Drives like an Old Fart

Guy drives like an old fart until he gets on the road. :rofl: :rofl:


Exercising the old Goat I see. But where is the “on the road” part? I see no smoke. I see no rubber tracks. Where is the POWER? I know it is in there.

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I can’t smoke the tires on the street in front of my house anymore, the neighbors get upset. I have to wait until I get to the next street over which just got new asphalt and paint. :grin:


Nice ride! I remember burning my arm on the chrome trim on the door.

I predicted the answer before I posted the question! :rofl::rofl::rofl: Completely understand. :+1:

Beautiful machine though!

:astonished: :astonished: :astonished: Jeeeeeezzzzzz! Tom that picture makes me look 95 years old with no teeth. I have all my choppers except the wisdom teeth which the Navy took custody of. Go play with the :skunk: I have to back out slow since I already hit the side of the garage once, there was :beer: :beer: involved though. :laughing:


Here >>>>>>>>.


Nice! That radiator must have set you back some bucks! They sure don’t make them like they used to.

That radiator was the second of 2. The water pump shaft for the fan broke while I was doing something crazy, and put the fan through the first one @$500.00 each. :rofl: Still have the one that is in the car, direct fit made by Rodney Red and it keeps the engine comfortable. I don’t like electric fans, I like mostly stock components = Old Fart. :joy:

First radiator: :open_mouth: :open_mouth:

Ouch. That hurts! I did notice the top dollar detail on that in the first pics. I think you have some room in there for a few hundred more cubes though… If the suspension will take it.

Keeping a hot rod cool is difficult.

I cut my eye teeth on this vintage vehicle. Have done so many Quadrajet carbs I could still overhaul one. Water pumps were common because the water pump shaft was always pulled to one side. Ran an air ratchet right through a radiator once. ONCE. Very first engine I overhauled was in a Parisienne. Guy came back with an illuminated oil light after a few weeks. One of the press fit wrist pins came out of the rod and put a nice gouge in the cylinder wall. I had sent the pistons and rod assemblies to the machine shop so I wasn’t to blame. Boss had to buy a complete engine or risk being sued.

When I was in tech school, a neighbor asked me to replace the timing chain in his Poncho. It was in the winter and an easy job. Got it all finished, was running for about 30 seconds then it stalled. No fuel. I look down and see the fuel pump eccentric laying on the ground. Had to tear it all down again.

Any reason the upper shock bushing washer is upside down?


Where is the negative battery cable attached at the block? Factory had it on one of the exhaust manifold bolts which was not good due to being corrosive and after expansion and contraction voltage drop would cause intermittent electrical issues.

All my heavy wrenching on classics was in my early years. Rebuilt a 302 Maverick, Boss 302 Mustang, 351 Mustang Mach 1, 350 Rocket Olds Cutlass… Blew it up and swapped in a rebuilt 455 from a Delta 88. Then life happened and I had to drive ‘sensible’ transportation. :frowning:

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Don’t know I’ll check the other one also. The negative battery ground is attached to a bolt on the front off the driver side block. The positive battery wire originally ran through a short metal tube between the block and the exhaust manifold down to the starter solenoid and was always getting fried. I put a Ford solenoid on the firewall and ran the wires to the starter down behind the block, no more fried wires.

Things are easy to work on, a lot of room. Every time I open the hood on a new vehicle I just look and wonder how mechanics get anything done with so much stuff crammed in there and no room for hands to fit except maybe the :raccoon: paws.

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That color brings back memories. I had a 1966 Chevelle Malibu in the same color. It had the 283 small block V8. That car was indestructible. It survived 2 16 year old drivers. First me and then my brother.

Is it attached to a cylinder head bolt with a stud like on the passenger side?


Yes it is connected to a stud on the head at the #1 cylinder exhaust port where it has been for 57 years and I have never had any electrical issues. :upside_down_face: The car was built the last week of September 1966 at the GM Plant in Fremont Ca. which is now the Tesla Plant. I used to work just down the street from that plant.

There are at least 5 copper grounding straps attached to the engine in various places.

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Gorgeous Machine, even on not so great mics you know it sounds amazing too.

It’s a good 15 footer, @15 feet away or 15 miles per hour it looks great :rofl: All the rust around the back window (Like all car of that year and Design) has been repaired as well as some small areas around the tail lights. It has a few scratches and dings and needs a new interior. The transmission and rear gears/axels have about 10,000 miles on them and the engine has about 3,000 since the last rebuild. I just like to take it out and beat on it, not interested in the show crowd. The one thing about keeping old cars, you will almost never get back the money you put into it unless you have something really rare. I purchased the car 30 years ago for $4,000.00 and have spent another $15K over the years so I might get close to breaking even someday if I sell it. The car sold new for $3,636.58 :upside_down_face: