The motorists on Tuesday who drove by 371 Diner were very lucky, especially if they liked muscle cars from the 1960s.
Parked in front of the diner was the Classy Cruisers Car Club project car, a cloned 1969 Chevy Camaro rally-sport Z/28 painted in bright Hugger Orange.
This one-of-a-kind car that began being restored Jan. 20 is nearly finished. All that is left is to install the windshield molding, a cowl vent grill and the front bumper.
"It was fun finding the parts for it," said Lynn Peterson, a club member and the car's owner. "That was half the fun."
The final parts that were installed in the last two weeks included a black Z/28 grille, hide-away headlights, front spoiler, mirrors, chrome fender moldings, drip rail moldings and the back seat.
George Cooper, who purchased a 1968 Chevy Camaro S/S new, said this Camaro is nicer than the one he bought new. "You guys did a nice, nice job," he said.
"Guys" is a little stretch. Troy Johnson did almost all of the work.
Peterson, who bought the car on Ebay, joked that Johnson recently graduated with a degree from Camarology.
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