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1973 Bonneville 4door
“I found this 1973 Bonneville 7 years ago. It was sitting in a guy's back yard, rusting out and waiting to be towed away to be crushed. I paid $150.00 and spent the last few years (on and off again) restoring it to its original beauty. No where near finished, but it is a work in progress.
This whole restoration process has been a great learning experience for me, a ‘learn as I go’ process.
I also wanted to learn about rebuilding engines and doing body work. So, in a sense, I am a
novice, but I am excited about what I have accomplished so far.
The car was originally green, with a rag top. She was pretty rusted out. The engine is a 400 from
a wrecked 1974 Catalina. It had 98,000 miles on it. The motor sounded great, so with a little help from friends, I managed to do a freshening up (new manifolds,
oil pump, timing chain, fuel pump, etc.). She purrs like new. The body work is something I am learning from a couple of young guys in my parish.
I plan on keeping this ‘baby’ for a while and want to learn as much as I can.
My ‘real life’ occupation is a Catholic Priest. I originally purchased the car
because I love classic cars. I love GM products. AND . . I needed something to distract me
from the intensity of pastoral life in my parish.
Some of my parishioners joke about the car and call it ‘The padre’s wife’.”
Owned by John
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