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Old 07-08-2005, 01:52 AM
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Greetings fellow hotrodders, my name is Mike and I'm new to this board. I will tell you a little about myself, as well as my cars. I'm around 50 years old and retired military. I'm also owned my own company for about 23 years which I also retired from although still own it.

I guess I've been messing around with cars since I was about twelve, and the first car I remember that we had that I really liked real well was a 64 Impale SS vert. Dad bought it new, and it was white with red interior. We owned the car for less than three years when my younger Brother messed everything up and decided to become a member of the family. Dad, traded the car in on a used 65 Dodge Polera wagon which was to become my first car. I had to buy it from Dad on payments, but he was good about it. Dad also did his own work on the car so I was always helping him out. Once when we had to tow the car from California back to Oregon behind our pick up one of the kids had shifted the car into drive. It was towed more than 400 miles home before we found a problem when it wouldn't move. Once dad saw what had happened, he suggested that we try a tranny filter and fluid change before taking it in for a rebuild. That, did the job and the car ran well from then on. Not long after I was able to pay the car off, I traded it and some cash as well as some weekend work for a 66 Pontiac GTO with a 4 speed. That car became part of me and I was always messing around with it. Soon, I had it in pretty nice condition and installed a home built tri power from parts I got here and there. Junk yards were my favorite place to buy tires back then. I went through them faster than gas I think. Not long after I was done with school, I joined the Army. And in a short time, I was in a place and saw things I never had any idea about. I wrote home asking Dad to sell the car and put the money in the bank for me believing I'd never really care for it once I got home. If I did get home again. Well, after a million years I was on a plane home, and when I had a couple of days to adjust again, dad and I were relaxing and enjoying being together again. I asked how much he got for the car, and he said he never sold it and why. He believed that if he went ahead and sold the car, he'd never see either of us again. Both the car and I, would be gone. Something he just couldn't deal with so he stored the car and from time to time took it out for a day. That, was such a wonderful feeling, although the cash would have also been nice at the time. I owned the car until I was married and traded it in on... Well, never mind just know it was nothing close to the GTO. Years passed and I decided to buy another one so started looking around and even made a few trips to look at decent projects. What I wanted, I found not ten miles from my home. It was and is, a low option 67 red gto with red interior. After about a year of enjoying the car I decided to do a complete rebuild of the drive train using the services of some of the best builders in the country. But, once the engine was away and would be gone a few months I decided to go over the car a little and make some small repairs and freshen it up a bit. Well, ten years later, I had completely restored the car, and along the way many things tried to prevent it from being completed. I also bought a high optioned 68 Firebird 400 vert, that was a sloid 3 car and while waiting for things on the GTO to work out turned the Firebird into a solid number two car and still own it as well. A year ago I bought a single owner 66 Le Mans from a family in southern CA. not really looking for one but fell into a low optioned 326 A.I.R. black plate car that's 100% rust free. I've completed a real decent rebuild on a Pontiac 455 with some nice upgrades, installed a 71 corporate Olds 8.5" rear with 323 gears. Used all tubular rear arms and heavy duty sway bar. Converted it from manual drum breaks to 12" front disk and HP rear drums. By the way, a company named true connection has great prices on these kits and much better than the other two well know companies. Have a look. The car still needs some minor body work but it runs so well but lacks some of the nice things like new AC and sounds which I will deal with this summer. I Love Pontiac's and own four of them. I also have two Chevy C 10 projects going on at once. I have a 62 SNB with updated drive train and read to install a 65 big back window cab on. I drive and use for hauling parts a 67 C10 that's got a 75 350 with the old manual 3 speed behind it. I'm looking for a few parts for the 67 since it came with so little. Even the inside door panels didn't come with arm rest or any holes to mount any. So, I need to know if I can drill holes and mount the arm rest or if I have to buy the ones that were made for them? Thanks, and good day friends. < Mike in Oregon >

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Old 07-09-2005, 08:53 AM
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Welcome to the Hotrodders Bulletin Board Mike

Great intro post, I think you'll find a lot of guys here with similar backgrounds. Please feel free to ask the armrest question in our Interior Forum, you should be able to get a good answer in there.

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