Loren B - '69 SS Convertible
I found this car in February 2009 on Craigslist. I called the number and
found out the owner had the car in Onamia, MN (35 miles from me)
and that he had recently moved here from Florida. I looked the car
over, and decided right then to buy it. It was basically a rolling chassis,
no motor or transmission, sheet metal was in good condition. Some of
the floor pans had been replaced (front, and trunk). I was able to get a
bare block 396 and pair of heads with the purchase, so I had a starting
point for the motor as well. It was very incomplete as there were about
5 boxes of parts in the interior (more parts missing than there!). Within
1 month of bringing it home I had the body off the frame and started by
completing the frame off restoration.
I did all of the mechanical and assembly work of the restoration, Ray’s
Auto Body – Princeton, MN did the paint, and body work. Paint is
Bright Torch Red, used by GM on late model Corvette’s, etc. One of
the most common compliments I get is “I love the color, what color is
it?” When we were deciding on the color for the car, I brought several
red paint sample cards home, laid them all out for my wife to view and
she went straight to the same color I had picked, making the decision
The frame was sandblasted and powder coated, the entire drive train
was replaced with new or rebuilt parts including a 12 bolt 3.73,
(replacing a 10 bolt 3.08), Eaton Posi-traction, with Hotchkis upper,
lowers and rear sway bar. Transmission is 200-4R, from Bowtie
Overdrives, Series 3. Engine dyno’d out at 369hp, 420tq, with Holley
Street Avenger carb, Summit roller rockers, Edelbrock Cam & Lifters,
with Comp valve springs.
Upholstery and convertible top were completed in April 2011, by
Convertible Tops & Interiors by Fred, and turned out great.
This was my first car restoration, and enjoyed the process (sometimes,
sometimes not), total length from start to finish was 26 months. With
that said, do we really ever complete our restorations on our cars?
There is always something more we want to do.
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