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1967 Chevy II - She's Real Fine, My LS9

When purchased in 2006, the '67 SS was wearing a 10-year-old restoration

By , Photography by Dale Amy

On the outside, the silver paint was totally stripped off for body man Pete Ausbrooks. He not only repaired the damage from the accident, but also added some more body mods and smoothing to get the car just right. The drip rails were shaved and filled, all emblems removed, the firewall smoothed, and '66 Nova front fenders and headlight bezels fitted, then tweaked for the new integral headlight/turn signal assemblies. Ausbrooks smoothed the front bumper and cut holes to mount driving lights in, then the stock rear bumper was smoothed and tucked in tighter just like the front. The factory vent windows were removed and one-piece glass installed in the doors.

Danny Taylor at Taylor's House of Color in Louisville, Kentucky, mixed and sprayed the car's new DuPont Hot Hues Copper Sunset/Black two-tone scheme, and painted on the car's ZR-II logos in place of the factory SS badges.

In the end, the car Roger always wanted, a real show-stopper that people couldn't resist taking a look at, was what rolled out of the shop. Proving that this particular Chevy II isn't a trailer queen, he drove it from Louisville to Detroit and back for the 2011 Hot Rod Power Tour, racking up well over 3,000 miles and a lot of compliments along the way. The big surprise was at the 2011 Goodguys Columbus show, where the '67 made it to the semi-final round of the Street Machine of the Year competition.

The big irony of this story is Roger thought the car was perfect when he first bought it in '06. Almost a quarter of a million dollars later, we guess this Nova goes to show you can improve upon perfection.

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