I was on the road and working around Alabama . I'd bought this 1963 Chey Impala of a mechanic . The car ran great . We had two weeks off for Christmas and decided to go home , it had been three years since I last visited home . Get my things together , and spent that night in my motel room . It went down to 18 degrees that night . No anti-freeze , Eeeeeek ! Everything froze solid a friend had a heated garage and let me thaw it out everything seemed ok , no noticeable damage . Being me , I had a collection of odds -n- ends with me . Sleeping bag , warm cloths , some basic tools and a roll of 500 ft. Roll of 12 gage wire I found in a dumpsters in those days , I smoked a little weed so I'd bought a bag of alligator clips , you know , roach clips . I hit the inter state north to home . About 15 miles up the road , (poof) smoke pouring out from under the dash . No power , nothing , no lights , ignition , nothing . My heater burst , water every where , again , Eeeek..! Everything under the dash fried ! Got out the wire , wired everything I needed , lights , ignition , everything needed to get my butt home . Back in those days , cars were very easy to wire , nothing more than what needed to make it go + I used to make custom harnesses for Harley's in those days so it was easy to wire . Wires and clips hanging every where , LOL..... I had to cut the hose to the heater to keep from losing water . NO HEAT , NO DEFROST . EeeeeeK ! I bought spay can de-icer , wrapped in my sleeping bag and drove 1300 miles ! It was about 15 degrees all the way home !!! I made it , dressed in my cold weather cloths , gloves and many a spray can later , HOME .......! Ho Ho Hom, I made it !