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Username Post: Good ride today        (Topic#360470)
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Loc: North La.
Reg: 01-30-02
04-09-20 06:19 PM - Post#2790773    

My 55 hasn’t been started in 5-6 months. Cleaned everything from around it like boots and shoes under it, poured a little gas down the carburetor to prime it. Busted right off. Backed it out of the garage and it was idling so good. Let it warm up a little and it was time to ride. It’s a stock 350, 2 barrel with Muncie 4-speed. Backed out of driveway, boy that 4-speed felt good. Has a lot of low end with the 4-speed and old original third member. Took it up and down the streets and rode around about 20 minutes. Got back home and decided to wash it. As I circled around to passenger front what did I see, two open/box end wrenches sitting there. Had rode all that time where the front fenders are close to the cowl. I said, man look a there. Smooth riding old car. Had to brag to my wife how it run, drove, and rode today. Glad I’m still holding on to it. By the way I just renewed my Hagerty insurance this morning on the 55 and the 67 Camaro. Good day it was!

Edited by rls8836 on 04-09-20 06:21 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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04-09-20 10:34 PM - Post#2790787    
    In response to rls8836

If it had been me the wrenches would be history when I hit second


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04-10-20 08:16 AM - Post#2790813    
    In response to rls8836

Glad you got out and enjoyed your day in your car. During this time of isolation driving our cars is one of the few pleasures they can’t take away.

Posts: 387

Loc: North La.
Reg: 01-30-02
04-10-20 08:24 AM - Post#2790814    
    In response to WagonMan

Hah, I pet mine to much. Original owner told me in 1999 it might could use a new clutch. Been taking care of it 21 years does real well. I’m really satisfied with my Muncie. It’s quite in all the gears. Just wished Muncie would have had a factory overdrive in 1967. That’s the year of the transmission. And they didn’t make it. All 4 gears are ok just need another when around 50-55 and hate to swap it out for another. I came home from work one day and my wife had bought me a three deuce set-up in 2001 from her Chevrolet hot rod buddies at her GM plant she was working at and brought tears to my eyes. Have yet to put it on. The clutch would have been gone long ago if I had it installed. We’re all different people you know. I love hot rodding but I like my car also the way it is with the two barrel carburetor. It has magnaflow mufflers on it that are pretty quite sounding. I rebuilt the A frame bushings and put a front sway bar and new front shocks. New coil springs. Still has drum brakes with single master cylinder. I put all new wheel cylinders and brake shoes on it maybe 10 years ago. All I have really added is retro sound radio and Vintage Air. The AC was all my wife requested. Just a nice car for my individual tastes. I worked in a Industrial environment from 18-63. Noise will kill your hearing that’s why I like it kind of quite now. At 30 or 40 I’m sure it would have had headers and loud mufflers and probably tore up but not today. I hope there are others out there who share my taste.

Now days, we also have a 67 Camaro RS/SS that is loud and fast with a 383 stroker, but the 55 is my favorite.

My first love was and is my 31 model A two door sedan I still own. I have a taste for the vintage also. May get run over from behind in it as it’s only happy around 45 mph. I think I have three good cars, diversified yes, just my own personal tastes.

Edited by rls8836 on 04-10-20 08:58 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

4dr 57 
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04-10-20 08:36 PM - Post#2790869    
    In response to rls8836

It's not a surprise that between 50 and 60mph there
seems to be a need for another gear -ummm . . . today.

A man that knows much told me that these car were engineered to go roughly 60mph, what with the skinny tires and the roads they were travelling on.

3K will get you a Muncie replacement from some outfit @ Summit in a 5 speed version said to fit w/o a mod, save the for the shift lever hole!
No doubt but some will go for it!

It's all good. mostly

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04-11-20 07:47 PM - Post#2790933    
    In response to YOUNG57

  • YOUNG57 Said:
During this time of isolation driving our cars is one of the few pleasures they can’t take away.

You'd be surprised, our Gov. 'Tommie the Commie' made Sunday Driving a crime - not as a primary offense, but if you get pulled over for something else they are gonna grill you.
That being said, I drove my 55 to the cemetery I'm in charge of to check out a fallen tree.

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56 Stepside shortbed
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Loc: North La.
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04-28-20 08:49 PM - Post#2792330    
    In response to craig32

Haha, got to drive it though that’s good.

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04-28-20 08:51 PM - Post#2792333    
    In response to 4dr 57

Valued Contributor, where is Texas Hill country?


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