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Chevy454 10-24-2005 07:37 PM

November '05 Feature Car
 
<p align="center"><font size="6" color="#000000">November 2005 Feature Car:</font></p><p align="center"><font size="5" color="#000000">Tom Kusmiesz's 1970 Yenko Deuce</font></p><p align="center"><font color="#000000"><span style="background-color: #000000">https://www.yenko.net/features/2005/tk1.JPG</span></font></p><table width="100%" border="0"><tbody><tr><td align="middle" width="100%"><p align="center"><font size="4" color="#000000">SPECS:</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table><table borderColor="#000000" height="150" width="100%" border="0"><tbody><tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">Engine (factory):</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">LT-1 350ci/360hp</font></td></tr> <tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">Trans (factory):</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">THM400 automatic</font></td></tr> <tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">Rear (factory):</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">4.10 posi</font></td></tr> <tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">Exterior color:</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">Cranberry Red</font></td></tr><tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">Interior color:</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">Standard Black</font></td></tr><tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">Selling Dealer:</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#000000">Wallace Chevrolet - Linden, NJ</font></td></tr></tbody></table>

There are only 86 Yenko Deuce Novas that have been located to date. This months feature car is definitely one of the best, original condition Deuces existing. Where does this one fall in the hierarchy? Well, it’s one of:

175 Yenko Deuce produced.
53 Automatic Deuces
35 Cranberry Red Deuces
11 Automatic, Cranberry Red Deuces
2 Automatic, Cran Red Deuces with original drivetrain
1 As above, with original paint

The story goes like this. It was October of 1971 and Willie was out looking for a fast car, and he went to Wallace Chevrolet in Linden, NJ. Wallace was well known for have hi-performance cars, and advertised their inventory of at least 6 Yenko Deuce Novas. Wallace received Deuces in each of the initial 5 colors: a silver, a beige, a dark green, a blue, &amp; 2 red, all 4speeds except for the dark green and one of the red ones. All 6 of their Deuces were from the first order of cars. Wallace had a variety of inventory, with a variety of colors, were located in a well populated area just outside New York City, and therefore endured their fair share of theft issues. The combination of slow moving inventory and high theft produces a uniqueness among the Wallace Deuces that is unmatched from any other Deuce dealer.

The Wallace Deuces have several things in common, such as; hood pins were installed on every one of their Deuces, the GM locking type with ’69 Camaro ‘crossbars’ between the radiator support and the fender brace. These Deuces all had their YENKO emblems stolen from the fenders and decklid. TheWallace Deuce’s were sold without YENKO fender emblems. The decklids simply had a Wallace Chev. Decal affixed in order to cover the holes from the standard NOVA emblem. Wallace deuces with dealer installed items, like Sport Mirrors, typically had those items stolen also, to be replaced with dealer installed standard chrome versions. Wallace installed other dealer options to their Deuces in order to sell them, items like trim rings, bumper guards, door edge guards, etc…

This months feature car is an excellently preserved example. Willie purchased this car in Oct. of ’71 for about $1,200 less than the sticker price, obviously Wallace was tired of having it sit on their lot for the past year and a half! Willie street raced the car, and drag raced it at Englishtown, but never removed the original exhaust manifolds exhaust pipes, and never removed the rear sway bar setup. The car was kept amazingly original, including the paint, stripes, wheels, interior, even the normally replaced items under the hood. Willie enjoyed the car for many years, and after retiring to the deep south he took the Deuce with him. The car was well taken care of, the mileage kept low, and stayed under a carport until the owner decided to sell it several years ago. Willie was not a person to be heckled with, and knew exactly what this car was. Several prospective buyers attempted to buy the car over the years, but original owners almost always want their Deuce to go to the ‘right’ person. Tommy K was the right person for this car, and Willie knew it - and so do we! Tommy K spent a year gently cleaning every inch of this car, rubbing out the original lacquer paint, and verifying all of the numbers. Of the 86 Deuces found to date, this might be the most original, unmolested, reference Deuce of all. Special thanks to Willie for keeping it, and to Tommy for preserving it. [Write-up courtesy Yenko Deuce Registry and Tommy K]


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Xplantdad 11-01-2005 10:20 PM

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This car is way cool...I saw it at SCR8...awesome!
Thanks for sharing https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

SamLBInj 11-01-2005 11:07 PM

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Can I have it https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/blush.gif
Sorry Charley https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ns/naughty.gif

Stuart Adams 11-01-2005 11:17 PM

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Nice color combo. Cool car.

