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Jeep TJ Reveal & Trail Ride

[SR2011-12]

Will Jason be surprised at our hardcore Jeep transformation? Find out in the conclusion of our fourth build, this time for a good guy who donates his summers to help disabled kids.

Will Jason be surprised at our hardcore Jeep transformation? Find out in the conclusion of our fourth build, this time for a good guy who donates his summers to help disabled kids.

RockAuto.com

800-762-5288

  • 4.0L Jeep inline six cylinder Master Engine Rebuild Kit (camshaft, pistons, rings, bearings, oil pump, gaskets and seals) |

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  • Remanufactured cylinder head (new valves, guides, springs, and vavle stem seals) |

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Optima Batteries

12 Volt Guy

530-532-4529

Rugged Ridge

770-614-6101

O'Reilly Auto Parts

800-755-6759

Flowmaster

800-544-4761

Wilwood Engineering

805-388-1188

Crown Performance

760-599-0090

  • Kevlar reinforced stainless steel-braided brake lines |

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Spidertrax

800-286-0898

Mastercraft Safety

  • Reclining off-road front seats with rear bench seat custom embroidered with Search and Restore logo 4 point safety harnesses |

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Raceline Wheels

800-52-WHEEL

Maxxis Tires

Wide Open Designs

Off Road Evolution

Savvy Off Road

Warn Industries

800-543-9276

Quadratec

800-474-8955

HID X

MTX Audio

800-225-5689

Essentially Off Road

  • Front; custom 3-link with panhard bar Rear; custom triangulated 4-link |

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Bilstein

858-386-5900

  • Rock Crawler series front and rear reservoir shocks |

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TrueHi9

  • TrueHi9 9" Ford-style third member 5.38 9" ring and pinion |

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ARB

JE Reel

909-629-9002

Monster Transmission

CTM Racing Products

760-450-0006

Advanced Adapters

Rugged Radios

Industrial Depot

  • A complete line of custom fasteners from high tensile strength fasteners to custom stainless steel button heads plus assorted consumable shop supplies from cutoff wheels to flaps. |

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Spidertrax Off Road

Longmont, CO

  • The originator of the "Off Road Specific" fabricated 9" axel housing. Thomas and Eddie are engineering geeks with a passion for four-wheeling. After perfecting ground clearance issues by building the ultimate off-road 9" housing, they created the "pro-series" of fabricated knuckles that allow for 45 degrees of steering.

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Savvy Off Road

Tustin, CA

  • Gerald Lee from Savvy Off Road brought the aluminum body protection to the Jeep market with his series of light-weight, but strong, bumpers, corners and rocker guards.

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Quadratec

West Chester, PA

  • Craig Jaros and crew installed the top and other odds and ends to complete the rig. Quadratec is the largest retailer of Jeep products in the country. They supplied a top, tube doors and lots of other pieces to complete the project.

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Industrial Depot

Gainesville, GA

  • Industrial Depot has supplied PowerBlock shows industrial fasteners, hardware & shop supplies for years, so it's no surprise they sent in volunteers for Search & Restore. Jeep build specialists Brian and Zachary Darr are avid off-roaders who run Darr's Custom Design & Collision Repair in Jerseyville, IL. With experience in everything from diesels to semis, this multi-talented father and son team were key players in the custom TJ project.

  • CLICK HERE TO VISIT WEBSITE
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Off Road Evolution

Fullerton, CA

  • A leader in Jeep armor and protection, Off Road Evolution installed the corners, rockers and tube fenders for the project. Mel and crew are well-known for building and testing Jeeps to their limits.

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True Hi9

Dilworth, MN

  • True Hi 9 re-invented the Ford 9" 3rd member drop-out by creating the first-ever hi pinion 3rd member for the 9". Mike built the Mega hi 9s and showcases his new pinion-support design.

