In January 2002, the engine was ready to be picked up. Brian brought it home, covered it, and tucked it into the corner of the garage where it awaited the rest of the car to be finished. He then recushioned and recovered the original seats, put a cover over them, and tucked them away too. All that was left was the body.
"I tried to distract myself with my kids so I wouldn't think about the car all the time," she says. In spite of her best efforts, the curiosity became overbearing and Jean had to take a look at the progress of her B-Body over at Ron's. Much to her surprise, the body was in decent shape and a quick call to Auto Body Specialties had a new fender on its way. The crew at Ron's continued to work away at the car, smoothing out every last dent and ding. "I got a call in early February 2003, telling me that the car was ready for paint. Brian and I went down to see it get painted and that's when it really hit me," she says. "Tears started to well up and a quick hug from my husband made everything better." Overcome with emotions and happiness, they left Ron's and were able to pick the car up a few weeks later.
Brian began putting the car back together piece by piece. "The weeks flew by and my GTX was looking good," she recalls. "The interior was in, chrome was on, and the wheels and tires were installed." The last items to be installed were the engine, transmission, and exhaust. One night in April, the engine was ready to be started. Sadly, Jean was off with the kids at the circus. "I didn't know this was the night that we were going to start the engine, but I made a previous promise to the kids," she says. "As I sat there watching the clowns-[at the circus], I kept my eye on the time. Then my cell phone rang. It was Brian and I could immediately hear my GTX was alive and breathing!"
With just a few more parts, the restoration was complete. Jean recalls the first moment she sat behind the wheel and fired it up after the restoration. The tears of happiness clouded her vision as she shifted the car into drive to head off. It had been almost 25 years since she bought the GTX and her dream car was now a reality. "Every time I look at my car I still have the same feeling I had when I was 14. Only this time, I really own the '67 GTX." Jean has been enjoying her car ever since the restoration as she shows it off and enjoys it on the streets. The 25-year addiction was a habit she hasn't kicked and she doesn't plan to quit.
'67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX
Owned by: Jean Hagan Bristol, Connecticut
- Engine: The original RB was sent off to Bob's Machine Shop in Bristol, Connecticut, to have all the machine work and assembly performed. It was bored .030-over and pumps out 445 cubic inches now. Inside, Keith Black pistons are attached to Eagle rods and a stock Chrysler crankshaft. The original heads received some bowl work to complement the custom Comp Cams .510-inch lift 512-duration hydraulic camshaft. An Edelbrock intake and Holley carburetor take care of the air and fuel as it's ingested through the dual snorkel intake. A factory replacement exhaust sits behind the lightly-modded engine, and it delivers all the sounds she's been looking for since she was 14.
- Transmission: Mated to the 440 is a TorqueFlite built by Economy Transmission with a Dynamic 3,500-stall converter and B&M Shift Kit.
- Rearend: A Dana 9 3/4-inch rear is filled a Sure Grip differential and 4.10 gears.
- Suspension: The front uses the factory torsion bars, and Super Stock springs and a pinion snubber are used in the rear. Stock shocks were retained.
- Brakes: Factory drums.
- Wheels and Tires: Factory Magnum wheels were ordered through YearOne, and a set of F70-14 Red Line tires were mounted for the classic look.
- Paint and Body: Ron's Auto Madness in Bristol performed all the bodywork and paint. A replacement fender from Auto Body Specialties was the only new metal needed before it was sprayed in the original Light Bronze Metallic color.
- Interior: YearOne parts were used inside to bring the cabin back to life. Brian Hagan, her husband, performed all the work.