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Today 06:49 PM
idrivejunk
an opinion peace

Well now I done gone and did it, made Pugsy grumpy maybe by saying you blew it. I'd like to clarify (and confuse) my standing on this hot but timeless political point of manual transmissions just for the sake of wintertime discussion fodder and tomfoolery. Horseplay, that is.

I have yet but to dip toes in the shallow end of the EFI/OD tech pool and same can be said of hop-ups. When I was a kid, I knew my contact points and 2G carbs. As a young man, HEI/Q-Jet was my bag. Since then, theres been one EPS carb and a couple rides with headers and aluminum intakes. All stock iron engines but had a couple used rebuilds with cams. I catch me a greatbigo enjoy off even a 3 on the tree, leastwise if'n it works good. I only ever graduated to Saginaw 4 speed.

TH400/12bolt in a full frame or TH350/10bolt in a subframe are both golden to me with CID/4bbl to match and some glasspacks. I don't require big tires to be happy. Last computer I could work on was about a Pentium4 and cut my teeth on DOS 5.0, but I can't quite grasp fuel trims yet. But daily driving with a carb is no longer an option I have. Thats just me and my commute.

So much for the run-on bibliography nobody asked for. Its raining, forgive me. To my point:

I travel under more than 60 traffic lights a day in a community exploding with new population. 20 miles (one hour) each way, completely crossing four cities, a county and a half, and dodging the mainstream with my as-the-crow-flies scenic cow pasture and sunset lover routes.

Like Goober used to say "Gas n oil's one thing, tires is another matter entire!". Slave clutch is one thing, mechanical is another matter entire. Hydraulic throwout bearing? Two grand to cruise 70? Maaan, thems kinda girlier ways of going about getting the stick stamp on your man card. Maximum man card credits would be racy idle close ratio 4.11s and a left pedal that would chunk you into the back seat without your lap belt. The kind you stand on impatiently if you are headed to work.

Say for example you have a whippy fourth gen F body with six gears and pinky toe third pedal. Meh, less card stamps there. Lamont Sanford (the son on the show with Redd Foxx) gets more stamps. So I don't know where the opinions of others lie but there lies mine and hey... we just put away a couple minutes together, didn't we? Fret not, heres some quarter patch pix I left out because the one I wanted came out poorly lit and still has yellow tape. Patched the left also, just smaller but every bit as long. Not posting pics reserved because I thought I might need an excuse to ramble over the weekend, I assure you.



Yes, it is a murderous endeavor to remove or install a rear wheel.



I want to hear from the wheels too big crowd. Too big, in reality? The whole dadblame thing is cartoony. Did you see in the video how its less than half a foot too tall to run under that semi trailer? Way shorter than my GT. Go kart esque ride height but that may change.
Yesterday 08:10 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
Hummm. Grumpy doesn't have a problem with people running up his tail pipe. I guess the problem is with my driving style.

BTW. Roadster is 5 speed. 53 Bel Air is 4 speed, Truck is 5 speed. But....Barb's Jag is automatic 6 speed.

John
Well, we can't quite have you spinning your tachs like tetherballs all over town now can we?

You have the right idea.

I can have fun with a three speed and two barrel. You just can't be in love with your clutch around town.
Yesterday 08:03 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by cozwurth View Post
Yep, the 'velle is a slushbox. Suits me just fine, too. 350 horse 396, TH400, 3.36 posi.

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TH400s are the only thing that will live under my foot. The one that lives there now is weary though. If I could just use it up then use up the backup one which is low miles... well hell I'd be a hundred but then I'd feel ready to hunt up a Muncie. Or a 5 gear.

My blown Pontiac has me singing the busted trans blues right now. One wrong move on a FWD trans instantly transforms them to the ol box-o-rocks.
Yesterday 07:54 PM
John long
Quote:
Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Correct attitude!

Aw you blew it there.






Gotta get Grumpy about it and chaw that see gar just right. Keep that elbow swingin' Take a drag in third.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocC8MueSs_A&app=desktop
Hummm. Grumpy doesn't have a problem with people running up his tail pipe. I guess the problem is with my driving style.

BTW. Roadster is 5 speed. 53 Bel Air is 4 speed, Truck is 5 speed. But....Barb's Jag is automatic 6 speed.

John
Yesterday 07:52 PM
cozwurth
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Roger that sigh. Up, up and away but you move onward and upward. Yes sir, you do that. Three pedal thing.



So the '70 SS is a slushbox like my GP?



I think John has three pedals in his truck perhaps. A car with an automatic and mean loud truck with stick would suit me pretty good.
Yep, the 'velle is a slushbox. Suits me just fine, too. 350 horse 396, TH400, 3.36 posi.

