ANOTHER H/O PACE CAR

Muscle Car Review - - Letters -

I was just read­ing your May 2018 is­sue and saw the Me­cum Kis­sim­mee cov­er­age (“Sold!” bit.ly/2xxEzAs). I was at that sale, but more sig­nif­i­cantly, I have one of the

268 Y74 Olds you men­tion. It was my dad’s new; he gave it to me in about 1982 with a dropped valve. I had to res­cue it from the 405 free­way in the [San Fer­nando] Val­ley or he said it would be towed for scrap! I re­built the mo­tor on my pa­tio in Tarzana in about 1985, then stored it at my grandma’s garage for about 20 years. Fi­nally 10 years ago my brother and I took it com­pletely apart and did a pretty good resto for am­a­teurs, I think.

It’s mod­i­fied quite a bit be­cause when I got it, that’s what we did in the mid 1980s, right? And it had 158,000 fam­ily car miles by then. We even did the paint, so it’s not per­fect. But the best shop in town wanted over $10,000, and av­er­age guys can’t af­ford that. The en­gine/trans are orig­i­nal. The diff is a Chevy 12-bolt swapped at a GM dealer in about 1978 when the orig­i­nal blew up. They said the 12-bolt was bet­ter, and they were right.

My best quar­ter-mile time is 13.9 at 99 mph at Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Race­way. But it’s mostly for lo­cal shows. It’s heavy!

Mick McCabe

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