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Old 08-06-2012, 05:12 PM
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Rt 66 and my bucket list dream. becoming reality?

One of, or possibly the, last cars on my bucket list was loaded on a transport in Pennsylvania today, headed for my garage in Oregon. Ever since one of the very first episodes of Rt 66 was filmed in my hometown, I've dreamed of owning an early Vette. Generally the dream included a Black 61 with silver cove and red or white interior and a hardtop, but some days I do see a mid year instead. I had a whole bunch of fun in a 63 sw coupe back in the day with my buddy Paul Pfohl. Well after our "back to the 50s" events here last week, I realized that if I was ever going to do it, it would have to be very soon. the clock has been ticking, even though I never noticed it for the first 62 years . Wile at the show, I was able to check out several nice examples, and was able to make car noises behind the wheel of a beautiful survivor 62 fullie with hardtop, as well as a very nice 63 roadster. Even though my heart kinda wants a C-1.. I'm realistic enough to know that I really want to drive whatever car I got, and those C-1s have gotten much harder to ingress and egress from, since 1968 . So between that, and the fact that a 64 came along that fits my budget and skillset for making it a nice driver, that I went ahead and popped for the mid year. The car I bought slid off the previous owners single post lift as it was being hoisted, and slammed into his plasma cutter and a few other shop items, doing considerable damage to the bodywork. he became disheartened and decided to sell the car. bad for him, good for me, as I'd rather work on glass than metal any day, although I've done enough of both. I bought the car for what I believe is an amount that means I can enjoy the car for a wile and still make a profit when it's time for it to go (my labor is free). but that's the worry of buying a 48 year old car, from across the country, without seeing it in person first. It's going to be a long 10 days waiting for the car to arrive so I can check it over in person.
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Nice!! Congrates!!!
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Beautiful! Take it for a nice long drive (s) before you tear into the bodywork. IMO, that generation of Corvette is by far the nicest car Chevy built.

I detour when ever I get a chance to drive on rte. 66. There's a neat stretch out of the San Bernardino area, lots of sights, old stuff to look at. It's funny how an old tv show keeps the interest alive, even when I haven't seen the show in 40 years. Dan
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One of the most amazing "keeping it alive" stories I have ever seen is in Winslow Arizona. "Standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona, such a fine sight to see". This was ONE LINE in a song, not the songs title, not in the chorus, just one friggin line. Go to Winslow (on Rte66) and you will see stuff all over, I bought a coffee mug with it on it.

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Old 08-07-2012, 09:07 AM
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One of, or possibly the, last cars on my bucket list was loaded on a transport in Pennsylvania today, headed for my garage in Oregon. Ever since one of the very first episodes of Rt 66 was filmed in my hometown, I've dreamed of owning an early Vette. Generally the dream included a Black 61 with silver cove and red or white interior and a hardtop, but some days I do see a mid year instead. I had a whole bunch of fun in a 63 sw coupe back in the day with my buddy Paul Pfohl. Well after our "back to the 50s" events here last week, I realized that if I was ever going to do it, it would have to be very soon. the clock has been ticking, even though I never noticed it for the first 62 years . Wile at the show, I was able to check out several nice examples, and was able to make car noises behind the wheel of a beautiful survivor 62 fullie with hardtop, as well as a very nice 63 roadster. Even though my heart kinda wants a C-1.. I'm realistic enough to know that I really want to drive whatever car I got, and those C-1s have gotten much harder to ingress and egress from, since 1968 . So between that, and the fact that a 64 came along that fits my budget and skillset for making it a nice driver, that I went ahead and popped for the mid year. The car I bought slid off the previous owners single post lift as it was being hoisted, and slammed into his plasma cutter and a few other shop items, doing considerable damage to the bodywork. he became disheartened and decided to sell the car. bad for him, good for me, as I'd rather work on glass than metal any day, although I've done enough of both. I bought the car for what I believe is an amount that means I can enjoy the car for a wile and still make a profit when it's time for it to go (my labor is free). but that's the worry of buying a 48 year old car, from across the country, without seeing it in person first. It's going to be a long 10 days waiting for the car to arrive so I can check it over in person.
Very cool car, LOVE them!

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Old 08-07-2012, 12:45 PM
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The real irony of the Rt 66 TV show was that they actually didn't spend very much time on Rt 66!
If I hadn't just spent my money on a car, I'd pop for the recently released video package of all the episodes. a hundred bucks or so for the complete set…… aw heck, I may do it anyway.
http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/pro...paign=route_66

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One of the most amazing "keeping it alive" stories I have ever seen is in Winslow Arizona. "Standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona, such a fine sight to see". This was ONE LINE in a song, not the songs title, not in the chorus, just one friggin line. Go to Winslow (on Rte66) and you will see stuff all over, I bought a coffee mug with it on it.

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It's a girl my Lord, in a 32 Ford looking over smiling at me!
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That is a nice Corvette man! Just take good of her.
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Good looking vett. The waiting for it to get here is going to be the hardest. Enjoy. Where abouts is sw Oregon are you? I'am in Camby.
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It's a girl my Lord, in a 32 Ford looking over smiling at me!
I like your lyrics better than the original..lol. A flatbed Ford.
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:25 AM
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I'm jealous but glad for you. I hope it is as good as you expect. Keep us posted and congratulations on the find.

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I don't have any love for Corvettes (after two years at a dealership repairing them) but at least yours looks like a fairly unmolested example (Torker intake aside).

I hope you keep it fairly stock as they don't look good to me with big fat tires and modern colors....

Now for that Rt 66 adventure you NEED to take before you assume room temperature... get that 'Vette presentable and do it!
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I don't have any love for Corvettes (after two years at a dealership repairing them) but at least yours looks like a fairly unmolested example (Torker intake aside).

I hope you keep it fairly stock as they don't look good to me with big fat tires and modern colors....

Now for that Rt 66 adventure you NEED to take before you assume room temperature... get that 'Vette presentable and do it!
I've had a TPI intake laying under a bench for a few years that may find a home on the Vette. tires and wheels will be replaced with gray center torque thrust Ds and redlines in the ~stock size and the riverside red color will stay the same. pretty much as it might have been in the late 60s (except style of FI). I hope to take the wife for a trip in the Vette by next summer sometime. not all of Rt 66 type trip, but several days anyway. she's very tolerant of my toys, and yes I do realize how lucky I am in that regard!!
Chevynut. I'm in Grants Pass.

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There's lots of episodes of RT.66 on youtube
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