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Yesterday 07:44 PM
idrivejunk
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Originally Posted by cozwurth View Post
On a daily driver, I only kinda agree... I miss my 3rd pedal ride, at least until I get hung up in traffic around the Naval base. That sucks, very much bad. I've got dad's '57 for my 3-pedal fix, and I'll be putting a 5 speed in it eventually. Sigh....

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Roger that sigh. Up, up and away but you move onward and upward. Yes sir, you do that. Three pedal thing.

So the '70 SS is a slushbox like my GP?

I think John has three pedals in his truck perhaps. A car with an automatic and mean loud truck with stick would suit me pretty good.
Yesterday 07:38 PM
idrivejunk Naw, I believe my daily driver oughta be auta matic. But it depends on the commute you have.

I miss my old Ventura.

But looky, I sorta found some bumpers for Life and put shiny on a tire

Yesterday 07:22 PM
cozwurth
Quote:
Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
I got a Rat...bring on the Cat....ha...


BTW, life is too short to push a third pedal and flail an arm all about changing gears a hundred times on a trip to Dairy Queen....
On a daily driver, I only kinda agree... I miss my 3rd pedal ride, at least until I get hung up in traffic around the Naval base. That sucks, very much bad. I've got dad's '57 for my 3-pedal fix, and I'll be putting a 5 speed in it eventually. Sigh....

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Yesterday 01:37 PM
idrivejunk
Quote:
Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
I got a Rat...bring on the Cat....ha...
Correct attitude!

Quote:
BTW, life is too short to push a third pedal and flail an arm all about changing gears a hundred times on a trip to Dairy Queen....
Aw you blew it there.



Quote:
Originally Posted by John long View Post
Naahhh. I like my third pedal but Matt is right. It's crazy how many times you see the car behind about run up your tail pipe each time you shift.

John

Gotta get Grumpy about it and chaw that see gar just right. Keep that elbow swingin' Take a drag in third.

Yesterday 12:02 PM
John long
Quote:
Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
I got a Rat...bring on the Cat....ha...


BTW, life is too short to push a third pedal and flail an arm all about changing gears a hundred times on a trip to Dairy Queen....
Naahhh. I like my third pedal but Matt is right. It's crazy how many times you see the car behind about run up your tail pipe each time you shift.

John
Yesterday 10:50 AM
123pugsy
Quote:
Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
You should see the Shantytown Mansion the engine and trans came in. It ain't so much the engine and trans as it is a crateful of wires. Kinda sad to see all automatics in everything. Seen a kid column shifting his old Ford truck across an intersection yesterday and thought he was cool. The two-pedal-happy mainstreamers will run you down if you delay them to stab a clutch these days though.

By the way... you know what Cats like to hunt best, right? Mouses and Rats.

I got a Rat...bring on the Cat....ha...


BTW, life is too short to push a third pedal and flail an arm all about changing gears a hundred times on a trip to Dairy Queen....
Yesterday 09:26 AM
idrivejunk You should see the Shantytown Mansion the engine and trans came in. It ain't so much the engine and trans as it is a crateful of wires. Kinda sad to see all automatics in everything. Seen a kid column shifting his old Ford truck across an intersection yesterday and thought he was cool. The two-pedal-happy mainstreamers will run you down if you delay them to stab a clutch these days though.

By the way... you know what Cats like to hunt best, right? Mouses and Rats.
Yesterday 07:24 AM
Too Many Projects That Cat will hunt...

Wish I had the wood from that crate. I'll need a lot when I can start working to insulate the shop.
02-21-2020 10:53 PM
idrivejunk So yeah, lots of wearing the journalist hat today.

Everybody loves lots of yellow tape and dim lighting, right?



And temporary steering wheels too. Where the eff is the shifter?



Theres a bump in the trunk, one 10"-




Heeere we go-

















Careful where you point them fins, Batgirl honey. You could put an eye out.

You guys did see that white truck in the "on deck" position, right? Next.

While we're out back, Dave has been busy too. Putting a front end together-



Heres the 51 frame as unboxed and measured thoroughly... and surface rusted but dimensionally perfect.





02-21-2020 10:05 PM
idrivejunk That vid was like a chaser for a big bill. I had stepped into the shade to review footage and missed this little roar:



Still, it turns out that was the most valuable thing I did today. I had to keep an ear to the ground to catch that kitty. You are about to get some outdoor Cat pics. By the way, the headers would definitely knock over a pack of Luckys. Laying on it's side, even.

Anyway, back in my stall... not much to see. Didn't even get the ends welded-







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