YENKO DEUCE REGISTRY 11-01-2005 11:25 PM

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Wallace decal over the NOVA emblem holes on the decklid.

YENKO DEUCE REGISTRY 11-01-2005 11:25 PM

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Another one.

SS427 11-01-2005 11:32 PM

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Very nice car Tommy and great to meet you at SCR8. Very beautiful car and lots of things to look at and learn from.
Rick

Stefano 11-01-2005 11:44 PM

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bilede 11-01-2005 11:48 PM

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Beautiful car and congratulations on being the lucky one to hold possession of this piece of history!

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12bolt 11-02-2005 12:22 AM

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Great Car and HISTORY!! For those that do not know, LINDEN ,NJ is a Blue Collar Town with a Bar on every other Corner. Very industrial. It is where the Background scenes in the Beginning of the SOPRANO's were Shot. You know when Tony is cruising the Brown Suburban and the Music is Playing..PizzaLand...Welcome to Linden!!! They are lucky that was all they stole off those cars. as a matter of fact they are lucky the little ten year olds that probably did it did not just take the whole car!

YENKO DEUCE REGISTRY 11-02-2005 12:46 AM

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The other red Wallace Deuce

YENKO DEUCE REGISTRY 11-02-2005 12:47 AM

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engine

YENKO DEUCE REGISTRY 11-02-2005 12:51 AM

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Blue wallace deuce. Edit: Too big to post https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/frown.gif

No pics of the Forest Green a/t no p/s Wallace deuce. But both the red one in the prior post and the green one have/had hood pins and no emblems.

esl011345 11-02-2005 01:57 AM

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Tom,
Your car would look nice along side my 68-SS 396/375 L-78
in black.
Pete
68-Nova-SS 396/375 L-78 Black/frame off restro.Match #s
67-Corvette Roadster 427/435 Marborol/black Match #s
69-Z28 Camero Huggar/black match #s
70-Chevelle-SS LS-6 Cranberry/black match #s

Steve Shauger 11-02-2005 03:11 AM

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I had an opportunity to meet Tommy and see the car at SCR8 and what a treat. a great guy and great car. Those originals really get the juices flowing, and this is a magnificent example. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

SamLBInj 11-02-2005 03:29 AM

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Tom,
Your car would look nice along side my 68-SS 396/375 L-78
in black.
Pete
68-Nova-SS 396/375 L-78 Black/frame off restro.Match #s
67-Corvette Roadster 427/435 Marborol/black Match #s
69-Z28 Camero Huggar/black match #s
70-Chevelle-SS LS-6 Cranberry/black match #s

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How about some picts of your cars https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/blush.gif

hvychev 11-02-2005 08:19 AM

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This is a VERY cool car that I had the honor to beat on the track at SCR! https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ins/tongue.gif Seriously the car is awesome and I also had the chance to get to meet the owner who is a great guy with a true love for Novas. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/cool.gif

bkhpah 11-02-2005 03:19 PM

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Great car, great owner. One of the best guys in the hobby...BKH https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

camarojoe 11-02-2005 05:45 PM

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One of my favorite Deuces...and a super guy. congrats Tom. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

ORIGLS6 11-02-2005 06:01 PM

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Great car, great owner. One of the best guys in the hobby...BKH https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

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I'll second that! I had dinner with Annie last night and we talked about this same thing. Tommy is one of the best in the hobby and travels with a pretty good crowd too. It's always a pleasure to spend time with the Pa/NJ crew. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ns/worship.gif

If any of you are planning to attend VF this weekend, stop and say Hello at the sYc display. (and check out the latest in Tommy's collection just completed by the guys at the SCW!!!) You'll see for yourselves. Fantastic cars displayed by the best people in the country. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/flag.gif

Wish I could be there....... https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/frown.gif Best of Luck guys https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

farone 11-03-2005 12:35 AM

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Patience pays.... Slow and steady wins the race... Great car with a great owner as well.... Congrats Tom !!!! https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif
Frank and Caleb

mockingbird812 11-03-2005 06:02 PM

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Nice, nice ride! Your Deuce sure looks fine in <font color="red">RED</font> . https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/cool.gif The auto trans definitely sets it apart too. I was surprised how many were made that way. Great story and I really like the original condition. Thanks!

