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Old 07-06-2005, 09:22 PM   #21
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Hi, 59toaster,

No cat on this one at all. I supposed I'll need to use an octane booster/lead additive for it?

(I already use an octane booster in the Dakota to keep it from pinging when towing.)

Thanks!

Lamar
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Old 08-08-2005, 05:54 PM   #22
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Hi, 59toaster,

I had another chance to look at it this morning (again in the rain). It does have a 12-bolt rear end. It also has rust on the firewall (and a couple of holes, actually), the bottom of the doors, the top rear parts of the doors, the lower fenders, around the turn signals, and around the cargo light.

In a break in the rain, I took it out and cautiously poked it to the floor. What can I say? It picks up its skirts and rushes forward in a most undignified manner. (I had forgotten just how cushy the TH400 with an always unlocked torque converter went through the gears.) After about five seconds I discontuinued that experiment. It turned out that I had forgotten about how big engines have compression braking, too.

The speedometer is slow. It says 40 around 60.( I'll use a GPS to get it to the house.)

As for the ride, it's already better than my Dakota. With that GVR, I don't think it will bad at all.

I need another project like a hole in my head, but in my mind's eye, I see this old beast and my Excella going down the road, and it's something that a person might have actually seen in the late 70s and 80s.

And, boy, this IS a project. The hood ornament is even missing.

Lamar
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