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Monday, March 3, 2014
My Past Fleet of Cars
My Past Fleet of Cars
1963 Chevy II Gasser
"Casa de Nova” 1963 Nova Gasser with a Speedway drop axle front end, 327 engine, 350 turbo, 3:70 9” Ford Rear, Pro Comp Electronic Fuel Injection, Accel Gen 6 computer. Another Ebay purchase, this car was the least done of all my cars. When I got the Nova the body work and build was fresh but hardly period correct. I did the exterior in vinyl lettering, completely fabricated a red roll and pleat interior, installed a rollbar, stereo system, and finally removed the single 4BBL carb ad installed electronic fuel injection. Fun little car that ran on 87 octane!
1967 Chevy Suburban
“3 Doors Down” 1967 Chevy Suburban, Air Ride suspension,
Vintage air, 500 watt Stereo, Train horns, tow package, wide whitewalls, 350
/220HP, 700r4 trans, 3:31 gears, vinyl woodgrain wrap. Originally purchased
from Volo Auto Museum this truck was built in Florida and later sold to Volo
for display. Chasing rust with an early (67-72) Suburban is a non stop job and
this truck was no exception. Most of the body panels had been replaced before I
bought it but it was about 6 yrs old when I purchased it, so the chase was on
once again. I added the train horns and the vinyl woodgrain wrap. Very
Impressive looking truck, especially when towing my gasser!
1967 Chevy Camaro
“Casper” 1967 Chevy Camaro pearl white with Ghost Flames,
350 aluminum heads, 350 turbo, 3:73 12 bolt rear, white/black hounds tooth
interior, Coy’s 18” wheels. This car was purchased on Ebay and panel fitment
was horrible when I received it. Unfortunately none of that was visible in the
pictures when I bought it. After a full week end of panel adjustment and moving
the front end sheetmetal back almost 2” the fitment had improved 100%.
Drivetrain was strong in this car, and was rather quick. Impressive pearl white
paint with ghost flames adorned the outside. Originally had the black Coy’s
wheels but I painted them light gray.
1957 Ford Thunderbird
“Saltbird” 1957 Ford Thunderbird fiberglass reproduction
over tube chassis 502/502 Chevy engine, 350 turbo, 9” Ford rear 3:70 gears,
American Salt Flats wheels. I bought this car on Ebay one night after reading
the impressive build sheet and consuming a bottle of wine. I was surprised to
find out the next morning I was the new owner! The original owner spent over
$70k on this car and bought it for pennies on the dollar. A fiberglass body was
stretched 12” before being put over custom square tube lower chassis and a moly
upper cage. Suspension was ladder bar A- arm front. The quality of the build
was VERY nice, but it could be a HANDFUL to drive! One night had the car up to
160MPH with the existing drivetrain on REGULAR gasoline!
1971 AMC Gremlin
“Gizmo” 1971 AMC Gremlin 406, powerglide with transbrake,
Dana 60 rear, heavy nitrous, Best ET 9.01 @ 152 MPH. I bought “Gizzie” as a
roller out of Ohio and put my original combination from my 1966 Nova.
Unfortunately this car was the motor eater that got me out of drag racing, 3
engines in one year was a bit too much. So many times this car baited me back
with another engine because of one impressive pass before eating yet another
engine. Best ET with 406 was 9.01 with 60 ft of 1.23. Fun little car when it
wasn’t eating engines!
1971 Morris Minor
“Minor Problem” 1971 Morris Minor Pro Street 350 with Dart
Pro 1 heads, 350 turbo, 9” Ford 3:70 gears. This car was purchased off Ebay and
was located in England and had to be shipped into this country. It was “pro-streeted”
in England with right hand drive. It had many “not so common” parts by American
standards. Had a foreign car strut front end and four link rear, and had originally
come with a poorly done interior, that had to be immediately changed.
Impressive little car that handled well despite it’s 87” wheelbase. Performance
was impressive due to low weight it got 25 MPG and would run 12.0’s all day
long at the track! Unfortunately it was a NIGHTMARE to get through customs and
I would never do that again!
1971 VW Karmann Ghia
“Sikpup” 1971 VW Karmann Ghia 350 SBC with 350 turbo and 8 ¾
Mopar Rear. This was my first real purchase of a Pro-Street Car and the mechanical
build was far from being “safe”, the bodywork was not too bad but the
underpinnings were questionable. Funny little car to drive, but anything over
60 MPH could get a little scary!
1965 Chevy El Camino
“Lettuce picker” 1965 Chevy El Camino 327 4 spd 3:73 10 bolt
rear. Purchased from a guy who wanted a street/strip car. First I removed the
4:56 gear, then lowered the suspension and added alloy wheels and vintage air
conditioning. I used the car as my primary show car for about 8 years, then it
took a back burner because of it’s heavy fuel use and need for high octane
fuel. The project is being rebuilt right now and will soon have a new name. “Ecomino”
will now sport a full low drag 87 octane 350 engine with FAST fuel injection
and a 5 speed TKO transmission with the aim of being an economic (25 MPG
target) well handling up to date vehicle.
