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Old 09-08-2016, 10:52 PM   #1
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The Focus vs Mustang thread sent My mind down memory lane. My last 4 cyl toy was an AWD Eclipse. I will admit that the Mitsubishi was a fun car to drive. It never did really please me like my Chevelle though. That huge hunk of noisy steel was pure, few power.

I have owned an 87 Chevy Silverado that my dad and I built a 400 small block for (My uncle owns the truck today, but I plan to get it back from him at some point).

A 1971 Chevelle with a fully built 396 running a high rise intake and dual 750cfm Holley carbs. I had a 2 speed powerglide just to play on the streets. My biggest upset was having a Dodge Dakota sleeper walk away from me. That little truck embarrassed me.

To keep down on fuel and maintenance costs I picked up a Dodge Neon. It didn't take long for me to begin picking apart the Mopar performance catalogs.

Realizing the Neon was never going to be the monster I wanted I sold my uncle my Chevelle so I could pick up the Eclipse. I regretted the purchase a week after I sold the Chevelle. The torque did not exist. The deep rumble and growl of the Chevelle could not be replaced with turbo whine and a blow off valve.

Now I had two 4 cyl cars that I couldn't wait to sell. The Eclipse sold before I could list it. The Neon ended up as a trade for an S-10.

That S-10 remained stock for about 2 weeks. Once it was lowered there was no turning back. Before everything was said and done I bought a Pontiac LeMans to cruise around in while my S-10 became a full show truck. The little truck had a 454 big block bolted into a tube chassis front end. The fenders were hollow shells, and the truck was the most dangerous thing I had ever built.

The S-10 sold and I picked up an R/T Dodge Dakota. Being in the parts industry I used my truck as a catalog platform. The engine was pulled and completely rebuilt. Heads were ported and polished, a custom set of equal length headers were built that emptied into a single side dual exhaust with the typical Flowmasters. The truck was lowered two inches lower than the factory suspension, and then a custom 4 link. The R/T was stolen. I'm not sure if it was a blessing or a curse. I had a lot invested into that truck. On the other hand, no none could build an auto trans that I could not tear to pieces. Moment of defeat for me was a Honda Civic taking me to school. I had twice the engine, and that FWD piece of crap outrun me on the top end. I found out later he was not only built, but was running multiple stages of nitrous.

Also in the wheelhouse at the time of the Dakota was a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am WS6. That was was a monster then, and it still is today. I wish I still had that car. Sadly the Pontiac spent more time at the dealership than in my possession. I am pretty sure Pontiac rebuilt the entire car.

There are more cars, and a few collectables that I enjoyed. Among those was a 53 5 window that also went the way of a thief.

I have up on the 4 wheeled toys and bought a supercharged Pontiac Grand Prix. I use my trucks, so a Z71 was also purchased.

I sold the Grand Prix to someone that needed a car for $2000. They got a car that looked and ran like new, and I was glad to help.

A Jeep Grand Cherokee took the place of the Pontiac.

I bought my Quad Cab Ram and have the Z71 away to someone that needed a vehicle more than I needed the money. It was my honor to help.

From there I started building street bikes. Stupidity let me sell two bikes that I thought would be a good decision.

Today I have a Grand Cherokee that leaks from every place possible. My Dodge Ram sits with a half taken apart engine due to it destroying itself with the primary culprit being a clogged cat.

Last I have my first Ford product. I am not a Ford fan, but I have always loved Mustangs. The exhaust notes are instantly recognizable, and the lines of the car are timeless. My first Mustang was a project, a 1964 1/2 that my dad sold in desperation while coming off of pain pills and alcohol (he also sold all of my tools, and the guns I had stored at his house).

The 2002 GT convertible was never intended to be a daily driver. I saved and hunted for the car that fit the description in my mind. The Mustang was supposed to be a replacement for my motorcycles. After hundreds of emails, test drives, a close call that led me to a BMW, and several months I found the 2002 GT convertible I own today. It needs tires and some transmission work, but I am getting attached to the little car. It's slow and noisy, but I am enjoying it.

