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What a pathetic automobile.

I sure remember the days of no muscle muscle cars... sigh.

I`d have that spindly shifter snapped off on the first second to third power shift.

The mid to late 70s was a pitiful time.

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But when it came to the big classy cars the 70s was awsome, I would love to take a new car from the 70s on a long trip vs. New cars, in my works brand new work trucks my knees hit everything amd it's not comfortable for tall or big guys, but my old 75 Malibu daily driver was a comfy car, but ya muscle was pathetic them days, especially 74 amd 75 

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I faintly remember the glory day cars that were left From the 60s in 78 79. I agree not much for performance after 71. Dad has a 76 caprice classic 4 door that was nice driving car. My car I want one day is a 87 Buick Regal gn. Might have to make a clone out of another year regal though. 

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I had a 76 Camaro, 350 4V  4sp with posi. It was alright considering the time it was conceived in but not in the same class as it's predecessors.

There were a few sleepers that slipped past the watchful eye of the suits.

But for the most part just lipstick and mascara. 😔 

 

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Call me strange but I always thought the Laguna was a cool car. Maybe that says too much about me...

 

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I had a 1973 Mach 1 Mustang with 351 Cleveland 2V automatic FMX transmission. I bet a 4 cylinder Volkswagen would have ran circles around that car. It was the 1st of the SMOG motors. One of my late brothers friends took out the distributor and put it on a SUN machine that spun it up to a higher RPM range and he changed the springs on the weights. It jumped but the fastest it would roll was 115 mph. Still no race car. I kept it and restored the car in 1982. I then showed it all over the central south, won many trophies with it, sold it and bought a 97 Harley. Glad it is not sitting in my garage, today. But now the Harley is old and needs a new home.

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4 minutes ago, IH766 said:

Call me strange but I always thought the Laguna was a cool car. Maybe that says too much about me...

 

Image result for 73 laguna

 

Image result for laguna hot rod magazine

Nope. They were cool. S-3 Laguna had the NASCAR nose didn't it?

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11 minutes ago, IH766 said:

Call me strange but I always thought the Laguna was a cool car. Maybe that says too much about me...

 

Image result for 73 laguna

 

Image result for laguna hot rod magazine

Neighbor kid 4 years older had a red and red top laguna. Think it was a 75 or76. Lots of plain dusters, citations and stuff like that in school parking lot from 85 to88.

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My first after marriage vehicle was a 1976, 4 Door, Buick Century. Had a 350 Buick engine and a 4 barrel (not a Chevy SB but a Buick).  It was a dog for a 350 but ran fine and served us well until 1986, we went for an economy car and got a Ford Escort Wagon, worst car I have ever been associated with, totally JUNK.  I basically grew up in the early 60's, my most famous personal car was a 66 Chevy Corvette. That sucker had the high performance package with a 425 HP  11.2:1 compression 427 BB, No power anything was available with the big engine package. That Vette cost $6200.  Every thing I have owned or assembled or driven since that vehicle has not compared as a go fast machine.  It only ran on the highest available octane fuel and every service station attendant wanted to hear it run and see the engine. No station in 1966 was self service and especially not the ones with the high test fuel the Vette required. When I finally realized that the Vette owned me, I got a 1200D 4X4 International in 1970 and my high flying days ended.  Neither one of my younger brothers understood why I would go from a Vette to a 4X4 pickup!

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1 hour ago, Rusty shackleford said:

But when it came to the big classy cars the 70s was awsome, I would love to take a new car from the 70s on a long trip vs. New cars, in my works brand new work trucks my knees hit everything amd it's not comfortable for tall or big guys, but my old 75 Malibu daily driver was a comfy car, but ya muscle was pathetic them days, especially 74 amd 75 

I don’t know. At 6’5” I’m pretty comfortable in our 2017 Suburban.

 

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17 minutes ago, Bushwacker1 said:

I had a 1973 Mach 1 Mustang with 351 Cleveland 2V automatic FMX transmission. I bet a 4 cylinder Volkswagen would have ran circles around that car. It was the 1st of the SMOG motors. One of my late brothers friends took out the distributor and put it on a SUN machine that spun it up to a higher RPM range and he changed the springs on the weights. It jumped but the fastest it would roll was 115 mph. Still no race car. I kept it and restored the car in 1982. I then showed it all over the central south, won many trophies with it, sold it and bought a 97 Harley. Glad it is not sitting in my garage, today. But now the Harley is old and needs a new home.

I had one too!   But....it was a powerhouse compared to the Mustangs that replaced it the next year! The Cobra II got the V8 pumping out an impressive...….(???) 120 HP!

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4 minutes ago, oleman said:

My first after marriage vehicle was a 1976, 4 Door, Buick Century. Had a 350 Buick engine and a 4 barrel (not a Chevy SB but a Buick).  It was a dog for a 350 but ran fine and served us well until 1986, we went for an economy car and got a Ford Escort Wagon, worst car I have ever been associated with, totally JUNK.  I basically grew up in the early 60's, my most famous personal car was a 66 Chevy Corvette. That sucker had the high performance package with a 425 HP  11.2:1 compression 427 BB, No power anything was available with the big engine package. That Vette cost $6200.  Every thing I have owned or assembled or driven since that vehicle has not compared as a go fast machine.  It only ran on the highest available octane fuel and every service station attendant wanted to hear it run and see the engine. No station in 1966 was self service and especially not the ones with the high test fuel the Vette required. When I finally realized that the Vette owned me, I got a 1200D 4X4 International in 1970 and my high flying days ended.  Neither one of my younger brothers understood why I would go from a Vette to a 4X4 pickup!

Yes it wasn’t until around 80 they started using common engines. Buick had a 350, Chevy had 350, Pontiac had their own motor as did Oldsmobile had a 350  and caddy had their own big engine

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1 hour ago, MTO said:

What a pathetic automobile.