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Mastercraft Safety

Santee, CA

  • Mastercraft Safety is the leader in seat development for hard core off road trail trucks and race vehicles. Full suspension seats not only provide a comfortable place to sit, but they also absorb a lot of the shock to the driver when out wheeling. For Jason's Jeep Lizard, Mastercraft Safety brought two Mastercraft Baja RS seats (the original reclining suspension seat) and a factory fit bench seat for the rear.

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Advance Adapters

Downy, CA

  • The originators of the "crate" transfer case, the Atlas II is the most respected aftermarket t-case in the off-road aftermarket.

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Rugged Radios

San Luis Obispo, CA

  • Rugged Radios supplied full communication to Jason's Jeep. Individual headsets for each passenger allow the ability to talk to one another or listen to music. They also supplied Jason with a base station set up so if there is trouble on the trail, Jason can radio back to Med Camp HQ for instant communication to the camp office.

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MTX Audio

Phoenix, AZ

  • Jason Plank and MTX crew installed the audio gear with the Rugged Radios crew. Jason and crew's previous video is available from the s10 Truggy Build on Xtreme 4x4.

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PSC Motorsports

Azle, TX

  • The Jeep is getting a PSC "ram assist" steering system. This system works with the new PSC steering gear to divert fluid to the ram on the front axle to help turn the tires. Along with this system is a newly-designed cooler system that will cool the trans and the steering system.

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Essentially Off Road

Murfreesboro, TN

  • Jimmy Penner of Essentially Off Road, is known throughout the southern US as the go-to guy for suspension design for hard-core wheeling. He and his crew have thousands of custom suspension systems running in everything from daily-driver weekend wheelers, to hard-core crawlers, to high-end Ultra 4 Race cars.

  • CLICK HERE TO VISIT WEBSITE
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Wide Open Designs

Murfreesboro, TN

  • This Murfreesboro full-service fabrication shop specializes in building one-of-a-kind turnkey buggies and roll cages and builder parts for off road applications. Owner Adam Woodlee created the custom roll cage to protect Jason and his girls.

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Misfit Motors

Franklin, TN

  • Will Hewitt of Misfit Motors helped get the Jeep a properly working air conditioning system. He added brand new oil to the compressor which was shipped dry, and charged the system with r-134a refrigerant. After checking and determining there were no leaks, left the team with a fully functioning a/c system.

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Red Kap Work Wear

Nashville, TN

  • Red Kap, America's leading producer of work clothing since 1923, is the Official Work Shirt of the PowerBlock. Special thanks to Red Kap for equipping the Search & Restore build team work shirts that stood up to the restoration.

  • CLICK HERE TO VISIT WEBSITE
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Lifesize Video Conferencing

Dallas, TX

  • Lifesize, the leader in video conferencing and PowerBlock have teamed up to provide two way communications in Search & Restore episodes allowing Andy Wilson and his family to check in with the build team for updates in real time 1080p high definition.

  • CLICK HERE TO VISIT WEBSITE
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Wolley's Off Road Park

Lynnville, TN

  • A favorite destination place for Trucks! & Xtreme 4x4, Wooley's hosted the payoff of Jason Smelser's Jeep, after Tim Strange and the Search & Restore build team spent the last four weeks turning it into an off-road monster. Find them at: Latitude: 35.400317, Longitude: -86.90634. Bing those coordinates and get directions.

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Snaproll Media

Franklin, TN

  • To add overhead shots of Search & Restore's hauler traveling across country, the guys at snaproll media volunteered their special helicopter production services. Their unmanned video-copters helped tell the story and capture the action from above.

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Nashville High Lift

Nashville, TN

  • Nashville High Lift donated a giant scissor lift for the nice high wide camera shots of the PowerBlock Tech Center. The company offers a variety of equipment to meet the need of any job, includes scissor lifts, boom lifts, rough terrain forklifts and various industrial lifts.

