1966 Ford Galaxie
Jeff Lewis; Fort Wayne, IN
Back when Jeff Lewis' parents started dating, they spent their courting days in a '66 Galaxie. Growing up, Jeff saw photos and heard all kinds of stories about the fun times they had in it. His dad unfortunately had to let the Galaxie go to start a family, but Jeff always thought it would be neat to find a twin one day to share with his dad since he had sacrificed so much for the family over the years. During his high school senior year, Jeff spotted this '66 Galaxie with a 352ci engine for sale, but he didn't have enough money to purchase it. For years he hated that he had to pass up on such a nice car for a pretty reasonable price. Fast-forward seven years and Jeff was driving home from his teaching position. Lo and behold, he spots the exact same car at a small mom-and-pop car lot with a brand-new Pearl White paintjob. There was no way he was letting it slip away twice, so he pulled in with intent to talk business. After a little negotiation, Jeff got the owner of the lot down to $4,100 for a car with 50,000 original miles and a mint condition interior with the '60s plastic seat covers preserving it. He finally had his Galaxie.
Since then, Jeff has replaced hoses and gaskets and done a ton of cleaning and detailing work. Hubcaps just aren't his thing, so those were swapped out for 18x8 and 18x9.5 Boss rims with Nitto tires. Next on the list is a performance exhaust and replacing the old front end components.
1970 Olds Cutlass
Jim Cordaro; Macedon, NY
The story of Jim Cordaro's Cutlass actually starts with another car. Jim had another '70 Cutlass previously that he spent five years rebuilding and bringing back to life. He performed all of the work himself—suspension, brakes, and even rebuilt the engine top to bottom. The project was finished in September of 2013 and back on the road. Sadly, Jim was only able to enjoy it for 300 miles before it was hit head-on at 50 mph. Needless to say, the whole front end and frame were destroyed. Fortunately, Jim was OK and his insurance gave him a very fair settlement and even let him buy back what was left of the car. The settlement provided the cash to purchase this gold '70 that he found down in New Jersey. It's an older resto, but has a solid body with a rebuilt Olds 350 with an Edelbrock Streetmaster intake, Edelbrock four-barrel carb, Hooker headers, and a full Flowmaster exhaust with X-pipe. The plan is to swap in the built TH350 trans from the first Cutlass since it has a higher stall converter, manual valvebody, and a shift kit. After that, the 3.42 geared 12-bolt rear end and some interior parts will go in. Other plans include a repro 442 hood, a 442 rear spoiler, disc brake conversion, cam swap, and changing to bucket seats and console shift. It may have broken his heart to see all his hard work go down in flames with the first car, but, in the end, Jim says he's grateful that he walked away with his health and ended up with an even better Cutlass.
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