Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Southern California
67, 383, 4 speed, not enough time!
The story begins 4 years ago in my 69 El Camino. The car was making its way to becoming a drag car and was very spartan. I put a little money into speed parts that sat for a few years. My wife said either finish it or get rid of it. So I made the car run and drive and took her for a spin.
Let’s say a brand new 383 with open headers and a stripped out El Camino was a bad introduction to a muscle car. (Or a good one because it can only be improved) When we got back to the house she said get rid of that thing and get something that she can ride in.
Fast forward a few weeks and a 67 with a new paint job popped up on the ol inter-web. I had already called a few people about some cars and nothing was what I really wanted. I either wanted something that was finished, or something that was mostly there and ready for a re build. I also didn’t want a car I would feel bad about putting a lot of miles on.
I called the guy with this car and it has a new interior, new paint job (needs to be cut and sanded) Rust free, and had all the glass minus windsheild. It was also a base model that was a factory 4 speed car. I talked him down a little bit on price and said I could be on the road with a trailer and there in 8 hours.
When I started looking at the car I couldn’t find any rust that was scary. A little on the floor pan but no holes. The battery tray had a little surface rust but nothing scary. The wiring all looked really good. Interior was mostly there, paint job looked ok. There was a small block and Muncie in the car.
The bad: car was painted with bumpers on. Engine and trans just slapped in to sell. One bumper was pushed into body and a dent was there. So it looks like this was a rushed deal.... but the guy flips cars and he bought it like this.
We ended up making the deal and I brought the car home. The wife seemed “happy” but this is a bucket of parts! She thought it was going to drive.
Anyways now I have the car apart and will post pictures tonight. My goal is to have this car running and driving by NOV 17th for hot-rod magazines and In N Outs 70th anniversary at Pomona. Gives me a dead line and motivation to get this thing done.
I didn’t think I would own a first gen until I was a retired old guy who needed something to do. So this is a real bucket list thing. My dad also used to race a 68 that was the same color blue so that’s fun for me. Stay tuned for updates! I’m going to be ordering and picking up the first round of parts next week! I really only have 20 weekends to get this thing done so its time to get after it!