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Old 10-31-2005, 07:34 PM
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Motorvation, We have lift off...

Finally the day has arrived. We have lift off. Anyone who has been into the General Rodding Tech section knows I've been having starter problems. We seemed to have it whipped. We now have lift off. The first attempt at driving the 38 was about 20 feet. The tranny would hardly move it and no brakes. Had to shutt off the key before I ran over the guys moped that was helping me and the neighbors garage. A little more tranny fluid and connecting the vacuum line to the brake booster and off I went with my oldest boy by my side (He's helped me a lot with this project) We went around the block, big smile on our faces, no windshield, no fenders, open hedders, no lic. plates and no ins. Boy would the cops have a hayday with me. Darned if that didn't feel great and very different than driving a newer car. Instead of a wide hood all you saw was a nose sticking out about 8 feet in front of you. My kid keep looking out the window and back at the nose. I said what's wrong? He said are we going straight? With that nose and setting at one side or the other of it,it gave you the illusion that the car was dog tracking big time when it wasn't. Really wierd with the nose way out there like that. Since than Iv'e fired it up 4 times I've got to get it lic. early this spring. It's a real kick driving that big old beast. I've now started sanding the body. Maybe I can save enough money to paint it this winter. I gotta have it on the road by next summer. I'm really big time stoked at the moment. What a great feeling 4 years of work and I finally got her motorvating. Hot Rodding, gotta love it!

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Old 10-31-2005, 07:42 PM
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SHAME ON YOU !!!!!!! No headers and no insurance..... tisk, tisk, tisk.

Oh yea, Congratulations too!
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Old 10-31-2005, 07:49 PM
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Great news!Congratulations!
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Old 10-31-2005, 07:51 PM
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Congrats 38!
Makes me want to take out a loan to finish mine. Hg
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Old 11-01-2005, 02:44 AM
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running with open headers is the best. it will not get any better than that. Way to go 38!
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Old 11-01-2005, 06:45 AM
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Life is good 38. Life is good.
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Old 11-01-2005, 06:45 AM
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Way to go 38
Nothing like almost running over moped's on your maiden voyage!


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Old 11-01-2005, 08:53 AM
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38,

Great News!
Congratulations! hip hip horay

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Old 11-01-2005, 09:02 AM
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Congrats! Now you gotta fight the urge to rush and run! Has to be a rush to have your son with you on that first ride. (You've ruined him now, y'know. He'll never look at an econo-box the same again).
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Old 11-01-2005, 04:41 PM
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HHA, HA HA, thanks a bunch guys, I only wish you could have all been here with me to share the fun and excitement. I've been busy sanding and filling low spots before winter. I'd like to get her painted by spring. I've GOT to get her road worthy by next spring or I'll get my butt in really big trouble. What a trip it is to drive. If we ever get together sometime just ask for a ride. I'll be happy to oblige!

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Old 11-01-2005, 04:56 PM
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Congradulations! I know the feeling and your right it is a good one. You worked long and hard for this and I am happy for you.
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:01 PM
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Always a great feeling to drive your hard work around for the first time! Way better than driving a new car off the lot!

Maybe I'll stop sometime on my way through for a little spin around the block
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:13 PM
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i bet you can't wait to do a burn out
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When I first got my '51 Chevy Fleetline last summer it did not run but was told that it did but needed a fuel pump, being logical I replaced the points and condensor, little gas in the carb and a new battery, fired right up, no hesitation, no nothing, couple days later after I changed the oil and added some fresh gas to the tank, put in a fuel pump, primed it up with a little gas in the carb and fired it up, the guy who I bought it from had replaced the brakes and the floors and the parking brake checked ok so... put it in drive and I was on my way, no registration, inspection or inshurance on the vehicle, last inspected in 1973 and has badly checked tires. since then the car has had 15 miles put on it, still no registration or inshurance, inspection or anything, and still badly checked tires. It is just short 4 mile trips to my grandparents ( I have no garage so sometimes it goes down there for some dry work on the body when flash rust would be a problem ), also I put it in there barn for storage, I have ran it up and down my road a couple times, and a couple times around the lawn ( the bias ply's on it are less agressive than the " turf savers " on the lawn mower). it does now have a temporary exzaust so people don't turn me in cause of the racket, it is just a thrush glasspack, some str8 pipe and cheap flex pipe. I live in the boonies and there are no cops around.
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Old 11-01-2005, 07:42 PM
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Hey 38
Congrat's you beat me by a mile, I'm proud of you, don't get in to much of a hurry on that paint job you can still drive it in primer and you got to have it look sharp. Rod on
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