We're an Irishman, an Englishwoman and an Alaskan Malamute, living near Phoenix, Arizona. We moved here at the end of 2012, after 6 years living in Virginia.
Our love of Supernatural, and especially the Metallicar, meant we'd hankered after our own 'baby' for years.
When we got married in 2011, a friend's daughter lent us her project '67 coupe to ride to and from the wedding. The love was cemented and we knew we had to find our own girl when we headed out West and finally had a garage to work on her in.
T-Rex is a satellite engineer by day (and sometimes night, too), and I (Marbella) am an interior designer. We're both extremely stubborn, and always think we are right about 'the correct way' to do things, even when we have no idea what we are actually doing. This makes all our DIY projects super fun (except for anyone around us). We think this makes us the perfect team to decide to restore a vintage muscle car with practically zero automotive background. After all, if we can do it, you can too!
I've found lots of information online from people working on '67 Impalas, however nowhere to be found is there a complete restoration diary with information about how parts were sourced along the way, and each step needed to make yourself a Metallicar. So as a record of our work, and to help others in their process, I decided to blog the story of her restoration as it unfolds.
At the start of this project, our car background was as follows.
Replaced disc and drum brakes on our 2004 Ranger (she's now an urban farm vehicle in DC!), 2007 Versa.
Replaced ball joints and shocks on Ranger.
Replaced headlight bulbs.
Replaced broken hose on Ranger, cleaned air intake filter.
T has replaced the in-cabin filters in our Versa and 2008 Outlander.
Occasionally I fill up washer fluid. Usually it doesn't run out between oil changes though.
Sometimes I poke around with the dipstick and see what's going on there.
Oh yes and we've changed batteries!
So that's the extent of our knowledge pre-restoration. With the help of Google, YouTube and people we meet along the way in real life, we hope to have Vlad restored to her 60's glory (and more) within a few years.
If you're a fellow '67 owner, please get in touch! I'd love to feature Vlad's cousins on the blog and ask you lots of annoying questions!