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Hovander's High School car! - Boss 302
« on: March 30, 2021, 02:52:59 PM »


Eric English just came out with an article in the May Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine on Mark Hovander's 1970 Boss 302 that he had when he was in high school.  It is an amazing story! 

Check it out here.   (When you click on the link it will download the entire magazine to your computer.  Go to where documents get saved on your computer and read the entire issue.)

https://app.blackhole.run/#QHIfY9FrHb1BMFcHr36aepo2wkmdfjaBGUJtnZnYjbM5

Very cool!   Congratulations Mark!   ;D




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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2021, 04:41:02 PM »
+1 I got the tale in person in Mark's garage looking the car over. :)

Mark really enjoys 'in the day' accounts from owners decades ago.
« Last Edit: March 30, 2021, 05:11:09 PM by Dan Case »
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2021, 05:02:58 PM »
This will be one of the most amazing car stories you ever read.
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2021, 05:25:14 PM »
Very cool, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2021, 08:39:40 PM »
Veey kool, congrats!
These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2021, 09:45:16 PM »
Great story - Good guy!
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2021, 02:56:48 PM »
Awesome article, Mark's car is a great story, every detail and dent is awesome.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2021, 04:40:30 PM »
And so is Mark .... ( a great guy)... ;D

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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2021, 10:12:00 AM »
Thanks Brian, Dan, Dave, Charles, JD and Craig.   I have read a lot of car stories over the years, sometimes I don't quite understand the barn find stories if the car was sitting on soil over many years, it tends to lead to a lot of corrosion under the car. In contrast, this was more of warm garage find, it was only moved once in 33 years, to the second enclosed garage in front of its resting place. This was done so radiant floor heat could be installed and then the car was moved back. While it is not a Hemi Superbird, Yenko Camaro or a Cobra, but it represents what I worked for during the summer of 1980.   A good friend of mine, Jon Berhold, once asked me, Does a car ever talk to you? I could not understand what he was talking about. As rough as she is, her heart is strong, I smile every time I walk into the garage and yes, she talks to me all the time. She is a driver and that is my focal point for the hobby now. It is not getting any easier to enjoy these cars. As I mentioned in the article, the cars are one thing, but where they carry you to and the memories of that trip you will have for the rest of your days.  The people you meet along the way is even more important. On the drive to Montana, every rest stop, motel, gas fill up was full of people whose friends once had a BOSS or was just glad to see her on the road and could not believe the story.  Eric English did a great job on trying to narrow down the story, thankfully the magazine gave us two extra pages, so much more to tell, so many photos I have from 1980-1981, so I am working on the War and Peace version too. The people you meet along the way is just a continuation of the story, that will continue until  I am no longer functional. A recent addition to the SAAC forum is John Slack who has a fascination with high performance BOSS 302 induction systems. John's mechanical upbringing as a mechanic on the world's speed record WWII Bearcat has now carried his meticulous attention to detail to working on the CROSS BOSS. For me, what was initially a sight of beauty and uniqueness when I was 18, is now about function. I have no doubt, John will dial her in. Thanks again for the nice comments, hope you enjoyed the story. Mark   

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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2021, 10:17:29 AM »
Sorry Jon, it was Cris , my mistake. 

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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2021, 04:26:55 PM »
While it is not a Hemi Superbird, Yenko Camaro or a Cobra, but it represents what I worked for during the summer of 1980.   

It is in the same class as far as I am concerned.

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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2021, 05:27:20 PM »
^^^+1^^^   

I'd love to have my high school car back. 

It was a pretty quick '69 Pontiac Grand Prix 428 that delivered many exciting street racing encounters (and girl encounters too) from 10th-12th grade.

No, it was not a Ram Air IV GTO, but it meant as much to me as if it were one. 

Rock on   8)

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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2021, 05:12:07 PM »
Here are original pictures Mark took when he and his friends were first installing the CROSS BOSS on his car.


CROSS BOSS Picture #01


CROSS BOSS Picture #02


CROSS BOSS Picture #03


CROSS BOSS Picture #04


CROSS BOSS Picture #05


CROSS BOSS Picture #06


CROSS BOSS Picture #07


CROSS BOSS Picture #08


CROSS BOSS Picture #09

Mark can write his own captions based on the picture numbers
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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2021, 05:20:54 PM »
Great pix, thanks for posting.  How'd the car run after the install? 
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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2021, 03:57:57 PM »
Great stuff, I like 'em all but have a personal appreciation for the driven cars!!!