The MCR team completes a high school shop project.
Not every muscle car owner grew up wanting a particular car that they couldn’t obtain when they were young. Not every owner had a particular car in mind to restore someday. Only a very few hung onto a car they owned in their youth that they now want to restore. Some just have a general idea of what they’d like to have when they start looking for a car to restore.
Michael Renner is a great example of the latter. When he was ready to drive classic American Muscle he just knew that he wanted an A or B-body Mopar and, thanks to internet shopping sites, he was able to search the country for something that would catch his attention.
He never intended to get something to restore. He instead wanted one that was already done and ready to go. Buying a competed car meant that he could go cruising in it right away. He eventually found this Plymouth Scamp at a shop in Maryland that told him that the car was completely done by some high school kids through a shop class in Pennsylvania.
Being sold on the quality of the work, Michael bought it sight unseen. Unfortunately, when the Scamp was delivered, it didn’t shift into third gear, the horn and wipers didn’t work and it leaked water into the interior and the trunk whenever he washed it.
Michael needed a shop to help him get his Scamp in order and spent a year looking at different shops around the country finally settling on MCR after about a year of searching. What MCR found was considerably different than the bill of goods he was sold. In the end, his Scamp required extensive sheet metal repairs including replacement of all four fenders, a trunk floor, and rear frame rails.
This did present an opportunity for Michael though. Since his Scamp was apart anyway, he was able to add some upgrades to it that wouldn’t really have been possible otherwise. Among other items, an AlterKtion front suspension and a Street Lynx rear suspension were added and they along with a set of Wilwood brakes facilitated a 496 CID stroker that produces 600 pounds of torque.
Michael may have gotten a rotten deal in the beginning but it did lead to lot more car than he first bargained for. Not sure that he would have it any other way now.
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