The NOS 442

Old January 23rd, 2017, 09:19 AM
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My 1969 442 with a u.s. built car.


It does not matter where it was built. What matters is where it sold new.
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 09:35 AM
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U.S. sold car.
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Old January 24th, 2017, 12:52 PM
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Not to jump in on Paul's resto thread....


VVS Docs are available if your car was built in Canada, or sold new in Canada, I have seem Canadian built US sold cars with VVS docs and US built Canadian sold cars with VVS Docs.


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Old January 24th, 2017, 02:14 PM
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[QUOTE=Ryan 1969 Chevelle SS396;985695]Not to jump in on Paul's resto thread....


VVS Docs are available if your car was built in Canada, or sold new in Canada, I have seem Canadian built US sold cars with VVS docs and US built Canadian sold cars with VVS Docs.


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Thanks for the correction Ryan. I got ahead of myself when I replied to the earlier post. What I meant to say was that docs for USA built cars are only available if that USA built car was sold new in Canada. Docs are available for all Canadian built car regardless of where that car sold when new.

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Time for updates on this build. I had gotten behind due to a photobucket posting issue as well as other delays.
During the month of January I was able to find the original owner and on Mar 7 I flew to Newfoundland and visited. The whole connection came about from running a Kijiji ad and connecting with Bob Mercer, the retired sales manager for the selling dealership.

I had a great day today meeting With Bob Mercer and hearing about his career with Corner Brook Garage, the selling dealer for my 442.
We met with Loretta Burrell around 10:00 AM in Stephenville. Loretta brought along two early photos of the car being used in Baseball League Parade circa 1973. She explained her car was called on a lot in this small town as it was the only convertible here.



The Photo is very fuzzy but it shows the car circa 1973 with Loretta at the wheel,and a full baseball team on board.
Those 442 enthusiasts will note the car has a chrome rear view mirror and the stripes may not be correct. Loretta explained thar the car had been in three accidents during her ownership years. One accident required the replacement of the left front fender, door skin and repairs to the quarter panel and door jam. Obviously a sport mirror was not replaced.
This was noticed when I got the car as the drivers door still had the original frame with a newer Skin. My restoration guy Mark had noticed the jam area had been hit before and required some massaging.

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In addition to locating Loretta, Bob accumulated some dealer memorabilia including his original sales jacket from 1970.

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The jacket and Key fob


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In this photo, left to right, Bob Mercer, Loretta Burrell and myself.



Loretta is about 4 feet tall and she always required the seats in her cars to ne raised with additional metal rails so she could see over the steering wheel.
Lorettas previous cars were a 68 Impala Hardtop, a 69 Impala Convertible, the 442. After the 442 she ordered a 75 Monte Carlo with a sunroof and then a 1978 Camaro Z28.
What possessed Loretta to special order a 1971 442 W30 convertible with every option other than A/C and cruise control.
She stated,she saw the 1970 sales brochure with the Orange 442 W30 and went to the dealer and told salesman Walt Everett she wanted that car in a convertible,and they checked all the boxes for options.
Loretta waited a long time for her car due to the 67 day strike in the fall of 1970 and the car finally arrived in March 1971, as a 1971 with 1970 colours and argent painted wheels.
The car was the hottest car in Stephenville.NL (population 6700), and sought after by every 17 year old waiting for Loretta to buy a new car.
That lucky second owner was Barry Fowlow. Barry,17 in 1975 with a newly minted Newfounland drivers liscense was working at the Stephenville Branch of CBG when Loretta traded her 442 in on her New 1975 Monte Carlo. Barry was on duty that day in June 1975, washing cars and pumping gas,and told Walt Everett that he wanted to buy the 442.
With an agreed purchase price of $2000.00 supplied by a bank loan signed by Barry's father, the 442 was his.
I will be meeting with Barry tomorrow and getting the details of his two years of ownership.
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Here is how the car looked as of last week.
Here is the latest photos of my project.
The frame has all been straightened, results of three accidents required a lot of tweaking.
Body had been returned to frame with all welds drilled in preparation of removing the shell, less floor pans and rockers,to make way for full new floor pan and full trunk floor.


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Too Kool, thanks for sharing.
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Love this thread

Past owners of these cars love talking about them. It's awesome that they are involved.

PS is that flange tool for door skins still sold anywhere?
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And thatís what makes classic cars special... making new people fall in love all over again decades later like it never went out of style. Awesome story
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Friday March 9,2018 update.

Satisfied with the ownership history from1971 to 1975, I wanted to concentrate on 1975 to 1987,when I first heard about the car.
My previous attempts gave me a name of Boyd Fowlow in Stephenville as the second owner. Over a two year period I made several attempts to contact the only B Fowlow in the phone directory.
I had heard that Boyd Fowlow now lived in Edmonton AB and felt I was on the right track, I was never able to reach him over a two year period.

With the new information from Jan 2018 of Loretta Burrell as the original owner,I learned that the second owner was Barry Fowlow,Boyd's brother.

I found a new listing for B Fowlow in Stephenville and phoned. Robert Fowlow, Barry's nephew answered the phone.