I have a list of plans for the car, but right now I am doing all I can to scrape and scrounge for a set of cheap tires. Two kids in school, a sick parent, and a struggling music studio have me stuck at the moment. Hopefully a decent job will come around, and the studio can become a hobby. It will be nice to take care of the regular maintenance.

My carbon fiber part designs are basically a way for me to keep playing with the cars I love, design new products, and hopefully sell a few designs that will make a little money during my down time.
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Old 09-09-2016, 06:11 AM   #2
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I'll just list them.


1969 Dodge Charger (383 Magnum, auto)
1968 Fiat 850 Sport
1974 Chevy Chevelle SS Laguna (350, auto)
1975 Chevy Camaro (350, 4 speed Muncie M-22 Rock Crusher, 4:10, posi, got me in a lot of trouble)
1978 Ford Pinto (moon window wagon, my party car)
1974 Chevy Monte Carlo (350, turbo 350 auto)
1969 VW Bug (my college car)
1978 Chevy Chevette (yes, I had one)
1981 Chevy Chevette (liked it so much I got another)
1977 Ford Thunderbird (460, auto)
1988 Chevy Caprice Classic (cop car look-a-like)
1988 Jeep Comanche 4L inline 6, 5 speed (my first 4x4)
1992 Honda Civic (first "married" car)
1993 Ford Taurus (first "kids now" car, wifes ride)
1974 Chrysler Cordoba, 400, auto (with the rich corinthian leather), my beater car after kids came along
1986 Buick Regal
1985 Chevy S10 Blazer 4x4
1995 GMC Safari AWD
1992 GMC S-15 Jimmy 4x4
1988 Ford Bronco 4x4 (351W, C6 auto)
1995 Chevy S-10 P/U
1998 Pontiac Montana
2001 Ford Taurus
2002 Chevy S-10 P/U
2001 Ford Windstar
2004 Nissan Frontier 4x4
2007 Nissan Frontier 4x2
2009 Dodge Journey
2005 Dodge Dakota Crewcab 4x4, 4.7L
2000 Ford Escort ZX2
1994 Ford Mustang
1995 Ford Mustang
1997 Dodge Ram 4x4 1500
1994 Chevy Camaro Z28, 5.7L, 6-speed
1995 Chevrolet K1500 Z71 (current)
1999 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
2007 Ford Mustang
2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT
2013 Dodge Journey (current)
2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT
2003 Ford Mustang GT convertible (current)
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I'll just list them.


1969 Dodge Charger (383 Magnum, auto)
1968 Fiat 850 Sport
1974 Chevy Chevelle SS Laguna (350, auto)
1975 Chevy Camaro (350, 4 speed Muncie M-22 Rock Crusher, 4:10, posi, got me in a lot of trouble)
1978 Ford Pinto (moon window wagon, my party car)
1974 Chevy Monte Carlo (350, turbo 350 auto)
1969 VW Bug (my college car)
1978 Chevy Chevette (yes, I had one)
1981 Chevy Chevette (liked it so much I got another)
1977 Ford Thunderbird (460, auto)
1988 Chevy Caprice Classic (cop car look-a-like)
1988 Jeep Comanche 4L inline 6, 5 speed (my first 4x4)
1992 Honda Civic (first "married" car)
1993 Ford Taurus (first "kids now" car, wifes ride)
1974 Chrysler Cordoba, 400, auto (with the rich corinthian leather), my beater car after kids came along
1986 Buick Regal
1985 Chevy S10 Blazer 4x4
1995 GMC Safari AWD
1992 GMC S-15 Jimmy 4x4
1988 Ford Bronco 4x4 (351W, C6 auto)
1995 Chevy S-10 P/U
1998 Pontiac Montana
2001 Ford Taurus
2002 Chevy S-10 P/U
2001 Ford Windstar
2004 Nissan Frontier 4x4
2007 Nissan Frontier 4x2
2009 Dodge Journey
2005 Dodge Dakota Crewcab 4x4, 4.7L
2000 Ford Escort ZX2
1994 Ford Mustang
1995 Ford Mustang
1997 Dodge Ram 4x4 1500
1994 Chevy Camaro Z28, 5.7L, 6-speed
1995 Chevrolet K1500 Z71 (current)
1999 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
2007 Ford Mustang
2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT
2013 Dodge Journey (current)
2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT
2003 Ford Mustang GT convertible (current)
Whew!!
That is a complete list. There are some nice toys in there.
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Old 09-09-2016, 07:29 AM   #4
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Haven't owned a lot of cars in my lifetime. Started out with my first car my junior year of high school which was a 1998 Chrysler Sebring JXI Convertible. It was my mom's old car and after running it into the ground(because she didn't know what the oil light meant) I scraped up all the money I had from summer jobs to get it fixed up. Had a V6 in it and was amazingly fun owning an convertible. Time took its tole and my 3rd year of college I was driving in Denver and out of no where the motor went out. Ended up having to park it at a gas station which led to it being towed. Car was only worth $1500 and tow bill was $3000 so being a poor college student I signed the title over as payment. They didn't know the engine blew and called 3 months later offering me to buy it back for $500.

