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Old 04-07-2009, 10:33 AM   #29
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Nice job on the DWR... now that made me laugh.
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:50 AM   #30
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Back in the '60's and '70's, I put a lot of Cragar aluminum wheels, 60 and 50 series tires, and coil spring extension block in the back of cars to jack them up and make them look "cool". Much the same as 24" tires and wheels do now. And I think the 24's look just as odd as my parents thought all those Camaros and Lemanses did.
On new(er) vehicles, the computers may need to be reprogrammed for the different size tires and wheels. A kid brought in a Tahoe to remove the stock 17's, and put on 24's. When this was done, the truck wouldn't go over 10 mph, because the computer thought there was a problem, and activated the traction control.
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:03 AM   #31
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:08 PM   #32
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What's the word on raising um?
Raising is okay. It's a truck.

My neighbour is a good example of this truck lowering crowd. He seams to think that lowering his late 70's Chevy pick-up has made it handle better than a Corvette.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:11 PM   #33
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Raising is okay. It's a truck.

My neighbour is a good example of this truck lowering crowd. He seams to think that lowering his late 70's Chevy pick-up has made it handle better than a Corvette.
Dunno about handling better than a Corvette, but basic physics will bear out that if you lower the center of gravity it should handle better. Ever seen the gees you can pull with an Enduro Cart?

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Old 04-07-2009, 07:19 PM   #34
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About 10 years ago we were traveling home from the East coast.

I caught a glimpse in the rear view mirror of something coming up fast from behind us. A few seconds later the sweet exhaust note of a jet black Ford Lightning blew past us.

I don't have much interest in pick ups but that one put a smile on my face.

Although the tow rating is not very generous and probably understated, I would bet dollars to doughnuts the Lightning would make a very stable platform as a TV. Those sticky, low profile performance tires being part of the formula.

Personally I think it would be hard to beat Gale Banks' tow vehicle...not only did it tow it's own race trailer to the Bonneville Salt Flats, but also made a 220+mph pass to set the world's record for the fastest diesel truck

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Old 04-07-2009, 09:11 PM   #35
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All old vehicles are nice whether they be stock or modified, thats what makes us individuals. I've owned hot rods and street rods for 50 years. Currently we have a 1948 Cadillac sedanette. It has a late model suspension and late model drive train, with all the options of a new car. I can get on the highway set the cruise control on 75, turn the air conditioner on, tune in the satellite radio and drive, and if I do have trouble, any auto parts store will have the needed parts to fix. We drive 7500 -10000 miles a year
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I happened across this thread and had to toss in a couple of pictures. That is my 38 Ford COE. It is totally original except the engine. It is running a 3.2 liter A series 6 cylinder Cummins turbo diesel. I shoe horned it in without cutting any sheet metal. No I can't paint it because I'm afraid to lose the natural "patina". The car on the back of the truck is a "hot rodded" 1910 Model T Ford. Everything on the car is authentic for the era with the exception of an overdrive transmission from the 50's. The overdrive gives me better road speed for the longer trips. The truck is a tow vehicle just not used for towing an Airstream.
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After reading this thread I was compelled to go put the 2" dropped spindles on my '57 Safari wagon today. I'd been procrastinating, one of those I'll get around to doing it's, but thanks to you folks I got the ambition I needed to get it done.

Life is art and what we do it reflects our own version of it. Some like Picasso and pay mega dollars, some like Norman Rockwell and pay big dollars for it. I look at Robert Cross's car and see one that not only needs to stay the way it came to he and his wife but it would almost be a sin to alter it. It is not only a time warp, but there is a personal history behind it that is as much a part of the car as the car itself.

Then I look at my car, a milestone car, and quite rare, and I'm really happy the way it has turned out. I've owned it 30 years and have constantly been modifying it to meet the changes in demands that we put on it. It is an excellent long range TV, has all the options we have in our new cars excepting A/C which I chose to not install, and we and the 11 other car club members we typically tow with have a tremendous amount of fun.

