My Last Restoration

Restoration

  1. azblackhemi

    azblackhemi Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Time to kick back and start taking life easy. I'm just starting on my last major restoration for a customer. After 43 years of doing this for a living my 58 year old body is saying "no mas" When this one is done I will be officially retired and will only do small jobs if I'm bored or need money for the wife's and my travel. This last one is a big one for sure. It's a 68 Hemi Super Bee. Unfortunately somebody made it into a race car in the 70's. They cut the crap out of it. They cut out the wheel tubs and put in home made aluminum ones. Of course they also cut out the wheel wells and oxy acetylene welded on a 69 quarter panel. All the bracing for the tubs and trunk hinges were also removed. The other major issue is returning the leaf springs back to the factory location. They had moved them inward with no regard for leaving the structural integrity of the frame rails. I got most of the carnage cut out so the next step is taking it to the sandblaster to get it all clean so I can start putting all the pieces back in it. Luckily we have a donor back half of a Road Runner to gat all the brackets and frame work that isn't available aftermarket. Here's the pictures.


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  2. The Horvaths

    The Horvaths Young man with a cowboy hat

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    I guess you're doing a "back to stock" restoration? Does it have the original engine?
    Congrats on your soon to be retirement!
     
  3. azblackhemi

    azblackhemi Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Yes it's going back stock. the original Hemi is long gone but the owner has a date correct one to put in it.
     
  4. 300rag

    300rag Grumpy Old Man With a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Chris, it's good to see that you are going to take care of yourself and enjoy life, but I am sorry to see the end of your restoration threads. Best of luck finishing this and on your retirement.
     
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    polara71 Old Man with a Hat

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    So much for that 2018 appointment
     
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    commando1 Mr. Normal FCBO Gold Member

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    I would give anything to be able the next year, or two, or whatever it takes, to document the whole event.

    Btw, I knew that was coming and is a part of the reason Bittersweet is for sale.
    I don't think my painter Raffi is ready yet to take it on.
     
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    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    My favorite year for the B bodies. Is it known what the color combo was originally? Is there a fender tag?
    That's a good place to be Chris, congrats!
     
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    Stormer Old Man with a Hat

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    I love the 68's but really can't stand the marker lights. AKA, bass boat bolt-ons.
     
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    commando1 Mr. Normal FCBO Gold Member

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    Dip them....
     
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    Stormer Old Man with a Hat

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    Boom, problem solved.
     
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    65sporty Old Man with a Hat

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    Please keep us updated on this project, looks very interesting
     
  12. azblackhemi

    azblackhemi Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I will do that.
     
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    saforwardlook Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Glad to hear it Chris! Its time, and you have served your customers admirably, making many people very happy. Not its your turn. A very desirable vehicle to end with too. Bravo!

    Steve
     
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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    What a great project to end with!
     
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    LocuMob Fluid Technician with a hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Going out with a bang, not a whimper! Congrats on ending on your terms. Don't be a stranger!
     
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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Chris will be able to come to Carlisle every year now.....LOL!
     
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    Fratzog Old Man with a Hat

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    Over the years I've always admired the accounts of your high quality restoration services. Your talent will be missed. Congratulations on your retirement.
     
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    traintech55 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Good luck on your future retirement. It is such a hard fact when the mind still wants to, but the body doesn't.
     
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    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    What is this retirement thing you mention?



    Congrats, top 5 on my B body list.
     
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    monaco75 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Good for you! Enjoy retirement! And enjoy this last build. As mentioned, love seeing your work on here. Did you post more on the charger you were doing a little while back? Was interested in seeing that one. Also would love to see this one finished up. :eek:ccasion14: