Our good friend Dan V (“Postsedan” here on the board) suggested that I start a thread to chronicle the restoration my dad’s ’70 Stage 1 hardtop. I’m long winded so you might just want to skip to the photos But here goes… I bought the car from “Topcat” in Sept 2004 for $1,700. The car had sat for years and was not running. It was an original big block car based on the 44637 VIN, but there was nothing left to indicate it was an original Stage 1, except for original appearing Stage 1 emblems on the fenders. All of the original drivetrain was long gone Documentation was not available from the Sloan Museum to verify if it was a Stage 1 or not (car was built in Dec ’69), but it was available from Wayne Roberts. However, he told me it would be several weeks, or more, before he could pull the information for me. So I had to just gamble and buy the car assuming it was a GS455, with the possibility that it might be a real Stage 1. My dad helped me haul this thing home from Kokomo, IN to TN. That’s how the car got it’s nickname “Kokomo.” I have no idea why I bought it, but just couldn’t resist the urge. It sat, outside, for several years beside my dad’s shed while we worked on other projects and pondered what to do with this thing. So here is what it looked like when we got it. Looks pretty good huh? Well these photos don’t tell the whole story.