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Join Date: Nov 2018
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Re: Stories of Regret or Redemption
First, a '69 Camaro SS396 (325HP), TH400 in Frost Green with a dark green vinyl top. It was my second car bought as a senior in HS after I blew up 3 or 4 3spd transmissions in my '62 Comet station wagon (speed shifting, don'tcha know!) Dad co-signed for the $1500 loan (I wasn't even 18 yet -- early 1973.) I immediately started my Day 2 mods -- wheels, tires, headers, shift kit, etc., as fast as my $1.65 per hour Taco Bell job would allow. I wasn't overly crazy about the Frost Green paint, so I sanded her down and primed her black with the intent of a black paint job. I also pulled the motor and traded it away for a 4-bolt main big block, bought lots of speed parts, etc. Well, best laid plans and all -- parents split up, I had to move into an apartment, money got tight, so the Camaro went bye-bye. Sold it to a guy planning a drag car; never heard if he put it back together and ran it.
Few years later, needing to scratch the Camaro itch again I bought a '69 Z-28 in Fathom Green for the princely sum of $2500. Ran that car hard on the street -- bigger sway bars, better shocks & tires, etc. Spun a bearing in the DZ one hot summer day pushing the RPMs. Pulled the motor to rebuild -- bumped the compression to 11.75:1 (cut down 12 & halves), added a Pete Jackson gear drive, did some head work, etc. Got her back on the street running like a champ. Interests changed and I started going to the desert offroading with my buddies more and decided the Z wasn't a good desert/camping vehicle. Sold the Z, bought a new '78 Ford F250 to support my new found passion. Didn't end up keeping the Ford very long -- got laid off and couldn't find another job for awhile (very post Taco Bell days by now...)
And a truck (sorta).
Mid-eighties I bought a '66 Chevy C-10 with less than 20K miles. 283 and Powerslide. Decided I wanted a camper to take the wifey & kids camping, so I put one-ton suspension under her, added a big block and TH400, PS, etc. She did pretty well. Broke the big block (don't ask) and replaced it with a three-fiddy. Ended up not driving her too much and sold her to a guy I worked with. That one has mixed feelings attached; by then I was tired of working on cars because I HAD to, instead of because I wanted to. Financial picture had gotten better, so moved on to new vehicles for transportation & recreation.
So, years later, back to my youth in a way. Just picked up the SS below and don't HAVE to work on her unless I want to! LOL! I also find I must have a thing for green cars...