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Any gearheads with a muscle car?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ColtCarbine, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Any gearheads with a muscle car/fast car?

    When my last daily driver wore out 2 years ago, I decided to purchase a vehicle that would actually hold it's value rather than depreciate. It took about 3 months to find one that had low miles and had not been butchered by some kid. It did not cost as much as some might think, got a great deal on it from a private party.

    No way was I buying another front wheel drive car, been there done that. I have come to despise working on front wheel drive vehicles, which limited my options of vehicles. I definitely did not need another 4x4 or pickup, got those covered.

    Some of you might be asking, what about fuel economy. Believe it or not but a 4 cylinder Ford Ranger of the same era only gets about 5-7 MPG better fuel mileage. If I keep my boot out of it, I'm getting 18-20 MPG.

    A few pictures of my daily driver muscle car. '94 Mustang Cobra with fuel injected 5.0L (302 c.i.) factory roller motor. It had a few modifications to the engine and suspension, most of which had already been installed by the previous owner.
    Cobra 002.JPG 94 Cobra 003.JPG 94 Cobra 036.JPG
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  2. Cephus

    Cephus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I had a 65 coupe that I got in 66 with 289 in it ,kept it a long time .The son remembered it so often that he now has a 68 that he restored form the ground up. Been a very long time since I turned a wrench. Wouldn't mind having that 289 again though !!
  3. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Not exactly a gearhead but I've never been without a muscle car since I was 16.

    Within 3 months of getting a divorce, I had done 3 things:

    1. Week 1 - replaced the retreads on my beloved 71 Duster for studded radials, added a cherry bomb muffler, and had the interior re-upholstered

    2. Week 4 - got contact lenses

    3. Month 3 - bought my '78 TransAm - still have it and love it like the day it I first roared out of the dealer with it - 6.6 liter, 400 hp, 4 speed, leather interior, and Blaupunkt sound system that plays Meatloaf like the roof will be blown off. Unfortunately, at around 8mpg Hi-Test (she prefers gulping leaded Amoco, if you please) can't afford to drive it too far from the garage. Has never spent a night outside.


    Here's my other baby - 1959 MGA, all original

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  4. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I should have said I did 4 things - the very first was to stop asking permission~ and I never have since
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  5. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Here is my Muscle Vehicle, hang'en out in it's Winter Garage....

    My muscles are just smaller than others.... that's all......
    rhino.JPG Logging Rhino.
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  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++

    Righthand did ya have to post that.

    15 years ago I had a Smokey and the Bandit Trans am T-tops and all. It had a 400 Olds engine, it was slow on take off but I never took it to top speed but I know it will go over 120mph easily and safely. I miss that car I sold it to purchase the property I now live on.
    Growing up my dad had a Triumph Spitfire, we used to take it through the canyon roads in Ventura Co. Calfornia, nothing could beat it on tight roads not even corvetts.

    I have a 1990 Cadillac which I bought new and it has a 5.7L or the old style Chevy 350 with a 4 "barrell" throttle body that is stock. It is fast low end and never tried to top it out on high end as Im gettin old. I guess it could safely run 120+. It will run with any modern crownvic police interceptor. They make a supercharger that is not a hard install but I never worried about adding more power.
  7. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    RightHand those are sweeeeet. I can not keep from drooling over both of your vehicles. I have a love for almost anything with horsepower, especially GM muscle. I have no doubt you can feel that 400 HP Trans AM pull hard when push the skinny pedal to the floor. The MGA is a nice classy English car for a classy lady. I bet you look good in it on a nice hot summer day.

    Thanks for sharing [bow]
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  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++

    I had the stock honeycomb rims and all. I better go shower
  9. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I used to have a 75 mile commute to work and one summer morning, I was going in late, driving south down a deserted RT 15 when in my rear view, I caught sight of a red corvette coming up fast. We get side by side and I look over and see a woman driving. She smiled and waved, I smiled and waved, and we both buried the gas pedals. We flew down the old road at over 100 until I had to get off at my exit. I honked the horn, we waved again, both of us laughing like kids, and each went our own way at more adult speeds. That was one of the moments I like to remember - it never fails to bring a smile to my face
  10. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Couple of Little Old Ladies from...... Connecticut?????[respect]
  11. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    RH, you can have the MGA. I want my 56 AH LeMans back. Add 5 psi to the tires for sustained over 90 mph. Well, ---
  12. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I wasn't so old then BT - just a couple girls having fun
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  13. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Love the MG but, like every English car I have ever owned (there have been a couple MGA's) they require a lot of maintenance and seem to leak fluids from every connection. I've been able to do most of the maintenance myself but when it's had to go out for repairs - i.e. new gas tank - it eats up the dollars like a kid with a bowl of ice cream
  14. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I owned a Triumph TR 250 and you are being kind with your "they require a lot of maintenance and seem to leak fluids from every connection" comment.

    It was a fun but very high maintenance vehicle and in 1970 parts were not available without a long drive.
  15. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    That's why Brits don't make computers; can't figure out how to make them leak oil.
  16. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I so want to make a comment on this statement :censored:

    Those TBI GM 350's are a pretty decent motors, I had almost 200K on my pickup before I sent it to the graveyard. When Tracy and I started dating we both had Chevy pickups, I had a LWB 3/4 ton and she had a SWB 1/2 ton. Sold my '89 K5 Blazer a couple years ago that had the same engine but it was starting to knock in the bottom end.
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  17. Redneck Rebel

    Redneck Rebel Monkey++

    The TBI 350 catches an undeserved bad rap. Sure they aren't a powerhouse but the Vortec's can't even compare with the low end grunt of a TBI 350. Having one paired to a 5 speed makes quick work of trailering when pulling off from a stop. Not to mention they stand up to neglect far better than the engines that have followed. Now if only the 10 bolt rear wasn't such a turd.
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  18. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Once upon a time...
    66 Mustang..289
    57 Ford Fairlane 500...312 bored .040
    86 300 ZX
    81 Corvette..350
    Now i just AARP around in a Jeep and F-150..both 4X4...
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  19. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Oh... Just go for it....CC....(y) Momma says I am old enough.... to hear anything....[fnny] [stirpot]
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  20. ssonb

    ssonb Confederate American

    72 Chevelle Hevy chevy clone,Stroker 350 now 383 with Hyd roller cam .535in intake .545in ex. 9.8 /1 hyper pistons,6.0in rods. Hughes T350 with a 3200 stall hughes converter Edelbrock EFI and 373 rear, The wiring and interior are next.The engine dynos at 460/460. I have been working on this thing for 10 years.
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