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Shacklett's Automotive Machine

Nashville, TN

  • The father/son team of Bo and John Shacklett handled all the machining on the Jeep's 4.0 liter straight six. Shacklett's has been a friend of the PowerBlock for years, machining mild engines like the one in Jason's TJ, all the way to working with the HorsePower guys on high performance power makers.

  • CLICK HERE TO VISIT WEBSITE

'74 Challenger

Ty Cardona sold his Barracuda as a teen to start a family. 26 years later his kids are grown, and a replacement Mopar sits in his driveway undone. Ty's a firefighter who spends his free time helping others. So we decided to help finish his dream car.

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'74 Challenger Part I

[SR2012-13]

Ty Cardona sold his Barracuda as a teen to start a family. 26 years later his kids are grown, and a replacement Mopar sits in his driveway undone. Ty's a firefighter who spends his free time helping others. So we decided to help finish his dream.

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'74 Challenger Part II

[SR2012-14]

More metal mods happen this week when our team of volunteers tackle our firefighter's '74 Challenger. Custom rear spoiler and front and rear valances are hand crafted in efforts to create a one-of-a-kind modern muscle car. Plus Mike & John build a hemi.

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'74 Challenger Part III

[SR2012-15]

With over 1500 hours into the build, Tim and the volunteers spray color, wet sand, buff and polish Ty's Challenger. All this is being done for a PowerBlock viewer who works as a firefighter, and spends all his free time helping others. Good deed done!

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'74 Challenger Part Finale

[SR2012-16]

5 days to go, Tim Strange & the team ready the Challenger by firing up the hemi, and taking it for a shakedown run. Then Ty Cardona, his wife, kids, and grandchildren enter the Tech Center for their big day - the unveiling of his unique "dream Mopar".

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'51 Hudson Hornet

The Fabulous Hudson Hornet is legend, in NASCAR racing, in animated film, and now on PowerBlock, when Tim Strange rescues a stalled project from a Michigan viewer. Volunteers gently transform history into a show-stopping lead sled right before your eyes!

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'51 Hudson Hornet Pt. I

[SR2012-09]

The Fabulous Hudson Hornet is legend, in NASCAR racing, in animated film, and now on PowerBlock, when Tim Strange rescues a stalled project from a Michigan viewer. Volunteers gently transform history into a show-stopping lead sled!

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'51 Hudson Hornet Part II

[SR2012-10]

The transformation of Tom Moore's Hudson from an undone resto-mod to an award-winning lead sled continues when scores of volunteers arrive at the Tech Center for mock up week. Great body work tech highlights week 2 as the '51 Hornet gets ready for paint.

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'51 Hudson Hornet Part III

[SR2012-11]

Week 3 means paint/polish and a final fit of dozens of components that will go into Tom's '51 Hornet. We'll look at the history of this amazing car, from NASCAR domination to defining affordable luxury. Plus the owner gets a sneak peek via a live feed.

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'51 Hudson Hornet Part Finale

[SR2012-12]

The final week is frantic in efforts to get the Hudson test driven before the entire Moore Family heads down from Michigan to see Tim's take on the owner's project. Fears are put to rest when they see the final result - a chopped and bagged masterpiece!

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'48 Ford F2

Shane Skennonto is a 36 year old construction safety manager in Philadelphia, PA. His girlfriend Amy wrote The PowerBlock asking us to help finish Shane's 1948 Ford F2 pickup that had been sitting in his father's garage since he passed away three years ago. Tim Strange and our Search & Restore team traveled to York, Pennsylvania - to surprise him with makeover of this classic truck, fulfilling a dream both his late father and grandfather had for the family. Shane calls this a "4-gen Ford" as Shane and Amy's 2 year old son will now be able to enjoy this family heirloom for many years to come, a piece of history that dates back to his great-grandfather.

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4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part I

[SR2012-05]

Shane inherited a classic truck that has been in his family for decades. Honoring his father and grandfather who have since passed, he asked Tim Strange and our volunteer team for a little help.

