READER’S RIDE

Muscle Car Review - - Contents -

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.

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