'68 Chevelle SS • Patrick Leedy • Frostburg, MD
Memories of his uncle scaring the crap out of him in a '68 Chevelle doing donuts in a parking lot when he was young led Patrick Leedy to seek out one of his own later. Of course, growing up in a family of muscle car fans helped change his view of those tire smoke-filled memories. Unfortunately, it took combining three ough Chevelles to create one good one-but then again, as Patrick says, "It's amazing what you can do with a small budget and a lot of junkyard crawling."
'67 Camaro Convertible Douglas Farnsworth Templeton, MA
A lifetime of riding around in a convertible with his family made sure that Douglas Farnsworth's project car search focused on ragtops, and being in the right place at the right time helped him drive home this '67 Camaro. Of course it's a rusty ex-six-banger car, but it had a good running '76 305 and TH-350, and you can't beat the $2,500 price. Massachusetts winters weren't kind to it, so a major underbody restoration began in '06 with Douglas building a jig to hold the Camaro together while he cut, patched, and replaced major structures. After that, it's time for underbody paint and reassembly since Douglas plans to just drive it and enjoy it as is-faded paint, surface rust and all.