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4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part II

[SR2012-06]

With over 600 man hours into the truck during the teardown and metal work stage, work continues as more rust and patch panels are found under the fresh paint. Tim and volunteers provide how-to metal fab tips, as this classic truck gets ready for paint.

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4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part III

[SR2012-07]

Owner Shane gets a peak at the progress as week 3 brings some of the top paint, body and airbrush/graphics talent from US & Canada. Watch Tim Strange and our volunteers pick up the pace when 1K more man hours are added to this cool yet traditional build.

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4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part Finale

[SR2012-08]

Five days left to finish the F2 before the Skennonto family arrives from Pennsylvania to see our take on Shane's dad's classic truck. Guitar legend Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top stops by to lend his support when the truck is test driven before the big reveal.

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'55 Chevy 210 Handyman

In spite of being in a wheelchair, gearhead Chad Terhar never let his disability get in the way of his dream of rebuilding his dream car - a classic 1955 Chevy 210 Handyman. His wife calls him "handi-capable!" But when we learned Chad needed help finishing his project, Tim and the team traveled to Tacoma, Washington to surprise him with a well deserved makeover.

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'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Pt. I

[SR2012-01]

Chad's a gearhead through and through. And a tragic motorcycle accident in his youth never stood in the way of fulfilling his dream of owning a '55 Chevy. Tim and the team surprises this Tacoma, WA family with a full blown makeover of his Handyman Wagon.

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'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Part II

[SR2012-02]

Body work continues on the '55 Chevy Handyman when just about every piece of original sheet metal is replaced, even the chassis! Tim Strange and Tommy Boshers bring in some characters to help, while our owner checks in live via video feed for a looksee.

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'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Part III

[SR2012-03]

More volunteers and mucho gallons of primer paint and clear are part of week 3 as the car progresses to better than new condition. Build leader Tim Strange provides step-by-step how to on the car painting process, plus how to get that million dollar shine!

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'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Finale

[SR2012-04]

Final assembly in our last half hour of Chad's '55 Handyman Wagon, including some last minute engine troubleshooting, a "slot car-like" road test with Tim and Tommy, then the family arrives at the Tech Center for what is a very emotional give back.

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'67 Mustang Coupe

Tim and Tommy travel to Colorado Springs, CO where they meet Paul Kahler war veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and current Sergeant in the Colorado National Guard. His brother bought him his dream car when he got out of the Army back in 2006. But the turquoise '67 Mustang Coupe has seen better days. It's trailered back to the PowerBlock Tech Center for a Tim Strange transformation into a modern "G-machine" street rod.

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Military Mustang Part I

[SR2011-13]

Build 4 begins in Colorado, when Tim surprises veteran Paul Kahler with a makeover. He earned a Purple Heart in Iraq, is a Sgt. with Colorado National Guard, and studies at night for degree in counseling. We take Paul's '67 coupe for a hot rod build up.

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Military Mustang Part III

[SR2011-15]

Lots of volunteers this week including 2 Wyotech grads, suspension and air conditioning experts, and Tim and our build team who turn our Mustang build into a roller with new front suspension, 9" rear, and all the goodies to turn Paul's into a show winner!

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Military Mustang Part II

[SR2011-14]

With all of the metal work done, the coupe heads for some serious body prep followed by Tim Strange's custom paint. While at the same time, the HorsePower guys take the Ford Racing short block, build power with performance headers, intake and carburetor.

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Military Mustang Finale

[SR2011-16]

Tim Strange & our Wyotech Build Team wrap up week 4 with the completion of Paul Kahler's '67 Mustang Coupe. This veteran and his family pick up their ride, and many of the volunteers are on hand to show their appreciation for his service to our country.

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Jeep TJ

Jason Smelser is a dedicated husband and family man with an under-powered Jeep TJ, so when Search & Restore found out what Jason does to give back to his community, we didn't want to pass up the opportunity to apply some much-needed TLC to his off-road renegade.

