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Rods.

Hot Rods.

Custom Rods.

Cars that go fast.

Cars that don't go fast.

I gave it all up a few years go.

 

But lately i've been listening to a lot of SCOTS and RHH and stuff, had a few discussions with some bracket racers on IRC...

 

And now i want another hot rod :evil:

 

I don't have a shop, i don't have any more tools other than a box of screwdrivers and a Taiwanese crescent wrench, i don't have any donor cars or any projects hiding away anywhere. I've moved away from my best friend who could build anything out of anything. I don't drive big block Fords or sleeper L6s to work anymore. I have a very pedestrian (and recently paid for) 1999 4cyl Ranger thankyouverymuch. All my fetishes with Detroit Iron and Latent Rice-Boyism were satiated with some Lego Technic purchases and a few good racing games, notably the Gran Turismo series, the original Driver and some cheapo Dirt Track racing game.

 

I thought i was cured! :mad:

 

Now i live in the Corrosion States (Wisconsin) where you're hard pressed to find a native (or even transplanted) car older than 10 years, donor or otherwise. I can't even remember the last time i saw an aircooled VW! No more mild and agreeable Temperate Rainforest of the PacNW where a '53 Crown Vic can sit in a field for 26 years and start right up with a battery and splash of gas down the carb.

 

I have no money!! No expendable income for the likes of Edelbrock or Dearborn Classics or A&P or such.

 

I have no parking!! My gf comes over and with our 2 cars it's instant clusterfsck in the parking lot.

 

I always want to do stuff that I can't do. :eek:

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I happen to have an Edelbrock Torket II for a small block Chevy available.

I'll also give you a hell of a deal on any professional tools you might decide you want. Since I'm no longer twisting wrenches I have a large amount of duplicate hand tools, and some air tools. I've gotten rid of much of it but still have some left if you're interested.

 

Personally, I've had more of that crap than I can stand. I still kinda like to look at them and driving a hotrod wouldn't be all that bad but to work on that crap again? NOT!

 

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Phaeton, you have exactly two days left to cure yourself of car lust. Drive down to Burlington and drive up and down the main shopping district with all the last minute shoppers.

 

You won't want to drive anything anymore for a long time. ;)

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I don't know exactly where Phaeton lives, but I believe it's 5 - 10 min. tops to the Wisconsin/Illinois border.

 

....on a bicycle.

 

Phaeton, you have exactly two days left to cure yourself of car lust. Drive down to Burlington and drive up and down the main shopping district with all the last minute shoppers.

 

I got my first ever speeding ticket in Burlington.

Cop was hiding between two railcars on the side of the road, clocked all the cars passing by me @41mph in a 25. Cost me $370-some-odd dollars all told.

 

Do an http://maps.yahoo.com on burlington and you'll sort be able to see what a mess it is even without traffic.

 

That doesn't count though, because i know to avoid those things and go str8 for the cruising strip ;)

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I happen to have an Edelbrock Torket II for a small block Chevy available.

 

No Chevy For Phaeton!

 

I'll also give you a hell of a deal on any professional tools you might decide you want. Since I'm no longer twisting wrenches I have a large amount of duplicate hand tools, and some air tools. I've gotten rid of much of it but still have some left if you're interested.

 

Of course i'm interested.... But to be honest and rational, i have nowhere to put them and (most importantly) just don't have the dough to give you a fair price for them. If i told you what I let *my* tools go for you'd drive all the way out here just to beat me on the head with a Snap-On prybar. Tough times called for tough decisions.

 

Personally, I've had more of that crap than I can stand. I still kinda like to look at them and driving a hotrod wouldn't be all that bad but to work on that crap again? NOT!

 

As you know, working on someone else's car and trying to beat flatrate is one thing, but toodling around with your own car on your own time, w/o the service writer breathing down your neck is something else. Even if it's just an excuse to spend a saturday afternoon polishing stainless bolt heads and drinking b33r. :D

 

What i had always wanted to do was to build up a 65 falcon sedan delivery with a hot 4.9L inline six. In leu of that i'll take a 64 or 65 sedan. I know that even a mild sb V8 would trounce your average 6, but i just love those stovebolts. Smooth, quiet, built like a battleship. I had a 66 falcon some years ago (adored that lil car) and when we rebuilt a 200 for it we "warmed it over" a little.

 

I've seen some real kickass 300s though. A guy up the street had a 62 or 63 ranchero that would do wheelstands down at the strip :eek:

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One of my best friends has a fully restored '54 Lincoln Capri. The thing is absolutely gorgeous. He keeps trying to talk me into getting a project car. I was almost tempted when a guy down the street from me was selling his '51 Mercury. It might still be for sale Phaeton!

 

groooooannnnnnn........

 

/me cries :cry:

 

:D

 

Mmmmm.... is this Merc fairly original, or has it been chopped up yet?

 

I bet that Lincoln is beautiful :thu:

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Phaeton, you have exactly two days left to cure yourself of car lust. Drive down to Burlington and drive up and down the main shopping district with all the last minute shoppers.

 

You won't want to drive anything anymore for a long time.

 

Well, i tried it anyways, and i feel no different about it. I didn't expect to, but oh well.

 

Even though i know i can't get anything now, nothing stopped me from picking up a Sunday paper to browse the classifieds for a 1964 or 1965 Falcon project :evil:

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OOooooooohhhhh yes, a car thread.

 

I don't know anything about hot rods, i'm a japanese car man. Hot rods certainly look beautiful.

 

but you did mention the Subaru Forrester! They have the same engine as one of these don't they?

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/cpcampion/Image0086.jpg

 

If so it would have 273BHP as standard! :D

 

Thats mine and it has over 300BHP. :D

 

And i don't have any disposable income either, but i just have to go without food, and beg for scraps outside restaurants. :D

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I don't know anything about hot rods, i'm a japanese car man. Hot rods certainly look beautiful.

 

Not to say some of the japanese or european cars aren't beautiful either :D

Though i know that through an extra 40 years of technology and better design that modern cars *are* better and can outdo just about anything old, good ol' Detroit Iron is my first love. The simplicity, the hardiness, the "feel" of an era. I can't let that go. Doesn't mean I wouldn't build up a modern import either ;) They're fast, they're efficient, they're well done. The Honda VTEC engine is a true marvel- tuned like a stock grocery getter when you drive it like one, put the hammer down and it's suddenly tuned like a sports car. Pure Genius.

 

As far as one-use cars though, it's the guys in the T-Buckets you've got to watch for. I've ridden in a few of those that really drive home the phrase "accelerate until you see the face of death, then let off a smidge"

 

Tedster! That's a great suggestion. The only problem is that for the last couple of years here there hasn't ever been enough snow to drag out any sleds. It's a real bummer for everyone, i guess. Most of them have been going up north, but that adds some complication to it, of course.

 

Thenagain, it's still not the same.

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