My Dad helped me buy this car when I was 16 back in 1992. It was rough. No air, no heat, maybe 1/2 an interior, a worn out 327, 14x6 Crager SSTs with purple spinners on the front and 15x10s with bald tires in the back. It had a body full of Bondo and a crazy metal flake purple paint job with lots of swirly pin stripes and a large, cursive "Hot Rod" hand painted on the rear spoiler.
I got my first speeding ticket in it a little over a year later and Dad made good on his promise for it to be parked for 2 months if that happened. I figured if I couldn't drive it, might as well pull the engine and work on it. Dad was more than a little upset when he saw the engine hanging from the hoist when he got home that day. I still haven't finished putting it back together correctly.
I did the body work back in the summer of '94 and had it not-so-professionally painted. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do with sandpaper and a polishing wheel. Paid a guy to make a button-tuck interior for it in his garage. Blew up an engine back in 2003 (I think) and bought a GM Performance Parts crate 350 and figured that would solve all my problems. Put a rebuilt TH350 behind it. Long story short, I had about 4 carbs, a few burnt coils, a couple distributors, and countless electrical gremlins trying to get it running reliably. In 2003 or so, I also did a cheap front suspension downgrade with 2" drop spindles and a budget disc brake conversion "kit". Since then, if I was lucky enough to get the car to move, it was nearly unstoppable, literally.
It's been sitting in the same place for 12 years or so. Every now and then I'd pull it out thinking I might get everything sorted out.... until I'd run into a bigger issue and park it again. But yesterday I finally decided I need to make an investment in time and money and get it going again. Here goes....