back in 2011 as just a shell with a transmission and a 355 motor. I started out getting the engine running with a set of rebuilt double-hump heads and new intake, carb, distributor, fuel pump, starter, and radiator. Next we needed headers and a Pypes exhaust. After that we put on four new drum brakes, all the lines and hardware, and an emergency brake kit. The transmission was in decent shape with a mild shift kit and needing only new gaskets to stop a leak.
Once the mechanicals were put back in order, we dug into the body. We stripped the car to bare metal and replaced any questionable metal, which the previous owner did a great job of covering up.
Next came a divorce and a falling-out with the shop doing the work. The car sat in my garage for two years.
Fast-forward to signed divorce papers, a few bucks back in my pocket, and two very talented restorers and a newly opened shop ready to show what they could do with their first job. They reworked the previous shop’s lessthan-desired bodywork, searched for original lost parts on the web, and spent another year working on the body, interior, and restoring all the chrome and bright metal to show condition.
They dropped the car 2 inches and added a mini subframe upgrade kit to what I think is a greatlooking and -handling, fun-to-drive classic. I also installed a high-end, top-of-the-line sound system with a sub in the trunk, totaling close to $6,000 in equipment.
After owning a 1966 Corvette coupe, a 1968 Corvette convertible, and 1964 Malibu, this is by far my favorite.
By the way, at its first car show in August it won First Place out of 130 cars and runner-up best of show to an original 427 Camaro. Well worth the wait! I’m looking forward to more shows.