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When we first looked at the old girl, Steph fell in love with the lines and ignored some of the obvious body issues. Her heart made up her mind, but I was a little more skeptical. After all, I was going to be the one doing the work and I don't do anything half-assed. Was the old bitch worth the time and expense? (I ain't elaborating on whether I'm talking about the car or my girl.)

The driver side was pretty damn straight and the engine turned right over. But the passeneger side molding was all in the trunk as it had some quarter panel rumpeling at one time or another. All in all it was a good survivor car and if Steph was willing to drive it as it was for the time being, I'd wrap my mind around either restoring or rebuilding it into the show piece it begged to become. Of course, she was already head over heels and I was going to have to roll up my sleeves.

Almost as soon as we got it home, people started making offers. WHAT? They were talking about giving me three times the purchase price as it sat? I tried to talk Steph into selling and getting her choice of two door model, but she wasn't having it. When a couple potential sales fell through I said, forget it, I've got ideas.

Thanks to Jegs and Summit, I've come up with a 383 with a hydraulic roller cam with fuel injection and serpentine belt, reinforced and customized rear end, a lil frame tweaking,, 400 tranny, tire and wheel specs, paint scheme, and interior set-up. I got Steph on board and throwing in her own ideas and we're off... our rockers! It's gonna take some time, a lot of hard work, and some serious dough, but I'm planning on giving my girl a brand new custom car with an old body style.

There's a lot of people looking forward to the finished product. But, Steph's already talking about driving her "show piece" for the next 20 or 30 years, God willing.

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