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Birth of the Bitchin Barbie Car
Posted On: 9/16/2011 2:44PM

From the time I was a freshman in high school in the small town of Cabool, Missouri, I dreamed of driving and owning a Corvette. Now at the age of 14 that was all it was: a dream.

I wasn’t like most of the other girls in my class. I always liked cars, so I hung out with other gals who like me wanted a Corvette and maybe a trip to see KC and the Sunshine Band or Elton John. Hey it was the 70s!

My dad liked cars and traded a lot, so every time a new one came down the drive, I was the kid with my head under the hood. Of course he shooed me away with the "don’t you have some dishes to do?" speech. I bet I can name every car he owned, including my favorite which he still has today: a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport convertible. With the original 283 engine and 3 speed on the column--what a car! But the one thing that never made it down the drive was a Corvette.

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My first boyfriend was the one that introduced me to muscle cars. He owned a sleeper 64 Chevy and we raced every weekend. I was addicted to cars, speed and the adrenalin rush by then. Of course I never got to drive!

My first car was far from my dream car--a Ford Pinto that stopped at the station to fill up the oil and check the gas. Next in line was a nice '72 AMC Javelin which of course I wish I’d kept but didn’t. Still no Vette in my drive.

Like most of you I went through several daily drivers with a few sports cars in the mix, and then a few days from my birthday in 2003, I spotted my car, sitting on the lot just waiting for me. I was so excited when I spotted her I pulled on the lot the first evening she showed up (I had been stalking this lot for a while since they mostly dealt in Vettes and muscle cars). My 14 year old daughter sat in the car in horror as I crawled under and around the car taking the best look I could in the dark with my cell phone.

I hit the lot the next morning as soon as they opened. I bet I test drove her at least five times. I know I drove the salesman nuts. Now, money is tight for a single mom so coming up with the needed funds was tricky. After much finagling I refinanced my house and took the equity to help pay for my dream car. My dad said “you don’t need that car, it will nickel and dime you to death.” I told him it wasn’t about need, I wanted it, and was gonna have it. That was the end of that conversation. I was finally gonna get to put my head under the hood of my car and not have hear about to doing dishes.

The day I took her home and was hardly able to believe she was mine……MINE!!!! I think I hollered "Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!" all the way home. Have to say I had a real hard time keepin my foot outta the gas. I still do!

The Vette was a part of the family and she got a weekly allowance. This did not make my daughter happy since she was not used to sharing her allowance with a car. Little by little I began to add modifications to her.

A fella and I pulled the engine replaced all the seals and rings. Next I went through three cams until I got the one I liked, a Crane Cam 510/298 lift. Lifters & Double Springs, and 1/6 Rocker arms I added a Pete Jackson noisy gear drive, just because! I went with an Edelbrock 650 CFM Thunder Series Carburetor and an Edelbrock Performer Series Polished Aluminum intake. For Ignition power I picked up an Accel HEI Ignition System and MDS 8mm Ignition Wires. I added Gymkhana Suspension a Heavy duty stabilizer bar and a set of Transverse Semi-elliptic leaf springs for the rear end. I also has a custom Iron Cross Air cleaner made for my Vette.


The Vette runs a Posi rear end 373 gears. For exhaust I decided on my personal favorite single chamber Flowmasters with three inch chrome turn downs.

I liked the original color of the car but it had some stress cracks and flaws in the paint, so after saving up I decided to have it painted. I stopped by Valley Paint here in Springfield MO and set about the task of finding a color. The guys at Valley were really helpful. We tried several color combinations before I found the one I fell in love with. We added some flake and off I went to the paint shop.

The Vette got a new rear spoiler, minor body work and after a couple months, I had the only Rose Metal Flake Vette around.

I took my newly painted baby to a local cruise where she was a hit, especially with the girls and guys once I popped the hood. It was there the Vette got her name. She is The BITCHIN BARBIE CAR.

In 2008 she took her first long cruise with friends on the 2008 Hot Rod Power Tour. So in honor of the cruise and in hopes of making it into the magazine I took her to a graphic shop and had her name tattooed on her back glass. The Power Tour was one of the best memories I will ever have; I went with my buddies in my dream car. She is still on the road going strong, and has been joined by a 1972 AMC Javelin SST, identical in color to my original 73. More fun times are ahead for us.

So any girls out there young or old that dreamed of having that special car someday…..keep dreaming and start saving and make it happen. By the way my daughter and I made it to that KC and the Sunshine Band concert last year….. better late than never!!

Comments (7)
Avatar By: 66Mope
9/16/2011 3:33 PM


Avatar By: Mbeezy3405
9/16/2011 3:56 PM

Good read, congrats!

Avatar By: 448535
9/16/2011 5:15 PM

Nice car, also nice to see a lady participating at car shows. My better half just bought a Dodge Challenger. She shows it every once in awhile - it took me along time to mold her into a car person. Always great to see another.

Avatar By: Corinne310
9/16/2011 5:28 PM

Pink cars RULE! :o)

Avatar By: cknarf
9/16/2011 7:42 PM


Avatar By: lasttogo2
9/16/2011 8:00 PM

Will you adopt me? I wanna gearhead mom!

Avatar By: ivan69
9/18/2011 1:15 PM

nice ,nice


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