This site is a tribute to some of the best American made vehicles ever built.
My interest with cars began at a young age. It all started with the help of my Uncle Buddy who used to sit me on his lap and let me "drive" my Mom's beautiful convertible 1965 Pontiac GTO around my hometown of Passaic New Jersey. The "Goat" had a tri-power big block engine which was a blast to drive in! My Mom wanted the GTO instead of an engagement ring! So Mom gets a lot of credit for my love of cars!!
That's my Grandfather, standing proud with the "goat" in front of 371 Pennington Ave. in Passaic.
My first car in High School, was the red 1971 Camaro pictured here. It was handed down to me from my Mom, and like most teenagers I spent many hours and all my money making "improvements" to what was already a great car. The car's suspension was built by Dick Guldstrand, noted Camaro Trans Am road racing expert, and the 350 small block put out 410 H.P. It was built for canyon racing in the Santa Monica mountains of the Los Angeles area, but spent many Wednesday nights cruising on Van Nuys Blvd in the San Fernando Valley. But like many at the time, I got "stupid" and sold the car in 1981 due to the gas "crunch" of that time.
After many years, I finally decided to revisit my passion for the great muscle cars of my youth. I started this collection of NOS vehicles in June 1998 when I purchased my 1969 Z/28. My goal was to own one of the best American cars ever produced from the factory. The 1967-1969 Z/28, with the 302 c.i. engine, was built to satisfy the factory production requirement for Chevrolet to enter into the Trans-Am Racing series. This is a matching numbers "fully documented" vehicle with the original 302 engine and drivetrain. It has since been equiped with a Richmond 6 speed transmission. The car was born during the first week of February 1969. It was built and rolled off the line at the GM plant in Van Nuys, CA. just a few years before and right around the corner from where I was cruising back in High School.
Please check out my '69 Z/28 featured in the January 2016 episode of Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Sebastian Maniscalco. For pictures of the episode check out my 1969 Z/28 Camaro page.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
In April 1999 I began my next project, with the help of my brother Frank. We completed a ground up restoration on a 1962 K10 4x4 short bed "big window" cab Pick Up that I found in Sacramento, CA. I decided that I needed a truck to tow my 69 Z/28 to distant events like Hot August Nights in Reno, NV. It had a 350 small block engine and a 700R4 transmission. This truck was solid, no plastic at all in this cab! I eventually sold the truck in 2002 to make room for my next project.
On New Years Eve Day 2002 I flew to Phoenix, AZ to purchased my 1972 K5 Blazer and drove it back to CA in time to celebrate the New Year! This purchase was made after much "ribbing" from my brother Frank, who had owned his 72 K5 Blazer since almost new. I decided that he was right and I agreed that more interior room and having the removable top is a must, living in Southern California! The truck also underwent a ground up frame on restoration which included upgrades to the drivetrain including a ZZ3 330 H.P. engine along with a 700R4 transmission with overdrive.
The 1971 Z28 was purchased in April of 2004. I guess I had to relive my earlier High School days with the addition of a second generation Camaro. This is a matching numbers vehicle that was in great condition when purchased. It had a frame up restoration in 1999 by the previous owner. I made some necessary finishing touches, and rebuilt the LT-1 engine to make about 400 H.P. The vehicle was sold in February 2012, and has made it's way across the pond to her new home in Switzerland!!
I became interested in the 5th generation Camaro when I heard the news of it's production return in 2010. I placed an order for the 2010 Camaro SS RS pictured here and it was one of the first to be shipprd to California, and I took delivery of her in September 2010. Now that the Camaro was back in production I had hopes that Chevy would once again produce a Z/28. There were rumors that a high performance Camaro would be available in 2012. So I placed an order in November 2011 with the hopes of getting a Z/28. It turned out that Chevy was working on the return of the historic ZL1. So I sold the 2010 SS in March of 2012 to make room for the new "beast"!!
The 2012 ZL1 Camaro was born on April 19, 2012 and picked up on May 11, 2012. It was #685 to roll off the production line. She is truley an unbelievable Machine!! Supercharged 6.2L LSA powerplant with 580 HP! Equiped with a 6 speed manual transmission. I had the ECF "exposed carbon fiber" hood painted summit white and added the rear deck stripe to match. Now she is the matching offspring to my 1969 Z/28!!
In 2018 I began the search for a Chevy Van. I had always wanted one since my High School days in the San Fernando Valley during the mid 70's. Cruising Van Nuys Blvd I remember seeing so many great vans, not to mention the memories of cruising around in my friend's vans. So I found a 1976 Chevy Bonanza Van located in Oregon and the dream came true. I named it "Hoss" after the character from the TV show Bonanza. It was delivered in November 2018 and I went to work getting it restored. I wanted to keep the "stock" exterior look with a simple but cool looking interior. After I went through all the mechanicals; engine, brakes, driveline, exhaust and suspension, I delivered it to the body shop in February 2019, decided on paint color, stock 70's Chevy Med Blue Green Poly, and after body work and paint I drove it home in October 2019. Then the interior work began. I did the entire interior myself, except the upholstery work on the front bucket seats and rear bench fold out bed. Started with installation of electrical for the house battery to run the refrigerator, TV/DVD and LED lighting, then on to reinstalling the repainted dash from Blue to Saddle (to match the interior of my 1971 Camaro), installed the insulation, carpet, cedar wood siding and the fabricated headliners. The interior work was completed in early January 2020. My 1976 Chevy Bonanza "Hoss" Van was complete.
All of the restored vehicles have been brought back to "showroom" condition.
My goal in restoration was to keep the vehicles as close to stock as possible, while including some modifications of modern technology which makes them more fun to drive!
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