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Hot Rods drivers that were more than run-of-the-mill grocery getters?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by desoto, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. We have a thread for what we were driving 20 years ago, but how about a thread for daily drivers that were more than run-of-the-mill grocery getters?

    Like putting 122,000 miles on a bought-new '68 GTX because I couldn't afford to have two cars on the road at once, or driving a built '56 Chevy wagon with a tilt fiberglass nose (in 67) as a daily driver (for the same reason)?

    ...or riding your motorcycle when the gas crisis hit in the mid seventies?

    Let's see pics.
    Pulled the stripes off the sides 2 weks after I took delvery. 4 speed car, air shocks and a full 9 drawer Snap-On tool box in the back. Was the Service Manager at Hedge & Mattheis. Had to do road service on Gradalls and Hoptos (backhoes) in the greater Springfield, MA area in the late sixties.
    Sold this to buy the GTX. Bored 283, 350 hydraulic cam, 891 distributor, 4 speed and 3.55 posi. Originally had f-i but welder "lost" my manifold in a divorce when he was fixing the crack at the distributor hole so the car wound up running the rest of it's days with a Rochester.
    13 leaves in the rear springs, '64 chev 409 w/ a-c front coils. The name on the front fender was "Kidney Puncher"

    Kellison glass nose.
    This belonged to my late friend Jerry White. I used to get a ride home every night after work in it (until the snow started flying wherupon he dragged out his Corvette) in the mid sixties (until I bought my wagon)
    This was baby brother's daily driver.
    ..and this is what we put under the hood out under the big maple tree in the front yard in the mid sixties. It's a .030" over 392. Originally ran a 3 speed selector trans but switched to an automatic.

    He sold it to my middle brother when he built a '64 Polara with a 383 with cross rams that were on his '61 Dodge wagon.
    Rode this to work and anywhere I didn't need the car to carry "stuff" to save money in the seventies. When I moved from field service (Digital Equipment Corporation) into training then, eventually engineering, I rode it in the summer again whenever the weather was good.
    ...and then there's El-Sheetbox the sleeper. Under the multi-colored sheetmetal was a 318 wth a hot Comp Cams grind, 4 speed and a few exta leaves in the rear springs. Sure surprised a lot of rice burners and the occasional BMW.
  2. I don't have a picture but there was an engine builder up here in the 70's named Mike Kelly. He was in st Paul. He rebuilt the engine for my Boss 302 in 1975. The truck he used to deliever it was a ratty, rusty '70 Chevy with a disintigrating wooden bed. Under the hood. A killer 454!! I LOVE sleepers like that.
  3. Boyd Who
    Joined: Nov 9, 2001
    Posts: 2,196

    Boyd Who

    Damn...your GTX looks almost identical to the Sport Satellite I used to drive 20 years ago.

    Last edited: Feb 15, 2009

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