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Lipstick on a Pig

From Bench to Buckets, this budget beater gets a seater

By Mike Harrington

Man O' man...what a pig! What am I talking about, you ask? Not too long ago, I came across a guy selling a '74 Nova. He said he just wanted to "get rid of it--cheap." So when asked how cheap was "cheap," 300 bucks was his response. He also informed me "it still runs." Naturally, I could not pass it up. I went home, cashed in my aluminum can collection, smashed my piggy bank open (with my wife's permission) and handed the man his cash the next day. I was now the proud owner of one piggish-looking, $300 '74 Nova. Sure, it still had the straight-six, but it ran! And the body needed lots of TLC; come to think of it, so does the interior. What a mess! I was afraid to enter the car without a mask and gloves, for fear of breathing in powdered seat foam or cutting myself on the seat springs. When you start out with a bottom-of-the-ladder project car, there is only one way to go--up. After all, I had visions of how cool this little Nova could actually look. Mega-talented artist Jason Rushforth cranked out a rendering of how this car could look. With my vision set on paper, it was time for the dirty part.

The first part of building up this beater was to replace the destroyed front bench with a set of '71 Camaro bucket seats. Yup, It was time to slather some lipstick on this pig!

SOURCES
Classic Industries
8-66/-656-1706
www.classicindustries.com
WANDA WELLS
2324 N. Cabrera Ave.
San Bernardino
CA  92411
By Mike Harrington
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