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October 2017 Feature Car


Our October feature car is one Poncho that got a new lease on life. What was assumed to be a minor fix turned into an extensive restoration. The results are well worth the effort! Ray Friesen is the proud owner of this four speed equipped 1970 Acadian SS 350. Ray tells us the rest of the story:

I had always wanted a muscle car, but family considerations and finances left me unable to acquire one.  

In 2001, I came into a small inheritance and the search was on!! I looked hard at Dusters, Darts, Mustangs and realized that I could never afford one of those.  My skills were not up to a project car, so I needed something that I could drive and “tinker” with.  

 

The Buy and Sell was a great tool back then and I picked one up every Thursday.  Then I spotted it, a 1970 Acadian with a four speed.  Ad noted that it was “like a Nova”.  In my home town of Coaldale, Alberta, there was a guy with a black 69 Acadian with a 454 and massive tires on it.  It was a really cool car!  So I knew what an Acadian was.  

This car, the 1970 Acadian, was green, black interior, four speed, positraction, seemed great.  Went to look at the car, some rust bubbles on the quarters, but did not seem too bad.  Had a 305 in it, but that was okay.  Wanted to build up something fast anyway!  So, I made a deal and brought it home.  I was ecstatic.  

Drove it for a while and started tinkering.  Played with the timing, the carb and then decided to go to an aluminum manifold.  Changed that.  Big job for someone that had only changed oil before this.  Bought an MSD distributor and box and swapped that in.  Then the cam went flat in the 305.  Time for a new engine.  Had a short block rebuilt and I installed the heads, intake, new carb, new water pump, new radiator, new motor mounts.  Was great fun. 

 

Then the time came to replace the body bushings. Big job! Replaced the rear springs as one was broken. Next, sub frame connectors were installed.  Car seemed rusty at the back.  Figured it should be okay for now....

Then the front end bushings were replaced.  The car handled nice!!  Next I found out the front spring was broken.  So that is why the car sagged to one side!!  

the engine had an oil pressure problem so it was pulled and freshened up.  New bearings, valve job, new cam etc.  The car flew!  Thanks Terry Bride.  

Replaced the gas tank.  Those supports seemed really rusty.  Hmmm.  Talked to my buddy and we came up with a plan to replace the supports.  Found out the trunk was REALLY rusty.  We could see daylight through it! Now it was time to fix it right.  

Talked to my buddy, Carl Jamieson, Abbotsford’s Maximum Collision Ltd. and talked him into fixing my car.  He put his best guy, Jim on it.  Thanks Jim, Emma, and all of the people at Maximum.  This is the story of an accountant and his hot rod.

 



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What's not to like about this car???!!!

Another beautiful feature car.

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Great car! And a BC car to boot. Hopefully I can see it.

Hi Ray. Sounds like you were happy with Terri Bride? I've talk to him and I was thinking of taking my engine to him also. I'd love to hear more about your experience with him and more details about that engine.

I'm glad we get a chance to look at this sweet ride right through Halloween!



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Wow, what a great result. I'd say an accountant with balls to take on a project like that. Thanks for sharing your story with us and hopefully will get to see it sometime. Enjoy the month at the top of the page. Love the color.

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Great looking car and I love the 4 speed! It certainly has had quite the journey to where it is today. I really like the color and it really looks sharp!



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From one Ray to another, that's a beauty, 1970 is my personal favourite year for the Acadian SS, it has to do with my dad buying a Tempest that year and in the showroom was a dead ringer for the Acadian SS brochure car, red with white vinyl top, I should have bugged him to buy it.



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jmont64 wrote:

I'd say an accountant with balls to take on a project like that.


 x2 Nice resto!



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Very nice 1970 Acadian SS. Your body shop really knew how to do a job correctly ! Congratulations for restoring such a rare Canadian car.

Al

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All the feedback above X2! Very, very nice!


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Thank you for the kind words. Lots of fun and a real educational experience. So different from my normal job.

The pictures really don't do the paint justice. The colour is a stock 2013 Toyota paint with some really good gold highlights.  My wife was with me when I was picking out the paint and she quickly got bored.  Never thot I would see that.  

 

Here is a pic of the paint.  

 

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That's one sweet ride! Love it. Great job!



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Thanks Todd for the feature. Great honour.

ray

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What an ambitious completed project....with spectacular results.....one beautiful car.



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graymond wrote:

Thanks Todd for the feature. Great honour.

ray


 Same great colour as my brothers. Also 4 speed bench seat car too.image.jpeg



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Congrats Ray! Beauty job and car..luv the details!

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Excellent choice!   thanks Todd .    Ray ...     Car is very very nicely done .  



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Obviously a ton of work to get it to where it is today. The end result certainly justifies all that work. Beautiful car.

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Never know what you will find when you start digging into rust. It turned out great and a beautiful colour.

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Superb example of a truly rare car (not just a Nova). A Super Sport to boot! I've heard of about 5 1970 Acadian SS coupes in the last 40 years.

I also see that it came with manual steering for no horsepower loss, plus a Muncie M20 & 3.31:1 Positraction rear.

Looking at the option list it would look as it does today, except that it had gold Custom cloth bench seat interior, full wheel covers, white stripe 70-series rubber with a single narrow stripe.

With the paint the way it is now it would really pop with the original gold interior, or leave it as it is currently as it looks great. Take a look below to imagine the gold bench seat Custom interior & wheel covers as shown below:

 

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It would have been a real sleeper when new!

 



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Thanks.  I think it has a 355 rear, at least that is what the brochure said!

I know this car came with a gold interior, but I just can't get my head around that colour.  The green would look really great, but......

This car was driven hard and not really looked after too much until i got it. Still driven hard, nothing like having Stairway to Heaven on the stereo as you are reaching for 4th at full throttle!!  Would never happen, right?

This thing came with the minimum options.  The extras would be the radio, custom interior/exterior, wheel covers and super sport.  Nothing else, not even a block heater.  

I have come across 5 1970s or so out hear, a green one, mine, a silver one, a yellow one and a black one.  You are right, not that many.  

 

Thanks again for all of the kind words.  

 

ray

 

 



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nice car



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Great looking ride Ray. Hope to see it sometime soon. From another west coaster in Langley. A lot of hard work went into that build.

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