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Don't get my wrong, my wife likes clutter....HER clutter. My clutter on the other hand, is unacceptable. I like the idea of taking all my stuff to a swap meet, I live on the WI/MN border, so our swap meets are summer-only events. Maybe I could actually swap some stuff I have for parts I am looking for.
Terry
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'62 Impala 2-door 283 Powerglide, headers & glasspacks: $150 + $50 rearend + 3 weeks of work after school changing rears. '68 Camaro 327 '70 Chevelle SS 396 smashed & rebuilt front end twice; once after rear-ending cop at light '64 Thunderbird (first & last Ford, except for my tractor) '67 Camaro 350 Convertible: stolen in NYC :( '72ish GREEN Javelin: sounded fast anyway '82 Camaro Z28 Pace Car brand new '72ish Nova 6 cyl Powerglide '87 Dakota '78ish Malibu '84 Grand Wagoneer '93 S-10 Blazer '03 Dakota '68 Camaro 327/325HP
14 cars in 28 years of driving.
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On Wed, 26 Jan 2005 00:52:13 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (RSCamaro) puked:

First car: 1968 Mustang Fastback 289 with a C4. Did the top end bolt-on routine, headers, 302 heads, intake, carb, dual exhaust...
Built with father around the same time: 1930 Ford Model A
Part owner: 1971 Mustang, 351 Cleveland, auto. project car. Intake, cam, exhaust, some embarrassing body work...
1984 Plymouth Voyager (college/rock band)
1987 (?) Mitsubishi Starion
1989 (?) Fullsize Ford Bronco. Great vehicle when it was running.
1992 Cutlass ragtop. Slow FWD, but a lot of fun and more roomy than a Sebring.
1997 Jeep Gran Cherokee Limited
2000 Camaro SS ragtop (currently)
1966 El Camino 327 three speed (currently) project. Replacing it piece by piece, currently on a sheet metal and trim binge. Next big project is redoing the front end bushing & ball joints or positraction rear end...
-- lab~rat >:-) The less you care, the more it doesn't matter.
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Since you said "when you started driving", here are my first few.
In 1973 I bought my first car when I was fifteen. It was a '68 Chevelle Malibu with a 275 hp 327 and powerglide tranny. I paid $1,100 for it. I later traded that car for a '63 Austin Healy Sprite MKII. After that was a '69 VW bug, which I traded in for a '68 Firebird convetible that had a 350 and Hurst 4 speed. (wish I still had that one) I had several more cars before I got my '74 Trans Am in 1980, which I still have today. ...And that brings me to my current work. I recently bought a set of 6X #4 heads that are currently in the machine shop. I plan on pulling my engine, (the original 455 with 69,000 miles on it), and bumping up the hp a bit and also detailing the engine compartment. I am going to replace bearings and rings, and am planning on installing a Competition Cams XE268H cam. I don't plan on boring it unless it needs it. I have Hooker Competition headers on it already, with Flowmaster 2 1/2" dual exhaust. I am also having the TH400 rebuilt, with a 1800-2000 stall converter installed. This isn't nearly the build-up some of this groups members do, but I am trying to keep it streetable and close to stock appearance. Also, money is a big issue. My wife mustn't find out how much I'm spending on it. ;^) HD
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HoDad,
One question about your cam. If I have the correct numbers the lift on that cam is .485/.490. Please make sure whoever is doing your heads verifies you have adequate clearance to avoid valve spring binding. I once had a shop do a set of 96s to run with an 041 cam. They said the lift was adequate but it cost me a set of cam bearings, cam, lifters, and rockers, not to mention all the crap that ended up in the engine.
A cheap great upgrade is to replace the stock bottle neck rocker studs with BBC studs to get an adjustable valve train. You can still use your old rockers, pivot balls and nuts IIRC.
Changing cam bearings with the engine in the car is a PITA. ;^)
Dave
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Crap, I was in the Olds section. Your lift should be .477/.480 but all the above still applies.
I'm going to bed, long week.
Dave
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Yes, .477/.480 is the correct lift. Thanks for the tips. I will be double checking with the machine shop. The first guy I talked to there said all my stock components will work with this cam, but as you said, I don't want to go back into the engine again. HD
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I still have all of my first cars from when I started driving in 1988, although one will eventually be sold. I keep adding to the collection :).
Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Really? Man, I wish I had rented a warehouse and kept every car I ever owned !!!
Terry
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On Wed, 26 Jan 2005 00:52:13 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (RSCamaro) wrote:

My first car was a '65 Chev Impala SS, 327cid, 4bbl, 4spd. No A/C nor P/B or P/S. My dad bought it new that way. Only modification he allowed was a glasspak exhaust. It ran great and took a lot of abuse from me 'cause I was young and dumb and... (hangs head in shame). I really miss that one.
I also drove his 1969 Ford F-100 Ranger, 360cid with 3 on the tree. This one had A/C, but still no P/B or P/S. Dad just didn't think they were necessary nor desirable. He modded it with dual exhaust glasspaks and a pair of fairly large aux gas tanks. Is this really Key Largo trying to participate again while attempting to evade the spammers?
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