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Why do these cars have instant street Cred
#1
So I was out driving around town. I noticed my car was idling a bit fast so gave it a couple of blips at the lights. Anyways was getting some fuel just after that and a young dude in a newish SS commodore comes over and says I followed you in hell I bet that things quick. I laughed and gave him the bad news all 177hps worth. Seemed like a cool enough bloke so we talked a bit about cars. My ride looks cool has a certain amount of presence and I think this is what people key into the potential of these old beasts. His LS powered thing with a chip aircleaner and cam has 470ish at the treats and he drives it everyday and looks like 1000s of others.

So is it style and scarcity combined with the potential to extract big HP from these cars. That gives them Instant street cred or are we trading of the myth and legend that was the muscle car era.

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#2
Got a similar experience the other day. Walked out to the parking lot and this construction
worker maybe 30 or so was looking over my car. He commented "you don't see many of these
anymore". I am not sure he even knew what he was looking at, he just knew the car was old, rare
and badass. My car is badly in need of a paint job and some major/minor body work just need to
find a body shop that is not afraid of real steel. The car still turns heads. Maybe it is the quench
Cleveland with factory exhaust that some rebuild fool put in a cam. But people still approach me
when the car is parked. Got pulled over for doing 64 in a 40 zone, oops. I am not proud about that.
The cop said he understood the need to jump on a car like this and said "try not to", then left.
No ticket.

mike

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#3
So is it style and scarcity combined with the potential to extract big HP from these cars?

Definately style, good looks and scarcity Luke my man!

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Good story Mike!!


Greg.Smile

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#4
I have had quite a few experiences like that. I told one kid..."my wife's minivan has more HP than this old thing". He did know what to say and just said "thanks" and left. I LOVE my car, not because people think its fast, I LOVE it because of how it makes me feel when I drive it. Yes lots of thumbs ups and picture snapping, that is just a side affect of driving a classis car. Lots of people love to see them out on the road... still being driven.

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#5
Even know new technology will run circles around most classics the bottom line is NOTHING compares to the looks, sounds, & smells, of good ole American Muscle.

I have a Roush Stage III F-150 NITEMARE (#86 out of 100 made). Off the showroom floor it's 445/500 of Supercharged Power and mine is now about 500/600. I go to a car show with it and not a person comes near it or knows what it is, (or what it's capable of). Maybe once in a blue moon I get a "Hey Man Nice Truck".

But when I pull in with Project Stealth people surround it and ask questions and it's surrounded all night long....

People can appreciate old school because they remember how Bad Ass they were when they came out, how you can work on them yourself, how easy it is to make them go faster, and of course "The Memory's" of their younger years.

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#6
I hear ya guys, I took mine to my aunt's memorial service Friday. It was sitting with the top down in the parking lot. When I went to leave... the minister was looking the car over and said I was lucky the keys were not in it or he'd be out for a ride! I get so many comments and compliments it's crazy, then you say the magic word "Cleveland" and like Luke said instant cred. I guess a good reputation lasts a real long time.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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#7
It's the looks of the car, gentlemen. Same theory behind your constant return to the Mustang Babes thread Wink It could have a 250 I6 in it and we'd still be all giddy if we found one just hanging about somewhere.

By comparison, the current Holden Commodore could pass for a VW Jetta from far away (along with 10 other modern 4-door cars), and it's two-door Monaro cousin looks like a 1996 Honda Civic scaled up in size, especially when riced out:

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How can you get exited about that?

-Kurt

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#8
It helps to paint it a nice bright color. The bright lime caused me to buy mine without looking it over very carefully. I am still paying for that lesson. My 8500 dollar car will be a 13,500-14000 car when I am done. Looks like a 30K car to the unwary. The Nascar sound certainly gets peoples attention. Bright lime is a real attention getter. I rarely see 71-73's but I see 65 to 68's quite frequently. The reality is that they just look cool to just about anyone.

Bright lime 72 Mach 1 with 351C 4V, with summit 600 carb(have a Holley too), Edelbrock dual-plane manifold, Hooker headers, 3 inch exhaust with flowmasters, 17 inch Eleanor wheels, FMX tranny, A/C, P/S, front disks and 350 rear gear. Drive it to work every day.
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cudak888;191545 Wrote:It's the looks of the car, gentlemen. Same theory behind your constant return to the Mustang Babes thread Wink It could have a 250 I6 in it and we'd still be all giddy if we found one just hanging about somewhere.

By comparison, the current Holden Commodore could pass for a VW Jetta from far away (along with 10 other modern 4-door cars), and it's two-door Monaro cousin looks like a 1996 Honda Civic scaled up in size, especially when riced out:

[Image: holden_monaro_bosozoku_by_tomacc-d32rbn7.jpg]

How can you get exited about that?

-Kurt

Good points you make there Kurt!Smile

Greg.Smile

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#10
Kurt, thanks mate I nearly lost my cornflakes Smile Such a horrible image demands a counter point and to be fair when Aussies think Monaro this is the imagery that comes to mind.
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Not vomit inducing riced commodore coupes

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