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Re: Horseless Carriages and Iron Ponies.
« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2009, 02:27:32 pm »
Thanks, I thought that was the case.  
I'll never ferget the mornin when the guy was yellin "SCOTT!  Did you take my car?"  He was in fer a good whippin an I got ta be the lucky feller ta say, "No sir, you did that".  Guess I was about 16 an that dude was skerry.
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Re: Horseless Carriages and Iron Ponies.
« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2009, 02:34:35 pm »
This was my ’66 Charger.  Had it for a few years startin’ about ’70.

Back in 76-77 the boss had one like it behind the shop, 318-auto, ended up almost giving it away cause nobody wanted it, was decent for one it's age.
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« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2009, 02:36:00 pm »
‘Bout as I remember it, Del. Rebodied stuff for marketin’. As long as the customer fell for it.

The PT Cruiser. A Neon station wagon but a bunch of Oprah watchers went Ga Ga for ‘em.
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« Reply #28 on: July 29, 2009, 02:48:35 pm »
‘Bout as I remember it, Del. Rebodied stuff for marketin’. As long as the customer fell for it.

The PT Cruiser. A Neon station wagon but a bunch of Oprah watchers went Ga Ga for ‘em.


The 69-71 AMX was just a Javilin with the section for the back seat left out making it shorter.  didn't fly, the Mustang proto-type had no back seat, story I heard is Iacoca, said nice car, but it needs at least a small back seat or it won't sell.  If so I think he was right.
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« Reply #29 on: July 29, 2009, 03:03:41 pm »
Ain’t goin’ against Iacocca.  Smarter’n me. Do know the back seat in the 5.0 was big ‘nuff ta sit Andi in when she was out a baby seat. Ali, five years older, was cramped. My brief case when I drove it to werk fit.  That was about it.

Folks would say they loved my sports car. Thanked ‘em but tolt ‘em there weren’t ever a sports car with a back seat. That was from Bill Boyer, a developer of the original Thunderbird.
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« Reply #30 on: July 29, 2009, 03:15:27 pm »
T'was the way I learned it, never owned one but hung around a lot of those who did, the MG type crowd did not like folks when called there Mustang or Camero a sports car.

Only reason I never owned one was, well, the back seat thing.  I HS we a lot of times took my 49 Ford cause more of us would fit in it. ;D
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« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2009, 03:18:44 pm »
The Alabama State Patrol got some AMX's one year. There's one of them at the Museum at Talledega all decked out and also a Mustang  Alabama State Patrol car.

Speakin' of Police Cars, found this yesterday, don't 'member where.



Said it was legit, the town used them for meter maids and for radar set-ups and let the bigger stuff do the chasin'.  Kinda cute if you ask me. ;D
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Re: Horseless Carriages and Iron Ponies.
« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2009, 03:20:25 pm »
Did ya atchaly menion a part time cruiser here?

What I know as fact... part time cruiser versus standard mailbox, mailbox wins even if traffic is only goin 30 er so.  Saw it with ma own two eyes.  There was pieces of that car all over the road an the mailbox was standin tough.  It weren't even a high speed deal.  What a POS them things are.  an they're ugly as sin too.
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« Reply #33 on: July 29, 2009, 03:41:16 pm »
Never werked radar. Hated it. Revenue generator. The cars marked ‘radar’ as  ‘warnin’’ ta the public were ‘n are a lie. By the time the ‘pubic’ saw ‘em they’d already been caught. No sport in that. Love ta see radar on my street. But do it honest inna unmarked car.

Duh beach had one the radar ‘Your Speed Is’ things set on Edwin t’other day. Limit is 25, 10 too slow. All’s I can say is the truck’s speedometer is just ‘bout right.
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« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2009, 03:46:46 pm »
Got a spot I pass every day on the way to work that's out of town, bypass between 77 and I-80, just over the hill on one side and around the curve on the other, least once a week the Deputies or Staters are out there, don't need no un-marked, time they see em they're caught.

They got another one if I go through town around a curve on a one way street, they man that one on Sunday mornings and get folks on there way home from church to catch the football games, one a the Lincoln cops I know told me that.
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« Reply #35 on: July 29, 2009, 03:57:19 pm »
I never got the point of them "yer speed is" things.  We have a fixed one an a mobile on a trailor.  They don't make nobody slow down cause they don't write tickets.  More often than not, folks use em fer fun ta see how fast they can go.  I gotta speedometer in ma truck and learned how ta read it years ago.  I don't see why I have ta have another one on the side of the road.  Odds are that if I'm goin too fast I already knew it cause I glance at ma dash board every now an again.
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« Reply #36 on: July 29, 2009, 04:07:45 pm »
More often than not, folks use em fer fun ta see how fast they can go. 

Give the man a cigar.

