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1972 Chevelle

Posted April 15, 2015 in Community Featured, Winterset

The two-door car originally belonged to the mom of one of Dawson’s high school friends. He has many memories of just driving around in Winterset with his friends to see friends. “We just cruised the loop up an down John Wayne Drive. That’s what we did then, scoop the loop,” he says.

Ray Dawson had his eye on this Chevelle since he was a teenager. He was finally able to buy it in 2000 and finished restoring it in 2013. Photo by Monica Pugh.

Ray Dawson had his eye on this Chevelle since he was a teenager. He was finally able to buy it in 2000 and finished restoring it in 2013.
Photo by Monica Pugh.

At one point his friend’s dad wanted to sell the car to Dawson but that didn’t happen. So from time to time he would ask to see if they were ready to sell. In 2000, they said yes. He bought it and started doing a little bit of work. Some of the work he did himself and some of the work he hired. The restoration was complete in 2013.

The gulf green paint chosen is the original color of the car. Dawson made the decision to turn the car into a Super Sport during the restoration. “I just liked the way the Super Sport looked,” he says. People tell him to paint it red or blue. But the green color is more unique today and what he likes.

The flat hood was replaced and painted with black stripes. The bench seat became buckets as the upholstery and headliner was completely restored to what a Super Sport would have been like. “You can buy just about anything at swap meets or out of a magazine if you want,” Dawson says.

The 383 motor was overhauled. It sat for so long he never tried to start the engine before he started the work. It has a twelve bolt rear end and an overdrive transmission. The transmission was installed in hopes of participating in the Hot Rod Power Tour someday. The tour travels for six days straight with thousands of cars following each other. This years tour starts in Wisconsin and ends in Louisiana. This is Dawson’s dream for his Chevelle.

Dawson is a part of the Central Iowa Auto. He enjoys driving the car to show and shines and seeing people out looking at all the cars. He made the car for driving. “I enjoy driving it more than worrying about any trophies,” he says.





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