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Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Jefferson County, WA
re: Everyone has a Story. What's yours? (no racing in the streets)
In the late fall of 1972 I came across an Aztec Bronze/Bronze interior 1966 L78/4 Spd SS Chevelle at Kluge Chevrolet in Bremerton, WA. Asking price was $1,400 and the car was supposed to have a recently rebuilt/balanced/blueprinted engine with a 1st series L88 camshaft. The car sounded ornery but would not rev past 2,500 RPM, and it popped back through the carburetor. I offered the dealer $800 and they sold it to me.
I proceded to check compression, valve timing, distributor timing and about everything else I knew to do (I was 20) but to no avail. So I brought the car into a small shop owned by Tom Fox of Bremerton's Fox racing family. Tom ran the distributor on his Sun machine and checked a few other things before the light went on. He's said we needed to get down in the pit under the car and drop the exhaust pipes from the manifolds, which we did. He then instructed me to back the car out and take it up the street. I did as he said and when I punched it the car went sideways and up the street so fast it about tore my head off. I came back all smiles and asked what had happened. He said many exhaust pipe manufacturers built double pipes, one inside the other, and that my inner pipe was probably squished. He said he had seen this one time before, on a '57 Pontiac. He then asked me if he could try the car out. I said sure and he too punched it sideways in the late November darkness of Park Avenue in old Bremerton. He confirmed when he returned that the car was very fast.
And sure enough, when I cut those almost new exhaust pipes open, both of them contained flattened inner pipes.