The troopers have a paved place off the shoulder where 264 runs under Va. Beach Blvd. east bound Reckon it’s the same everywhere. They nail the tourists who don’t have the time to hang ‘round for court. The limit is 55 ‘n on that stretch 70 makes ya feel like yer tied to a post. 70 is normal in traffic. 76 is Reckless.

I’m a cop, retired. Said before it’ll never wash off. But radar ‘n artificially low limits are a rip. The city ‘n state gets their cut. If that was it I wouldn’t object. But yer insurance company knows ‘n the rates go up forever..


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« Reply #37 on: July 29, 2009, 04:12:03 pm »
I worked radar cars and Accident investigation on a government grant. It freed the regular units to answer calls and I would respond as a back-up when I wasn't busy. I didn't start writing till about 12 mph over the limit. I still wrote all I wanted to and then some. People normally don't pay attention to their speed. Their minds are otherwise occupied.
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Re: Horseless Carriages and Iron Ponies.
« Reply #38 on: July 29, 2009, 04:21:03 pm »
This was my ’66 Charger.  Had it for a few years startin’ about ’70.
That's cool. I like the early ones.

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« Reply #39 on: July 29, 2009, 04:39:36 pm »
Don't drive over the limit no more except by accident and then not more than 3-4 over.  Younger days, 55 mph and a CB and a hot rod VW, yep, esp out in the open sandhill roads, might see another car every 10-15 minutes.  Came over a hill one time running' a bit over 85, almost ran over the trooper in front, slowed down real quick.  After 8-10 miles of 55, one of the first Mustang II Cobra's headed the other way a a good clip.  Was far enough behind him he had room to uey before I got to him.  As he went over the hil I opened it back up. ;D
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« Reply #40 on: July 29, 2009, 04:41:06 pm »
We had a DPS trooper in my hometown that had a sliver Charger like that one, but it had a 426 Hemi. Those little old 8.00X14 tires would not last long.
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« Reply #41 on: July 29, 2009, 05:23:14 pm »
I'll bet not.  Man them things could scoot.  I had a 318 Scamp that would grab rubber in 3 gears if ya had bald tires.  The official name of the Scamp on the manual was Duster/Valiant.  It was just a Dart with the Plymouth name on it.
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« Reply #42 on: July 29, 2009, 05:36:00 pm »
The Dodge version of the Valiant was the Lancer. It came out after the Valiant. It evolved into the Dart. I remember the Dodge Demon to go along with the Duster.
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Re: Horseless Carriages and Iron Ponies.
« Reply #43 on: July 29, 2009, 05:36:53 pm »
We had a DPS trooper in my hometown that had a sliver Charger like that one, but it had a 426 Hemi. Those little old 8.00X14 tires would not last long.

That Charger only had the 318 auto, but someone had put a four barrel carb on it.  They also added a rod and coil reverb unit in the trunk, for the radio. ( Found that out the first time I hit a railroad track a little too fast.  CCCCLLLAANNNGGG!!!)  
I was just a late teenager at the time and just like the looks of the car.  I especially like the Electro Luminescent dash on the thing.  It was also my first experience with hiding headlights.  They never failed while I owned the car!
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« Reply #44 on: July 29, 2009, 05:42:37 pm »
I had one of those factory reverb units in my 66 Pontiac GTO, you're right about the noise going over the RR tracks.
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« Reply #45 on: July 29, 2009, 05:45:49 pm »
Those vacuum operated headlight covers could be fun at times.  When one went by with only one side open we would say "padidle'.  iF You was ridiin with a guy ya got sock him in the arm.  If you was ridin with a girl ya got ta kiss her.
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Re: Horseless Carriages and Iron Ponies.
« Reply #46 on: July 29, 2009, 05:46:57 pm »
What I used to love was the rubber burners, used to cruise, find a car jacked up, would pull up to the light and point at the car and act like I was laughin at it.  A bit of a pysic out esp if they had friends along.  Light would turn green, they'd burn their rubber and most often look at my tail lights. ;D

Horse power don't do no good unless you got traction to use it.  I only had about 125 hp so I needed to use it the best I could and not waste it ruinin' the tires.  Course I got rid of all the isulation, sound deadnin' under coatin' back seat and most anything else I didn't need. ;D



Course I didn't weigh as much back then either. ;)
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« Reply #47 on: July 29, 2009, 05:51:13 pm »
Del, There is a lot of us that were skinny when we were young. I weighed about 180 when I was in HS.
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« Reply #48 on: July 29, 2009, 06:03:48 pm »
There's a lot ta be said fer fat an happy.  Ain't no denyin it.
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« Reply #49 on: July 29, 2009, 06:07:29 pm »
OK right thread: ;D

Worst thing about them durn fold in/fold out headlights was when the wrecked em and you fixed em, they'd watch them to make sure they opened and closed at the same speed.  Most didn't before the wreck but they never bothered to check.  Only did that in the TV comercials.
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