My next car was a little beat up 1998 Pontiac Sunfire. I used the little 4 cylinder to work my first real job delivering pizzas while working my way through college. After delivering pizzas for 5 months I finally decided I could afford a nicer vehicle so I sold it to my fiance's cousin for $3000 (blue book was about $1200 but he had loads of cash from working on the railroad and wanted to get me some money.)

For my next car I went out and bought a 2006 Kia Spectra. Bought the car for its insane gas mileage as I was delivering pizzas at the time. Car was nice at times but a nightmare at others. Bought the car for $5500 and by the time I got rid of it I had spent $6000 in repairs.

I graduated college and after receiving my first job offer decided it was time to get something new. Having my heart set on a 2010 Camaro V6 with 60,000 miles I saw at a dealer for $16,000 I looked on cars.com during one last plea from my fiance not to rush things. As soon as I got on I saw the 2011 Race Red Mustang with 36,000 miles for $13,000. Called the dealership, about a hour away, and the salesman I got ahold of was actually an old high school student of my dad's who shared our last name and many have mistaken me as his little brother. Since we were "family" he knocked off all fees and gave me a 100,000 mile 6 year bumper to bumper warranty for no extra cost on the car. The Mustang is my daily but my job has a lot of driving involved (I'm a technology director for a school district so I have to drive to all the schools) so I've been looking for an old cheap truck to beat up on for work.

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Some cool cars.


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1968 Ford Mustang Coupe
1986 Ford Tempo
1988 Ford Tempo
1987 GMC S-15
1993 Geo Metro
1986 Pontiac 2000
1995 Chevy Cavalier
2000 Ford Explorer
2000 Chevy S-10
2000 Chevy Cavalier
2003 Ford F-150 XLT
2009 Dodge Caliber
2012 Chevy Cruze
2014 Chevy Silverado Double Cab
2016 Ford Escape SE
2014 Ford Mustang V6

That's my list in order of having them. Still have the bottom two. I let the wife drive the Escape after I got the Mustang lol


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Few of ones I liked:
04 Jaguar S type R
06 Altima SE R
03 350Z
99 M3
86 944
85 325I
87 325I
01 Bonneville SSEI (blower wine made it awesome)
03 LS430
04 A4 Quattro
00 Silverado Z71 4x4
07 E320
07 LS460
05 Grand Cherokee 4x4
Current toys:
65 Impala SS
70 Challenger T/A clone
89 930 Turbo Slantnose
75 MGB convertible
08 427R
07 GT
And countless more I want to own. Like everyone else. Lol


