Like another 68 enthusiast here it is now time for me to begin again and start where I left off restoring and correcting things on my 68!
I have owned the car since 1982 and got it from the original owners.
It was beat by the standards of the time.... when you could still get an original 6p Z28 4 speed car from less than 12k!
Not for me!
So I got this car and drove it until I was on one of the gulf Islands and played chicken with a Dump truck! He won...
My friend and I were heading for the last ferry to Vancouver and were moving pretty fast on a winding road when we slowed to make the sharp turn to the left when I saw headlights and a grill coming at me. He pushed my friend and I off the side of the road where it narrowed on the bend.
We slid down the embankment about 25 feet or so and we stopped. We got out to see the driver of the truck coming down to see if we were alright.
Turns out the driver of the truck was a cousin of my buddy!
He put a chain on us and pulled us out. I tried to turn it over and she started right up!
The drivers window wouldn't go up and down but it didn't break. We were fine and well the truck suffered nothing in the way of damage LOL!
We took off and made the ferry...only after the only cop on the Island came and gave me a ticket for not yielding and driving down the centre of a highway...
I went back and fought the charge and won! Noting the police car when it arrived had to drive down the centre of the highway because it was that narrow you had to!
I had my camera with me to take pics of the work we did on the car and so snapped one of the police car when it arrived!
The judge thought I was quite cheeky representing my self and showing the picture as evidence.
When the officer was questioned he was quite red faced and all charges were dropped and The road was ordered widened after that.
Perry mason would have been proud!
Oh by the way the cousin driving the dump truck... he got the contract to widen the road! Sort of a win win for all of us!
Except for my car
Note the holes I put in the door so I could pry the door panel out and roll the window up and down.
This is truly a Tank!
If I was in a newer car today and that happened, well we all know the outcome of that!
The car ran fine sort of but got me very odd looks every time I went to fill up as the holes looked like those from a shotgun... yes the local city cops pulled me over many times asking....why and so forth.
Time cam to pull it off the road.
However life happens and work changes. moving houses and different jobs the military and all those things combined made it difficult to work on it.
cars have come and gone for me but I kept this one under the radar.
I bought parts and stashed them away. every cheque I got I took some and bought what I could!
I went to my friend at the local GM dealer Wolfe Chev Olds and bought two brand new quarters still in the crates with the GM tags on them!
Next two new Fenders same thing new in the crates! well large cardboard boxes!
I look at the receipts and laugh at the cost compared to now!
After several moves and different people in my life. I married and we managed to get our own home and the car came to rest here where we live now.
On the trailer and as she sat till the frame came off foe the second time. You can see the difference in colours! The firewall being the original Grecian green and the respray from a Ford colour.
The previous owner worked for Ford.
The frame was stripped and all the parts that could be were powder coated and new bushings springs shocks etc were replaced and a disc brake conversion from a Camaro.
Then another break. The military took priority on this and in 2008 I had to take some time away from my work on the car and put my priorities elsewhere for a while.
Last bit of work I did on the car before this year was the bit of rot in floor. I replaced the rib floor support and cut the patches to fit and replaced where a body pad goes or not...
Hopefully with the assistance of me Nephew Kyle we will weld the patches in this long weekend!
Those are the patches.... and the Power seat brackets. I have yet to figure out if they the brackets are the correct ones for my power seat assembly...
I know I can count on the different persons here and the years of expertise that come with the Chevelle team!