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Old 09-27-2012, 09:37 AM   #21
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I have simple tastes.......
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I think a Jaguar XKE with a Toyota powertrain and electronics implant.
The powertrain really isn't much trouble, though the carbs are fussy. Absolutely a pleasure to hear and feel when everything is working well, which is most of the time. The "electrical system" and the brakes, however . . . not many other cars out there where changing the rear disks requires dropping the rear end.

I owned a '64 XKE roadster. I will never own or drive a finer looking car. When I sold it to buy an '84 Dodge Caravan I knew I'd turned a page in my life.

She looked just like this.

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I owned a '64 XKE roadster. I will never own or drive a finer looking car. When I sold it to buy an '84 Dodge Caravan I knew I'd turned a page in my life.
That's just sad...
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That's just sad...
It was the right thing to do. Still, I try not to think about that car very much.

It was the right thing to do . . .

It was the right thing to do . . .

It was the right thing to do . . .
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That's just sad...
+1. I cannot imagine giving up that car for a minivan.
PJ O'Rourke would be openly weeping at this point.
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And it should be here within a week!!
I almost said that, but it didn't quite do it completely for me.

I though very hard about buying a Model S, but the performance version was more than I want to spend for as much as I drive now. Hardly worth it for the weekly grocery shopping. I'll see what 2015 brings I guess. Smaller car and a sports car I hear.
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I'm jealous. The closest thing I ever owned was a Karmann Ghia.
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Good choice, I bought a new 66 SS 396 new back in the day. A buddy of mine bought a 67 396 Chevelle with the 350HP the year after. We changed the motor to a 427 with square port heads, dual bolt mains, a crane cam and had the engine done by S&K speed in NY. In the mid 70's when the muscle car era was over he sold me the 67 and I kept it for about 12 years. The car turned 11.30 at 128MPH in the quarter. Nothing like pulling the front wheels off the ground on a 7 grand hole shot.

On your 67 red convert I would have loved to have the 375HP motor. That year they only made 612 of them, very rare.
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I almost said that, but it didn't quite do it completely for me.

I though very hard about buying a Model S, but the performance version was more than I want to spend for as much as I drive now. Hardly worth it for the weekly grocery shopping. I'll see what 2015 brings I guess. Smaller car and a sports car I hear.

Nice car but too many doors for me.
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Probably a big, tarted up Roadtrek with all the trimmings, 4X4 and a diesel engine.
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The early 1960's XKE convertibles get my vote for the best looking car ever. I would love to have a fully restored one! But I wouldn't love to pay for it.
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Good choice, I bought a new 66 SS 396 new back in the day. A buddy of mine bought a 67 396 Chevelle with the 350HP the year after. We changed the motor to a 427 with square port heads, dual bolt mains, a crane cam and had the engine done by S&K speed in NY. In the mid 70's when the muscle car era was over he sold me the 67 and I kept it for about 12 years. The car turned 11.30 at 128MPH in the quarter. Nothing like pulling the front wheels off the ground on a 7 grand hole shot.

On your 67 red convert I would have loved to have the 375HP motor. That year they only made 612 of them, very rare.
My 67 SS396 was not a convert (white with black vinyl top), but as a 17 yo, I sure loved that car and wish I had it today. After a few thousand miles, it was moded by Motion Performance. Needed M&Hs on the street for fun, otherwise with street tires there was zero traction and tread life could be counted in weeks, especially with 4.56 rear.

Don't really remember square port heads back then, those must have been a special order Chevy item or aftermarket?
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My 67 SS396 was not a convert (white with black vinyl top), but as a 17 yo, I sure loved that car and wish I had it today. After a few thousand miles, it was moded by Motion Performance. Needed M&Hs on the street for fun, otherwise with street tires there was zero traction and tread life could be counted in weeks, especially with 4.56 rear.

Don't really remember square port heads back then, those must have been a special order Chevy item or aftermarket?
In 67 the Chevelle SS came standard with the 396 CI motor. There was a choice of 3 different HP motors. 325HP was the lowest, 350HP was the same motor with a different cam. The there was the 396 375HP. This car really had about 425HP. The difference with the engine was that it had different heads with the square ports. Also a solid lifter cam, dual bolt mains, higher compression and a host of other goodies. In 67 there were only 612 made with this engine as it was only available for a few months during the production run. In 66 there were many more 375HP Chevelles produced.

I lived very close to Motion Performance on Sunrise Hwy back in NY. They were hooked up with Baldwin Chevrolet and they had many muscle cars converts to 427's all over the lot. Motion used to sell the 375HP 396 motors for about $350 from the pan to the intake manifold as they used to pull them out for the replacement to the 427 motors.

Once I had my 66 Chevelle Dyno tuned by Joel Rosen at Motion.

Those were the days.
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Interesting article about Baldwin Motion cars.
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Good choice, I bought a new 66 SS 396 new back in the day. A buddy of mine bought a 67 396 Chevelle with the 350HP the year after. We changed the motor to a 427 with square port heads, dual bolt mains, a crane cam and had the engine done by S&K speed in NY. In the mid 70's when the muscle car era was over he sold me the 67 and I kept it for about 12 years. The car turned 11.30 at 128MPH in the quarter. Nothing like pulling the front wheels off the ground on a 7 grand hole shot.

On your 67 red convert I would have loved to have the 375HP motor. That year they only made 612 of them, very rare.
I don't have the 67 anymore. I HAD one with the 375 HP motor in high school/college. I got rid of it to pay for college tuition. Now I see them going for ridiculous amounts of $$$.........at least I had fun for a few years........

And, yes, that car WAS a chick magnet!
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If you scroll down on this article you will see a few pictures that were taken in front of Baldwin Chevrolet on LINY. This was the dealer that was hooked up with Joel Rosen and Motion Performance which was about a mile away or so. Take a look at the super cars all over the place. Look on the window of the dealership and see all the cars with the 427's Joel put into those monsters.

Motion Performance: Tales of a Muscle Car Builder - Martyn L. Schorr - Google Books
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That sounds right to me too.
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One of my brothers bought a '67 Corvette in '69 for $3,200. It was a fastback with 390HP 427; 4 sp; black interior; Butternut yellow exterior (w/ black accent); American mags.
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