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  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    It wouldn't be my first choice, but that Grand Prix does wear it well. I think the white top and Rally wheels, and pinstripes help set it off. Curbside Classics is showing a '73 LeSabre here, and it looks to be that color.
  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    Maybe Chevy could have made the buttons on the radio spell out "Impala", but for only the Impala? And either just "Chevy" or nothing at all for the lesser models. That could've given a bit more catchet to the Impala. Of course, you'd still have to figure out what to do with the Corvette radio. "Vette" would fit, but like "Chevy", it's also a nickname, rather than a proper name.

    If my Grandmother's '85 LeSabre had buttons like that, it would've only spelled out "BUIC" :p
  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    I remember first gear in my uncle's 1976 Jeep pickup was really low. It was a 4-speed...Borg-warner I think? Anyway, you could start off in second, no trouble at all. I do remember using first gear to pull out some stumps.
  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    That's right, the A-body Valiant/Dart didnt' get a V-8 until the 273 of 1964. Technically, I think it was called a 273.5 initially. I heard that they had to modify the firewall for 1964-66 to accommodate the V-8, whereas the 1963 firewall was one year only. But, something just dawned on me...the smallblock V-8 would be shorter than the slant six, so why would they need to modify the firewall? Only thing I can think of, is that the distributor was on the back of the V-8, while it was on passenger side of the slant six, so maybe they had to hollow out part of the firewall to account for that? I remember my '89 Gran Fury had a slightly hollowed-out area in its firewall to account for the distributor. It was a pain to get to, in relation to the '68 Dart I had, and especially the three '79 R-bodies I've had (Newport and two New Yorkers).

    As for that performance upgrade on the slant six, it was called "Hyper-Pak". It was a hot 4-bbl carb with long intake runners and other mods, that boosted the tiny 170 CID unit from 101 hp to 148. With the larger 225 slant six, I think it bumped it from 145 to 195.

    There was also a 2-bbl version of the 225 slant six for Canadian cars in the 1960s, that bumped hp from 145 to 160. Kind of a shame it wasn't offered in the United States, as it would've been a nice alternative to the smaller V-8's of the era. There was a 2-bbl called the "Super Six" offered from 1977-79...by then the 1-bbl had 100 hp net, and the 2-bbl bumped it to 110.
  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    I used-to pretty much abhor the GM '59's, although in hindsight if I got a chance to buy at a good price, a comparable '59 or '60 Chevy, I'd pick the '59--may as well go all the way! I did like how they two-toned that year--the roof and decklid and fins would be white.

    Only in a Pontiac, do I greatly prefer the '60 to the '59.

    With me, it's pretty much a tossup between '59 and '60 when it comes to GM's cars. For 1960 I prefer Olds and Chevy, for '59 I prefer Buick and Pontiac, and with Cadillac I don't really care...not too crazy about either one. Although, I guess if forced, I might go with a '59 for the Caddy...might as well go all the way, as you said!

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