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Godd Golly! and: what the s*ht?

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Kirkland, Dec 24, 2001.

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  1. mole

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    There are the ones that work, the ones that never work and the ones you build yourself.

    The fun part of those Hurst 4 spd shifters was after they got over 200K miles on them, they had about as much feel as a butter churn. When I finally bought a new one while rebuilding a truck about 10 years ago, it was difficult to shift at first because there was little play in it.

    Those days of muscle cars are gone forever. I had forgotten about those Wide-O-val tires. Sheesh, they were so bad. The ones I liked had the narrow red lines on the sidewalls.

    Now when I drive down a narrow twisting winding road where I live and see people unable to stay in their lane, I wonder if they realize that the cars they are driving (should) handle much better than the taxi-cabs with manual everything and big engines that used to ride the same road with comparative ease.

    ...or maybe they are in need of replacement rack & pinions, clutch packs... or are more of those inattentive drivers.
     
  2. GoneForNow

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    DS & Mole
    Building or should I say re-buliding muscle cars is what I do as a hobby. Just finished a 68 Mustang Fastback with a 429 dual quad Cobra Jet with a shaker hood. Four speed Hurst, 4-11 positrack rear with mounting points for wheelie bars (not that the guy is going to ever pull a wheelie, just for show). Jet black exterior with black interior----it looks real mean. Harden the the value seats so it can use unlead gas, over-sized cam lobes with solid lifters. (tap tap tap tap). At idle---Thump thump thump (pause) Thump thump thump (pause) Thump thump thump (you get the picture)

    Mole---the tires you refer to are called "Red Lines". Pretty original huh!
     
  3. littlemar

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    Just to throw my two cents in - my favorite car was the 69 GTO 4-speed I used to own. Loved that car!
     
  4. mole

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    GB,

    You and DS and I seem to have some common ground here. Tell me abou the gasoline these days on those high compression mills. I was telling DS that one of the ways I got into chemistry was by blending my own fuel for my old Road Runner back when leaded gasoline disappeared from the pumps. Used Cam2 and aviation fuel to make the "premium" unleaded useful.

    I also like posi-trac in the snow, throw 400 lbs in the trunk, pump up the shocks and there you had an all-weather vehicle.

    Gotta go feed my daughter.....
     
  5. Mulderator

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    Crumb--are you talking about a car here? Maybe its that one Littlemar and CQ were telling us about in one of the other threads ;)

    PS--hope Landshark is tracking this thread :)
     
  6. GoneForNow

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    Littlemar, Mole, DS and the rest:

    There have been views expressed about threads not sticking to the original subject matter which started the post. In fact, as you are aware, MacfromOK posted his own thread to get member opinions on that very matter. Since this thread was started about Buicks and tires, and now has evoluted into a discussion of muscle cars I will be the good forum member (don't expect this often) and started a new thread titled "Muscle Cars". I'll address recent posts there.
     
  7. Dark Star

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    Mulder,

    There you are....... we've been meaning to tell you Mac took the cutting torch to your Ford Escort, we just needed the body is all.
    You ought to see it now. It sits on an all tube frame with 12" Slicks on the back and has a healthy 351 Cleveland bored 20 over with a forged crankshaft and TRWs 11.5 to one pistons, ported heads and dual Quads.

    We were thinking Pro Stock but hey what the heck we took it up a notch a threw in a straight axle and wheelie bars. A Simpson chute to help you get stopped....

    Did I say "to help you get stopped?".....ooooops well now you know, we figured you'd be driving it, since it is your Escort after all.
    mole is mixing a special batch of fuel for you because we have you dialed in to run somewhere in the mid to low 9s.

    "Thump thump thump (pause) Thump thump thump (pause) Thump thump thump (you get the picture)"

    ........Trust me when I tell you you'll know excactly what that is when we get you all strapped in and up to the lights.

    You'll wanna be sure to eat your "Cheerios" in the morning coz you drew the left lane for the first round of eliminations and there is this lady across the way in the right lane that has been running consistent low 9s with her GTO...
    I think her name is "littlemar" and she looks pretty determined to win this year, just like she did last year. Of course we all know you're da man now and we don't want excuses or the likes should you loose ......... :D

    DS
     
  8. hewee

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    You need to look at Consumer Reports on buy any car. I have been doing that for years and the cost of the Consumer Reports has been repaid many times in getting a good product the first time.

    Ratings on US cars have been real bad for 20 years. They have been gettin better the last 10 years.
    Just get Consumer Reports. You can get the Buy Guide 2002 that just came out. It has cars going back to 93 in it so you get a history of each model. It has the best used cars, the worst used cars and used cars to avoid by make and year. Plus lots of other info.

    So what did you have DS a Buick Skylark 93, 94 or 96? They are on the used cars to avoid by make and year list.

    So get Consumer Reports and save money. Cars cost too much to get a bad one.
     
  9. hewee

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  10. Dark Star

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    hewee,

    It's a '97 Buick Skylark and if it isn't on the list it should be.

    Thanks for the links......

    DS
     
  11. hamster

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    back in the days I had a Mazda Proteze and I crash into something and it leaked out all my anitfreeze. I didn't know about it and ran it dry for like a week!! It finally died on me in the middle of nowhere!!

    I said "Noooo" then I closed my eyes and tried to turn the key again... It worked!! It drove me back all way to the main rd where I made a call!!

    And to this day it's still running!!!! Never had the tramission fixed.. unbelievable!!! I don't think most american cars can do that!! It's been over 4 or 5 years since I ran it dry with no antifreeze and it's still running strong!! wow!!
     
  12. SavvyLady

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    LMAO.... I had a Mazda RX7 once... everytime you shifted gears it backfired....
    it was a piece of crap....lol
    & had a rotary motor
     
  13. fenwayrocks

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    In recent years I'm partial to Fords/Mercury's. In 98 I leased a new Sable, liked it so much I leased another for my wife late that year. Never had 1 prob. with them. Of course they were only 3 years old when turned in. I then leased a 2000 Taurus, also no problems, and for my wife another Sable in 2001. Prior to these leases I was partial to GM's. Of course they were all money pits but I liked the ride. My fav was the Cuttlas Supreme.
     
  14. SavvyLady

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    a Sable is a great looking car
     
  15. hewee

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    Dark Star,

    Well the history of a model can still tell you if a lot. If you never seen the rating on them you will have to look at the way they are rated.

    By the way did they stop making the Buick Skylark?
    The only place is in the used cars to avoid by make and year that show a Buick Skylark. I looked in last years book and see the model. It only said to avoid Buick Skylark 92 and 96 last year.
    But all the best bets last year and this year are not US cars. This has been true for a very long time.

    SavvyLady,

    Be nice if the better they look the better they are. You can have the best look car there is but does it run?
     
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