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CAR CONNECTIONS
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(04-20-2019, 10:01 PM)keiths71 Wrote: I love old american cars, I even love cars that I used to hate Pontiac / Olds bubble tops , 60's mopars etc. My dad started me restoring cars when I was a little kid, He took me to lime rock and watkins glen for the trans am races. We lived near Connecticut Dragway in the 60's and 70's. So at 16 in 1976 I got a Boss 302, I put 70 something thousand miles on it, sold it around 1990 towards buying a house.(dumb) .So now I'm 59 but I think I'm  30. So my super cool wife of 30 years Kathleen (who is a skilled craftswoman in her own right)  have decided that I am going to leave my job as a tech rep. for a paint co. 16yrs. and buy/ sell and work on old cars along with her business that she has on ebay
I've collected a bunch of vintage stereo equipment and can't wait to set it up in our garage that we are building now. So we'll see what happens. I'm working pn my 71 right now and hope to finish it in the next couple months. Last week I sat in Christine from the movie and the mad max falcon, that was pretty cool. No country music allowed! So hopefully we have that car connection

What year was your Boss? ... I've never had the opportunity to drive one ... how does it compare?

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1970, It was a 4:30 Drag Pack optioned car. After finding piston skirts in the oil pan (common boss 302 issue) I did the usual back then and rebuilt it with a cam from Bill Maier, Mallory rev pole dist. Hooker headers, different carbs over the years, and disconnected the rev limiter. With manual close ratio steering other than parking it was a blast to drive and was pretty fast at the time. A couple years later I bought a 69 cobra jet 4 speed also manual steering 4:30, with drum brakes
The Boss was much more fun to drive in my opinion. I can't my a fair comparison to the 71 as I haven't really driven it yet.
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(04-23-2019, 06:06 AM)keiths71 Wrote: 1970, It was a 4:30 Drag Pack optioned car. After finding piston skirts in the oil pan (common boss 302 issue) I did the usual back then and rebuilt it with a cam from Bill Maier, Mallory rev pole dist. Hooker headers, different carbs over the years, and disconnected the rev limiter. With manual close ratio steering other than parking it was a blast to drive and was pretty fast at the time. A couple years later I bought a 69 cobra jet 4 speed also manual steering 4:30, with drum brakes
The Boss was much more fun to drive in my opinion. I can't my a fair comparison to the 71 as I haven't really driven it yet.

Keith my friend 

Then check out a guy called Larry Shinoda (Kiyoshi Shinoda) a Japanese American started work with Ford - left to do the Mako Shark and C3 Corvette's for GM, then when Bunkie Knudsen came to Ford - He brought Shinoda with him ... The Boss 302 1970 was Shinoda-san's design. 


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I would love a 70's 302 as a pet. 

It's certainly amongst my top 10 cars to have.

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My mom used to drive it to work once in a while to mess up the guys she worked with at the telphone co. I'm driving her Buick lacrosse to work today lol.
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#15
I fell in love with cars at a very early age - I distinctly remember when I was 3 or so, pointing out the neighbor's '67 Firebird after only seeing the taillights and trunk badge - it was white, and a bad-ass car (I can still picture the exact memory snap-shot to this day).  Fast-forward to my pre-teens where I'm becoming fairly skilled at drawing, and here I am cranking out cool car pictures (well, as cool as car pictures could be for 8-12 yr olds, anyway - although my buddies 'hated' me because I could draw cool cars that actually looked like cars, but then would always hit me up to draw them something cool).  I also fell in love with building models, and had more than 70 or 80 kits under my belt before I knew it (which all seemed to disappear after I joined the Air Force and moved away).

I love all cars... each one has something about them that makes them cool in their own right.  Most, more than others (there are a few turds out there, after all) - some, are significant stand-outs when it comes to performance, comfort, appearance, and overall 'coolness...' and those are the ones we collectively fall in love with.  Mustangs, Camaros, Firebirds, Trans Ams, Corvettes, Road Runners, Chargers, Challengers, Cudas, Javelins, AMXs, Torinos, Chevelles, Novas, El Caminos, to name a few of the muscle car persuasion that I grew up with and saw almost daily along with Jeeps, J-trucks, F-100s, Rangers, C-10s, Blazers, Broncos, Ram trucks, etc.  Then I snag my first copy of Road & Track in 1982 and was blown away by even more exposure to Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Alfas, Lancias, Lotus, Jaguars, Porsches, Z-cars, RX-7s, Supras, X1/9s, etc... where did all of this awesomeness come from?  After digging into my growing pile of R&T, Automobile, and Motor Trend magazines, I learned about Bertone, Pinninfarina, Giugiaro, Gandini, Scaglietti, Ferdinand Porsche, and others, and I had decided that I wanted in on coming up with cool car designs as a career.

