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A car ad this morning reminded me of Louie, RIP 2004, who was from a low income family of 6 kids.

His dad bounced from the bottle to the bible and back frequently.

Louie was bullied in school but became my best buddy.

2 yrs older than me, he attended an auto repair tech school and helped me through my early days of understanding an automobile.

I didn`t yet know what a starter/generator/master cylinder/brake caliper even was but Louie showed me.

He`d buy these $50 to $100 cars and we`d cruise on a dollar`s worth of go-juice every night providing his clunkers would run.

We`d chew snuff and eat garlic bologna and share a 2 liter Pepsi. (with the windows down)

He bought this 63 Impala convertible, 283 in front of a power-slide tranny.

He`d get 72 mph out of low before the lifters floated then bump it into drive.

Top down, snuff running out of the corners of our mouth from the wind and LAUGH our butts off!

I miss my old buddy Louie and our time together spotting deer and listening to AM radio, if it worked.

The 60s and 70s were a great time in our lives.

No cares about viruses/masks/politics/riots/health/BLM.

Good times. Thanks Louie.Image may contain: car, house and outdoor, text that says '上 E'

 

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I was just thinking about a similar story the other day when you were mentioning Tempos. My first car was a 1994 Tempo that in its previous life had hit a whole flock of deer at once. (Herd, I know. But to see the car, I think they came from the sky). It was two colors, maroon and gray. The gray parts came from a Topaz, so I had a "chrome" (painted plastic) Topaz grille instead of the color keyed Tempo grille. The previous owners were vain enough to take the "Topaz" emblem off the grille, which was hilarious because the car was beat to snot and you could still read "TOPAZ" from the sun fading all around the letters.

I put probably a $500 sound system into it with a 6 disc changer in the trunk and hand-me-down amplifier and subwoofer. I was COOL. Automatic seat belts that still required the lap belts be fastened by hand for fear of decapitation or so I was told (so what's the point of the automatic shoulder belt?), Cruise control, no AC, fuzzy dice, NY-made Little Trees Black Ice air freshener, Mustang Key Ring (because you know, Ford Tempo 😆). Best of all, the carved cobra head that I found in a box of junk at a yard sale that I turned into a hood ornament (bumper ornament). It was the Snakemobile and I repeat, I. Was. COOL.

It was total piece of junk and life was amazing. I could go places, and girls wanted rides. No one seemed to notice or care that it was a pile of junk!

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Louie and I were sitting on the steps of his house one evening as we had no $ for gas.

His dad came in the lane swerving from ditch to ditch.

He staggered up the sidewalk with a near empty bottle of Corbys.

He greeted us and stepped into the house.

Heard him sweet talking Louie`s mom for a kiss as she prepared supper.

She told him to get away as he was drunk.

He pursued her when we heard what sounded like the gong on the Gong Show.

His dad staggered backwards out of the open kitchen door, hit the porch handrail and went backwards onto the ground about 4 foot below.

He sat up, shook the cobwebs out of his head, took a long snort of Corbys and said, "See boys, she still loves me!"

She hit him on the head with a skillet. 

 

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2 hours ago, MTO said:

He bought this 63 Impala convertible, 283 in front of a power-slide tranny.

You understand my confusion 

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I think he and I would have hit it off, my first car was a 63 Impala two door with a 327.  I loved cruising around in it.  Funny how you can see something and it reminds you of someone instantly.

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On 9/18/2020 at 12:49 PM, vtfireman85 said:

You understand my confusion 

I`ll never understand your confusion.....sigh.

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On 9/18/2020 at 12:56 PM, Pete1468 said:

I think he and I would have hit it off, my first car was a 63 Impala two door with a 327.  I loved cruising around in it.  Funny how you can see something and it reminds you of someone instantly.

Kinda like seeing someone bow legged in shorts reminds me of.... nevermind.

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Power glide trans, man they would go forever, then just quit! Dropped a sprag in an old van I had and it was like the brakes were on, had to hard pedal it all the way home, only ten miles but it took almost an hour, lotsa memories when talking old stuff. Fixed a stromberg one time with a nail clipper, buddy just looked at me like how you do dat. RIP Louis.

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2 hours ago, MTO said:

It was a $100 car in 1970 VTF.

FOCUS!

They didn’t make a FOCUS in 1970

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On 9/18/2020 at 2:31 PM, vtfireman85 said:

They didn’t make a FOCUS in 1970

Lord, please forgive me for the sin I about to commit...

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sure they did they just called it an escort and it was sold over the pond or in mexico, we had the pinto variant oh the shame..............

