Michael D

Bought a 1967 Chevelle for $25.00!!

When I was 15 years old I heard about an older gentleman who had several classic cars sitting in the woods behind his house. My dad and I had just finished restorations on a 1979 Jeep CJ7, a 1982 Firebird, and 1967 Chevelle convertible, so now we were looking for another project. When we got to the gentleman's house he showed us his cars sitting in the woods. My eyes immediately spotted a maroon 1967 Chevelle Malibu 2 door hardtop and I began to look it over. Less than 45,000 original miles, all numbers matching drivetrain, black deluxe interior, even the factory body-colored 14" steel wheels with all 4 hubcaps! Story was that since it was a 250 CI straight six with a powerglide he wasn't interested in fixing it and it had been sitting there for the past 16 years (longer than I had been alive at that point!). Obviously it needed rust work and interior work, but he said if we could get it out of there without tearing up his grass we could have it for $25.00! I was sold! An hour and a half later, with alot of help from my dad, we had that car running right there in the woods, and if it hadn't been for the brake drums being stuck from sitting in the dirt for 16 years we would have driven it up onto the flatbed we brought. 22 years later and I still have that car. Initially I was going to follow the advice of all my friends ("Put a 350 and a 4-speed in it!"), but in the end I left the original 250 and powerglide in place along with the factory front bench seat. Not much on power but you have to love people's reactions when they see that straight 6 under the hood. Besides, the 6 cylinder Chevelles are more rare than the Super Sports!

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