Well guys, first off I'd like to thank all the members of this site for the endless ammounts of help, and knowledge possesed in these forums. You may notice I've been here for years, but never gave an introduction. This post is primarily to THANK those who have helped thus far, and reassure new owners they've come to the best first gen site online!
When I joined this forum I must of been 15-16 years old. I've been lurking the entire time, wearing the search function out.
After all the help from this great forum, I finally have something to show for it, aside from credit card bills lol!
My car started out as a plain jane 327 2 speed. It had two owners before my (now) 94 year old grandmother bought it for my 16 year old mother, in the early 70s. She loved it, poured $$ into it. Gave her a name, "Bessie". When it became an old money pit, traded it for economical new car regretably. Bessie drove by with new owner behind wheel, new 350 4 speed, cowl hood and exhaust cut off. She told her disgust of selling car to her auto body husband. When he heard it was parked behind barn wrecked front and rear, missing engine/trans he went to check it out and work a deal. Brought my mother to see it, ask if she was interested in it back. She declined "its not the same car anymore, bessie is gone". Brought her home, and went back to buy it for himself. A deal was struck, and it was in driveway. Mother said "I told you I didn't want it". He informed her she had first choice, now it was his. Stockpiled parts, but with family life and newborn, Bessie sat outside untoched until the newborn son turned 15 and had earned enough cash detassling and working odd jobs, to attempt a complete father/son resto.
I swear, first month of restoration seemed like it involved nothing but scraping algae and mold off Bessie. She was a mess. Interior piled to ceiling with spare parts so I wouldn't play in muscle car as a kid. Fast forward many years, countless dollars, and long nights in garage. It started with a modest budged and goals, make it safe, drop a nasty motor in her and let her run ugly and dented. Subframe mounts patched, floors replaced, etc etc..make it solid. Then came introduction to this forum. Might as well go with a 4-wheel disc brake conversion. Iroc box conversion. Etc, etc. Anytime I had a doubt as to "what's best way to do this?", this forum was scoured. Original goals have been surpassed ten fold.
"Bad Bessie" is back on the road for first time in 30+ years. She is far from completed. However, allowing my grandmother to ride in the same seat she did all those years ago teaching my mother to drive, in a resurected car she remembered by name....is a memory I'll never forget. A memory that probably wouldn't of happened without this forums help.
After all that, I just want to say THANK YOU once more to community. My name is Corey, and now that I've got some time to get out from under car and online I look forward to becoming a contributing member of camaros.net. Attached are two pictures of ressurected "Bad Bessie". One with original owner in passenger seat, one immediately out of booth. I've been too busy driving her for past few months to snap a pic of car currently! You guys have been a great help, and I'm proud to be a member of this forum.
Last edited by apbtrock; Sep 20th, 11 at 05:49 PM.