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    Okay, how come a guy that bleeds Ford Blue took his first car ride in a GM?

    It's not a Panther of course, but I think many of the lines resemble a two-door quite well.

    This is the car I was brought home from the hospital after I was born.

    I mother bought it in 1977. She liked the 5-Speed, and to be quite honest, I do too! Nothing like a full-sized (actually considered mid-sized at the time) with a 5-gear, three pedals, and a V8.

    We kept it until 1989, when my dad said my mom had to get rid of it. He sold it to a co-worker, who's son wrapped the back end around a telephone pole within a week of buying it. Little brothers threw rocks at it after they set it back in a field and broke the grilles and windshield.

    We bought it back in 1993. It has been in the garage ever since, waiting for it's new quarter panel. The windshield has been replaced, the trim is in the back seat.

    It sports Salon bucket seats (rare), the 5-gear (really really rare!), and a 260 V8. With a 2.56 gear in the back, this thing is quite a freeway flyer.














    Then there is the parts car we bought mostly for the grilles and taillights ('76 specific). Those parts have been removed for safe keeping. It's a rust bucket (probably about the worst I've seen in VA), but it's got a 350 4-bbl that still runs like a scalded dog. It's got buckets and a console as well over the standard bench most came with.









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    I had no idea those things came with 5 speeds. I need to find me one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zwack88
    I had no idea those things came with 5 speeds. I need to find me one!
    Yup, sure did. They are very rare, but they are out there. I've heard about one other one, lol. It was a MPG thing. They only offered it with the 260 V8, because that was the smallest thing they had to bolt up to an existing tranny. This one may be getting that Rocket 350 from the parts car... we shall see.

    The things that remind me of the Box 2-Dr's are the overall proportions, the back side windows, the headlights and parking lights, the front bumper, and the fact that they are smogged all to heck. I'm pretty sure gutting these early style cats will gain you about 50 horses.
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    Looks good. I bet it's fun with that 5 speed, and it would be even more fun with a 4bbl 350.
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    cool mang

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    Nice car, could used a steeper rear end gear though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephmont79
    Nice car, could used a steeper rear end gear though.
    I got a set of 2.73's for it! Yeah, it needs some 3.55's.
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    I used to work for a guy who had a 77 Cutlass Salon. Olds 350, 4v, automatic. Had 270k on it when the timing chain jumped one cold winter morning. He had bought it like 9 years earlier for $500 when he was on vacation in Texas and his car at the time died. He was told that the Olds would probably last 6-12 months at most, but it would get him home. I'm not sure what happened to it but I know he gave it to someone who wanted to use it for a project build car.

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    Fun. That shifter and boot look just like the one in my dad's old '78 Skyhawk.

    How's the 260 run? According to Car Craft, they were complete heaps similar to the Ford 255 output-wise, and they were so bad in other ways that Monzas sold in California got 350s because they couldn't get the 260 to pass emissions.
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    It's ok, I was brought home in the back of a Yellow/Black 79 Camaro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze86Vic
    It's ok, I was brought home in the back of a Yellow/Black 79 Camaro!
    And how's that bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze86Vic
    It's ok, I was brought home in the back of a Yellow/Black 79 Camaro!
    Funny! I'll have to ask whether I rode home in the '74 Cougar (400M/2V) or the '78 Skyhawk (231 V6/manual trans).
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    I would have either come home in a white '72 Dodge Dart 4 door (2bbl 318 swapped to 4bbl) or a turquoise-ish '69 Ford Galaxie 4 door (2bbl 390). More than likely it was the '69 Ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan in MN
    I would have either come home in a white '72 Dodge Dart 4 door (2bbl 318 swapped to 4bbl) or a turquoise-ish '69 Ford Galaxie 4 door (2bbl 390). More than likely it was the '69 Ford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1987cp
    Like, kewlness.
    Like, yeah. :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1987cp
    How's the 260 run? According to Car Craft, they were complete heaps similar to the Ford 255 output-wise, and they were so bad in other ways that Monzas sold in California got 350s because they couldn't get the 260 to pass emissions.

    It's smooth and has V8 rumble. This one's got a stopped up cat so I can't say how well it runs from personal experience. Right now with the stopped up cat it runs like it's pushing about 35 horses to the rear wheels. But my dad tells me it was pretty much gutless when it was new and 5th gear was useless unless you were going over 75MPH. I think it was rated at 110hp so even in fine tune it's not going to be a tire roaster.

    I'm not sure of what kind of transmission, some sources sat it's a Borg-Warner T-50. Whatever it is, it sounds like a Muncie Rock Crusher in first gear. I asked my dad about it, thinking maybe the synchro's were shot or something. He said it's made that sound since it was new. Pretty cool stuff.

    Blaze, why did us tried and true Ford guys come home in '70's GM stuff?
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    I think I may have been brought home in my dad's old early 80's Civic. I may have to kill myself if that's the truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88Vic
    I think I may have been brought home in my dad's old early 80's Civic. I may have to kill myself if that's the truth.

    Ouch mang, that'd suck.
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    I hoping that I was brought home in his Belvedere, that would be acceptable for me. If not, I may have to kill my old man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze86Vic
    It's ok, I was brought home in the back of a Yellow/Black 79 Camaro!
    I was brought home from the hospital in my dad's 77 Mercury Grand Marquis 2 door brougham edition (460/c6). It took two days to get me home as it couldn't make it on the roads (snow storm). Quite ironic that I ended up driving the same make and model car 10 years newer 20 years later.
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