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Local car buff finishes project

July 10, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

A long project has reached its climax for Boardman native Bob Marchionda. On June 25, Marchionda displayed his completed 1967 Chevrolet Camaro during the Greenbriar Campus car show and concert.

Marchionda named his Camaro ''Wild Thing,'' which was the exact look he was shooting for when he first bought the vintage vehicle.

''It was a real basket case,'' he said. ''It took me seven years to put it together.''

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Bob Marchionda of Boardman proudly showed off his latest creation, a wildly modified 1967 Camaro, at the Greenbriar Campus car show and concert on June 25.

He started by removing the unibody frame and installing a complete tube chassis. The chassis had to be strong to handle the 496-cubic-inch powerhouse that was blown and capable of producing 850 horsepower.

The body and interior was finished and required a lot of work. In fact, he just finished the interior in February.

''The only original, untouched piece is the roof,'' he said.

While the mean machine is equipped with a parachute and wheelie bars, the car was never intended to be raced. Marchionda said he built it strictly for cruising and car shows.

''It's my hobby,'' he said. ''I can now focus on my next project, a 1967 Cadillac.''

He said work has begun on the Cadillac, but it won't be as exotic as the Camaro. He plans on rebuilding it as stock original. In the meantime, he will enjoy the rumble of ''Wild Thing.''

''I don't need a radio,'' he said. ''I just listen to the stereo exhaust pipes.''



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