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Doane Yawger: Brothers transform 1972 Cutlass found at impound yard

This 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass is owned by brothers Chris and Michael Walker, both 19, of Merced.
This 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass is owned by brothers Chris and Michael Walker, both 19, of Merced. akuhn@mercedsunstar.com

The car: 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass

The owners: Chris Walker and Michael Walker, both of Atwater

1. What are the key features of your vehicle? Dual headlights, dual grilles, louvered hood

2. What did you have to do to get it in its present state? We replaced parts in the engine compartment and fixed wiring. The body work that we did was replacing the passenger side front fender, restoring the hood from a head-on collision, cutting away rust-eaten metal in the rear driver’s side quarter panel and patching in a new piece. When we were done with the body work, we had the vehicle painted.

3. What else do you want to do to it? We would like to do a disc brake conversion, swap the engine from the 350 small block to a 455 big block and add paint stripes to the hood and rear trunk lid.

4. How did you acquire your vehicle? We found it and purchased it from an impound yard.

5. Why did you pick that particular vehicle and what do you find appealing about it? It was the best car we could find at the best price. Plus the body style was pretty cool.

6. What started your love affair with cars? Being taken to so many car shows with our parents and seeing some of the coolest-looking cars around.

7. What advice would you give others about starting such a project? Be patient and make a list of what needs to be done.

8. Do you have any other collector vehicles or project cars? Our dad owns a 1955 Chevrolet four-door sedan.

9. What’s your favorite memory about this ride? The time spent working on it with family and friends.

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