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i like muscle cars, old and new. muscle cars and performance vehicles have been a huge part of my life for a good many years, as i made a career in the automotive repair field for a good many years, as mechanic and as a paint and body technician. i was brought up around them from family and friends who owned them. so they have been a part of my life as much as guns have been.

i love to discuss muscle cars and high performance vehicles as much as i love to talk about guns and cartridges. i have owned a few myself over the years but there are some i really wished i could have owned or those that slipped through that i regret not having owned, or those i got rid of and wished now i had back again.

i like hearing other peoples stories about the ones they have owned or wished they owned and i live discussing them in detail and learning about them.
so post up your muscle car stories!
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Re: Muscle Cars, Of Your Past, And Those You Wished You Could Have Had!
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 07:16:45 AM »
one of my favorites i had years ago, a 1975 Chevrolet Laguna S3. though based off the Chevelle body, it had a urethane nose that looked very similiar to the Camaro, and a different tail section around the taillights than the regular Chevelles. mine was originally equipped with a 350 and a two barrel, with single exhaust when it left the factory. i was technically only the second owner as the previous two had never ever transferred the title into their names.

this car had the Strato-Bucket seats that would swivel outwards, 90 degrees to front of the car. it had a factory console and shifter, and i even sourced a factory tachometer when i re-did a lot on the  car. it spent close to eight months in the shop where i was rebuilding it at the time. for the most part ikept it fairly stock looking with the exception for the engine. i rebuilt the engine to gain some performance, by boring it out to 355 cubic inches, putting in higher compression pistons, a little healthier than stock camshaft, aluminum intake, Holley four barrel, electronic ignition, headers and dual exhaust. chromed valve covers and air cleaner and some other chrome bits and pieces to boot.

though not rare cars, they weren't common back years ago, and are still not common today. mine was silver, with the black stripe and half vinyl roof and a black interior. these are not pictures of mine, but some i found on the web that look very much like mine did,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Chevelle_Laguna

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kcclassicauto.com%2FVehicles%2F1975_Chevrolet_LagunaS3_K12-342%2FT0010.JPG&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kcclassicauto.com%2F1975_Chevrolet_Chevelle_Laguna_S3-635.html&h=426&w=640&tbnid=qRlVPfhcHJMZ6M%3A&zoom=1&docid=nfp4gMuY9b3aXM&ei=YMkmVLvYM4ipyATgnoG4BA&tbm=isch&ved=0CC0QMygGMAY&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=734&page=1&start=0&ndsp=15

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Re: Muscle Cars, Of Your Past, And Those You Wished You Could Have Had!
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 10:39:28 AM »
Had one of these in the mid-70's:



It had significantly more horsepower than I had brains or driving skill....

Wife had one of these a few years ago.  Best riding highway car we've ever had (Next to a pickup of course :) )


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Re: Muscle Cars, Of Your Past, And Those You Wished You Could Have Had!
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2019, 11:11:15 AM »
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Re: Muscle Cars, Of Your Past, And Those You Wished You Could Have Had!
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2019, 01:39:05 PM »
My older brother and I were into Plymouths when we were young. He had a 1969 Roadrunner, and later a 1967 GTX, both I later bought.

I had a 1968 Sattellite . ALL were souped up as bad as we could build our own engines.

Back then, it was nothing to blow up a 383 on Friday night, spend all day saturday swapping it out for a spare, and running again for saturday night. 
Engines were $50 to $100 dollars at the junk yards, and we kept plenty of spares laying around.

While I never really missed those car a whole lot,,
I sure wouldnt mind if they were all sitting in my barn right about now.,  :thumbsup1:
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Re: Muscle Cars, Of Your Past, And Those You Wished You Could Have Had!
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2019, 03:04:47 PM »
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BMW M5 (V10 - many many HP)

BMW 850i (not a muscle car but a V12)

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Re: Muscle Cars, Of Your Past, And Those You Wished You Could Have Had!
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2019, 03:15:56 PM »
A humble brag but every car on my want list that was anyway affordable I've had at one time or another.
3 Camaros, a '69 SS a '75 RS and a '99 Z28. 3 Corvettes a '72 454, '03 Base rag top and a '11 Grand Sport. Two Mustangs, a '97 Cobra (worse car I ever owned) and a '09 GT 500 rag top with 500+ supercharged ponies.
In the last forty years I've run into some rally good deals on cars that I couldn't pass up but only kept for a few months or a year or two. A couple that standout were a'72 Mazda RX2 that I totaled two months later, a '74 Cadillac El Dorado (bought in '85 for 2K) and a '76 Plymouth Fury with the 440 CI Police Package that I inherited when my father in law passed away. There where also a few others in there and that's not counting the cars my brother and I bought, repaired, upgraded and sold.
I know I've previously posted pictures of my Corvette's but can't remember if I posted a photo of my GT 500 Probably so but anyway.......


