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#326403 07/01/09 04:39 PM
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Speaking of Chrysler - Dodge Charger, 440 big-block with a Holley carb - not a bad car. Seemed to work for the Dukes of Hazard.

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Gosh, that's nice.

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"Speaking of Chrysler - Dodge Charger, 440 big-block with a Holley carb - not a bad car. Seemed to work for the Dukes of Hazard."


Let's not leave out the legendary Chrysler 426 Hemi. Two 4 barrel Carter carbs. An automotive legend along with the Ford 351 Cleveland 4 barrel.

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A neighbor was selling a 1973 silver Corvette and I was tempted to take him up on the offer.

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I've usually been a faithful Chevy/GM man but I will heartily recognize the 351 Cleveland as one of the better motors of the Ford/Mercury product line. My very first car was a gold 1972 XR-7 with black trim and the sequential turn signal lights. I put a 4-bbl on it eventually.

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Rochester made some decent truck carbs as well - not racy, but dependable.

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My first car was a New Yorker with a 392 hemi. I easily outran the mustangs of the time. I later moved to Pontiacs and liked the 400 cu in engines. I wanted a 455 but my insurance company would have croaked over that one. Now, economy rules but I still remember those old cars. They were fun!

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Originally Posted by byzanTN
My first car was a New Yorker with a 392 hemi. I easily outran the mustangs of the time. I later moved to Pontiacs and liked the 400 cu in engines. I wanted a 455 but my insurance company would have croaked over that one. Now, economy rules but I still remember those old cars. They were fun!


I had a '69 Pontiac Catalina with a 400 2 barrel, and a '70 Catalina with a 350 2 barrel that I later 4 barreled. I always liked the big Pontiacs more than the Firebirds and GTOs. I'd still like to get a nice '70 Bonneville with a H.O. 455, but most survivors are convertibles. frown

byzanTN, What year and model of Pontiacs did you own?

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My first car was a Volkswagen beetle. My second car was a Karman-Ghia. My third car was a Volkswagen beetle. Then I was talked into a larger car.

The current pseudo-beetle is nowhere near the quality of the old ones.

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The new Beetle doesn't that distinctive Prrrrrrt sound either. grin

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My first Pontiac was a 64 Catalina. I went through a series of Trans-Ams from early to late 70s, and finally bought something more economical in 1982.

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I still covet my cousin's candy apple red 78 Trans Am Firebird with 403 Oldsmoblie engine. He still has it although he rarely drives it anymore considering it gets like 10 miles/gallon.


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What's with these wimpy little engines?

1972 Cadillac Eldorado convertible.

500 cubic inch V-8.

In my garage, about 30 feet away. The 4bbl quadrajet carb is about 15 feet away on the kitchen counter, with my wife caught between dismay & amusement.

Currently white & beige, but I plan to turn it red with white top by the time I'm done.

And it will have significant amounts of custom wood, by necessity rather than choice.

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(hey, why isn't the picture showing? It's at http://dochawk.org/caddie/car/caddie.2.090215.800x600.jpg)

And for Fr. Serge:

My first car was a '74 superbeetle. Today I have a Miata, which was as close as I could come to what the Karman Ghia was. For a while we had mine, my brother's regular '74 beetle (previously my grandfather's), and my father's '64 all in a row on the front curb.

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Displacement is nice, but modern engines can generate significantly more horsepower and torque on a much smaller block. Take my prospective midlife crisis car, the Honda Civic Si, which gets 197 hp on a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine. Put that on a 1500 lb car, and you have serious go power.

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Keep us up to date on the restoration with pictures, if possible. Those Eldorados were beautiful cars.

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