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1964 Ford Falcon Futura

I somehow managed to not get a shot of this in its entirety, but here's another great example of an economy car becoming a hot rod :) This one has been upgraded to a 302 rather than the contemporary 289. The 302 heads breathe much much better, according to what I've read.

You may notice that the Falcon has many visual styling cues similar to the larger Fairlane.

The Chevy counterpart to the Falcon was the Nova, which also included a V8 option. But I don't think the Falcon ever offered a big block :)

You can see the giant starter relay atop the passenger fender well. This is typical for Ford starting systems back in the day. My 74 F100 had that, as did my 86 Mustang, IIRC.

The bracing between the firewall and shock towers looks like it would be a pain to deal with when pulling or installing the motor.

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Oldsmobile convertible

This is a b-body Olds convertible. It says Delta 88 on the rear quarter, and I believe it's a 1967 model. The Delmont 88 also shared this platform.

The breather cover says "Super Rocket" on it, which, according to Wiki, indicates the 425 cubic inch big block (precursor of the 455).

It looks great but I do wonder how the extra low ride affects handling. Still, I'd gladly buckle up in the passenger seat for a ride in it :)

Notice the accessory cluster on the front of the motor. It has a serpentine belt with a nicely polished frame. Back in the day, there would have been at least 2 belts, maybe 3...and possibly 4 :)

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1967 Ford Fairlane

Here's a very nice 67 Fairlane. This one has a 408 cubic inch small block. At first, I wondered if it was one of the myriad of motors which can be had by swapping cranks and blocks in the big block Ford FE/FT series, but, as I recall, the owner told me this is a stroked Windsor small block. Regardless, at 408 cubes and two carburetors, it looks like a lot of fun !

Youngsters should take note: one thing which old timers really liked about Fords, the distributor is in the front, which takes it easy on your back when you're installing one :)

The 60's generation Fairlane is a mid-size car and a cross to the Chevelle and other GM a-bodies.

Up high on the firewall, just above the brake master cylinder, I think that's the wiper motor.

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Holden SSV

The badge under the hood says Holden SSV, where the V is stylized reminiscent of the one on the Cadillac CTS-V. But I'm thinking this is someone's re-badging project. The steering wheel is on the left, so I'm thinking recent vintage Chevy SS rather than an actual Holden.

I didn't get to chat with the owner, so I'm left to make my best guess now.

Regardless, it has a blown, injected V8 in it - I'm pretty sure I can make it burn rubber :)

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Chevy C10

This is a 67-72 C10 Chevy short bed pickup . I'd have to do some research to narrow it down from there. But it's beautiful, regardless of actual age :)

Notice the mix of vintages under the hood: it has a serpentine belt in the front like current motors, but retains a distributor in back.

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SS El Camino

Here's a mid-80's SS El Camino. This one has a 383 stroker in it, so I'm pretty sure it's prone to balding rear tires :)

If that stack under the hood was any taller, it would need FAA mandated marker lights on it :)

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Monte Carlo SS

Here's another mid-80's g-body, a Monte Carlo SS, and I really like this one !

I think stock this had a 305 in it, but the engine under the hood looks a lot more potent. I'm thinking this is out of a Corvette, but don't know enough about LT1's, etc, to identify this one. But I'm sure it has lots of gitty-up :)
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Back in 89 and 90, we took my buddy's similar MC SS from St Louis to Talledega and back for a couple races. If you ever go down there, keep in mind, you need to BYOB on Sunday, 'cause, while they're wet on Saturday, they're dry on Sunday :)

BTW, I think 1990 was the year the Lumina debuted to replace the MC. The other RWD g-bodies - Cutlass, Regal and Grand Prix - had already transitioned to w-bodies in the preceding years.

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454 Big Block Nova

The ultimate compact car - a 454 Nova :)

This one has 5mph bumpers on it, so it's 1973 or newer, and stock would have had a low compression motor in it because of unleaded gas, altho I'm not even sure the 454 was an actual option that year. But a big block would fit in that platform - the 396 had been an option at one time.

I was never thrilled with the 5mph bumpers, but this car looks fantastic. This is my preferred version of the x-body :)

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427 first generation Camaro

I think this is a 67 Camaro, maybe 68. And this one has a 427 in it :) You need a good credit rating at the tire store with a car like this :)

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Another first generation Camaro

Here's another early vintage Camaro. Again, I think it's a 67, but could be a 68.

It's badged as an SS, but I did not ascertain the motor; it looks like a small block, so I'd guess 350.

Regardless, it's a great looking car, and I'd love to have one !

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Pictures brought back some memories.

I learned to drive in my father’s 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 4-door with the “Rocket V-8” 425CID 4-barrel motor.

Then, I bought a 1965 Chevrolet Malibu.

Later, I bought a 1965 Corvette convertible, with the 327-300HP, and a four-speed (both tops).

Later, I bought a 1969 Camaro convertible Z-11 Pace Car replica, with the RS and SS option (350-300 HP) with the four-speed.

Later, I bought 1 1973 Corvette coupe, with the L-48 350 CID motor.

Later, I bought a 1975 Chevrolet Nova Custom 2-door with the 350 CID 4-barrel.

And - I bough a lot more GM cars......
 

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1935 Ford 3-window coupe

Here's a 35 Ford with an Offenhauser flat-head V8 in it :)

I knew Offy from Indy cars back in the 70's, but only later did I realize they were an early player in high performance engines.

What I really like about this car is the hood ornament! That thing is way cool !

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Silverado K-10

I must have been sleeping that day - I failed too many times to photograph the data sheet in the window, so I can only guess the vintage on some of these. I'm pretty sure this one is newer than 1974 :)

It looks like a work in progress, but it's a really nice truck.

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GTO

Here's a 1970-ish GTO. I don't have any more data on it, but it looks in great shape. Not sure what motor is in it. While Pontiac performance and the 400/6.6 are commonly associated, they had other potent motors such as the 455 (plus a couple other earlier 400+ cubic inch motors). But I think by the time this car came out, the options would have been 350, 400 or 455 (for the GTO).

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