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Muscle Cars, Of Your Past, And Those You Wished You Could Have Had!
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2019, 04:31:31 PM »
Have had at various times in my life
69Dodge Dart GTS 340/4spd
1st car I bought at 15.
67 Mustang FB 1 a 289/auto 1 a 6cyl/auto
68 mustang coupe 302 auto bench seat car.
65 mustang coupe 170ci 6 cyl auto.
95 Cobra
95 Mustang GT 5spd
96 GT vert
85 GT I put alot of time in on as well
94 F150 Lightning
03 F150 Lightning
Hate to admit also owned 2 corvettes a 71 454 auto and a 79 silver anniversary. Also one 68 Camaro
And a 78 Formula 400 Firebird

Always came back to Fords and Mustangs however.
 
Currently only have left one
04 MACH1 in oxford white.

Owned many other cars but that the list of fun ones pretty much.




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Re: Muscle Cars, Of Your Past, And Those You Wished You Could Have Had!
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2019, 08:10:15 PM »
As much as I love muscle cars, I do really enjoy "sleepers" much more. The type of car that looks more like something your mother or grandmother would drive! Even having four doors too.

One of my favorites from years ago was a 1971 Plymouth Sport Fury that was former police car, as plain clothes vehicle, so it never had over-head lights or sirens, and was painted the factory dark green metallic and with a black vinyl roof, and black interior. But what was under the hood, was a very potent 440, with all the usual "police car" goodies! Along with all the "cop car" suspension, brakes and rims.

And I could leave well enough alone and ended up "hopping" up the 440 even more, with an aluminum intake, Holley carburetor, headers, a little lumpier cam, and some other performance tweaks. I even added a bit wider 60 series tires with the black-wall out, to even fool people more.







It was never hard to get an impromptu race on Friday or Saturday night cruising around. Many a guy that thought he had a fast car, found out that old Plymouth had something under the hood!
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Re: Muscle Cars, Of Your Past, And Those You Wished You Could Have Had!
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2019, 09:10:19 PM »
Oh my , the STUPID crap I done.

I bought one of those Sport Furys off my neighbor, an old timer, , I think for $300.
I remember the interior looked like brand new. It was a blue/grey color. In and out.
It would also smoke the tires right off that BIG HEAVY  car,, but I never licensed it.  :th_thicon_funny:   

It would run until it was warmed up, then just shut off. Thats why he sold it. Turned out the little white plastic coil resistor was bad. We ran all Accel ignition, so,,, .  :rocknroll2:

I Jerked the motor out and put in my Roadrunner.  :facepalm:  :bangheadonwall: :bangheadonwall:    :th_thicon_funny: 

Blew it up about  a year later.  :facepalm:   :th_nuts:   

Sold the Sport Fury chassis to another neighbor, and he chopped it up and derbied it.  :sick2:
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2019, 10:34:42 PM »
Quite some years ago, my brother bought a 1967 Dodge Charger project. We started on that car before his first daughter was born. (she turns 18 this year, and graduates high school!) We had it media stripped down the the bare metal to see exactly what we were working with. For the most part, being stored in an old warehouse was huge blessing, as the metal for such an old car was in pretty decent shape. It did need some minor floor-pan repairs, and some minor body-work, but overall, it was in pretty decent condition. We did opt to go with a base-coat/clear-coat paint system, but in the original dark green metallic color.

The engine and transmission, we decided to go back to fairly original, with some minor changes. Originally, it was equipped with a 383 and a 2 barrel, automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering and A/C. We rebuilt the engine pretty close to stock with a little bit bigger camshaft, some porting and polishing on the heads, an Edlebrock dual-plane intake, (painted engine color, and the logos ground off.) four barrel Edelbrock carburetor, Magnum exhaust manifolds, electronic ignition system, updated alternator and starter.

A couple of years ago, we finally got to drive th old girl around the block a few times. It still needs quite a bit to geti it road-worthy, but headed in the right direction. Not actual pictures, but very close in being the same color.



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