1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu
Jim Meyer, Windsor, Colorado
Engine: GM Performance ZZ427
Transmission: Tremec TKO 600 5 Speed
Paint: Custom PPG Color –Bourbon “N” Ice
Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), customer Jim Meyer of Windsor, Colorado is the man responsible for the unique 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu seen here. Jim obviously lives a bit farther away from OPGI Headquarters than most of the customers we see in person, and his ’67 Malibu is a bit different compared to most of the restored vehicles we usually feature in this blog. Jim spent the last several years building his one-off custom creation and in that time he ordered so many parts from OPGI that we became quite interested in his project too. When we finally received photos of the completed vehicle, we felt we had to share them here.
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1987 Chevrolet El Camino
Wade Pearson, Orange, California
Engine: 305 V8
Interior Color: Saddle Tan
Transmission: 4 speed auto
Paint: Autumn Gold/Lite Chestnut w/ Pinstripes
Although Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), Customer Wade Pearson is the owner of this super nice 1987 El Camino, that relationship may soon change, as the car is currently up for sale. We’d have to guess that it must be with some sadness that Wade will part company with his prized (and prize-winning) El Camino. We’d also venture to guess that he’s not likely to find another one as clean as this if he ever changes his mind and wants to build another El Camino at a later date. Read more ›
1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS5
Dan Bishop, Riverside, California
Engine: LS5 454
Transmission: THM 400
Paint: Astro Blue
Interior Color: Ivory
Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), Customer Dan Bishop of Riverside, California is the proud owner of this super nice 1970 Chevelle Super Sport LS5. Dan should be proud of his car, as it’s obviously a beauty, and probably one of the two most coveted Chevelles ever made (the 1970 LS5 and LS6 Super Sport Chevelles). Although the LS5 Chevelle did not match the 450 horsepower rating of the solid lifter equipped LS6, the LS5 with its hydraulic lifters and Rochester Quadrajet carburetor put out a respectable 360 horsepower in stock trim, making it one of the most powerful muscle cars on the street back in 1970.
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Classic Chevelles and El Caminos with worn-out or damaged center consoles as well as those that came from the factory without center consoles at all, will benefit from a new reproduction center console base. That’s why Original Parts Group, Inc. (OPGI), is pleased to announce the availability of reproduction center console bases for 1966-67 Chevelles and El Caminos. Each OPGI shifter console base is an injection-molded factory reproduction that meets or exceeds all OEM specifications for fit, finish and functionality.
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High-performance automotive developer Jack “Doc” Watson passed away this August leaving behind a huge legacy from his days at Hurst Performance. Watson worked alongside the great George Hurst at Hurst Performance, the company that literally owned the aftermarket shifter business in the 60’s. Watson helped develop the world-famous Hurst shifter, the Jaws of Life EMT rescue tool, and other innovations including the Hurst/Olds 4-4-2 and Hurst Hairy Olds Cutlass drag/exhibition cars.
Jack “Doc “ Watson had a significant impact on the automotive world where he was also known as the original Hurst “Shifty Doctor,” as he often traveled to various racetracks with a Hurst shifter repair trailer in tow. Prior to his Hurst days, Doc had worked with Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov at General Motors where he experimented with putting larger engines in intermediate body Tempests, Skylarks and Cutlasses for weight evaluation testing. His work at GM led to a relationship with Hurst Performance and subsequent employment at Hurst as president of Hurst Performance Research.
Working as George Hurst’s right-hand man, Watson is credited with being the creator of the first Hurst/Oldsmobile 4-4-2 drag cars. The early Hurst Olds 4-4-2’s were equipped with 455 cu.in. engines borrowed from the Toronado and their performance made them some of the most recognizable muscle cars in the country at the time. Doc Watson is also responsible for creating the Hurst’s Hairy Olds Cutlass, a wild exhibition car known for its 4-wheel burnouts thanks to dual blown, 1,000-plus horsepower Oldsmobile V-8s set-up in four-wheel drive mode.
