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Back in the late 70's my father bought and then built up this 1970 mailbu that he owned and loved for about 9 years up untill he had to part with it when my older brother was born. It was the first car he had ever taken out a loan to purchase. For the many years after he sold it, while not regretting letting go to start a family, he had always wished he could still have it. To fill the need for a muscle car in the family he bought and restored a 1968 camaro in 2000 (he's been a body man for about 25 years), which was the spark for my never ending love for muscle cars.
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Ive held a steady job since i was 11 years old, and after a few years of saving, when i turned 14, i bought myself a 1971 nova for $2000, well what was left of a 1971 nova.
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It took me and my father about 3 months to restore, i ended up replacing the quarters, and fenders. the rest was solid for body work. I also had to replace the entire interior, as well as most of the trim and exterior chrome. It also had no engine or trans, so i pulled a 327 and a glide out of a 68 camaro ragtop partscar we had. I went through and rebuilt the entire engine. Ive been building small blocks since i was about 11. Anywho, heres some pictures.
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Heres more pics of My Nova...
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and this last one is me and my dad on my 16th with my car.. dont worry i dont drive her in the snow, just out for a picture!
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After that it seems we just couldnt stop... my dad bought a 1971 4x4 chevy which we completely restored

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i loved the truck so much i just had to have one... so i bought a 1968 c10 short fleet...
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and restored it...
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unfortunatley a year later someone blew through a stop sign at 85 mph and totalled my truck :(

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So i started over and rebuilt her again from the ground up, just to prove to people i could.
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Well then my mom wanted something... so we found and restored a 1968 nova for her.
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and then my brother had to have one... so we found another 68 nova and restored for him... his is still in progress. however almost done
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i built this 327 for him :)
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and suureeee we had built up an impressive fleet over the past couple years...
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but something was missing... That 1970 Malibu.
 

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So, with my fathers 50th birthday rapidly approaching, i set out to find the car, or a replacement. as we had no idea where or even if the car was still in existance. A year went by with no luck.. So as a last ditch resort, i posted an ad with a picture of the car in craigslist to see if anyone had info about it. No more than an hour later i had a phone call.... turns out this guy has had it in his barn for almost 20 years! Well i hurried right up there and bought the car for 3000 dollars without my father knowing, all my money from my high school graduation a few months before. IT WAS THE CAR! MY FATHERS 1970 MALIBU! the hood scoop was still there, as well as all the etched glass that my father had done back in the 70s!!! I was so excited! so i brought the car home the night before my dads 50th birthday. On his birthday morning, i had him come out to the garage to see the present i had gotten him. It was the first time in 19 years i saw a tear in my fathers eye. He couldnt believe the car was back in his garage, and i handed him the keys and title, and said "It's yours, she's home again after 23 years."
 

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Though she was in a sort of sorry shape, at least all the etched glass was there and it wasnt too far rotted..
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and the original tunnel ram topped 355 was gone..
 

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So we set out to restore this beauty, our families "Eleanor"

we ended up replacing, quarters, wheel wells, and doors for sheet metal. Other than that she was solid. I re did the entire interior, i had a hell of a time finding the origional style gold bench seat covers for rare the code 776 interior, but finally found them for around 800 bucks.. I was also lucky enough to find a replacement for the spoiler my father had on it. You fellow car guys should know what car it came off, take a guess :). The other hard Part was finding a replacement vinyl top! after months of searching, because everyone only offered black or white, we were lucky enough to find a NOS gold vinyl top from legendary auto interiors... at a costly price. but worth it.
I also went ahead and built my father a new tunnel ram topped 355. forged internals, 292 cam, iron eagles, roller rockers, and of course the mickey thompson valve covers he had on his engine in the car before.
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etched quarter window glass, a girl with her hair blowing in the wind.

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the front and rear glass was also etched with this design

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code 776 metallic medium gold interior

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The only greater gift i could give my dad now is if i could get our story and his chevelle in super chevy or hotrod magazine somehow and surprise him with that for his 51st birthday this year! I would love to do that for him.
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Our current collection, however were working on a 1970 impala 2 door coupe we weed front and rear bumpers for it badly!!

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I have the greatest time in my life building these cars with my father, and ill never sell any of them. Thanks for everything dad!

My dad always says "weve got a hell of a lot more time than we do money" and thats whats in these, just alot of time and elbow grease.


Thats my story and i hope you all enjoy it and the pictures! Ive learned a great deal in my short 19 years. Dan Bronson.:yes:
 

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Really nice story Dan. I know your Dad is proud to call you Son. Keep up the good work.:beers:
 

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Great story - I'll take a stab at the spoiler ID - Olds 442? I like it - Kept it just how your dad had it, Slots & everything.

Man, That truck or yours took a hell of a lick - Were you injured?

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Thanks guys, and yeah that truck took quite a beating. it hit so hard it literally ripped the power steering pump off the block, there were only gouges left on the block where the pump was once mounted! so i had build a whole other engine, luckily the cab was savable and the box was untouched. however it was difficult to find another 1968 2wd shortbox frame that had coil springs instead of leafs. Quite a project i must say. The only injury I got was a very swollen left leg. Are you familiar with the style of parking break the 1968 and older trucks had? it was the hand pull style mounted beneath the steering column, my leg slammed that and bent it. Also, the two piece driveshaft broke in half and swung up through the floor of the cab and ripped up through the seat!:rolleyes: lucky that didnt catch me for sure. The spoiler actually came off of a 1970 gto judge:thumbsup:
 

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it was a brand new ford truck that hit me, if you think mine was bad.... my heavy chevy crinkled that ford like a soda can. Luckily they werent injured at all
 

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Your story and pics should defeinetly be published in a car mag because that is what the hobby is all about! Your story would have also been a great addition to the velocity show "Chevy 100" that recently aired.
 

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great story,being a body man myself i love to build them too,i am building a 69 chevelle and just pulled in my sons 69 camaro for restoration.most would run but i love it, I like a good challenge.... keep it up!!!!!
 
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