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Keeping it in the family

Posted July 17, 2013 in Community Featured, Winterset
This 1966 Chevy II Nova SS has been a part of the Bush family for many years. From left:  Dylan, Shari and Dan Bush.

This 1966 Chevy II Nova SS has been a part of the Bush family for many years. From left: Dylan, Shari and Dan Bush.

The uniqueness and family ties associated with the 1967 Chevy II Nova SS were two reasons why Dan Bush decided to buy it.

It’s special, Bush explains, because this specific body style of Chevy II was made only in 1966 and 1967.

The car also came with some family history. His cousin had wrecked the car and sold it to Bush’s father-in-law, who rebuilt it in the early 1980s, Bush says. Then it made its way among relatives before coming to him in 2007. He paid $7,500 for the car.

“We wanted to keep it in the family,” says his wife, Shari Bush.

Dan also wanted it so he could have a project to work on with his son, Dylan Bush. The only thing it needed done was to rebuild the motor, which they completed with the help of Bush’s father-in-law, Gary Spencer. They worked on the motor for about a month on weekends and evenings.

It’s an “old school” vehicle —no air, no power steering and no seat belts, Dan explains. The car is sporting the original Granada Gold color, and they don’t have plans to paint it right now. It will eventually require some interior work, including replacing the headliner.

“All it takes is time and money,” Shari Bush says. “And it seems like there’s never enough.”

They like to cruise in it, take it to car shows and will sometimes drive it up to Frostee’s on the square. The plans are to keep the car so that there’s a vehicle to pass down to each of his three kids, Dan says.

Dan was 14 when he started working on motorcycles and cars. Growing up, it was something he watched his own dad do. His affinity for Chevys comes from growing up with the brand.

Bush has kept up with his hobby as he’s gotten older, and it’s been a way for him to relieve some stress.

“It’s what I do to keep my sanity,” says the owner of Newcastle Home Builders in Winterset.

His next big project: His old high school car. The 1967 Chevy II Nova is currently sitting in his garage. It runs, but isn’t drivable because the shocks are worn out, he says.

Looks like he’ll be keeping busy for awhile.

Contact Darren Tromblay at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of What’s In Your Garage?

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