The Hurst Hairy Oldsmobile project was the brainchild of Jack Watson and constructed at Hurst by in-house technicians. The project was also supported by some of the biggest names in the performance marketplace at the time and included camshafts made by Ed Iskenderian, custom-made rods and main bearings by Don Alderson of Milodon, intake manifolds and rocker arm covers by Al Sharp, and forged pistons and roller rockers by Mickey Thompson. The four -tire-smoking beast was driven at racetracks across the country by Joe Schubeck until a crash at Niagara Dragstrip in New York ended its touring life in 1967.
Doc Watson built a reputation for safety, performance and continuous improvement in his lifetime. In addition to his success with Hurst drag cars, one of Doc’s proudest accomplishments was his involvement with the Hurst-developed, JAWS of Life Rescue Tool that took its name from his initials (Jack A. Watson). The automotive performance industry mourns his passing and owes a debt to Mr. Watson’s spirit of innovation and passion for motorsports.
1971 Pontiac GTO Judge
Tim Miller, Huntington Beach, California
Engine: Pontiac 455 HO V-8
Interior Color: Dark Green
Transmission: Turbo Hydra-Matic
Paint: Tropical Lime Green Metallic
Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), Customer Tim Miller of Huntington Beach, California is the proud owner of this super nice 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge. However, Tim is a bit more than a customer, as he is also the founder and owner of the Surf City Garage car care products company, a brand that is stocked and sold right here at OPGI. Surf City Garage is also the only car care products company we know of that restores and maintains its own collection of over 130 vintage muscle cars and the Lime Metallic GTO shown here is just one of Tim’s many immaculate cars.
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Classic car prices have obviously risen over the last decade, and even though there are currently more buyers than sellers, many financial advisors consider investing in classic cars a complex pursuit. The demand for good classic cars has grown due to several different factors including a global increase in wealth, the growth of the Internet and more collectors’ oriented publications. Another factor in favor of classic cars as investments is the fact that they can also be easily transported to other markets or countries if necessary to secure a good price.
When there is more information about classic cars available, more people get interested in them. These factors combined have resulted in a marketplace where many classic cars have risen nearly 500% in value over just the last ten years. Although there are no current indications that the market will soften anytime soon, there are a lot of people jumping into the game today and many of the people buying classic cars that cost over $100,000 today are investors, who see classic cars as an alternative asset class. Not surprisingly, many buyers today are from other countries and they are looking for a good place to park their money for a while. Many of those foreign investors also pay cash for their classic car purchases here.
These factors all contribute to rising prices in the market, just as a car’s pedigree and history of who owned it, where it was stored, who worked on it, and what they did to it are also important. People who make money on classic cars often have both an automotive education and enough financial discipline to buy and sell at the right time and price.
Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high-performance parts for classic GM cars, is pleased to announce the availability of five new 2015 summer sale parts catalogs that are available online and feature thousands of in-demand restoration parts and accessories at savings up to 30% off their regular price.
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Although nearly every new car sold by the Detroit Big Three manufacturers currently utilize components from suppliers outside the United States, the American Automotive Labeling Act considers a motor vehicle with 75% or more of its components sourced from the United States or Canada as a domestic product. In case you were wondering which of the Big Three manufacturer’s cars might be the most “domestic” in parts content, we need only look at the Made in America Index compiled by the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington D.C.
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Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI), the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high-performance parts for classic GM cars since 1982, has released the final edition in the 2015 series of Restoration Parts Catalogs. The release of the 2015 edition of the 1970-77 Monte Carlo Restoration Parts Catalog marks the ninth and final catalog this year. From interior and body parts to engine parts, sheet metal, bright trim and everything in between, the 2015 edition of the 1970-77 Monte Carlo Restoration Parts Catalog contains 312 pages of the widest selection and best prices on the highest-quality parts for your classic Monte Carlo restoration project.
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