Vintage Bow Tie Keepers - November 2013

Readers' Rides

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Mark Lacey – '67 Chevelle Convertible

Mark's ragtop was one of the few that left the factory with straight-six power that year. He bought the car for $500 in 1980 from the original owner. After replacing the water pump, he drove it every day, including all the way to Fort Bragg when he enlisted in the Army in '82. Then he drove it back to St. Louis in '84, stored it while on deployment to Germany and Korea (twice), drove it again as a daily driver between overseas deployment from 1993-'98. In '06, he started a five-year frame-off restoration.

Tom Field – '69 Camaro RS

Tom has a lot of good memories with his former Camaro. Bought in the spring of '82, Tom slowly rebuilt the car, taking his future wife to their senior prom in style in '83 (they're still married today with two daughters. The larger picture is from July '84, just after he finished rebuilding the car.

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Dan Finch – '55 Bel Air & '57 210 wagon

Dan started with a '59 four-door Biscayne, then traded it straight up for a '69 Camaro RS convertible (gotta love the good old days!), and while driving the Camaro spotted a red '55 for sale. He chased the owner down, and traded him the Camaro for the hardtop. Dan added a tunnel ram-equipped LT-1, Super T-10, and a 5.13-geared rear, then went to Cordova Dragstrip and beat on some trailered Hemi cars. While still driving the '55 every day, it returned 4 mpg. He'd park it in the winter and use the pictured '57 to get around. When he left to attend Texas A&M in 1974, Dan sold the '55 and picked up a more economical '66 Nova, which he used to move back home after graduating (pictured).

Roy Benstead – '56 Bel Air Sedan

Roy bought his '56 from Enoch Chevrolet in South Gate, California. It was the first new car he ever bought, and his friends said he'd drive it till it fell apart. Well, 57 years later, the Bel Air hasn't fallen apart, but he still owns it. He just had the engine rebuilt, a new interior from Ciadella installed, along with a few odds and ends from Danchuk.

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Robert Beaumont – '63 Impala Convertible

When he got his '63, Rob took the slogan "See the USA in your Chevrolet" to heart. This pic was taken on one of many cross-country trips from Miami to Long Beach, California. As Rob notes, "The only issue I had was an incident of an overheating condition pulling a U-Haul through the Mojave Desert.  I hitchhiked off down the desert highway with a water can and then took the thermostat out.  We made the rest of the trip with no problems. The wife at the time of the photo was 20. She is now 66."

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Milt Volosyn – '56 210 Sedan & '64 Impala

The '56 was Milt's first car (we're honestly wondering how many readers' first cars were Tri-Fives) with a 235 six and three-on-the-tree. Milt says he used to hunt down heavy Crown Vics with the 210, beating them often with two less cylinders. The second photo is of Milt's '64 Impala he bought new. Painted factory Azure Aqua, the car had a 327/three-speed combo, and Milt added dual fours, a Hurst Small H floor shifter, and a diaphragm clutch.

Bill Salzman – '68 Camaro

This vintage pic is from the ‘80s, and Bill says this is the first SS clone he and his friends ever built. While he doesn't have the '68 anymore, Bill does own a tire-smoking '67 Camaro he has fun with.

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Ron Greulich – '69 Camaro SS396

Ron picked up his '69 in 1979 from the original owner for $3,800—a princely sum for a 10-year old Camaro at the time. A factory 325 HP car, Ron was only two years out of high school when he got it. The original owner had just repainted the car, then Ron removed the front clip, detailed the engine bay, and rebuilt the motor. He sold the car in '84. As he puts it, "I don't know what I was thinking!"

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Stan Statham – '57 Bel Air

We'll let Stan's son Devin tell this story: "This Sport Coupe has seen a long history with our family since it rolled off the lot in '57. Dad bought it new, a 283-equipped Larkspur Blue car, painted green during the '70s, and today it is red and white with a red and black factory pattern interior.

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"The hardtop has had quite a life. Wrecked by a 17-year-old son who is now a 44-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Air Force who has driven it at speed in well excess of 100…a fact which has only recently come to light. Crashed again by a 17-year-old daughter who is now a 36-year-old master's candidate. Fixed up better after each incident, with several quasi-restorations over the past 56 years. The original 283 is still in place and gets put to work regularly. Dad's driven it through his equally storied career as a Rock and Rock DJ, Nightly News Anchor, legislator, and now the CEO of the California Broadcasters Association." – Lt. Colonel Devin Statham




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