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September 2014 Feature Car


Our September feature car is Kyle Lysholm's beautiful (and rare) 1967 Beaumont SD396. This factory 4 speed Beaumont looks fantastic in Bolero Red with period Keystone wheels. Read along as Kyle tells us about the car. 

The journey to acquire my Beaumont began in the spring of 2009. My dream car was a bolero red 67SD 396 with a 4 speed.  I was willing to compromise for something very similar, but one evening after an exhaustive search that lasted a couple years. "The stars and moons must have aligned" because the car I had always wanted became available for sale just north of Victoria, BC.
 
Long story short... eight months of hard "negotiations" passed by, and the previous owner of 15 years finally agreed to let her go. He requested we meet up at a parking lot, of a well known questionable "gentleman's club" in Whalley, BC. (to sign over the cars tittle)  Needless to say... he traded up for a much younger model, and "Christine" was now finally mine!


 
The car had never lived off of Vancouver Island for it's entire life. It was originally sold at Empress Motors-Victoria. The previous owner indicated that it had been painted marina blue in the late 80's, and had a history of terrorizing the asphalt mid island at the Port Alberni race track every summer.


 
Christine was built on Oct 24th and shipped out of the Oshawa plant on Halloween 1966.  It's a #736VIN / A51 "Custom Sport" 
Due to it's rarity, my goal has been to restore the car to it's former original glory.  Keeping the factory era correctness, it's pretty close to the original GM build sheet.  I luv bone stock factory cars, but I wanted a car that would "haul-ass" to the golf course, and also be capable of handling all the extra power by adding sport suspension and braking upgrades.


 
The 402 was fully balanced/blueprinted with ported/polished 427 heads and intake (borrowed from a Vette!) haha!  I wanted it to sound like "hell on wheels"... so I installed a fully hydraulic Mutha Thumpa Comp racing cam, with bulletproof titanium valve train. 800CFM Edelbrock carb, ceramic coated Hooker Comp headers mated to dual 40 series FlowMasters (with electric solenoid exhaust cut-outs).  Mission-Accomplished! 


 
The M-20 transmission with Hurst Comp shifter (Muncie handle with Line-Loc) is mated to a 12 bolt Posi rear end with Richmond 3:73 gears. 90% of the suspension is by Hotchkis (stock A-arms), Rideteck shocks on all four corners, and Wilwood discs up front (drum rear).  


 
The cars body is what really "sold me" when I viewed the car for the 1st time. It had never been hit, and had never received a full body-off restoration.  I disassembled the exterior in 2011, and had the original sheet metal massaged and re-sprayed bolero red. The stripe kit was added to compliment the factory vinyl roof. 


 
Fast forward 47 years years since 1967... and similar to the Stephan King movie, I often find myself "possessed" by this car. It's been a hell'va expensive journey, with many late evenings in the garage... but I've thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. It's far from finished, as I have many upgrades planned for those long boring winter evenings.  IF it hadn't been for the helpfulness and extreme wealth of knowledge contributed from the members onboard Canadian-Poncho, "Christine" would never have looked as good as she does today. I sincerely would like to thank everyone for helping make my dream car a reality.
 
Best regards,
 
Kyle Lysholm
Vernon, BC.



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Wow, awesome car, has to be one the best looking SD's I ever saw. 



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well 'it just doesn't get any better than this' Awesome car ! congrats



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wow wow wow that is one beautiful beaumont love the redlines



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Very nice '67!! Gotta love that red. 



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Love it!

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Love This car !!

 

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Congratulations, beautiful car. In 1967 I brought a new one in red also, 4sp, 3:73 gears, and a 396.
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Very nice car      

 

 

 

 

having owned a red 67 396 SD   I wish I had kept it   but that was 35 years ago    

 

I wish I had kept the wire covers  (for projects like this feature car)  I did keep them but sold them too cheap

 

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Nailed it!....just awesomebiggrin



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Absolutely great car Kyle ! Congrats ! Great work

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That is nice. The black stripe provides a nice offsetting balance to the black top.

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Great car..........the Bolero pops, nice work

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Gorgeous. (A red unicorn.)


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Congrats there Kyle, very nice to see your car at the top of the page. As I have seen this car a few times it is every bit as nice as these pictures and suits the scenery. It even sounds pretty good! You have done a great job with it and it is always nice to see you taking it to various shows through the valley.

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Beautiful car! I wish I had video of when you opened the electric exhaust cutouts in Penticton!

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Beautiful Kyle !
Hmm, electric cutouts...no more crawling under the car, fiddling with wing nuts in the rain..



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Bolero red and black, BBC & 4 speed a great combo. A beauty!

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Great car, Great story!

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Christine sure is a purdy one...red on black SD, sure does it (for me).
Congrats Kyle, she is a 10 out of 10...all day long...most beautiful ride & 1967 hardtop, always been my favorite.

Just have to ask, as I try & learn as much about the Beaumont & Canadian idiosyncrasies.
- love the dual black stripe on the lower sheet metal BTW
Wondering if stripe is factory to '67 SD models or borrowed from the 1968-69 cars ?
- thanks in advance


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That is one Cooool car. It just looks fast sitting still. What look, what a car.

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Funny, just flipped to September on my ICBC callendar, their choice is a 1967 SS-396 Chevelle, red with black roof...Think Kyle's is a whole lot nicer though..



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Beaumont67SD wrote:

Christine sure is a purdy one...red on black SD, sure does it (for me).
Congrats Kyle, she is a 10 out of 10...all day long...most beautiful ride & 1967 hardtop, always been my favorite.

Just have to ask, as I try & learn as much about the Beaumont & Canadian idiosyncrasies.
- love the dual black stripe on the lower sheet metal BTW
Wondering if stripe is factory to '67 SD models or borrowed from the 1968-69 cars ?
- thanks in advance


 I believe 117 beaumont Sd's recieved the stripe option in 1967 - this option would delete the quarter panel 'Sport Deluxe' emblems -- the stripe is a positive improvement to any 67 SD - If I own another someday it'll be getting the stripe

 

Also I have a photo of a blue with white stripe car when it was new in Hamilton, also know of a local original paint car that was ordered with the stripe



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...just deadly, awesome car. I remember a guy at the place I worked back in '73 had a 67 SD396 auto, red with black vinyl roof black interior.....beautifull car the 67 SD is.

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67BBSD wrote:

I believe 117 Beaumont Sd's received the stripe option in 1967 - this option would delete the quarter panel 'Sport Deluxe' emblems -- the stripe is a positive improvement to any 67 SD - If I own another someday it'll be getting the stripe

Also I have a photo of a blue with white stripe car when it was new in Hamilton, also know of a local original paint car that was ordered with the stripe


Much thanks Ken...truly a rare SD feature.

I even learned from you (last week, another post), the 1/4 panel chrome SD spears should be painted except for the front edge.

Also I agree - the stripe car Beaumont's have a desirable look...along with the BB hood, just a great exterior in Engineering design.

(now I don't have to continue my search & buy any Sport Deluxe emblems, only '67 trim I was missing)

I always thought the 1967 Chevelle with the L78 (396-375HP) dual stripe, had the very best look of the Super Sports.

The 1967 Beaumont didn't get the top L78 motor, but stripes were an option...I find this very neat.

 

BTW - the U15 optional Speed Warning Indicator is extremely rare for 1967..."like hens teeth", was told decades ago.

 

 



-- Edited by Beaumont67SD on Monday 1st of September 2014 10:58:10 AM

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