One of my favorite scribbles from 1988-ish (I had just gotten a new set of Koh-I-Noor Tungsten-tipped technical pens, and was playing with stippling and cross-hatching - being somewhat color-blind, I hadn't gotten into markers or other color media very much):
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I took every drafting class my high school offered, and even repeated a few just for the extra experience... all the while, honing my drawing and model-building skills.  I keep thinking that if I'd done better in math and maybe took a commercial art class or two, I might've had a shot at breaking into the automotive design field... all I had to do was show someone 'in the biz' all my cool drawings and I'll be the guy drawing cars that eventually wind up on the covers of exotic car magazines, right?  Yeah, my high school drafting teacher injected a little bit of reality into my thoughts, explaining how entry-level draftsmen wind up drawing detail pieces until they're established, which can and usually takes many years to happen.  So, as reality was setting in, I was more focused on architectural drafting, and had planned on getting into that field - something I could actually see myself doing as a career.  But how to pay for college?  Join the Air Force, they said... earn money for college, they said... only do your 4 years then get out and take advantage of the G.I. Bill and make your dreams come true after you get your college degree.  Yeah - life gets in the way, and here I am just talking about all the cool things I should be doing instead of looking foreward to retirement from FedGov Service in another 9 years.

Every car I've ever owned has been modified to some extent, whether for performance or aethetic purposes.  I enjoy making them 'better' (IMHO) and the feeling of accomplishment in doing so.  Most everybody I run across seem to agree that I've made improvements to what I've had, so I take that as being on the right track.  My biggest projects so far have been my '80 Jeep CJ-7, and '71 Mach 1.  All of the things I've done on my previous projects have come into play with the Mustang, and I've even picked up some new skills and experience in the process of restoring/restomodding it, since I had to do literally 'everything' to bring it back from the state I found it - which was worth every penny and hour I spent getting it done.

So, I suppose after all that, I stay 'connected' to the world of cars in something of a less 'devoted' manner, simply maintaining and improving my cars and getting back into model-building (since my wife has basically cut me off regarding taking on any more full-size car projects - that, and I have nowhere to actually park anything new).

Eric

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(04-23-2019, 11:28 AM)Mister 4x4 Wrote: I fell in love with cars at a very early age -
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 I might've had a shot at breaking into the automotive design field... 

So... Why wasn't the above the 90's Camaro instead of the asthmatic, wheezing pup they brought out... you mean, you had the design all along and didn't release it to market? baaah...  Tongue

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Thanks! I think...   Chin

I actually don't see anything really 'Camaro' about that idea, except for maybe the wrap-around tail lights being a 'carry-over' from the late-'80s IROC-Z or something.  It's actually 'supposed' to be a mid-engine 2-seater with gull-wing doors that, yes, have removeable roof panels (like T-Tops).  I admit I was a huge fan of the '82 Firebird/Trans Ams when they came out, which is why the nose really reflects that look (along with the over-stated 'ground-effects'), but otherwise I think there's a little bit of just about everything I like(d) about various cars in there during that point in time.  I was also a big fan of Centerline Champ 500 rims, as well (thank you, Coyote X from "Hardcastle & McCormick" for that one).

Cool

Eric

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#18
Very nice Eric, I've always admired good car art, even those that were comedic, like in Ed Roth's rat fink art and CARtoons magazines. I was a very good draftsman, but have no artistic ability. Both of my sons are very artistic, must have got that from their mother.



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#19
Don,
I'd forgotten about CARtoons. Long live Crass 'n' Bernie! Not CARtoons related, but do you remember Stroker McGurk?

I never got beyond okay sketches and simple engineering drawings, but I did have this as kid, the Hot Wheels Picture Maker drawing template set:


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Sure, I remember Stroker. A lot of hot rod "art" back in those days. I wish I had kept more of the old magazines. I think I only have one vintage CARtoons.



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