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nver­cargill ser­vice man­ager Barry Pope en­joys re­build­ing some pretty chal­leng­ing cars. Away from the ev­ery­day work of his garage, he looks for­ward to get­ting home and work­ing in a garage–work­shop com­bi­na­tion that many of us would love to have tucked away in our back­yard.

He cur­rently has two projects on the go at home. One of these is his friend Phil Creedy’s 1958 Chevro­let. Judg­ing by the con­di­tion of Barry’s own clas­sic driver, an im­mac­u­late 1969 HK Holden Monaro, this Chevro­let should be a stun­ner when it’s fin­ished.

It was not quite so good when Phil brought it home, though, as Barry ex­plained: “The car was pretty bad when Phil had it stripped back to bare metal. A lot of pan­els were miss­ing; whole sec­tions, thanks to rust … This car has been a lot of work. A lot has been re­placed.”

Now painted in a bril­liant red, the car is start­ing to take shape and will be a good one to fol­low up on as it nears com­ple­tion.

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