Wrecks to Riches, 69 Camaro Restoration
Barry White knows a good wreck when he sees one. At least he thought he did. The old ’69 Camaro shell he bought from a wrecking yard turns out to be cursed. Paint-stripper and angle-grinders reveal hidden rust and dodgy body work, delaying the build and forcing him to shell out more money than he planned on new sheet-metal. That’s just the start of it. As the build goes on, strange things start happening. The super-charger doesn’t fit the engine. Wrong parts are delivered. The engine bay catches fire. Wind sends newly painted parts crashing to the ground and back to the paint shop. The team dub the Camaro “Christine” after the killer car in Stephen King’s novel. But Barry gets help from an unusual source. The Corona Police Department have some muscle car fans who offer to get the build back on schedule. The well-drilled machine work like a dream and finally Christine is ready for auction at picturesque Jackson Hole. But Barry’s had to spend way more than he planned. The Camaro owes him $40,000. Barry’s nervous. Even more so when the auction gets underway and a rival fully restored Camaro goes under the hammer for just $25,000.