He found the car on Craigslist. It has good potential but it clearly needed some TLC.

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“She” had been well-used in her lifetime. This is a photo that the previous owner gave Grant.

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And started slaving away on the car with his buddies.

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First he wanted to make sure it was mechanically roadworthy.

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Then her took her out for her first spin outside since he bought her.

Woo hoo, it worked! Now onto the restoration.

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One of the keys of course would be to get a new paint job. First, the car would need Bondo and prime, which Grant did at home.

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What a difference already!

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Next, Grant would get it painted. He elected to hire a professional painter for this part of the project.

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He went with a nice silver base.

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Nest, they prepped for a racing stripe to go over the silver base.

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Which turned out amazing.

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Grant says a family friend did the paint job cost for about $900.

Cost source:  Reddit/glang25

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Next, he worked on redoing the headliner.

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Like the exterior, the interior needed some serious TLC.

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It hadn’t been worked on in years. He to work painting it.

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At that point, he had to learn about reupholstering.

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The existing seats needed a fresh face.

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One seat part done!

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All done and ready to back into the car!

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Turning his attention to some of the mechanical parts, He bought a new power rack and pinion.

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He added some “flavor” to the traction bars and calipers.

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Under the hood he said it’s, “302 ci (5.0L) bored over .30 with a new Holley 4b carb and high output distributor (among everything else other than the black).

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And worked on rebuilding the hubs, bearings and spindles.

He says one of the great things about classic cars like his is that most of the most can be done with a set of wrenches and a screwdriver. There were a few specialty tools like a timing gun and brake line bending tool he needed to use, but he was able to rent those from Autozone for free. 

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It turned out amazing!

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He’s super happy with it, but doesn’t love the rims, which he plans to replace later.

Grant says the whole project cost him about $9,000, and took countless hours. Many nights he would stay up until 3 or 4 am to work on the car.  It had never restored a car before, so in addition to doing a lot of the work, he had to learn about how to do the work first.  He spent a lot of time researching and troubleshooting on the internet, on sites and in forums.  There were several tricky tasks that were hard to figure out how to do.  Grant, this project is awesome. Well done!

For more details about the restoration, see his comments on Reddit.




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