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post #46 of 54 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 18, 10:54 AM
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All I could hear was that freaking Mopar 440 going " BU_WAH"
My friend Steve spun out on a wet (sun-shaded) back road corner and totaled his (built) LT1-powered '69 Z/28 in 1972 while trying to ditch a State Patrolman that he had just top-ended on Hwy 3. I talked to that same cop at an auto parts store a couple of weeks later and he said a couple of things puzzled him about that night, one was what engine was Steve running in that Camaro, "as usually his 440 Mopar could run down small block cars like the Z/28 at speeds above 120MPH, but Steve's Camaro was still pulling away hard at 140." I didn't tell him why, as many of my friends were also running LT1 engines in their Camaros. The second question the cop had was, "Why did Steve turn down a dead end road?" I shrugged my shoulders on that one too, as only a few of us knew that road was not a dead ender, but you had to know which driveway to turn onto to get back out to the highway.

Such were the games we played...back in the day.
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Hahaha...... I am not alone...... btw that LT-1 was THE build of the era.

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Not really from a small town but back in 68 I bought a 63 Impala SS Z11 car. I bugged the guy for 5 years to sell it and finally he did. I bought it for $6,000.00, he paid $4,000.00 for it new.

I never did look into any info on the car but knew it was Chevrolets race car answer to Fords. Only steel up front was radiator support, all else was aluminum. No fender wells, no carpet, no back seat, no radio, no heater. 427/450 motor with dual quads, 4 speed trans, tach and essential gauges, aluminum bumpers and that was it.

Found out way later that there was only 57 of these cars made and today there are only 7 left (mine aint one of them). Got pulled over by Detroit cops (actually passed them at 148mph and pulled over and waited for them). They asked why I was sitting in gas station parking lot....waitin for you. He looked and said.....what the hell is that.....Simpson racing harness.....never seen one of those and I'm really impressed.....long story short, because of the belts I only got a ticket for 5mph over.........WHEW !!
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Not really from a small town but back in 68 I bought a 63 Impala SS Z11 car. I bugged the guy for 5 years to sell it and finally he did. I bought it for $6,000.00, he paid $4,000.00 for it new.

I never did look into any info on the car but knew it was Chevrolets race car answer to Fords. Only steel up front was radiator support, all else was aluminum. No fender wells, no carpet, no back seat, no radio, no heater. 427/450 motor with dual quads, 4 speed trans, tach and essential gauges, aluminum bumpers and that was it.

Found out way later that there was only 57 of these cars made and today there are only 7 left (mine aint one of them). Got pulled over by Detroit cops (actually passed them at 148mph and pulled over and waited for them). They asked why I was sitting in gas station parking lot....waitin for you. He looked and said.....what the hell is that.....Simpson racing harness.....never seen one of those and I'm really impressed.....long story short, because of the belts I only got a ticket for 5mph over.........WHEW !!
That's a great story! Loved the Z11.....one of the best looking engines ever put in a car.
To have that car now, but then you couldn't drive it. You actually owned it at the best time - it was meant to be raced.
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Sure was fun to be the guy who had a fast car..that all knew..when you were someone..I guess we all just fade out..
It is a shame.. One day..I am going to take my Chevelle over to the group of young guys at the mall..and just slowly go by..non of them will prob not even know what car I am driving..in another time..I still would like to have a go at it one more time lol

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... 63 Impala SS Z11...

Found out way later that there was only 57 of these cars made and today there are only 7 left (mine aint one of them)...
Would you care to share the back story of what happened to this car, Ken?
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That could be painful
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About 1964, a 55 Chevy hard top. Fuel injected 327, close ratio 4 speed, 4.88 positrac, traction bars, fender well headers. The Corvette valve covers were the secret to going fast in those days..

It was one of the faster cars on the street. There were others faster but we avoided racing each other most of the time.

Made the cruise loop, street races Friday and Saturday nights. If it was serious there was a location east of the big park north of town, about a mile long, straight, level, concrete with one intersection. We always stationed someone at the intersection to block cars from pulling out in front of a race.
We marked off a quarter mile so it was official !

.....on recap tires. All the money went into hard parts. Never had a tire problem. Wore them out before they developed any other trouble. Atlas Bucrons, the best tire for racing. Soft and sticky and wore out fast.

Sunday drag races at the airport. Had to get out of the way when planes wanted to land or take off.

Only outrun the police a couple of times.
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Not sure they were all fast cars or bikes, but the 1st was a 70 RS Camaro 4-speed. My last ticket in OH was on the Kawi. Sherrif asked if I wanted speeding, improper passing or no MC endorsement. I chose speeding. He came back and said this is your 21st birthday, and this is your 21st speeding ticket. I got my license at least a year late as well.
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