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February 2013 COTM
Way back when I was in high school, my old man (through an unfortunate series of events) got a 1971 sportsroof. It was a rust bucket with the stock 302 Windsor. He decided to try and restomod it, but the body was just too far gone and back then there were not nearly as many reproduction parts as there are these days. In fact, inside the rear interior quarter panels we found a lot of nasty things including a dirty diaper. He did get to do a lot of mechanical stuff, including rebuilding/beefing up the motor, but at the end of it all he decided to part out the ’71 and use the money to get a better shell to work with.

That "better shell" ended up being a 1972 sportsroof with 302W out of Tucson. I don’t know how much he paid for it, but my grandpa located it for him and my dad and his friend flew down to Arizona to get it. He ended up driving it all the way back to Seattle (the A/C worked so they weren’t terribly uncomfortable).

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When he got it home he went to work. Out came the 302, transmission, and rear end, and in went a 429, C6 transmission, and rear end out of a 1970 Thunderbird. The original color was Medium Yellow with Ginger interior; the car was fairly well optioned, with A/C, power steering, power brakes w/ front discs, sport deck rear seat, NACA hood, and I believe a few other things. At some point it had been in an accident and the car was (poorly) repainted a maroon color.

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Fast forward a few years and my dad had to let the car go. I hated to see him sell it so I offered him a fair price, but he said “if you want it, come and get it”. He just wanted it to stay in the family, so I hired a car carrier and in April of 2011 it arrived. The right rear tire was going flat, it was filthy and looked (and smelled) horrible, but it fired right up and I drove it the ½ mile home.

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I immediately tore into it; since the interior smelled like mildew I decided to get rid of the original foam and vinyl seats. The rear interior panels were pretty well torn up and disintegrating. Since I needed to re-do the entire interior anyway, I decided to change it out to black which I like better than ginger.

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The interior came out and I crammed all the pieces I was saving into every corner of the garage that I could. The wife was thrilled to say the least. Under the moldy carpet I found the build sheet and floorpans that were mostly solid, just a few pinholes in the passenger front. After inventorying all the things I would need, I made a budget that lasted not very long at all and lined up a body shop to do all the work.

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February of 2012 and the car went off to the body shop. Originally the shop owner thought it would take about 4-6 months to strip the entire car to bare metal, prep, prime, align panels, and paint. That was not to be. After a near-fatal car accident he was out of work for a few months. When he got back to work and started making progress on stripping the paint he found extensive passenger side damage from that long-ago accident; the hood was banged up, the fender had been replaced but still needed work, the driver door was caved in and the rear quarter panel was beyond economically saving. A few months and a few thousand dollars later, all the hidden damage was fixed and the car came home.

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Presently I’m refinishing the interior pieces and reassembling the car. I’ve decided to completely put the interior back in, then whatever I have left can be little projects here and there as the weekends permit. The work that I have left to do is refinishing most of the interior panels, finish gluing the carpet down put in a stereo, refurbish all the lights and the dash panel, refurbish and install the roof brace, install the headliner and all the glass, then it’ll be in driver condition at that point (far from done though, there are more things I’d like to do to the car at some point).

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This project has been very rewarding, but it’s more gratifying for me to see how excited Dad is at seeing his baby finally approaching completion!


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Most excellent indeed! Well done and congratulations. Chuck
That's a very cool story, I bet your dad is super happy you got the car, and loves seeing the progress on it.

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Thanks fellas! I try to keep my pops updated on all the progress. We'd like to go on a road trip in it when he gets a chance to come visit. Big Grin


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Very cool story!
Nice Job!

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Just cruising along minding our own business when BAM!!! The LAWS show up.
I like these transformation stories.I was lucky to find my car with the body & paint done.I can appreciate all the hard work though,I helped my dad redo his 48 ford pick-up years ago.I remember the light @ the end of the tunnel feeling after all the paint is on. goodjob

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Congrats Steve. Its been fun watching your progress of your ride. Keep up the good work.

its looking good!!

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