1 hour ago, vtfireman85 said:

They didn’t make a FOCUS in 1970

 

1 hour ago, MTO said:

Lord, please forgive me for the sin I about to commit...

i hope it wasnt a big one - the little ones are easier to deal with 

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Guy a year older in high school Bird had just got a 66 Impala with a 327 and glide, think he had it 2 days and it as winter and drag racing another guy in a Chevy pickup at night, they took off and the truck took the hole shot but Bird started running him down on the lake bottom, around 80 mph Bird shifted to 3rd gear which was absent on the glide into reverse, blew the tail housing apart and then the driveshaft hit the pavement in quite a spectacular shower of sparks this would have been 1980 ish and that was the end of it.....

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51 minutes ago, hardtail said:

Guy a year older in high school Bird had just got a 66 Impala with a 327 and glide, think he had it 2 days and it as winter and drag racing another guy in a Chevy pickup at night, they took off and the truck took the hole shot but Bird started running him down on the lake bottom, around 80 mph Bird shifted to 3rd gear which was absent on the glide into reverse, blew the tail housing apart and then the driveshaft hit the pavement in quite a spectacular shower of sparks this would have been 1980 ish and that was the end of it.....

Floor shift?

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Louie rode dirt bikes with me and a few other friends.

We lived on high walls.

Louie could only afford a used 175 SL Honda as we all had 250s/360 dual sports.

He was short and we all made fun of his "nuts against the tank" riding style.

Louie always had 3 fingers of Copenhagen in his lip.

He hit a tree on a hill one Sunday morning.

His nuts went deep into the tank and his Cope went deep into his throat.

As he puked, we invented the term ROFL!  

Poor Louie. 

A GREAT FRIEND!

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10 hours ago, hardtail said:

Guy a year older in high school Bird had just got a 66 Impala with a 327 and glide, think he had it 2 days and it as winter and drag racing another guy in a Chevy pickup at night, they took off and the truck took the hole shot but Bird started running him down on the lake bottom, around 80 mph Bird shifted to 3rd gear which was absent on the glide into reverse, blew the tail housing apart and then the driveshaft hit the pavement in quite a spectacular shower of sparks this would have been 1980 ish and that was the end of it.....

 

9 hours ago, Dasnake said:

Floor shift?

I believe that it would have been a column shift.  It sounds like the shifter had been pulled down into Low, then up one notch into “Second” (actually High), then up into “Third” (actually Reverse)!!!

if my memory is correct from the PowerGlide that I had in my Ventura II the shift pattern was PNRDL, not the PRND2L that was in the TH350s and TH400s.

Chrysler had another shift pattern for their automatic transmissions at one time, but I cannot recall what it was.

Today is the wrong day for me to grumble about getting old.....,

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Friendship is something that cannot be taxed or taken away from us.

Those smiles on a persons face, for no reason, is an old friend coming home.

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14 hours ago, MTO said:

Louie rode dirt bikes with me and a few other friends.

We lived on high walls.

Louie could only afford a used 175 SL Honda as we all had 250s/360 dual sports.

He was short and we all made fun of his "nuts against the tank" riding style.

Louie always had 3 fingers of Copenhagen in his lip.

He hit a tree on a hill one Sunday morning.

His nuts went deep into the tank and his Cope went deep into his throat.

As he puked, we invented the term ROFL!  

Poor Louie. 

A GREAT FRIEND!

That's how I quit tobacco. Bounced on a gopher hole, swallowed a bunch of cope, and blew chow

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1 hour ago, KWRB said:

That's how I quit tobacco. Bounced on a gopher hole, swallowed a bunch of cope, and blew chow

Nearly the same for me.  At the time, I was more partial to Red Man chewing tobacco instead of snuff so I never needed a can to spit.  Never chewed tobacco inside. I had friends who would put a pinch or two between their gums and spit in an empty beer can while out partying and usually the can was held by the spitter.  In my case, while playing a game of doubles pool at the bar, my opponents girlfriend placed one of the spit cans next to my cold beer. Between shots, I grabbed the misplaced can and quickly took several large gulps.  The contaminated liquid came up just as rapidly as it went down. I was fortunate to catch my bearings rather quickly and carry on with the evenings activities.  As I recall, my girlfriend at the time, now my wife, carried the day and we won the challenge pool game.  My wife then and now may be able to stomach one (1) beer and if necessary, always was a designated driver.

As I grew older snuff became a habit and was the most difficult for me to quit.  Snuff in the bloodstream and almost immediate reaction in the brain.  

 

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