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zeuglodon
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zeuglodon

Member, 69, from Northeast Ohio

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    Birthday:
    Nov 30, 1950 (Age: 69)
    Location:
    Northeast Ohio
    Occupation:
    Printer
    30 Coupe
    Been messing with cars my whole life...

    Have had 57 Ford Squire, 61 Chevy convertible, 57 Chevy 210, 65 Corvette Roadster (for 30+ years)

    I'm a young (my wife would say juvenile) 62.

    First car at 16 was a 57 Ford Country Squire with a 312 that a previous owner had converted to a 3 speed on the floor. I had this thing for less than a year but it taught me a lot. Ended up wrecking it on Easter 1967 in the rain when the vacuum wipers failed.

    Next car was a rusty 61 Chevy convertible purchased for $125. 283 (FULL of sludge) 'glide, 308.
    Within 6 months it had a 327 300 hp ($100), and a T-10 4 speed with a Hurst shifter ($75). The stick conversion parts came from a donor car I found at a local farmer's. He had a 61 Biscayne with a bad 283 rusting by his barn with a 3 speed and lots of other useable parts. I got to take everything I wanted for $15.

    The thing ran okay with the 3 speed when I originally converted it, but the T-10 was close ratio (220 first gear) and did not play nice with the 3.08 rear end. You basically had to slide the clutch for about half a block to get the thing rolling. First chance I got....new rearend gears. I ordered them from "Honest Charlies" (anybody remember that?) In for a penny, in for a pound...I got 4.56's. I think I paid 29.95 for the gears and another 10 bucks or so for the spacer and bolts needed to install them in a 3 series carrier. Did I forget to mention that the cam in the 327 was now a Crower M-310F solid lifter job that really liked to spin?

    At about this time I saw the car that I would never be able to forget. It was parked in the lot of an abandoned service station at the corner of Rt. 46 and Salt Springs Rd. in Mineral Ridge, Ohio. It was a 30-31 Coupe, Eastern style (channelled, no chop) with a tri-power 348 and a 4 speed. As I recall, the asking price was like $400 - but it may as well have been 1,000,000. Just no way I could raise it. Never forgot it though...

    I'll bypass some interesting anecdotes here because I'm tired of typing and go on to the next car. After my freshman year of college (Kent State - the May 4 year) I bought a nice 57 210 sedan from a local guy who had spun some bearings, parked it behind his house and finally admitted he was never going to fix it. I bought it for $400 (oh.... now we have $400) stuck my 327 in it, and junked the rusty 61. (I recently saw a similar pile go on webay for 12 grand, oh well). The paint was a heavy metallic green - almost a green flake, and had oxidized so badly sitting out there in the sun so as not to be salvageable. I shot it the silver blue you see in the picture....looked great.

    I drove it for 2 years - lots of great memories, then got the Corvette bug. I'll never forget when I first saw the "Stingray" gen 2 Corvette first advertised on "Bonanza" in 1963. I had to have one of these things. It was Spring '72 and I was going to Florida for Spring Break. I had an idea and asked my dad if he'd sign for a loan for me to buy a Vette

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    Nothing says "Hot Rod" like too many carburetors....
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