My wife and I belong to a Chevelle and El Camino car club with my recently restored 72 El Camino. My 15-year-old daughter Candace had fallen in love with a fellow car club member’s 67 Chevelle and wanted a car like it of her own. We located a 66 that needed a complete rebuild from the ground up. It took all three of us 2 years to restore her car with me doing most of the work. I enjoyed the car so much that I had to have one of my own. My wife set out to find me one and found it in the local paper. We looked at it and finely decided to take a chance on this basket case. The car was a complete mess and needed someone to clean it up and give it the love it needed. After we brought it home we started putting it back together and making it a running vehicle. Once all the mechanical issues were corrected, I made it a dream car. My wife and I did some planning (arguing) of how it should look. Choices were many but the car had to be red and some custom work to the body and paint. It started out kinda simple and elevated somewhat to become a complete custom, adding this idea and that idea and just kept going. The passion grew as we continued the build. We must have changed our minds a dozen times or more on paint, interior, and features the car would have. My wife helped with everything and even worked on the car when I was at work. We customassembled the AC to have just the right look we wanted. No hoses showing in the engine bay. I rewired the entire car for all the new electronics, interior lighting, and many other items. The entire car was then disassembled and taken to the body shop for a frame-off restoration. After returning home with just the chassis, my wife, daughter, and I all worked on the chassis stripping it down for media blasting, grounding all the welds smoothly, and repairing what was needed. It’s very enjoyable to see my wife and daughter with dirty faces and using the power tools. After painting the chassis ourselves, we rebuilt all the suspensions and installed the drive train. Now, all we had to do is wait on the body to be finished. After paint, the body shop set the body back on the chassis and we brought her home. We then had the upholstery done paying attention to matching the interior to flow with the exterior graphics. Assembly was completed in March 2009.