A friend of mine ordered a new car in late '69. A new Chevy II with the HP alum headed 396. He wanted to go drag racin'. Black, no frills sleeper. He waited several months for it to be delivered. He kept calling the dealership...when...when...when? At last they told him it was an it's way and he could come down and watch them off-load it from the truck. He and a couple of his buds went, all standing around watching as the driver started to back it off the top front of the hauler..it got to the ramps, it wasn't quite lined up.....right rear tire went up and over the edge of said ramp...the car landed on it's roof on the sidewalk. They still talk about that....... Another friend took in a 38 Chev on trade at his shop. (for parts to fix his) this 38 had no water pump on it, but it did run. Richie, (the friend) wanted to see how long that old six would run without water so he started it, wired the throttle wide open and went back in his shop. This thing had so much grease caked on the engine that it caught fire when it got too hot. A customer grabbed the radiator fill can and emptied it into the carb. It kept running. 16 minutes later, it slowed down and stopped. "Richie" looked up and calmly said..."THAT was a good engine"