Muscle Cars.

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  1. BR-549

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  2. nsaspook

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    The family didn't own a GT500 but we did have a Dr. Olds 442. The brute power of older cars was and is just so much fun.

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    That's my mom on the hood of the car at the farm.
     
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  3. tracecom

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    I was a street drag racer in the 60's and never saw a Mustang win a race. Anything over 5 seconds 0 to 60 lost against the 65 GTO. Of course, in those days, the blocks were cast iron and the bodies were steel.
     
  4. jpanhalt

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    I put a blower on my '62 Falcon. Not a real performer, but it sounded great. Made a wooden model for the mount, then got it cast in aluminum locally in LA. A buddy and I got into a local university machine shop one night (legally) and got it dressed up to fit. Fun times.

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    Fun times and good memories.
     
  6. wayneh

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    I loved (and hated) my '67 Barracuda. It could screech the tires in all 4 gears. It had just a 273 in it, but the engine was tuned for performance. I once had it overhauled and was surprised to see that its valves were twice the size of 350 Camaro V8 that was also in the shop.

    Before I painted it Porsche red, it was Plymouth green. It was a total sleeper appearance-wise but I never lost a challenge from a stoplight. Once it was gorgeous red, I never got a challenge again.

    The hate part was all about creature comforts. There were none.
     
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    I was in a 1969 Chevy Nova, 396, 375 horse, (before I tuned it :cool:).
    A Shelby 500 left me at the light like it was my momma's car.
    Does a Shelby qualify as a Mustang?
     
  8. GopherT

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    And what does everyone drive now? And in the recent past.
     
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    I just retired my 1996 Aerostar for a 2005 Explorer.
    You can't fit both halves of a central air conditioner in a muscle car.:D
     
  10. tracecom

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    I had a '65 SS396 that was fast top end, but not much off the line; I clearly remember the day I bought it brand new for $3,000 otd. It was sitting next to a new Stingray that I could have had for $5k. Those were the days.

    As to what I drive today, let's just say my next ride will probably be a Hover Round. :(
     
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    My cousin had a 66 SS. 475 HP. A real lunker........would hardy idle. Very fast.

    I drove several of the muscle varieties, but the quickest was a 66 Mercury Comet.

    My neighbor ordered it new and said it was a special run.......I have no idea.

    Anyhow it had a fiberglass body, a 390 with massive 4 barrel and a special 3 speed auto tranny.

    It had air, electric windows and seats, everything we have today 'cept internet.

    Had a work friend that bought a 65 goat brand new. A GTO for the UN-familiar.

    Fire engine red, 389, 3 deuces. A real beauty.

    My favorite was the roadrunner with hemi. Just ready to buy one for $3200, but went on strike and bought VW instead. $1700.
     
  12. jpanhalt

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    That didn't happen to be a 1966, VW 1300?

    Had one. Not great in a Minnesota Winter. Swallowed an exhaust valve at 70,000. The overhaul in an apartment garage with no equipment is another story. In brief, I lowered the motor onto a pair of roller skates and lifted the rear up (I was much younger), while my wife pulled the motor out.

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    When I had to lift an Aerostar off its engine and transmission I built a 10 foot tall saw horse and used a chain/pulley thing.
    A 6x6 bridged under the frame rails, just behind the radiator.
    A VW engine only required an engine crane. No problem.:D
    I threw the parts of the crane in the rear of my truck, assembled it at the job, and handed the engine to the customer in about 30 minutes.:p
     
  14. BR-549

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    No John, I drove old junkers till 69. Long strike.......just kidding.

    It had a little larger engine, and the heater was great. Great traction on W.VA. hills(home). It wasn't powerful, but that doesn't mean it wasn't fast.

    It had close to 100k when I sold it. Always reliable and fun to drive. Took it cross country several times.

    I certainly got my money's worth. Great product.
     
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    That was the one to beat in a quarter mile when I was racing. With the rear end changed out (4:11?) it would top out at about 98 mph, but it did it quickly.

    And it was a good thing that gas was about 25 cents a gallon.
     
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    10-4 on the 25 cents a gallon. And a 6 dollar natural gas bill. Our highest utility bill was the phone bill, and that's only cause it was a private line.

    People forget what a good economy is. All teenagers had part time jobs. Pumping gas, bagging groceries, I worked part time in a factory after school. And could afford car payments. If I remember right, my first NEW car payment was a little less than $40 and that included insurance. The biggest problem was talking parents into co-signing for loans and titles.

    Can a teenager legally get a job anymore? If there was one. Or is it too risky now for an employer?

    I don't see kids workin in stores now, just old geezers like me.
     
  17. wayneh

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    We got jobs so we could have cars. Now they rationalize that they don't want a car, and so they have no need for a job either. Which is fine, because the minimum wage keeps them locked out of one anyway.
     
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    Used to race old Nova's (Chevy II) Lots of different small block configurations. Now I drive a 2010 GMC Crew Cab with the smallest v8 they make (4.6L)..
     
  19. GopherT

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    What would the right minimum wage be? $2.85, $3.10, $3.85? $15?

    I don't understand which side of the problem is locking them out.
     
  20. wayneh

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    It cannot be both "right" and minimum dictated by fiat at the same time. The right price is one acceptable to the parties on both sides of a transaction.

    A high minimum wage ensures that many people trying to enter the job market, can't. With no track record and no experience, first-time workers simply aren't worth the minimum wage.
     
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