69SSRSL89 11-03-2005 08:15 PM

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That car is awesome. It was one of the first couple cars at SCR8 that I saw. Merlin and Tommy where the first guys that I meet and talked to for the first time every. What a great group of guys. I'm now looking forward to seeing his tri-power Nova once its completed. What a sweet ride that is also. Hopefully he will get some shoots and a write up of that car in the members rides section so we can all see it. Great cars and and an even better guy. It was nice to meet you at SCR8 Tommy https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif Take care, Jesse

YENKO DEUCE REGISTRY 11-03-2005 09:11 PM

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I just found the Chevy Rumble issue with SCR8 coverage, what an awesome pic of Tommy smoking the tires on this awesome ride - yea, he races it https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

ORIGLS6 11-03-2005 11:54 PM

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Marlin,

Who's credited with the article?

YENKO DEUCE REGISTRY 11-04-2005 12:30 AM

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Bob McClurg!
The got the names twisted a little bit, but you can't mistake Tommy K's a/t deuce with the whitewalls and SuperCar Workshop license plate pushing smoke off the tires https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

hvychev 11-04-2005 02:53 AM

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Mc Clurg got some names wrong??? He never does that! https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ins/tongue.gif

Belair62 11-04-2005 04:59 AM

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At least the story is not a dreamed up one !! Great article.

hvychev 11-04-2005 08:45 AM

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Yeah Bob there are some Camaro storys dreamed up that Tattoo and Mr. Roarke could have not even dreamed up! https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/haha.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/grin.gif

Kim_Howie 11-04-2005 08:54 PM

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THAT'S FUNNY https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/haha.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/haha.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/flag.gif

Kim_Howie 11-04-2005 09:03 PM

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Tommy, You can restore a car a 100 times and it's still a restored car. But their org. only once, GREAT CAR, GREAT HISTORY, and the owner is not to bad. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/haha.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/haha.gif Congrats Kim

SamLBInj 11-04-2005 11:22 PM

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Yeah Bob there are some Camaro storys dreamed up that Tattoo and Mr. Roarke could have not even dreamed up! https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/haha.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/grin.gif

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DePlane, DePlane https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/blush.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/grin.gif

JoeG 11-07-2005 07:44 PM

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Mr70 11-08-2005 06:08 AM

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Overall,I like the Deuce much better with trim rings on it's Magnum 500 wheels and those Sport Mirrors as well.
It just looks more complete. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/cool.gif

YENKO DEUCE REGISTRY 11-08-2005 04:44 PM

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Really? I guess the sans-trim ring look has grown on me, I like it better without them. When I saw my first deuce pic, I wondered where the trim rings were! I guess Gobi Beige has grown on me as well, I dig the color now https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/grin.gif

ORIGLS6 11-08-2005 05:25 PM

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I guess the sans-trim ring look has grown on me, I like it better without them. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

I guess Gobi Beige has grown on me as well, I dig the color now . https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

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Chevy454 11-08-2005 05:32 PM

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I like 'em "nekkid" too, M... https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

68l30 11-11-2005 05:34 AM

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Way to go Doc...Congrats on another SUPER car. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif


Steve https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

Z-11 396 11-25-2005 05:37 PM

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Tom, It's a great car,you should really be proud to own it, : wonderful story as well, thanks for sharing....Kasey..... https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

TheCoinGuy 05-14-2006 08:05 PM

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My Father was a salesman at Wallace Chevrolet back then and brought home the Green Yenko Nova.

Took a couple friends of mine and I to Englishtown Raceway Park in it and yes, drove it down the drag strip with the 3 of us kids in the car. What a great memory.

That was a long time ago.

Great car Tom!


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