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 Posted: Tue Jan 11th, 2011 10:46 pm
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What a find...and while you do have your work cut out for you, It is not nearly a bad as it could be.  In fact, it is pretty much intact.  It looks like most of the work will be in dry rot, upholstery and making things shiny!

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 Posted: Tue Jan 11th, 2011 11:10 pm
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Thanks again guys.  I will be sure to post pics once I start.  I have a tractor to finish then I can start tearing down the Bird.   The rear quarters are rotten and the drivers fender needs replaced or repaired from the accident.  One thing is sure, its a big job and will take time to do it right.  And to add to it, my wife wants a car now.  So I am on the hunt for a 70 Chevelle to restore also.

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Ken, You may find this interesting.  I am thinking the car was owned by an Air Force guy.  The front bumper has a sticker on it for McClellan (sp?) AFB.  It makes me wonder why the guy never came back to get his car?  Being it was late 1967 during the height of the Vietnam War when it was wrecked. Did he get shipped out?  Or, I wonder if he never made it home?    I think the car may have an interesting story behind it.  I wish there was a way I could take the ID number from the sticker to find out what may have happened to the owner.

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What a great project, Scott.

I would love a 57 with a Paxton supercharger and decent motor...  the foundations on this one look pretty solid, and the history might be verrrrrry interesting! They had a 3-speed, didn't they? Raven black is the go - 'cos originality pays when it goes to the Barrett Jackson auction rooms...

New porthole tops are pretty easily available in the US, from what I know (given that I live in a country where a barn find like this is almost unimaginable...) but what a great opportunity, mate!

Have fun, and keep us posted on what will be a heck of a lot of work, but really satisfying in the end.

There goes that watch fund... mistake.gif

(a very envious!) IanM  ThumbsUp02.gif

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 Posted: Thu Jan 13th, 2011 06:31 pm
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Thanks Ian.  This car happens to have an automatic trans.  And yes,  I am going to keep it the original color.  There are reproduction hardtops available .  I cant wait to start on it.

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