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Old 08-14-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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Probably the most interesting car I owned in my younger days was a 1962 Pontiac Tempest convertible (like the car driven by the real killers in My Cousin Vinny). Pontiac took their 389 CU V-8, lopped off 4 cylinders to make it a V-4, and hung a big 4 bbl carburator on it. It had a 4 speed transaxle in the rear end and the 4 speed shifter was this ball & socket arrangement that moved a big pipe-like rod to change gears. It wasn't very robust and the ball would jump out of the socket and you'd be stuck in whatever gear you were in.

Boy that little car would run though.

During this time my Dad was driving a 1959 Austin-Healy 3000 that was just the coolest thing I'd ever seen. I never found where he kept the keys hidden either...

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Old 08-14-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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I had to have a convertible and in my shopping I found Triumph Spitfires. It was my first car. I restored 2 a 76 and a 75 before graduating highschool and a third 2 years later. The last one, an 80, had the electric overdrive with the switch on the gear shift. Did a lot of work to it, suspension upgrades, cam, put bigger valves in, port and polish, etc...in the world of Spitfires it was fast.
I also drove my dad's newly restored 65 Mustang for a little while(my Spitfire lost a valve seat). At the time it was built similar to a Shelby so it was 300 or so hp with a 4 speed.
Now, its got a blown 331, AFR heads, custom fuel injection and a Tremec T56 6 speed. It's a hair over 600hp and if it's below 55 degrees you can roll into the gas in 3rd gear and get it sideways....it's a fun car.
I've got a 67 Mustang Fastback I bought when I was 13, it's finally ready to go out for paint. It's been sitting for the past 3 or 4 years.

I've also had 2 early Broncos, a 75 and a 73. The 75 was sweet with three on the tree. First time I took my wife for a ride in it she asked what I was doing. I told her I was shifting gears! She had never seen one.

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1970 Pontiac Tempest GT-37. 350 cu.in engine with 2 barrel carb. and factory dual exhaust. It got 20 mpg. and was fast. Only 950 made. If I had known that at the time I would have kept it! This car beat my brothers 1978 Trans Am with the 400 cu.in. engine.
1964 Plymouth Valiant - ugliest car made, but it ran, and ran, and ran....170cu.in slant 6. I gave it to a friend after it turned 200,000 miles. He drove it over a tree stump and ripped out the oil pan and a-frame. Left it idling with no oil, it was still idling the next day...
1965 Chevy Impala w/ 283 and 2-speed power glide tranny. Fast, comfortable, and reliable, and it had a big back seat..
1965 International C1200 Pickup (old tele. co. utility truck) - galvanized body (no rust in 1988), 251 cu. in straight 6. Three on the tree, 9 leaf suspension (front and rear). I hauled 3 yds. of gravel and the tires went flat, the suspensions didn't flinch..

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Probably the most interesting car I owned in my younger days was a 1962 Pontiac Tempest convertible (like the car driven by the real killers in My Cousin Vinny). Pontiac took their 389 CU V-8, lopped off 4 cylinders to make it a V-4, and hung a big 4 bbl carburator on it. It had a 4 speed transaxle in the rear end and the 4 speed shifter was this ball & socket arrangement that moved a big pipe-like rod to change gears. It wasn't very robust and the ball would jump out of the socket and you'd be stuck in whatever gear you were in.

Boy that little car would run though.

During this time my Dad was driving a 1959 Austin-Healy 3000 that was just the coolest thing I'd ever seen. I never found where he kept the keys hidden either...
I also had a 62 Tempest with the 4bbl, slant 4, 3 speed, hardtop. This car was a great runner. Although, I had to replace the driveshaft a few times and is was a bitch with the torque tube. Wish I had never sold it..........

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I will forever miss my first car, a 1965 Volkswagen beetle. My father bought it new for $1810 in late 1965. He taught all four of his children to drive in it. I first drove it at age 9 when he was teaching my older sister how to drive in a hayfield. I was the first of my little group to get a license & then this car, so it was practically mass transit for the neighborhood.

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I had a 37 Chevy coupe w/350 and th400 automatic
65 Mustang convertible w/289 "hi-po" and 4 speed
67 Mustang w/390 & 3 speed
68 Roadrunner w/440 & 4 speed
73 Challenger w/340 & 4 speed-later put a 6-71 blower on it
my all time favorite, 69 Mustang Mach 1 w/428, 2 4barrels, 4 speed

Yall can tell I'm partial to manual transmissions. The 37 Chevy was already set up when I traded for it. Both the 65 & the 69 Mustangs would be worth a small fortune today.

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bear you need to hit yourself for me for selling that hi-po car. hit yourself HARD!

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Where do I start

1970 Super bird
1964 Dodge Dart slant 6 3 on the tree that would run no kidding 120 mph with out even huffing to hard.
1963 1/2 Mustang with a 4 cyl lic number CA OXY391
1969 Pontiac Grand Prix with a 400 CI big block.
1976 Pontiac Grand Prix I think with the same 400 ci BB
1954 Olds 88
1969 Dodge Power Wagon
1958 Chevy Biscayne
1984 Kawasaki Bayou 440 quad that was street legal.
1970's something Bultaco 250 traded some car parts to it.
1972 Plymouth Gold Duster it was a horriable gold color with again a slant 6.
1988 Chrysler Lebaron with a turboed 4 cyl boy that little car hauled some azz when you got that turbo spinning fast.

al old purple Yamaha 100 cc bike
old gray yamaha 175 cc bike
Suzuki Fa50 Moped (Hey I was 7 years old) I jumped it so many times that the axle finaly broke in half.
A red suzuki 125cc 4 stroke enduro that would run 90 mph. That bike was so high geared it could hardly take off.
other various Honda, yamaha, and suzuki motorcycles.
1989 Honda 4 trx 250x.

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Christ Almighty Tango!! Quite a list.

Only two from my youth.
First was a 67 Chevelle. Bought it when I was 15 for 350 bucks. The only thing under the hood was an old cracked block. Dad found a 283 and aluminum powerglide to put in it. Spent many hours in the garage with that one. Even changed the front drum brakes to discs.
My second was a 68 Chevy C10, straight 6, 3 on the tree. It was my dad's old truck that was passed down when he got another one. I sure do miss those things.

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Hey Tango.....63 1/2 mustang? with a 4 cylinder? did you mean 64? and who put the 4 clinder in it?

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