy metal

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

We all hope to retire someday with the means to do what we love to do. Some want to travel, some want to build things or maybe be a weather man. 

We spoke with an East Texan lucky enough to live his dream retirement through his love of cars.

James Monroe has been retired for quite a while now. Not long enough to have been the fifth President of the United States like another James Monroe, but long enough to amass a pretty good collection of cars. And, he's picky about his purchases.

"This is a 1950 Bentley. It was in terrible shape when I got it," He said.

He fixed it up himself. And, since parts are expensive and hard to find he made some himself, like forming a fender out of a Volkswagen fender.

"This is a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. This car was the most awful chocolate color with a slime green roof and a red pinstripe," James said.

He fixed that. He's helping a buddy fix his Rolls Royce on a diesel truck chassis. The Model A didn't need any fixing. He says it's…

"Lots of fun."

He also has a 1929 Ford Sedan and a 1936 Oldsmobile and a 1928 Ford Phaeton, and a…

"…Rolls Royce Corniche. This car is expensive. I don't go to anywhere fancy enough to drive this car. It's an old mafia car from Dallas. The owner was murdered and it's a sad story," James said.

I stopped asking him questions about that car. I really didn't want to know too much.

Sitting in the Bentley looking at James in the Rolls only one question came to mind, "Pardon me; do you have any Grey Poupon?"

"Why certainly," he replied.

Man, I'd hate to have to buy this guy a Christmas present. He already has everything.

James Monroe uses his cars for a limo service, mostly weddings, and he says that's where he gets the money for parts.

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