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Old 12-23-2014, 10:18 AM
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Default Show and Tell.....Your Classic Car

I know a bunch of members here have classic cars. Post em up and tell the story behind them.

This was my wife's nanna's daily driver. 1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

She traded a 1956 Caddy Convertible in on this one and drove this till the day she passed. Literally, she drove it to the hospital for a procedure and passed away the next day! 92 years old.

The car is a blast to drive and while it is not show car quality it is a head turner and brings smiles everywhere we go.
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Old 12-23-2014, 02:25 PM
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My 1st car was a 1979 Camaro. It had a 305 2 barrel that wouldn't get out of it's own way (120hp). Most of my buddies in HS were hot rodders. I always wanted another Camaro and decided if I ever bought one it would be a Z28 and sound mean as h#!!.

I bought this 1979 Z28 several months ago and rebuilt it myself. I repaired frame rust, body rust, replaced sound deadening, carpet, pulled transmission and had it rebuilt, etc., etc., etc.

Someone had put a 305 in it and it was worn out. I bought a rebuilt 350 short block, bought some vortec heads and had them reconditioned at the machine shop, replaced the cam since I didn't know what was in there, and assembled the engine myself. Based on a online dyno test with a similar build I estimate I have about 375hp.

Did some body work and painted it myself. It's not perfect but I'm happy with my results. It's a fun car, not a show car.

My car has the same cam as this one and sounds pretty much identical. I have Flowmaster Super 44's
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Beautiful black finish, how do you keep it so pure?
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First time I ever painted a car. Unfortunately trial and error...and a lot of research. I actually sanded the primer down once and the base coat down twice before I got it smooth enough without world class orange peel. After the clear was on I wet sanded it, compounded, and polished to this finish.

Thanks for the compliment, it was a lot of work. I had not originally planned on painting it myself but as I got farther and farther along in the project and doing pretty much everything myself I thought why not give it a try. It was very frustrating at times.
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Here's mine. 67 Chevelle - Paint/Body done. In the process of installing a 6.0/4L60 Ported heads, LS6 cam, LS2 intake, Stainless headers, Magnaflow SS exhaust. 17" Torq Thrusts Interior is all new but not installed. Hard to find time but am very slowly working on it.

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Originally Posted by signmansez View Post
I know a bunch of members here have classic cars. Post em up and tell the story behind them.

This was my wife's nanna's daily driver. 1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

She traded a 1956 Caddy Convertible in on this one and drove this till the day she passed. Literally, she drove it to the hospital for a procedure and passed away the next day! 92 years old.

The car is a blast to drive and while it is not show car quality it is a head turner and brings smiles everywhere we go.
My dad had a '59 white Caddy when I was a kid. It had those cool wings like yours. It needed a hinge in the middle. I remember it was l o n g

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al, that thing is gunna fly. Nice.
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67 Firebird 400. Just stripped everything and waiting on a hoist to pull the engine and trans.Name:  9700391B-8B73-4A69-A0BF-C1B452FFA408_zpsttlozfq7.jpg
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Originally Posted by baypro21 View Post

al, that thing is gunna fly. Nice.

I'm hoping it will and also knock down 20+mpg.

Cool story on the Caddy, What year did she pass?

Great job on the Camaro - Gotta' love wet sanding.
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Here is my 1973 mustang convertible that my dad and I built. I sold my dirtbike when I was 10 to buy this car and a parts car out of a field. I paid $1200 for both. I wish I had more pics of the "during" process. But we finished it my senior year in high school.

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My little LS6

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Old 12-23-2014, 04:27 PM
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Here is my previous ride. 406 Small block, 200R4 trans, 3:31 12 bolt posi. Cowl induction

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A friend built this car in the early 80's drove it a few times and then did a donut, in heavy traffic, and parked it. After never even starting it for 18 years, I bought it and have been having a ball with it ever since. 427 sideoiler motor. It hauls ass.
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In keeping with THT protocol the next thread will be....show your wife or girlfriend in your classic car!
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Originally Posted by alwhite00 View Post
Cool story on the Caddy, What year did she pass?
She passed about 20 years ago. Fun lady, very classy!

We use the car for parades and Sunday drives. It has Christmas lights on it now, we take friends with kids out to see the neighborhood lights.

Here is a picture of the car dressed in Dairy Farmer spots for the Citrus Bowl Parade in 1998
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Took over this restoration from my father in the fall of 2013 I tried to get it finished for him but he passed in December I was able to get a fair amount completed and put many smiles on his face while doing so. I have not lost interest in finishing it but I have lost the drive. Sorry for the crappy photos. 1935 diamond t
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One of the "Triumphs" in Triumphrick..........SIGH...

I did a full frame off back in the late 70's, early 80's.

Car shows, rallys, autocrosses...ran it and had a ball.

She finished third in the country at the national triumph convention at Gainesville Ga in 1987...(with stock skinny tires and wire wheels)

I started a business and she sat...and sat. Occasionally ran it. Water leaked into the oil and I never checkd when I would start it back in the corner of the garage.

Pulled it back down again 8 years ago. Built a new motor with some goodies. Got the kit to use a Toyota transmission (can't get many parts for ours) and also have a kit to change the steering to rack and pinion.

Someday..........................soon, I hope.

UPDATE!!

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Here is a 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix Convertible I restored a few years back. They did not make many of these so it was a challenge to find some parts. Numbers matching 389/350 hp with 8 lug wheels. It was a barn find out of Denver CO that I had shipped to the Raleigh area on a flatbed. I wish I had taken more pics but here is a few of the restore. But I had a blast!





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No pics.. but have a mess downstairs in the shop which belongs to my youngest... a 71 Mustang in the middle of a full tear down and rebuild.

It's a bonding thing... or so I tell the wife.
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that Grand Prix is beautiful!!
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Here's mine. 66 Chevelle SS. Orig black plate CA car. All numbers matching. Took 6 years to restore.




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