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64 Chevy truck, 283 auto
73 ElCamino 350 2bbl would cruise at 110 all day
75 Blazer 350 4 bolt main auto, towed anything
86 Toyota 2 wheel drive truck, pretty fast
93 Toyota 4x4 4 banger, 5 speed, great off road
92 and 93 Jeep CHerokee, I6, fast, towed great, dont break, good mpg
99 Yukon 350 Vtec, a beast, but poor mpg
68 Stang Fback, built 289/302 heads, super quick, C4 3.55's
91 F250, 460 auto, beast
66 Cheny truck 283, 2 bbl, easy to fix, great runner
86 VW Golf, easy to work on, sun roof, fun to drive
87 Camry. 4 banger, great commuter
06 Mustang GT, fun as hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Please tell me it was black with a gold Phoenix on the hood.
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Please tell me it was black with a gold Phoenix on the hood.
Nope. It was silver. I removed the screaming chicken from it when I had it repainted initially, but had it painted back on a year later.

That car was wicked fast for its time.
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Nope. It was silver. I removed the screaming chicken from it when I had it repainted initially, but had it painted back on a year later.

That car was wicked fast for its time.
They were great cars that are growing in value.
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73's are around 100 grand for a rotisserie restro.


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I miss my dad's shop, the equipment, and MY TOOLS. It was always fun to put a car on the rotisserie. The tear down sucked, but...
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64 Chevy truck, 283 auto
73 ElCamino 350 2bbl would cruise at 110 all day
75 Blazer 350 4 bolt main auto, towed anything
86 Toyota 2 wheel drive truck, pretty fast
93 Toyota 4x4 4 banger, 5 speed, great off road
92 and 93 Jeep CHerokee, I6, fast, towed great, dont break, good mpg
99 Yukon 350 Vtec, a beast, but poor mpg
68 Stang Fback, built 289/302 heads, super quick, C4 3.55's
91 F250, 460 auto, beast
66 Cheny truck 283, 2 bbl, easy to fix, great runner
86 VW Golf, easy to work on, sun roof, fun to drive
87 Camry. 4 banger, great commuter
06 Mustang GT, fun as hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!
68 Fastback Mustang, 60 over 289, hogged out 302 heads, RV cam,balanced and blueprinted, C4 w/ 2200 stall, 3.55,s, quick!
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I miss my dad's shop, the equipment, and MY TOOLS. It was always fun to put a car on the rotisserie. The tear down sucked, but...

Always thought that was easier than reassembly. At least at the body shop I worked at.


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Always thought that was easier than reassembly. At least at the body shop I worked at.


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I am a perfectionist. With my 53 5 window I pulled all of the glass, rubber, trim, doors, vents, etc and sandblasted the body and bed after separating it from the frame. Once the cab, bed, fenders, and frame was clean I sprayed the truck with primer.

I put the entire truck back together and aligned all of the gaps, took care of the body work, welded the hood into a one piece, sealed the cowl vent, shaved the filler neck and hanles, and then made sure it was sealed with a few nice even coats of primer again.

Once I knew the truck was straight I pulled it back apart and began working on the frame. I tore the suspension off of the truck and replaced it with independent components on all 4 corners. Then I pulled the parts back off and sprayed the frame the body color.

I painted the interior of the truck and water sanded and buffed the dash. Then I trimmed out every part of the truck that paint cannot normally reach. Then the doors, fenders, etc were installed and the cab was painted (including the undercarriage).

I put the truck back together and put it in storage. My dad needed room at the shop, and I did not have the time to mess with the truck. I spent close to two years on the project. When I went to my wife's uncle's garage to pick the truck up, we opened the door to see the truck missing. Only the hood was left.

The same work had been placed into my 64 1/2 Mustang. I would love to know who my dad sold the car and all of the parts to. It was a complete car (taken apart on the rotisserie). I honestly think he sold it for scrap to purchase more prescription pain pills. Whoever got the car got a perfect classic that only needed paint and assembly.
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They were great cars that are growing in value.
Hence the reason I'd like to have it back today!
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