My 1967 2000 is a stock 135 hp su. I purchased the car as a
basketcase in 1976 when I was 20 years old. The car
was sitting a few houses down from my best friends
house. It had been there for years. I purchased the
car for $1000, quite a bit for a basketcase vehicle,
but I wanted a 2000 really bad. All the cars components
were there, they just weren't in the right places.
So I did a poor boy restoration on the car- new top,
carpet set, had the seats redone, etc. I rebuilt the engine
on a 20 year olds budget and painted the car myself. I drove
the car for five or six years. When I was moving to New Mexico
from Southern California in 1988, the timing chain broke in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The car has been sitting in my carport since.
Recently, I did some research on the vehicle, and found out that
1967 2000's are pretty rare. I always wondered why my roadster
was the only one I had seen with a small chrome strip around
the license plate and a low windshield and flat dash and a 2000
motor. So now I am very motivated to get it running again. The
body is in perfect shape. No rust. The bumpers were rechromed
when I fixed it up in 1978. Really all it needs is some interior trim,
including a new dash pad, original style upolstery, and some professional
engine work. I have two heads- one is the original non-smog and one from a
later smog engine. The car has 50,288 miles. I believe these are original,
because when I overhauled the engine I miked the pistons and cylinders and
they were standard. I would also like to locate some original wheels and
covers. I will send some pictures when I get some time.
Edward Mason (12/23/99)