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Old 04-16-2014, 05:13 PM   #71
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Another big Chrysler from that time frame. Apparently they were preferred as tow vehicles from that era because of the way they designed the rear leaf springs and the use of torsion bars on the front end. The torsion bars proved to be better than coils for some reason. Stock car driver Richard Petty also made similar comments about the Chrysler suspension designs on his stock cars from the 60's/70's.
Not to mention that the 383 engine was one kick butt power plant. Mine had a 2 bbl carb. Was a dog off the line with all that weight but rolling at any speed over 30 mph it just jumped up and took off if you pushed the "GO" pedal.

At 55 mph on the highway it could walk away from a "Boss" Mustang and leave it looking at tail lights. Don't ask me how I know
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:58 AM   #72
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Roger, my dad's 66 was also a 2V and I learned to drive using that car. It had lots of torque for towing and Chrysler made tough tranny's back then. In 69 he bought a new Newport, again with the 383 2v.

Beating a Boss..... that is cool and I believe it. I once drove a 64 Dodge Polara drag car and a 69 Dodge Super Bee. Both had 383 4V's and had amazing power. Those were the days.

Before the 66 Chrysler my dad had a red 64 Dodge like this one. It only had the 313ci 2V, was a unibody, and he always used a WDH, but it was the main tow car for his RV business. That Dodge did a lot of towing back then and worked great.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:59 AM   #73
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My !980 Ford Shay with less than 1000 original miles.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:58 PM   #74
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For over 30 years I owned, drove daily, and autocrossed my Lotus Super Seven 1500 dual weber "roadster", for want of a class.

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Old 04-19-2014, 12:12 AM   #75
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We have owned this 64 Comet for 40 years this year.
Since 2003 it has been pulling our Boler on diferent trips.
We just completed 3 months in SoCal from BC Canada.
Put about 7 thousand miles on the car that trip.
Power by Thunderbird SC V6 5 speed since 2005.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:21 PM   #76
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My husband bought a 1969 Karmann Ghia hardtop in British Racing Green for his 50th birthday. He has spent the last three years getting it painted, the engine rebuilt and the interior redone. It is fun to drive, easy to get parts for, and never fails to turn heads.
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It is amazing the stories of folks who bought cars decades ago and still have them. I recall back in the early 70's buying a car and in a couple years getting tired with it and moving on to another one.

Kinda funny. When I was just 20 years old I spotted this "bit of a fixer upper", 1964 Corvette Coupe in a field. Bought it for $300. Started to "fix it up". Found a door for $100. and a few other parts. Lost interest and traded it back to the owner for a set of 1969 Corvette seats that I installed in my new "Gremlin". LOL
Wish I would have kept that 64. Thinking back, rebuilt, it would have been one of those cars you would have wanted as a life time keeper.
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1974 Lotus Europa TC Special. Although it hasn't moved in several years (water pump...again).

From the shop manual to replace water pump: Step one: remove engine.. It got old after a while. Then a sailboat and trailer came along to compete for my spare time.
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That's funny Steve...as an ex boat owner, boat= break out another thousand . Ive had a few I wish I would have kept, mmmmm, I remember a 67 Barracuda, a 56 Nomad, a .........
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It is amazing the stories of folks who bought cars decades ago and still have them. I recall back in the early 70's buying a car and in a couple years getting tired with it and moving on to another one.

Kinda funny. When I was just 20 years old I spotted this "bit of a fixer upper", 1964 Corvette Coupe in a field. Bought it for $300. Started to "fix it up". Found a door for $100. and a few other parts. Lost interest and traded it back to the owner for a set of 1969 Corvette seats that I installed in my new "Gremlin". LOL
Wish I would have kept that 64. Thinking back, rebuilt, it would have been one of those cars you would have wanted as a life time keeper.

My dad had a. '63 split window with a manual. He traded it in the next year for a. ' 64 coupe with an automatic. My mom was furious. It took her a few weeks to notice the split missing in the window.
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Conrad, what a good story. Bet your dad sleep on the couch for a spell after that move!!!

I saw my 1st split window when I was kid. We were traveling through California in August of 62. Wow was I impressed.

In the mid 70's bought a 69/427 from a guy locally. He had traded a 63 for the 69 thinking it was a step up. He soon regretteded the move.

This was the 69. I smashed it up (not ) but it was repaired. I then sold it. It was not a very practical vehicle.
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I am shopping around for a 1987 Mercedes 300TD. If anyone sees a nice example in their area please let me know.
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The car I most regret selling was my 1969 Pontiac Firebird Sprint with the 6 cylinder factory 4 barrel and 4 speed in Hugger Orange with Black Vinyl top. It was a blast to drive, but being young and foolish did not realise at the time that I should have kept it. Now I want it back and can not find where it is. Or maybe if I find a 1966 to 1977 early Ford Bronco, it might make me forget about the Firebird.
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I am shopping around for a 1987 Mercedes 300TD. If anyone sees a nice example in their area please let me know.
NS.... I owned a 75 450SEL years ago. One of the best car I ever owned.
Saw this nice 380SL TD for sale around here not that long ago. Very rare. Would look great towing an Egg.

Rick. Those HP 6cyl Firebirds were rare. I recall only seeing a couple in my entire life.
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