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1 video for car buffs on Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:25 pm

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2 Re: video for car buffs on Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:58 pm

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Although our focus on where to spend our free time has changed in the last few years. We have been known to spend some time at car shows in the past.

This is what occupy's our garage at present.



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3 Re: video for car buffs on Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:02 pm

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AHA!! I figured I'd dredge up some interest with that video. Your car is soooo cool. What is it??

Pete bought a white 76 Vette around 1983. He pulled the motor and put in a small block, stripped off the white paint and painted it Autumn Harvest Red over the course of maybe 3 years back 10 years ago. It gets used maybe 3 times in a summer.


Then he bought a 62 Ford Unibody pickup that was sitting in the weeds out behind a barn about 20 years ago. The motor had been sent to a guy to overhaul it but the guy didn't finish it and parts were all over his garage. So it took the next 20 years to get the truck put together and done finally this early summer. Three weeks after we put the insurance on it, some dumb kid was showing off and passed Pete on the curve entrance of an expressway ramp. It had recently stopped raining and he began fishtailing and over corrected and smashed into the driver's side back fender and then smashed into the driver's side front fender which drove it into the guard rail on the other side and did in the steering wheel, grill, bumper, and tire besides. Fortunately, they were able to find fenders with no problem but the grill was a problem. And fortunately everything else was minor enough they were able to ding it out and it ended up better than when it was hit. That was $10,319 later.



About a year ago, we learned that our son who had been laid off for a long time was going to sell his precious first car, a 79 Mustang because they needed money to make mortgage payments. So Pete bought it to keep it in the family and is now in the midst of having it redone. He did a whole bunch of work for a body guy and now the body guy is paying back by doing work on the car. Guess we don't have any pictures of that one.

Yup, nothing in the savings account at the bank. It's all in the back shed. LOL


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4 Re: video for car buffs on Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:07 am

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Esther,
It's a 23 T bucket. Although that's something of a misnomer because I don't believe it has an original 23 T part on it.

Chevy small block engine. Most everything else is custom made and in many cases home manufactured. But the body is a fiberglass one shaped like a 23 T so that's how it's titled.

I'm not the "gear head" so that's about all I know statistically speaking. Bruce traded for this car about 10 years ago, re-did the paint and upholstery himself about 6 or so years ago. It was his main focus and hobby and I happily tagged along. But, then about 4 years ago we got into fish/pond keeping/showing/breeding and the focus changed so the T mostly sits in the garage. We used to spend every weekend at car shows and even a couple evenings a week at cruise-ins, but not anymore. I knew he was "serious" about this fish stuff when he even commented he was considering selling the T to get $ for building a bigger pond. That hasn't happened yet though. Part of me would be sad to see him sell it. He put so much love into the rebuild, it's a part of him. I'll try to find some before and after pics and post them here this evening. I don't have time this morning. Gotta get ready for work.

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5 Re: video for car buffs on Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:59 am

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Yah, I hear ya!! These wheels and wires become DH's babies. I don't get it totally either but at least he's not spending $$ in a bar.

I know what cha mean about the shows. If you've seen one, you've seen 'em all.


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6 Re: video for car buffs on Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:56 pm

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This is what the T looked like shortly after he got it in 2001.

This is what it looked like after he redid the paint and upholstry, added a top, designed and made custom beveled glass wind wings and lens covers. The flames on the paint job are done in color changing paint and look really neat as they change when you see the car moving from the side. He did a bunch of other improvements too.

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7 Re: video for car buffs on Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:30 pm

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I bet everyone's head swings around when you come down the road. Good job.


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8 Re: video for car buffs on Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:39 pm

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Lari wrote:This is what the T looked like shortly after he got it in 2001.

This is what it looked like after he redid the paint and upholstry, added a top, designed and made custom beveled glass wind wings and lens covers. The flames on the paint job are done in color changing paint and look really neat as they change when you see the car moving from the side. He did a bunch of other improvements too.

What a cool looking car and he did a very nice job on it :[IMG]2thumbs01


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