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Old 11-21-2002, 03:45 PM
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A wile back I posted a question on a transmission for a 95 camaro, the transmission ended up breaking on me. I just yesterday put the newly rebuilt transmission back in. I spent over $1300 to get it rebuilt. I take it down the road to test it out, and everything is working great until I hit black ice on a corner. The car wouldn't turn or stop, there was nothing I could do. The car ended up going off the road and smashing into a tree. The car is now totaled, and I didn't have insurance on it!!!!! This is sooo depressing, and I was wondering if people could share their worst memories on situations like this, so I don't feel alone.

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I was at a friends house back in high school and was parked in his drive. His house sets at the bottom of a hill. A guy up the street had his truck come out of gear and it ramped the small hill in my friends house and landed on the back half of my car. I had just got the dang thing going and had about 5 bucks to my name. The guys insurance tried to give me 1500.00 or so for the car and total it after I just put about 3000.00 into it. I went round and round with them and still got screwed. They had the car fixed if you could call it that. I think the thing had 3 inches of filler in places. It was never the same again of course. Sorry to hear about your car. Try and look o the bright side. The drivetrain will make a good start for another project car.
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Old 11-21-2002, 06:52 PM
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Once when I was much younger, My first ever performance rebiuld came way by a 76 skylark GS that I had recently purchased for $175. The car was in pretty good shape and ran well with its little 3.8. Well, as the story goes, I drove the hell out of it untill one day while changing the thermostat I had a bolt break in the intake. That mandated the intake to come off for repair. After being down for a whole day and lots of frustration I finished the job with a helicoil.

Sound like a sad story yet?

Well I never got the 3.8 to run agian. Even after many mechanics looking over the thing the trouble seem to come with the timming chain slipping a few teeth. Or at least thats what the general consenses was.
A whole another year passed while rebiulding a 350 buick with the very tight standers of gearheadrom. Biult most of it in my bedroom!(I had no shop at the time). Even after we moved from there, my buddy let me store it in his garage made from hangng wood on a dusk to dawn light. Once agian, and for the final time, it was moved to my now late aunt's house where the garage that was filled to the rim with early muscle car stuff since cleaned up and sold. Well, the reckoning day came and after double checking everything twice, I turned the key and she wouldn't even turn over! The starter would click agianst the flywheel and nothing short of hercules could budge that engine. My heart sake to the core of the earth.
After some diagnosing and probing I began the disassembling to remove the engine for tear down. I drianed the oil and 5 quarts of oil came out with 4 quarts of water!
Some one had played a very mean joke and poured water down the valve cover, rusting the inside. Money wasted go the better part of me and I sold that car and engine to a friends friend and that person gave the beast new heart.
I never did find out who did it. But I'm sure their out there, waiting for me to find them
Sorry for the loss of the ride. Not only does that anger a person but the whole feeling of helplessness really can get to you.
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My Dad ran his '57 Buick in black primer for over ten years. He finaly busted his but for three months straight putting a mirror black finish on the cruiser. I helped him with the final rub down befor we left on Americruise '02. The weather was great until about four hours till Lincoln, Nebraska (from Pitsburg, Tx). I watched from the windshield of another cruser's windshield as marble sized hail rained down on that perfect black Buick. We all rushed to the next overpass to find it packed with all the latest comuter drones with ther full coverage insurance. Dads Buick came out with just one ping in a chrome strip but that was the longest 15 minuts we ever spent.
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We had a 2 your old Chevy Caprice (about '87?). Beautiful car. My wife had just put 4 brand new Michelins on it ($600 worth of tires even then). The very next day she was caught in one of the
San Joaquin Valley infamous Tule fog traffic pileups. She had stopped the car in time to look up and see a semi trailer coming at her broad side from behind. She had just enough time to lay down in the front seat B4 the trailer sheared off the entire top of the car. She didn't get a scratch but we lost those 4 new tires!
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Old 11-21-2002, 09:23 PM
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Johnsongrass, boy can I relate. <img src="graemlins/sweat.gif" border="0" alt="[sweat]" />

I too had a similar experience...in high school. You remember that movie Christine where the guy pours his heart and soul into his car only to have the bully's at school try to destroy it? I lived it!

My second car in life was a 69 Ford Mustang GT Fastback. The car had been rolled and the engine in it so badly abused that when that 351C came apart for repair the crank was cracked in so many places it was surprising it held together. The flywheel was equally bad and the top loader trans had shelled the main bearings and was missing half it's teeth on many gears. Absolutely nothing was salvageable in the engine compartment except the heads. I bought this car from a friend for $300 who found it down the street from where we grew up rusting away. As you can imagine I found a 351W and FMX trans from an old 71 Meteor Montcalm (What a car!), it had 69 heads and a 70 block with 69 rods inside...my Dads old car and his gift to me at 15! THANKS DAD!!!!!!!!!!

