Greetings Gator81.. Thanks, we do love the old girl and try to look after her. The paint
isn't new and I didn't do the whole thing but I did redo a door panel with success after a gate swung into it... the gate became history
that day... Actualy my wifes car and the reason we got together.. shortest version possible.. We were talking business at a retail store I had and when I walked out to the car park I expected a pinto or vega or corrolla or something and couldn't believe she drove that old beast, V8, muncie, no power nothing. Caused me to take another look and figure there was more to this picture and sure enough there was. The car is the only one of it's kind in Australia
and gets much attention when we take her out but very few know what it is. She is a carbie.. 650 holley.. the heads work best cause of the small chambers (58cc) and work with the intake manifold which was from a Nascar short track car. The motor
is 383 stroker done by the master of that breed. Ed Hale was the champ in sportsman class for many years and this was one of his. Unbelievable grunt
. At 1000rpm in first gear
, floor it and hang on. you better have alot of road ahead cause she doesn't hook up the tires again till mid through 3rd and a chirp out of fourth. This is with a posi, 308 gears and wide sticky michilens and never over 5500 rpm
. A very 'steer with the throttle' kind of car. A very fun road car that has seen a lot of Australia
I find much of what I leaned from boats goes into the car and visa versa. (paint work, mechanics, attitude!)
The old Chris Crafts?/? that was my first boat
yard job. My dad was a boat mechanic
and every year the people would come up from the cities to the lakes for spring, put their "speed boat" in the water
and it would sink. Timber dry as a bone. I got to clean up the mess in prep for my dad to reserect the grey marine
engines. they are beautiful but need special care.
Hey Rick! I know the exact car. I was the mavin and selected one used for my store manager. Identical to yours except the wheels. It was my introduction
to digital everything and I didn't like that part of it. I figured when the stereo went it would be a problem but she wrecked the car before we had a chance to find out. She discovered performance driving! (with some hard lessons) She replaced the chevy with a 5.0 lt mustang GT. She also migrated to Australia and managed to sell the ford in one peice before she left!