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I started yesterday describing my muscle car, my "give up the wife and kids to get it back" ride. See my avatar. 1966 Chevelle SS396/375hp (from factory) After some bolt on modifications to intake, Carb, heads, and exhaust, local speed shop estimated about 525, given that the factory rating of only 375 was a known joke by GM. I had never seen or heard of a 4:88 rear gear, but verified in as true of a fashion as possible - turning wheels and counting the driveshaft revolutions, verified the build sheet. The only thing that I broke on it were multiple stock clutch plates, and the shifter itself. Went to a Weber clutch and disc assembly and, of course, Hurst shifter. My father had a 1969 GTO, that he totaled after only six weeks.in a deal with him, and his insurance company, I got the Cragar SS rims for it for like $100a few months after this pic. Air shocks were added when I slapped a set of Mickey Thompson's on the rear, needed clearance. Ended up selling it while in the army in 1970. I had to feed two kids.
January 10, 2012  08:52 AM ET

They don't build em like that any more. I get a kick out of the kids today with the cars they think are so hot.

January 10, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Jason Leffler will be the primary driver of the team's No. 18 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2012 season.



The veteran driver will be behind the wheel for at least 14 races this season, beginning with the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Dollar General, the nation's largest small-box retailer, will serve as the primary sponsor for Leffler's 14-race schedule.

January 10, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Jason Leffler will be the primary driver of the team's No. 18 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2012 season.The veteran driver will be behind the wheel for at least 14 races this season, beginning with the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Dollar General, the nation's largest small-box retailer, will serve as the primary sponsor for Leffler's 14-race schedule.

that's nice

January 10, 2012  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They don't build em like that any more. I get a kick out of the kids today with the cars they think are so hot.

There have been several comments/debates around here about the kids who buy a new car for $20K, spend $10-20K in "upgrades" then sell for $10K or less if they haven't wrecking the car.

January 10, 2012  09:30 AM ET

The favorite vehicle I ever had was my first truck, an 87 Dodge Ram, 4x4, 4 speed, 3 inch body lift. 318 V8. It was the toughest truck I've ever driven. Put it through hell and back, could go through places in 2 wheel drive that my Ford needs 4x4 to go through. Sold it last year for 3500, it had over 300,000 miles on it.

I miss it a lot. My 89 F-150 looks a lot nicer, and is more luxurious, but the 302 doesn't have the power my old Dodge had.

If I could get any vehicle I wanted, it would be another Dodge just like the one I had.

Dream car is a 59 Cadillac Coupe de Ville or a 69 Challenger.

January 10, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They don't build em like that any more. I get a kick out of the kids today with the cars they think are so hot.

I've got an 89 F-150 and a 94 Jeep Cherokee.

January 10, 2012  11:14 AM ET

When I lived in Ma. we cut a lot of firewood, one of my friends had an old surplus Dodge Power Wagon. I have to say that was without a doubt an animal. That truck was unreal. It put my Chevy to shame. Never got stuck and one time we had to use it to pull the John Deere out of a mud hole.

January 10, 2012  11:54 AM ET
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I've got an 89 F-150 and a 94 Jeep Cherokee.

Second favorite to my SS was a 1974 Jeep CJ5, with a Chevy 327 dropped in it. Big, for the day, mudder tires, it would literally pull tree stumps, but froze my **** in northern Indiana winters.

Third, I would have to say, was my daughter's 72 Beetle. It was just plain fun

January 10, 2012  11:55 AM ET

Interesting. A and two $$ gets censored

January 10, 2012  12:32 PM ET
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Second favorite to my SS was a 1974 Jeep CJ5, with a Chevy 327 dropped in it. Big, for the day, mudder tires, it would literally pull tree stumps, but froze my **** in northern Indiana winters.Third, I would have to say, was my daughter's 72 Beetle. It was just plain fun

My dad had an 86 CJ-7, think it was the last year Jeep was with AMC. It was a hoss off road.

If we're talking family member's cars, my grandpa has a fully restored 57 Ford, and a fully restored 66 F-100.

Both are extremely nice. His car hasn't won awards yet other than best paint, but his truck always wins the best truck award at the car shows.

January 10, 2012  01:08 PM ET

I've had a few I miss. 68 Camero SS w/350 4sp, dropped a 302 into it, 69 GTO, 74 Trans Am, 73 Grand Prix. But the one I miss the most was the 73 Corvette, Red paint so deep you could almost put your hand into, real Dayton wires, limo tinted windows...it was stock, but ran pretty well. But then, most Chevy small blocks can get out of their own way.

My 75 280 Z I had the most fun with. Pulled the motor and rebuilt it myself. Swapped out the fuel injection for triple Mikunis, O ringed the block and replaced the front and rear suspension. Autocrossed it all around Texas and Arkansas for a few years. Thing was an anvil!

January 10, 2012  02:13 PM ET

I could not afford a muscle car, so I settled on a Triumph Daytona 500cc street bike. It is still one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

January 10, 2012  02:26 PM ET

I "flipped" a 64 and a 65 Corvette n the late -70's for a few bucks, bought them in non running condition, did as little as possible to get them running and sell. Would love to kept one now.

January 10, 2012  05:19 PM ET
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I could not afford a muscle car, so I settled on a Triumph Daytona 500cc street bike. It is still one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

Nothing wrong with that choice

January 10, 2012  05:54 PM ET

I got into motorcycles for a few years before I even thought about cars. The one pictured here was my second bike. I had a 52 FL for a year or so and then bought this one. It's a 1954 FLH and I am the ripe old age of 17.

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January 11, 2012  06:25 AM ET
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I got into motorcycles for a few years before I even thought about cars. The one pictured here was my second bike. I had a 52 FL for a year or so and then bought this one. It's a 1954 FLH and I am the ripe old age of 17.

Great, I had to wait until 27. One little Law before that, then an FL since.

January 11, 2012  06:26 AM ET

Law = kawasaki

January 11, 2012  06:27 AM ET

Have I mentioned lately how I hate auto correct? (And Taylor swift)

 
January 11, 2012  09:09 AM ET

I had a 69 Jaguar in the Army. The most fun I've had with my clothes on.

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