I told him the reason for my call and he confirmed Barry was in fact the second owner of "the Orange 442 convertible".
Within a minute I had Barry's cell phone number and a promise from Robert that I would get a call from Barry within 30 minutes.
About 45 minutes later I was connected with Barry, who referred to the 442 as a ghost from the past.

He proceeded to recount his ownership in detail. More in next posting.
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As confirmed Barry bought the 442 the day it was traded in at the Stephenville branch of Corner Brook Garage Ltd.
Barry owned the car for two years and drag raced it a lot at the Decomissioned Earnest Harmon AirForce base in Stephenville.
Barry did extensive engine modifications to the engine for more power. Crane cam and Valve springs, bigger oil pan, headers, Holly carb, trans shift kit. He retained the factory 3.73 gears and ran on 60 series tires. He claimed the car ran in the mis 12's but was not the fastest car among his racing buddies. Barry had the car painted Corvette Red in 1976 and painted over the black stripes. The paint job cost $350.00

Barry took a job with Sobey's, the Nova Scotia based Grocery Store chain in 1977 and moved to Stellerton NS with the 442. Not long after he settled in the 442 was stolen one night and the engine was seized.
With little money to do a rebuild he traded the car for a 56 Ford that has been set up a street rod and was running.

The new owner of the 442 was Tim Short. According to Barry ,Short put in a Pontiac 455 (that explains the Pontiac engine in the car when I got it).
Short drove the car around Stellarton for a while and then it disappeared. Barry said Tim Short went blind by the time he was 30 and it may have been his Brother Randy who took it to Alberta. All members of the Short family are now deceased with no way to verify the ownership or story.

So from all this I was able to solve some of the unknown details outlined in my first posting

Majority of body damage done by first owner in Newfounland.
Motor seized in 1977 and replaced in Stellarton NS in 1977 or 1978
There is no record of registration for the car in NS, Barry Fowlow did not do a registration change when he moved there.
Car went to Alberta between 1979 and 1985.
Found Alberta Lic plates circa 1979-80 under drivers side front carpet covering up rust holes and Alberta Yellow Pages (several books) under rear seat as sound dead net.
Merlin Cumming contacted me in May 1987 and described the car as a 1970. He said the car had been purchased out of an Alberta wrecking yard in 1985 by a fellow in Salmon Arm ,BC to use the 455 in a boat. Clearly the motor was no good and Merlin Bought the entire car.
I encouraged Merlin to do a Vintage Vehicle Search through GM Canada in 1999 and that is when I learned it was a 1971 model with the Corner Brook Garage Ltd connection.
When I bought the car in 2013, the Pontiac engine had been partially disassembled and had been seized for years.
The only parts missing from the car from its Alberta Wrecking yard days were the power door locks.
The Dual Gate Shifter was stolen sometime in the 1990's (according to Merlin)
The car was never resistered in Alberta.

It's time to resume posting more restoration work now that the ownership history has been solved and how the car was moved 5000 miles from its original selling location.
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So Cool! Good job on your detective work and thanks for sharing.
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Very interesting thread, I cannot fathom how I did not see it before today. I'll be following very closely. Thanks for including us with your progress!
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very interesting thread, i cannot fathom how i did not see it before today. I'll be following very closely. Thanks for including us with your progress!
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Wow, I love the history! Great detective work- so cool.
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With the body work in the hands of Mark, I do all the mechanical restoration and assembly. going forward I will post progress on the component restoration. Since I bough this car I have been on the hunt for as many NOS parts that I can locate anf as of this writing I have 677 parts and NOS assemblies ready for this car. NOS assemblies are classified by me a one part number,not the sum of the components.
First up is the engine,having given up on the prospect of finding the original engine I bought an NOS 455 short block assembly from a buddy in Chicago who used to work for GM parts warehousing and bought several of these when they were going NLA back in 1980. Had the block shipped to me in its original packaging.











Dave, the machinist said he was, and was not surprised. Additionally he reported while all the tolerances were good they we not what he would refer to as "blueprinted".

So the new plan was to go with new rings and bearings, balance all components and fit to specific tolerances. I opted not to boil the block as I wanted to preserve the factory markings.
For the built we went with a Cloyes double roller timing chain and gear set as I could not trust a 47 year old Nylon timing gear.

I asked Dave what could have happened if I had fired up the engine from its as is out of the crate condition. His exact quote was "it would have seized during break in".

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With the short block assembly back from the shop it was time to un box the hord of NOS parts:

Pictured below:
NOS rocker arms and saddles
NOS push rods
NOS lifters
NOS oil baffle
NOS baffle studs
NOS harmonic balance
NOS balancer retaining ring
NOS front timing Cover
NOS oil pump
NOS oil seal.



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fabulous

That is a crazy amount of NOS parts Paul.


Keep up the great work sir.

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The stories and history behind these cars are as neat as the cars themselves. I have had the pleasure of seeing some of Paul's cars/work and he does them right.
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Those paint blotches on the side of the block are tough! When I did mine, despite vatting the block for an extended period of time, they somehow survived.
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Subscribed, nice work and great story!
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