I bought this car long ago when I still lived in South Africa. It was an original export car. When I obtained it after many years of abuse, accident repair, modifications and general butchery and brought it to the states when I moved my family to Florida. While repair parts were not readily available in South Africa at that time, they did the best they could, which was not very good. When I decided it was time for good friend Ed Palmer to help me re-do the car, we decided on a frame-on repair. Yes, hindsight is 20-20 and we wish we had taken the body off! That being said, it was a long process of bodywork, paint, repairing or restoring everything that could be touched, re-upholstery, etc. There wasn’t a nut or bolt or wire that didn’t get touched. The car still has its original 427, detuned from its 10 sec, 12:1 compression days to a more streetable build. It now sports a Tremec 5 speed and hand built mandrel bent exhaust system and Vintage Air AC. The paint is a gorgeous 2005 Corvette blue. Tires are 225R60-15 front and 245R60-15 rears on American Racing Torque Thrust Ds. We had considered 17-18” rims but after many trial fits, decided on a classic rim and tire look. We think it speaks volumes. The headlight buckets had been removed after an early S.A. accident and replaced with rectangular lights down in the grill. Talk about fugly! We replaced them with a set of quads with an integral LED turn signal. Still fine tuning the grill. Plans are to drive it in the next Hot Rod Power Tour.
Melbourne Beach, FL