Well this engine had been in my 68 Galaxy and the heads ported within an inch of it's life (The galaxy needed a 427 I told myself!). With the 290 cam and open plane intake and Holley spreadbore it needed to go into this Mustang. I did exactly that during an entire fall semester in grade 12 auto shop, I was 16 1/2...old enough to hold a full license. (Those were the days)

Anyway I proceeded to "freshen" up this motor in the high school shop, doing odd jobs to pay for the parts (A whole other story believe me!). As you can imagine I did the bare minimum, hone, new rings, grind the crank, bearings and valve lap. The engine ran strong when I brought it in and didn't burn oil but a quickie rebuild seemed only fitting for this fine thoroughbred steed.

The rebuild went slowly (lack of cash) but steadily until the day I started it up for the first time on the last week of class. If you can imagine every kid in highschool who ever gave a damn about cars being in the autoshop at the same time there to watch, you can picture the scenario. The pressure was on, and I was nervous. With open headers it fired on the second try (distributor in backwards..DUH!) and the sound of full open headers and a rumpity cam filled that room...actually the entire building according to the principal (*****). I took the first drive in the auto shop parking lot and layed the first strip of rubber...all 100 ft of it. Heh heh!

Can you hear me now! Principal HAWKINS!! I thought you could!

The next few weeks were fantastic and the car ran fine, our 0-60 times said we were in the high 13's in the quarter. Definetely the fastest car at school, and sounded it too! After that one burnout and a few trips under the watch I took real good care of it and never exceeded 3500 while it broke in...

Yea right, no one else believed me either.

One day I have this horrendous carb fire, it just so happens that it takes place when I am giving my Dad his first ride (we have never got along since). This was the kind of carb fire where you just try to get away from the car as fast as possible because it's going up!! FAST! When along came three city workers with jerry cans full of water and two fire extinguishers and saved the car, I was truly thankful! We pushed the car off onto a side street and I came back later to put on a new carb (Autolite 4 BBL) and rewire the engine compartment (absolutely nothing left). It took me the better part of three days to finish the job traveling by bus and borrowing my Mom's car. The third day I drove it home with a crew of six that came with me in my Mom's 71 New Yorker (what a car! 440 4bbl). Needless to say we raced a little coming home :o .

On the last overpass before my house we raced from the light at the base of the pass and I really put the boots to her...(I got rubber in third...sideways!). On the coast down the other side the engine began to knock, real BAD! I had spun a rod bearing. At teardown the engine had three con rods that were only torqued too maybe 5 ft pds, apparently at school, friends told me some of the local tough guys thought it would be funny if they loosened a few rod bolts on me to see if I would notice...I didn't. Funny joke hey?!

I sold the car for $1300 with all the goodies and it sold to the first guy who actually believed me it was a 69 GT after checking all the numbers on the car. Everyone else who looked at the car thought I had faked a coupe (how do you fake a fastback rear glass and body work? DUH?). I bought a motorcycle and never looked back at cars for many years because of the loss at a critical time in my life. I know who did it, and who was involved (3 of the little bastages). I believe God will take his vengeance at the appropriate time...

I seen one of them the other day...selling cars at a small time main street used car dealership selling junk.

One down, two more to go! <img src="graemlins/evil.gif" border="0" alt="[evil]" />
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My dad and his mother were in his 62 Bel Air one winter years ago(this is one of his many stories about the car). They had it parked on a hill and put on the parking brake. They went into a store and found the car gone! It had rolled down the hill and right into the front of his bosses car. The boss was cool, not much damage done to his car, and only a scratch on the Bel Air, so it all turned out OK, but that's one of the stories. Or then you've got the time he was driving his '60 ford. A stoplight changed too fast in front of him and a little sports car stopped really fast. His car couldn't stop in time, so he rode right up on the front of it. It totaled the sportscar, and the Ford was really beat to hell and it bent the frontend up a bit, so my dad decided to ditch it. He drove it to the junkyard, collected $100 for it and walked away.
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Drove my 64 Impala SS home from VA Nave base. The little 283 started blowing smoke and my Dad offered to rebuild it for me. I Borrowed his 57 Chevy to go on a date that night. A fellow not paying attention to the lights ran a red light and t-boned my Dads 57 totaling it. My Dad had removed the insurance for the winter and had not contacted his agent before handing me the keys. The other fellow was killed and he had NO insurance to cover my Dads 57. That was in 1968 and my Dad still reminds me of how I Killed his 57.
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Old 11-24-2002, 08:20 AM
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That sucks big time man.I feel bad for ya.
But at least you have a nice motor and tranny to put into another car.Find something nice with a bad motor and tranny.
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