I sure remember the days of no muscle muscle cars... sigh.

I`d have that spindly shifter snapped off on the first second to third power shift.

The mid to late 70s was a pitiful time.

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   Is this "Aspen R/T yours?  

We always had "Chrysler's"...…..These things rusted out on the dealers show room floor,  We still have a 1979 LeBaron in the barn, 225 super SIX,  2 Barrel carb,  Black with "Bright Red Leather Seats",   Chrysler, Dodge & Plymouth, all the same Bodies,  Different fenders, Tail Lights,  Head light assembles.

In 1980 I did own a 1978 Bright orange Roadrunner, took out the slow pokey 318 and put in a built 360, 727,  8 3/4 4.10 gears, …….. "UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED",.....  Sold the car, the next week to a fella that was "Dumber" than me...… Made good Money,   My Dad hated that car.

Jim Droscha

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1 hour ago, MTO said:

What a pathetic automobile.

I sure remember the days of no muscle muscle cars... sigh.

I`d have that spindly shifter snapped off on the first second to third power shift.

The mid to late 70s was a pitiful time.

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A friend of mine had a similar black aspen. Slant six automatic. We were maybe 20 at the time. Him, another guy and I went to Sioux Falls with it one night. They each had a couples beers and I didnt drink so I drove home. Fell asleep about 5 miles from my place were we had met. I hear "MIKE" I look up and see fence post being snapped off and up over the hood, ping, ping, ping. Just like that we do a Dukes of Hazzard on a field driveway up onto the blacktop. Shaking like a leaf I slam on the brakes. Wide awake I drive the rest of the way home. It drove terrible. Got home and took them home in my car. Next morning I look and the front end is twisted and the cardboard headliner has three holes bunched in it. A local body shop got it straightened out pretty good. 

Neat to see pictures of it. Thanks

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Volare was the Plymouth option wasn’t it? The cordobas were decent looking cars. The big Newport’s or imperials around 76 were ugly.

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A Volare Roadrunner was attractive enough if you were a Chrysler fan, but it paled in prestige to a black Trans Am.

Lean Burn engine was a bunch of junk. I knew a guy with a Cordoba with an old 426 in it.

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1 hour ago, DroschaFamilyDairy said:

 In 1980 I did own a 1978 Bright orange Roadrunner, took out the slow pokey 318 and put in a built 360, 727,  8 3/4 4.10 gears, …….. "UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED",.....  Sold the car, the next week to a fella that was "Dumber" than me...… Made good Money,   My Dad hated that car.

Jim Droscha

That was the only way to get some performance in those days find a real pre-smog motor and drop it in.

Yank the smogger out put the good motor in  then drop the smooger back in for the sale done it many times.

I have a LT1 350 that has lived in 4 different cars and a Jeep over the years.

It is sitting the corner now waiting for the next assignment.  

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2 hours ago, MTO said:

What a pathetic automobile.

I sure remember the days of no muscle muscle cars... sigh.

I`d have that spindly shifter snapped off on the first second to third power shift.

The mid to late 70s was a pitiful time.

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The 4 speed with no 1:1 POS

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5 minutes ago, jeeper61 said:

The 4 speed with no 1:1 POS

It was a 3 speed manual,     4th was over drive,    on the shift knob you can see 4th in green,  ( green for economy 🤮),  Most of the 4 speed housings were aluminum,  cast iron tail shaft,  the 4 speed housing looked like a A-833 cast iron housing,  some of you "Mopar" guys remember a 1976 "Feather Duster",  many parts were aluminum,  Slant 6, over drive 4 speed,  same trans used in those cars.

 My Brother owned a 1976 Dodge D150 Pickup,  Bench seat,  with a shifter on the floor,  short box,  slant six (Leaning tower of power) , 4 speed over drive,  He put a lot of miles on that truck,  It was a Dodge Dart drive train,  bolted in a Truck Frame,  no under coating,  truck "Rusted to Death".

Jim Droscha

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3 hours ago, dale560 said:

I faintly remember the glory day cars that were left From the 60s in 78 79. I agree not much for performance after 71. Dad has a 76 caprice classic 4 door that was nice driving car. My car I want one day is a 87 Buick Regal gn. Might have to make a clone out of another year regal though. 

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Oh they ran but I never could stand the sound of them.

Reminded me of an old Jimmy diesel.

 

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when I got married in 1973, Dad's family car was a 1968 Olds 98 4 door hardtop. 455 fire breather. he replaced it with a 1975 Olds 98. also 455, but that one was still thinking about moving when the '68 would be halfway out of sight. what a dog. thanks, EPA, for nothing.

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Guess i never really considered anything after 72 73, 74 , depending on make, to BE a muscle car. 

 The mustang II's grew on me eventually but only if they had been massaged a bit. HATED the fox bodies in 79 tho they eventually grew on me too. Various years looked better or worse depending on your taste. Never owned one. Garduated in 84 and there were a lot of true muscle cars around still, tho most were getting rough. Only mid to late 70s cars that looked half way like a muscle car was the Ta, Camaro, and the Corvette. And im not a gm guy. 

The few still nice or fixed up cars from the 60s got most of my attention at that time, as opposed to mid to late 70s stuff. Guess there were a few nice Monte's around from that time period tho not really muscle cars either by then.

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47 minutes ago, MTO said:

Oh they ran but I never could stand the sound of them.

Reminded me of an old Jimmy diesel.

 

I am leaning to a Buick Regal with a ls engine swap one day.

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46 minutes ago, MTO said:

Oh they ran but I never could stand the sound of them.

Reminded me of an old Jimmy diesel.

 

But they RAN!!!

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