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Old 09-05-2012, 11:34 PM
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Ah Hahhh! Ed Cortopassi's "Class Slipper" A good Sacramento boy. The car is in the NHRA Museum in Pomona
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A very "Classy" Glass Slipper. First enclosed cockpit, first streamlined dragster and first aluminum frame. It clocked 181 at Bonneville in 1955.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:42 AM
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Nothing to do with Trivia but this is a great picture!
It sure is!

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Old 09-06-2012, 07:43 AM
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You go it BB, I got to see it run a few times in the Nostalgia Drags at the VERY MISSED Fremont Drag strip back in the 80's. Which is where that video was shot!

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It sure is!

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That pic will make a great screen saver!
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Here is another easy one.
What is this truck and what engine is in it (assuming it's stock)?
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:56 AM
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Well the one on the left is a Chevy Cameo powered by a 265 Small Block or a 235 six. The one on the right, now that one I had to research being I didn't know what it was called, Suburban Carrier Pickup, I did know that it had a Pontiac 288 being you were even asking.

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Old 09-06-2012, 10:22 AM
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Well fudge! I posted the wrong rear view photo! Yep you got it. The GMC Suburban Carrier was a one year only truck. Only 300 or so produced. I've never seen one!
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:22 AM
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Ok, this is going to be a little complicated but it's such cool history I have to to with it. I had the ball of restoring both of the cars I am referring too at the same time and it was really cool seeing the innerds of them and how similar they were.

1. What is in the photo?

2. What other car had a VERY similar looking wheel?

3. Why were they so similar?

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The tire and cover are from a 63 Rivera. They symbolize Buick's new Super Turbine 400 Transmission
The similar wheel is on a 66 Corvette. The last year for knock offs. I have to take a couple of pups to the Vets but I'll be back to tie it all together
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:15 PM
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Before you get all excited, the Super Turbine 400 didn't come out till 64, the 63 still had a Dyna Flow. But that wasn't part of the question anyway.

Brian

Ray Charles "It should have been me".

As I passed by
A real fine hotel
A chick walked out
She sure looked swell
I gave her the eye
And started to carry on
When a Cadillac cruised up
And 'swish' she was gone.
It should've been me
With that real fine chick
It should've been me
With that real fine chick
Hey hey hey, hey, driving that, Cadillac.
A little later on
A theater I passed
I spotted another chick
And did she have class
I was all set
To write her name in my book
When her husband came up and gave me a
Real dirty look.
It should've been me
With that real fine chick
It should've been me
With that real fine chick
It should've been me
To have been her chaperone.
When I got to the corner
I saw a sharp cat
With a 300 dollar suit on
And a 100 dollar hat
He was standing on the sidewalk
By a DynaFlow
When a voice within said,
"C'mon daddy, let's go."
It should've been me
With that real fine chick
It should've been me
With that real fine chick
It should've been me
Hey hey hey, hey, driving that, DynaFlow.
I ate a bowl of chili
And I felt OK
At least until I passed
This fine Cafe
I saw a guy eatin'
A great big steak
While a waitress stood by feedin' him
Ice cream and cake.
It should've been me
With that real fine chick
It should've been me
With that real fine chick
You know, it should've been me
Eatin' ice, cream and cake.
It should've been me
Gettin' my natural kicks
It should've been me
Gettin' my natural kicks
Hey hey hey, hey, lovin' those, crazy chicks...
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:45 PM
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I should save this for a future question. But Buick was the first to have the TH400 in 64, they just couldn't let the cat out of the bag that they had it I guess because in the Riv it had only two gears on the selector and you had to rock the shifter back and forth to get it back into first!

They called it a "ST400" or "Super Turbine 400" but it was really a TH400. Cool thing was in 64 it was "just" a TH400 like what would come on a Chevy in 65. But Buick went one better in 65 with a variable pitch torque converter. I beleive Olds and Cad did as well, Chevy never had this little trick. It was designed with a micro switch on the linkage at the carburator. When you let your foot off the gas like at a stop light the stall speed went up to 1200 or so. What this did was made it like the car was in neutral with no pull and idling like it was in park. Nice idea but not very practical in that when you took your foot off the brake while driving you were essentially coasting!

In my Gran Sport I have a high stall aftermarket converter and a switch under the dash to control it. So one flip of a switch and it goes from something like a 600 RPM to a 1500 RPM stall. I forget the numbers but something like that. And yes there are companies that can give you the superior "VP" (Variable pitch) for your Chevy.

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By the way, how about some more interesting facts on that 63 Riv wheel cover? It was NOT your run of the mill wheel cover.
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Well! You may be right about 64 being the first year for the TH400 but the tire and wheel cover is still off a 63 Buick Riviara. And they were cast aluminum. And the other wheel your referring to was on a 63-66 Corvette. But lets not forget the turbine wheels on the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix. Kinda looks similar.
After considering all the factors one might come to the conclusion that in 1963 GM had the hots for turbines! Jets! Speed! Power! Turbines! Or perhaps Bill Mitchell had been frightened by the inside of a Torque Converter as a child.

I would imagine that Buick wanted to tie to the Corvette as to be seen as a sporty vehicle.
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A quick side note about Ray Charles, Cadillac, and Dynaflow transmissions. In 1953 both Oldsmobile and Cadillac as well as Buick used Dynaflow transmissions due to fire in the Livonia, Michigan Hydramatic Plant. Worst industrial fire in history. Being blind, Ray Charles missed seeing the whole thing!
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