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Old Sep 1st, 12, 11:04 AM
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I never started a thread about my 67 from start to they are never finished I thought last night that I will start one and post up a little history from when it arrived in my driveway to the current updates and little projects.

I don't have any pictures of it when it first came off the trailer. I bought my 67 from the second owner in 1995. He he bought it in 1972 repainted it red with the black stripes in 1972, the original color was butternut yellow.

We dropped it in the driveway and it sat for a little while. It had not run in about 5 years and the people wanted to get rid of that pile of crap in the driveway....I bought it for $500.00. I was told the engine and trans were rebuilt built but something had happened and it will not run and it was parked, 5 years later it became mine.

After some clean up:







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Old Sep 1st, 12, 11:18 AM
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A few months later I decided to see what had "happened" to the engine and why it did not run. First thing was to pull the intake. I found the first hint when I pulled the first valve cover, some broken valve springs and some bent push rods. I pulled the intake and found that it had lifters that were out of the bores and just laying in the intake and of course the other side had more broken valve springs and bent push rods. The intake had not been removed, it was sealed very well. I have no idea what some could have done to get the lifter out of the bores....a possibility they used lifter tool from and reached from the head into the valley and pulled them out?

It had 4bbl cast gm intake and big double pumper holley carb. I was at the swap meet (regular home stuff and junk) and bought a 2 bbl carb and intake for $10.00. I brought it home and rebuilt the carb, bought a new set of lifters after inspecting the cab lobes that appeared to look good and I found enough push rods in my collection of engine parts along with valve springs and put it back together.

I ran a compression check and the 327 had some very good numbers in the 160 PSI range and hardly any variation between cylinders.

I fired her up and kept the revs up to break in the cam to the new set of lifters. I had reused the old plug wires, plugs etc and she ran fine....actually very well. The trans did not need any fluid and she went into gear. My biggest expense was at the time about $35.00 for the lifters $10.00 for the carb and intake. Carb rebuild kit was about $15.00, gaskets and some ultra black, oil and filter. So for less than $100.00 she was running and running pretty good

This is what it looked like after it was put back together on that budget.

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Old Sep 1st, 12, 11:24 AM
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A few of the troubled spots on the body from over the years, typical rust:

The 67 was in San Diego all it's life in the El Cajon area, I lived in Lakeside at the time just few miles away so this is Ca inland rust......









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Old Sep 1st, 12, 11:32 AM
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Over some time I made some improvements. The old 2bbl carb split and the fuel line intake of the carb so I upgraded to 4 bbl and edelbrock intake that I painted orange.

From 1996 to 2005 I put about 125,000 miles on the 67. I drove the heck out of it. It was my daily driver and that was with the same engine and trans I pieced together. Over the years I replaced a few valve springs...and some push rods. Typical oil changes and tune up parts but never anything major.







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Old Sep 1st, 12, 11:40 AM
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A few shots of the outside and what ever else I can find. I rebuilt the entire front suspension, used hotchkiss front springs and sway bar and some e-bay koni shocks. I had upgraded to disc brakes at some point but drover her with 4 wheel drums for many miles. I had job offer in Arkansas and moved from San Diego to Arkansas. The company shipped the 67 for me.









I also had this 69 SS396 I bought with me from San Diego...the company shipped it also.

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Old Sep 1st, 12, 11:44 AM
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Decided in late 2005 that I was going to take few months (6-8) and do some body work and have her painted.









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Old Sep 1st, 12, 11:58 AM
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I decided the subframe would come out for some paint, a full rebuild of steering parts and new bushings. I thought I would finally pull the engine apart. The engines original heads 2BBl heads has rust in the water jackets and the corner bolts were pulling out because the heads were broken from internal rot.

When I pulled it about I found it had been bored .030 over, it has flat top forged pistons and steel crank, it had also been balanced. The crank was perfect and just needed polish. The pistons skits were very nice and cylinder walls still had very nice cross hatch and very little wear. I just gave it power hone and replaced the rings and of course all new bearings including cam bearings and put it back together.

I bought some vortec heads and performer RPM vortec intake. I bought a GM 327 350 H/P blue print cam that went back into it. It also got a turbo 350 trans I found for free from running driving car 75 Nova along with the 8.5 3:43 posi rear end. I just had to pull it all, it was going to be dirt track car.









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Old Sep 1st, 12, 12:18 PM
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After getting the 67 back from paint....that 6-8 months turned into 3 years, I realized the paint was coming up from poor prep. I sued the painter and won but was now stuck with 67 that looked good put would have paint coming off in year or two.

It was painted 2002 Prowler Pearl Orange. The painter also just flat screwed up the stinger hood paint and stripe. It was supposed to be a single stripe just on top of the cowl like a Vett....this guy was an idiot!!







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Old Sep 1st, 12, 12:26 PM
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Fast forward a year or two, the car is Little Rock Arkansas being redone and this time she comes completely apart to redo it, why I don't know??

Chis Branson treated me right. It took some time and I had to pay here and there but he worked with me and I would come up to work on the 67 to help out. The body was reworked in some areas, the paint came totally off and down to metal as it was thought there might have been a reaction with a mix and match of products.

The floor pans and trunk pan in these pics are the original GM sheet metal!!! They need very little work in just couple very small spots.











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Old Sep 1st, 12, 12:30 PM
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As time marches on wholesale changes start to take place in what I originally planned for looks and paint.

Remember that orange engine







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Nice story! Nice PRICE! I wish I would have bought mine a few years before I did. Thanks Barret Jackson.
Great company you work for.
More pics please....
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Old Sep 1st, 12, 12:36 PM
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Some various paint and body pics, we played with a two tone that I liked very much!!



Look close and you will see some of the body redo that needed to be done at the rear 1/4 and sail panel area.








A new All steel stinger hood with functional cowl induction!!





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Well Chris was doing great and really treating me right. I was going to Little Rock ever few weeks to work on the 67. I was going to get transferred by my company from Arkansas to Tucson AZ. I was able to give Chris about 3 months notice. The thrash begins to get some color on her all the while he one man operation and has a number of other projects going. I started helping with one of those doing s little mechanical work to help him out while he worked on mine. Chris is a great guy and with out his help picking me up from the airport to work on my car and letting me spend the night and lunch, dinner and beer buys going back and fourth he got it done and delivered my 67 to the house we were moving out of in Arkansas 120 miles away from his shop 2 days before it was to be shipped to Tucson!! Thanks Chris....you are an awesome guy!!

What Chris accomplished over a week!! While working other projects in his shop!!

The color changed to 2010 Camaro Inferno Orange.









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Old Sep 1st, 12, 12:48 PM
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Some more pics of Chris's excellent work:













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Old Sep 1st, 12, 12:50 PM
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Ready to deliver to my house.....I think this was about 10:00 PM that we loaded it for the trip to Camden AR.











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