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Old 06-14-2013, 08:58 PM
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Tonight's Cruise

I focused more on engines tonight, with some pics so you can see the car they were in. Not many cross-breeds tonight, but some interesting engines all the same.

Some dual quads, a nice pickup, an Alfa Romeo, and a '56 Chevy with the same color combo as the '55 I once owned.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:06 PM
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Another nice simple pickup, a nice three-deuce setup (yes it is on an SBC, but hey - it's cool looking) in a nice Model A, and something you don't see very often - an Hurst/Olds Vistacruiser! Don't know that I've ever seen one before, and this one was cherry.
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A Mopar flathead from an all original 57 Desoto, some Ford muscle in a nice Cobra, some Mopar muscle, and an nicely restored '43 (I think) Jeep. According to the Jeep owner, everything smoothes out at 50 mph, but he's afraid to take it to the 60 mph that is says is max on the dash plaque.
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My neighbor growing up had a Vista Cruiser like that when I was a young fellow...damn fast car for a wagon, he campaigned the car for a few years at the local track and did quite well.

3 deuces on anything looks great Bob, I think the SBC is a great engine, if it wasn't I don't think that they'd have the demand for them that they do...but of course, I really like the tri powered 389's and the 409's...the 389's because they're Pontiac and the 409's just look mean with that valve cover.

Great Pictures Bob, keep them coming. Are you showing your 33?

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What was described to me as a 318 wide-block Mopar in a nice '63 Sport Fury, a block-long T-bird 4-door with the rear doors suicide (like the Lincoln Continentals), and a nicely built blown BBC.
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Last pictures - a special treat! This Challenger is the car built on the TV show Search and Restore for my new friend Ty Cardona. It is a beautifully built car, inside and out, and with an awesome dual-plug 392 Hemi, built as a streetable NASCAR engine. It has dual 'four-barrel' throttle body injectors - the first time they ever put that on a Hemi! They gave him three different 'tunes' for the engine - the one he's running is the 'mild' tune - 525 hp! Six speed stick, limited slip, and an awesome handling package. This car will smoke the tires in 4th gear at 90 mph!
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My neighbor growing up had a Vista Cruiser like that when I was a young fellow...damn fast car for a wagon, he campaigned the car for a few years at the local track and did quite well.

3 deuces on anything looks great Bob, I think the SBC is a great engine, if it wasn't I don't think that they'd have the demand for them that they do...but of course, I really like the tri powered 389's and the 409's...the 389's because they're Pontiac and the 409's just look mean with that valve cover.

Great Pictures Bob, keep them coming. Are you showing your 33?

Ray
Ray, Yeah, I had my '33 there - much more fun that way! There was a nice GTO, '68 or '69, but I didn't get a pic because it was too dark, and he never opened the hood. Another Pontiac that cruised thru (sorry no pic) was a '66 Parisienne convertible! Beautiful and about a block long! He didn't even park, so no chance for a pic or a look at the engine.
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Great pics Bob. Thanks for posting.

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Yes, very nice cars, and a nice variety too!
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I continue to be amazed at the number and quality of cars in this area, and the variety. Tonight there were a number of Corvettes, Mustangs, Chevelles, Novas, and pickups spanning lots of years. I saw a Packard towncar, '32-'34 sedans, a Willys gasser, a sedan delivery with a tilt front end, a couple shoebox Fords, a '66 Galaxie convertible, '29-'34 coupes, a few Camaros, and many more.
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What was described to me as a 318 wide-block Mopar in a nice '63 Sport Fury, a block-long T-bird 4-door with the rear doors suicide (like the Lincoln Continentals), and a nicely built blown BBC.

That is a beautiful 63 Ragtop Plymouth love to own it.
But ,,there is always that word,,the engine is not a 318 A ,(aka wide block) if memory serves me correct as they had distrubitur in rear and center bolt valve covers the 318 LA (small block ) had perimeter bolt valve cover but it is not that either.,it is probably a 361 or 383,or 413 ,the 426 wedge not the 426 Hemi was next year , but that doesn't matter Nice car
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I love shows like this, it brings back the memories of living in a small town and on a nightly basis the local hamburger joint was filled with the cars of the day. It didn't seem nearly as special back then but today, if we only knew. Even in the small town we had everything from a Hemi Cuda in Plum Crazy, a 426 Daytona (strip car only), 396, 375 HP 66 Chevelle, Boss 302 Mustang, 70 Z28 Camaro, 68 340 Dart, 68 340 Cuda, 32 Ford Roadster with a flat head, 70 LS6 ElCamino, 68 427 Corvette, 55 Chevy panel with a well done 327, 69 427 Nova, 68 Mustang GT 390, 68 383 Road Runner, 68 Firebird 400 (don't know why but it was the 2nd fastest car in town, guess which was the fastest street car) even a 62 Biscane with a 283 with a 3 speed on the floor that ran low 14's and a whole bunch more. Just think, a town with 2,500 people and all these cars parking at the Dairy Queen or a little burger joint named Ron's Meatza.

Illegal drag racing was a nightly event either on Thornhill Road or believe it or not a 1/4 mile concrete beat loading track used for what it was intended only at harvest time for loading beats (about 2 weeks a year, the rest of the time it was ours). Guys would spend the Winter and hard earned cash trying to beat the fastest cars from the previous Summer. Being 17 years old, with a little 326 Firebird, how could you not get hooked. I needed to go faster and actually got tossed out of grade 12 physics for using the schools gram scales in the Physics lab to balance my pistons.

Sorry for the rant but, it's because of the times that I had and the love of the hobby that led me down my chosen path in life. 40 years later, the passion is still there and thanks for yet again bringing back the memories Bob.

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Ray, Glad to be of service! I think back to similar times, putting hundreds of miles each week on our cars, just cruising between 2 or 3 burger joints and the nearest isolated 2-lane!
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That is a beautiful 63 Ragtop Plymouth love to own it.
But ,,there is always that word,,the engine is not a 318 A ,(aka wide block) if memory serves me correct as they had distrubitur in rear and center bolt valve covers the 318 LA (small block ) had perimeter bolt valve cover but it is not that either.,it is probably a 361 or 383,or 413 ,the 426 wedge not the 426 Hemi was next year , but that doesn't matter Nice car
I feel better now - when I looked at that engine (I'm no expert at Mopars), I said it looked like the 413 a buddy of mine had in a '65 Sport Fury. The exhaust manifolds looked just like his. (Maybe tons of Mopars had those, like I said I'm no expert).

I have seen that car at that cruise before, next time I'll try to fine the owner to ask what's in it.

I do recognize the Hemis, but don't know the differences in the various ones. There was a Max Wedge 426 with the dual quad cross-ram manifold at a cruise last week - I'll try to get a picture of that one too!
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Ray, Glad to be of service! I think back to similar times, putting hundreds of miles each week on our cars, just cruising between 2 or 3 burger joints and the nearest isolated 2-lane!
The way our small town was set up all we could do is drive around in circles...and we got board, can you imagine, getting board driving around in muscle cars all night, grudge matches at least once a week...seems as though that would be the life if we do it at our leisure now...LOL

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