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Old 05-12-2005, 11:10 AM
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My name is Phil and I am currently toying with a 1963 thru 1992 Ford F100 Cadillac Mustang 2wd 4wd. To be even more confusing, I'll explain: it is a '68 frame, '63 body, '85 mustang engine and trans, '92 Caddy interior, 4wd front axle, no transfer case. My wife lovingly named it Big Blue when I brought it home for the first time (actually I think the exact words were "GET THAT BIG BLUE PIECE OF S#!+ OUT OF MY DRIVEWAY"). The name has stuck being how I have heard the same words almost daily for the past year. I love that truck because I don't have to worry about hurting it, can't scratch paint that isn't there.

My real car is a 1972 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350 in Sundanced Orange which is currently in its 7th year of a "frame off" which I quite possibly may never finish since so much of my time is being dedicated to Big Blue and my father in laws '63 and '81 Vettes.

As for me I have been a mechanic for about 12 years, owned my own welding company, and am currently Manager of Vehicle Services for Firestone location 025593. I am an ASE certified master technician for automobile/light trucks, med/heavy trucks, and school bus. I have also held ASE certifications for machinist (cylinder head/valve train) and autobody (finishing/trim) being how when I was a mechanic we would not get paid for installing valves or exterior trim without having them (Mopar warranty work sucks).

My wife is a beautiful loving 23 year old woman who is currently very very pregnant and only likes shiney pretty things, so if I say she does not like my truck it is just because it is currently ugly and leaves rust stains and oil puddles in the driveway, not because she does not love classic cars or is a bad person.

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Welcome. Sounds like you are car poor like most of the rest of us. Your Firebird project is just getting off the ground - took me 40 years to get my Willys on the road! If I ever owned a 'Vette, it would be a '63. Just love everything about that car - they got that side blaze style just right that year.
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