New to the Forum. My name is Barry Clements.


Dec 14, 2020
I am a Retired Professional Automotive Technician/Mechanic. Worked in a GM Only/Corvette and Performance Specialty Shop from 1976 to 2006, 3.5 years at a Chevy Dealer before that and have worked in different Repair, performance and Hot Rod type shops until I retired August of 2019. I have 2 G body Chevy's, a current project 1986 El Camino with at 350 TPI and 700R4 out of a 89 IROC, Monte SS 3:73 Rear, Hotchkis Suspension components and I am currently making interior changes and adding Dakota Digital RTX Gauge cluster and cleaning up the rats nest wiring. Also making some changes in the engine compartment. I also have a 1979 Malibu that I have had since 1988, it had a 406 TPI with 700R4 and a GN 8.5 with 3:23 gears. Cars has been apart for a long time but I still have it and have plans to rejuvenate it after the Camino is finished. I have had 5 Gbodies over the years. A 1980 Grand Am, a 78 Malibu was mostly driven by my wife while I drove the 73 Chevelle SS which was highly modified and a 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe. The last two just listed had to be sold due to circumstances, Grand Am due to my first born son and the Monte due to a divorce. the 78 I traded for a 74 Vette in the mid 80s. I know these cars quite well but sometimes the Ole memory isn't what it used to be so I ask for a little help here and there. I don't have pictures I can share of all of them but here are the ones I can.


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Royal Smart Person
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Dec 29, 2019
Tukwila, Wa.
Brgs07, welcome to GBF from Seattle, Wa., '78 Caballero and '79 El Camino.
Those are some pretty cars that you have there. Good job!! Glad to have you aboard.
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Royal Smart Person
Jun 27, 2017
Pgh, PA
Welcome to the site, looks like a nice set of cars
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Rocket Powered Basset Hound
Oct 14, 2008
Gainesville, Fl
Welcome aboard, Barry!
Thanks for sharing pics of your beautiful rides and a little history about yourself.
As the old saying goes, "you're never too old to rock and roll". (y):cool:
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Know it all, that doesn't
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May 22, 2011
Central NY
Welcome! Glad to have you join our little corner of the internet!
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Apr 3, 2015
Spring, Texas
Welcome to the site from Houston. Cool cars!
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79 GP 4 speed

Master Mechanic
Nov 12, 2017
Welcome from North Carolina
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Goat Herder
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Dec 1, 2014
Upstate NY
Your under hood contents describe a lot about you - you have the coolest looking GM power plant ever made in both of your cars - Tuned Port Injection.
Are both running a factory ecm?
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