1966 Chevy Nova SS
“Plant hard” 1966 Nova SS 406, powerglide, 4:33 12 bolt rear.
Sadly this car was nothing like the previous owner had represented it. The 2
bolt main 400 had a weak lower end, the cam was designed for a 327 and the Powerglide
was weak. Barely able to run even a 10.90 on N2O, the combo had to be redone. A
new 406 was built with upgraded internals and a proper cam was picked. Later an
ATI powerglide transmission was built along with a proper convertor, and the combination
had improved to 9.80’s. The rollcage had to be totally replaced to conform to
NHRA tech specs. Later a 440 cu in motor was built to replace the 406, and ET’s
dipped to 9.30’s @ 150 MPH.
Fifties something guy, with a political view, but not in your face with it. Don't ask my opinion about politics if you don't want it, but I don't start conversations about it when meeting you for the first time. I have so many interests, that I don't pigeon hole into one catagory. I have written a book, and been published, it's about the care I gave my parents in their last years, it's a story of love, care, and dedication.
“Even sadder that so many of us are so blind and stupid, just living our lives daily and letting "smarter" people 'run' our lives."
"Thank God for people like you.”
“This is so horrible....how can one be so advanced and so naive at the same time..”
“Well if you were a politician, you would have my vote. I have a great deal of respect for intelligence...especially when I agree with most of your thoughts, almost visions."
"So many things 'we' stood for are getting lost and no one seems to be taking notice.”
"Your ideas, and thoughts are well researched, great job!"
"I really felt like you are really ‘in tune’ to what is really happening…so I ‘depend’ on your wisdom.. "
"Thanks for sharing all your findings Al. You have been such a big help with my decision. I knew in my heart that McCain should be our leader, but you sure made me all the more convinced…and the people I have forwarded your emails to feel the same way, I’m sure. I still think you ought to ‘run’ for an office, open some eyes around here"
I just want to thank you for being such a great American. I have always been interested in politics but now that I have a son, I really am quite interested. And to be honest, I really feel for him and what he is going to have to put up with in the future. My one saving grace is the fact that when I was his age we also had an awful President in office and fortunately the Great Ronald Reagan came riding in on his horse to save us. Hopefully in 2012 someone will come swooping in and save us. I appreciate the posts that you put on letting the world know of the crimes that most of the press won't let the world see. Well I am just in one of those moods tonight and I am rambling on but I just wanted to thank you. I would always love to get more involved in politics and if there is ever a place that you think I could come in and help please don't hesitate to ask.
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My Personal Beliefs ( so you know where I'm coming from)
I believe, that the United States of America is the best country in the world bar none.
I believe, the founding fathers wrote the Constitution of our country based on their belief in Christianity, and encouraged the practice of all religions but not at the expense of the others.
I believe, the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench.
I believe, the Constitution is a legal document, and not a living document subjected to constant change.
I believe, the course to peace is based on strong military, strong principles, and not a pacifist denial approach.
I believe, the second amendment is the right of every citizen in our country, and people not guns are the cause of murder.
I believe, in the death penalty as a form of public compliance to our laws.
I believe, a declared “hate crime” should not just be limited to describe the victimization of one race, or religion, but should be applied equally.
I believe, taxes are necessary to run our country and benefit our citizens, and not to give to foreign governments to “buy” friendships.
I believe, the government should have no right to tax a dead man’s estate on money he has already paid taxes on.
I believe, the President should have the power of the Line Item Veto.
I believe, that Senator’s and Congressmen should have term limits the same as the other elected officials.
I believe, that Senators and Congressmen should eliminate the word “entitlements” from their vocabulary.
I believe, that taxation in our country is disproportionate according to annual salaries, and serves to polarize citizens within the system.
I believe, “Affirmative Action” is neither affirmative nor action, and should be eliminated, as it’s just another form of prejudice.
I believe, that “pork barrel” or “earmarks” should be eliminated, as they are detrimental to budgetary constraints of our country.
I believe, in a balanced budget amendment with the exception of a declaration of war.
I believe, that if it’s so easy to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for a Presidential Position that pays $400K a year, then the amount raised should be taxed.
I believe, in governing our own country, and never handing power of a New World Order to the United Nations for any treaty.
I believe, to insure the safety of our citizens, we need to secure our borders and enforce existing immigration, and hiring laws.
I believe, that English should be formally declared our official language, and should be used in business dealings at home, and English should be taught in school systems to mainstream students.
I believe, that immigrants to our country should be made to assimilate to our culture, and not the other way around.
I believe, global warming is a reality, but to declare that man made emissions are the main cause, based primarily on computer based models, is akin to believing that weathermen can predict next week’s weather based on a “preponderance of evidence.”
There is one areas I don't agree with the official Republican Platform:
I believe in Gay, and Lesbian Rights
I do not believe in same sex marriage though
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