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Old 06-12-2019, 03:41 AM
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Welcome to the site Frank, and thank you for that delightful and informative post!
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:26 AM
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Welcome aboard Frank! Love your rich story. Where did u live in Pgh? Ever go to the drag strip with it? More stories, please!!!
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:05 AM
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Welcome Frank!!

Love original owner info and stories.... this is what itís all about for me!!!

The whole group on here would love to know all the details.

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Old 06-12-2019, 03:09 PM
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Frank, did you happen to come across this black Chevelle at the Norwood Motors dealership or on the streets of Rhode Island?

This Chevelle was originally assembled at the Framingham plant as an L89 (a couple of months after yours, in May of 1969) and was converted at Norwood Motors to an L88 (along with this noticeable wheel/tire combination and other mod's) before the original owner drove it off the lot on June 21, 1969.

Also... did your Burnished Brown Chevelle leave the dealership with the factory wheels or ???

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Sam, I grew up in a coal mining town north of Pittsburgh called Wildwood. Lived in Bakerstown during the years I had the Chevelle. Never took it to the strip like I did with the Buick.
Helmet, beautiful machine. I was only in RI a short time before we returned to Pitt. Off the lot with factory wheels. I never went back to Norwood after the sale. Knowing what I do now about that place I would have liked to hang out, maybe volunteer as pit crew with them. While the car was being prepped they were generous with tips on power timing, ignition, jetting and such. The salesman made the comment that I had a special car. If only I had known then how special it really was.
So, my friend Tom usually rode shotgun when we cruised as he was doing the night we pulled into the Washington Blvd EatnPark. There was the usual assortment of muscle cars as was the norm in those days but one car stood out. An all black GTO which sat almost as high as my car. Quite a few people were gathered around it looking under the hood. Of course every one turned as we entered, on cruise nights I only had one bolt on each side loosely holding the exhaust to the collector. We parked and joined the admirers at the goat. It was a sweet looking car with tripower. After small talk Tom my negotiator made the $100 challenge. The most the owner could come up with was $60 after borrowing part of it. Only took a minute to open the headers.Tom went with a friend of the GTO who was holding his money. We drove out to the Highland Park Bridge with the whole parking lot following us. He was on my left side as we lined up. His girl friend was going to give us a 3 count. She gave me a quick count, 1-23 and he pulled a hole shot on me. SOB, I dumped the clutch and that Chevelle raised up, no squat and just rocketed forward. I got to the end of the bridge and pulled across both lanes as he rolled up. My friend a rather large individual was immediately at the other drivers door. He apologized, payment was made and then he ask if we could run again down route 28 since we were both going that way. My mistake. We swung onto 28 towards Etna with the whole pack of cars following. Of course I smoked him again and continued on. Tom yells ďthere is something going on back there. Head lights swerving and a red flashing lightĒ. Well directly I have a cop on my butt and Iím not outrunning him with my gears. I pull over and he charges up to my door. ďYour friends back there tried to block me but a couple of shots scattered them! I got the other guys tag, your under arrest. Follow meĒ. Now in Pennsylvania they had passed a strict drag racing law due to all the kids killing themselves. Impound your car, $1000 fine, and a years suspension of your license. I follow this cop to a magistrates place. He says $1000 bond. Cost you $60 for 1000 and you can go till the hearing. I had just won $60 so no problem. Figured the 60 went in his pocket. Tom and I go to our local Winkies burger joint and tell our story to the locals. A fellow I know there says his uncle is a constable over there. See what he can do. Well by the time the hearing came word got to me to bring $100 and it would go away. Tom and I drive up to the magistrates office on the appointed night and the GTO is already there. Same cop comes out leans in my window and says ďyou readyĒ. Me being a little slow I just stare at him till Tom gives me a shove and I hand over the hundred. Same thing to the GTO. Cop goes inside and he and the magistrate start screaming at each other about who should get the bigger cut. BS I say and start the car to leave. Again Toms cooler head made me stop. We get called inside and the magistrate gives a lousy acting job of how he will be magnanimous and let us off with the warning to never come thru Aspinwall again.
Then there was the fellow who broke down in tears after spending $2000 on performance parts on his 440 six pack only to get beat.
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Missed this yesterday, WW stuff and welcome aboard Frank!
The whole Norwood Motors/Mel Perry thing is amazing already but extra cool w/ two Norwood Modified '69 Chevelle Original Owners dropping by here now.
Great stories Frank and looking forward to more!

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Great stuff Frank! You lived the dream with one bad-a** Chevelle! Thanks for sharing your stories! Any other stories you want to share would be welcome ‘round here!

BTW - had a Olympic Gold ‘69 L78/M21/4.10 Chevelle from Colussey Chev in Bridgeport (originally owned by an airline pilot) - they were a smaller hi po dealer back then.
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One more. Some may be upset with what Iím going to say I did to that car. Iím on our little farm in Bakerstown one day finishing up my modification to the hood. I had removed the reinforcing from under the hood and was left with just a stamped piece of sheet metal. A fellow from our sheet metal shop at work had fabricated braces for the underside that allowed the hood to maintain its normal shape. Probably shaved 50 or 60lbs. Was mounting it on 4 pins when up the driveway rolls this 69 Road Runner, ugly green with black wheels and no hub caps. Out of the passenger side comes Mike a guy married to my wifeís best friend from high school. He introduces me to the Plymouthís owner who just bought the car. It was a 440 Six Pack with plain interior, rubber floor mats, 410 rear and 4 speed. Owner tells be he is taking it to Marvinís Speed Shop in Evans City for some upgrades. I tell him when he gets it back Iíd love to blow his doors off. Now Iím sure he saw my air cleaner that said 375HP and knew he had 390. What he didnít know was how seriously under rated Chevys HiPo motors were.
About 3 weeks later he and Mike pull into the driveway with a much meaner sounding machine. Knows the wager is $100 but wants a 5MPH rolling start. Ok.
Now I ran the biggest fattest cheater slicks I could keep on the stock rims. I remember even as high as it sat I had to trim the wheel well flange and molding to keep from getting fine cuts on the top of the sidewalls. Those slicks had 2 fine lines of what could pass for tread so you could technically call them tires.
We roll down Bakerstown Rd and swing onto Rt 8 south. I have the wife with me who insisted on going so we could stop for some errand. She had never been I that car when I raced. Anyway Iím now in the slow lane and he pulls up in the passing lane beside me. We slow down to the agreed start speed traffic behind us be damned. When Mike yells go I punch it, those big tires break loose and almost immediately Iím pulling for second. I recall the front fender of that Road Runner beside my door for a very short moment. We arrived at the top of the hill and I turned off on Dickey Rd and pulled over with the Plymouth behind me. Mike walks up to my door hands me the hundred and say the kid is back there literally crying because he just spent $2000 and canít believe what just happened. Mike also is saying he swears my front end was almost off the ground every time I shifted. I guess the whole time the Chevelle was throwing the wife towards the back seat she was swearing at me and continued her tirade while I was conversing with Mike. Taking her on that ride was another big mistake.
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Anybody got a time machine?

Fantastic stories!!

Tears, horsepower, an upset Mrs. all good.

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Old 06-17-2019, 09:48 PM
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I think Frank's stories are as close as we'll get to having a time machine. I can picture the events as if I were there at the time. There's nothing quite like hearing about a frustrated mopar owner after a run-in with an L89 Chevelle!
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