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Jeep TJ on Steroids Part I

[SR2011-09]

Down in Louisiana is a dedicated father, and wheeler whose near stock TJ is too puny to hang with his buddies. With the help from the Xtreme 4x4 and Horsepower TV, and big group of volunteers, Jason's baby Jeep grows into a hardcore wheeler on steroids!

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Jeep TJ on Steroids Part II

[SR2011-10]

The stripped TJ is treated to custom width 9" housings, heavy duty knuckles, and a one-off roll cage that will be the envy of Jason's 4-wheeling buddies. Plus hot rodder Tim Strange earns crawling credentials when he & Xtreme's Ian Johnson hit the trail.

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Jeep TJ on Steroids Part III

[SR2011-11]

The kids at MedCamps of Louisiana will get a kick out of rides in this TJ, one that takes a page out of "Mad Max!" 40" tires, and heavy duty everything transform a stocker into a rocker!

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Jeep TJ Reveal & Trail Ride

[SR2011-12]

Will Jason be surprised at our hardcore Jeep transformation? Find out in the conclusion of our fourth build, this time for a good guy who donates his summers to help disabled kids.

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'94 GMC 1500

The second build for Search & Restore takes us to Pomeroy, Ohio, where Anthony and Cindy Rowe live with their eight children. Anthony has a 1994 GMC 1500, his daily driver he's had to fix every few weeks, that is, until Search & Restore comes to retrieve it.

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'94 GMC Part I

[SR2011-05]

In the second build of Search & Restore, we travel to Pomeroy, OH, to meet Anthony, who commutes to his job at the penitentiary in a worn-out '94 GMC Sierra. Rusted through, it's his daily driver. But fixing up the 4x4 is a distant second to raising his two biological, and five adopted, children. Search & Restore to the rescue!

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'94 GMC Part II

[SR2011-06]

In the second part of the Sierra build on Search & Restore, the Royal Purple Build Team gets seriously busy building one rusted-through 4x4. The salty Southern Ohio roads haven?t been good to Anthony?s GMC, so it?s getting a new crate motor, junkyard frame, lift kit, suspension, and more!

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'94 GMC Part III

[SR2011-07]

She works to feed needy kids. He works the 12 hr night shift. Together the Rowe's have fostered some 30 children, adopting 5 of them. We found this couple in Pomeroy, OH asking for help fixing his daily driver. Watch this '94 GMC 1500 turn to gold!

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'94 GMC Finale

[SR2011-08]

Cindy, Anthony, and their 7 kids, five of them adopted, travel to the Search & Restore garage to get their rusted out 4x4, now sporting new everything! Engine, suspension, brakes, interior, restored bed and frame, plus one of Strange's custom paint jobs.

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'67 Chevy Nova II

Andy's '67 Chevy II had been sitting for 2 years, no motor, trans, after cancer took the life of his 30 year old wife. Raising 3 kids solo, left no time or money to rebuild the car the kids call 'Casper'. Our Loctite Team hopes to make a dream come true.

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'67 Casper Nova Part I

[SR2011-01]

Andy's '67 Chevy II had been sitting for 2 years, no motor, trans, after cancer took the life of his 30 year old wife. Raising 3 kids solo, left no time or money to rebuild the car the kids call 'Casper'. Our Loctite Team hopes to make a dream come true.

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'67 Casper Nova Part II

[SR2011-02]

The Chevy II returns from media blasting with some very bad news, and at least another 300 man hours of body repair added to this restoration. See metal work, body panels and the build up of a new 383 stroker as our Loctite Build Team goes full throttle.

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'67 Casper Nova Part III

[SR2011-03]

Part 3 in our Nova build includes delays in parts that have the Loctite Build Team nervous as body finishing is completed. The owner sees his 383 stroker fired up via web cam, and the Nova comes out of the paint booth with new paint with an old theme.

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'67 Casper Nova Finale

[SR2011-04]

Final episode of our '67 Nova as the family gets back their dream car and then some in an unbelievable reveal!

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