1967 Cutlass Supreme Convertible

With my retirement in 2014 I told my husband that I would give up my Mercedes diesel cars if I could have a 1967 Cutlass convertible restomod. My first old car/restoration project I ever worked on was in 1979 and was a 1967 442 Cutlass Supreme convertible and I always liked the way it looked. I wanted a car that would give me good fuel mileage, would burn the crummy gas we get at the pump, and would be safe and easy to drive and dependable enough to take across the country and look different than all the other cars you see on the road today. Also, it is easier to find in a parking lot.

In November 2013 we were returning from a trip to Fredericksburg when we saw a 1967 Cutlass Supreme convertible parked at a garage in Dripping Springs, Texas. It was a white car (a plus with me) with blue bucket seats, console, relatively new but dirty top. We wrote our home number on the back of a business card and asked if the owner would be interested in selling the car and put it on the car. The next day my husband called to ask if the folks at the garage could give the owner our name and number and let him know we were interested in the car. He declined but he probably didn't want to lose the work he was doing on the car. We later found the owner's name and googled him and found his address and phone. Called numerous times but the phone would just ring - no answering machine.

Finally, in January 2014, my husband had called and the owner answered. He was on another line with someone so my husband gave him our number and asked him to call back if he was interested in selling the car. We didn't hear from him so my husband finally sat down and wrote a letter to the owner telling him to contact us if he was interested in selling the car. He mailed it on a Monday and within hours of mailing the letter the owner called back. He told us he had the gas tank replaced and some carburetor work done and picked up the car and stopped to put new tires on it. On the way home the car had started smoking and he had it towed back to the garage. He told us to go ahead and go to the garage the next day and look it over and let him know what we thought. The next day was my birthday - great day to be looking at the car. Turns out the car had water in the oil and without taking it apart the owner would have no idea how much it would cost to fix - so we struck a deal and the next day my husband took the trailer and picked up the car.

The owner handed my husband a complete file on the car. His grandfather had bought the car new and later passed it on to him. He had a file of receipts, the original owner's manual and protect-o-plate, all the GM literature that was in the car when it was new and the original window sticker. When going through the receipts we discovered that my husband had left a similar note of interest in buying the car 14 years earlier and the gentleman had saved the note in his car records. Small world.

It is a nice solid car with only a few areas of minor rust. There is some rust through in the passenger front floorpan so that will be replaed as soon as we can get it to the repair shop. We washed it good - it will some day need a repaint but I plan to drive this car on a daily basis. It looks much better now that it is polished and the chips touched up. The driver's seat was split at the seams and the others seats were showing some wear. We decided since a new interior was needed we would go ahead and change it to the 1967 red interior that we both really like with the white exterior.

See the pictures taken the day we looked at and bought the car > >

Progress on the car - cleaning and repainting the frame and reinstalling to car > >

Stripping the interior, windshield removal, polish and wax of the exterior > >

4 wheel disk brakes and positraction gear installed > >

Moving from 14-inch steel rims to 15 inch aluminum rims to run Michelin radials > > (to be posted soon)