We properly pro actively do maintenance on them so road incidents are as rare as they are with our new vehicle, maintenance costs are a fraction of what it costs for the new stuff, and we have FUN.

I've always figured to each his or her own. If we all liked the same thing it would be one heck of a boring world. We'd all have Monaco MoHo's and wear paisley jump suits (well, okay, you guys would, not me no matter how much you harassed me ).

I really enjoy a modified vehicle that is done with patience, quality effort, and reflects the owners pride of vehicle. For some folks that means putting ram stickers on the tail lights of their truck, running or step boards, cab lights and extra fog lamps. For others it means raising or lowering, different wheels and tires, swap out the interior, and the changes can be endless.

Thank heavens we live in a world where that is not only acceptable but encouraged as our right.

Now to go leave some carbon footprint on the road somewhere, oh, and here's a picture of what the results of today's efforts are.

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Ahhh.... that's awesome! Great rake!
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:24 AM   #40
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First, we're not talking about personal freedom here; we're talking about aesthetics. I don't "get" most modern art. It's like the example of an attractive young girl with a pierced nose, eyebrow, whatever. I readily concede she has the right to do what she wants to with her face... I just don't get it. If your car makes you happy, great. What a wonderful world it would be if people had that same attitude about other things... and cared enough to keep our government from trampling all over our Constitutional rights. Not to get too political, Barry, but I have a tough time celebrating your automotive freedoms when our civil freedoms are under siege.
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As much "stock" as I could keep it, but very driveable. New wood and stainless bed where there was only rust and daylight before. I grew up with the 50's and 60's cars and trucks, now they take me back to some great memories.
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First, we're not talking about personal freedom here; we're talking about aesthetics. I don't "get" most modern art. It's like the example of an attractive young girl with a pierced nose, eyebrow, whatever. I readily concede she has the right to do what she wants to with her face... I just don't get it. If your car makes you happy, great. What a wonderful world it would be if people had that same attitude about other things... and cared enough to keep our government from trampling all over our Constitutional rights. Not to get too political, Barry, but I have a tough time celebrating your automotive freedoms when our civil freedoms are under siege.
Oh geez, come on guys. This thread is now destined for a lock-down, but I'll put in my $.75 before it happens.

1) Yes, H38, you are old. It's okay, it happens to all of us. I'm sure you have done things that the generation ahead of you did not "get." My folks were raised on 50s rock 'n' roll and the country music of the era, while I listened to Heavy Metal through my teenager years and they hated it. I still listen to a lot of loud and heavy music, and the majority of it is contemporary, so I'm not sure what MY kids will hold against me. Perhaps they'll go back and start listening to a lot of Frank Sinatra, and they won't understand why Daddy has to listen to such loud, atonal, monotonous, heavy music.

(I actually love Frank and the other crooners, as well as a lot of country music, and show tunes too. But, I'm sure my kids will have to find SOMETHING about my music they don't like! )

2) Before you think I'm busting on you too much, I completely agree-- I don't like seeing trucks chopped and lowered. And that statement is not limited to vintage vehicles, I don't like it on late-model trucks either. I don't "get" it. Also, I'm not a fan of nose piercings and eyebrow piercings and tattoos in general. I don't get that either.

3) But, it's not my choice to make. Our personal liberties are intimately tied to our political liberties, and I celebrate all of them.

So, I understand where you're coming from-- I "get" you and completely agree with you. At the same time, while I shake my head at the aesthetic qualities that I do not like and do not get, I just don't see the point in railing against them. It's not like I can go out and buy every single 1950s truck and restore it to original. Some of them are going to end up chopped and lowered.

But I'll tell you this much, it makes me appreciate that much more when I do see a beautifully and carefully restored vintage vehicle.

And Barry, your ride is just that-- it's obvious the care and love that you have put into your vehicle, and it is beautiful.

Okay, flame away at me if you feel so compelled, if I can take my parents' abuse regarding my music preferences, I can take the heat on a message board as well....

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