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Mom phoned me one day, she is getting in her car to come home and the shifter broke off in her hand at the tranny as she went for reverse, I go pick her up and she takes my truck home while I figger out what to do which is nuttin, so seeing as we are only ten miles from home I take back roads and drive in reverse all the way, not bad going side roads but crossing main roads was kinda iffy.

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@Dasnake Now that there is good for a laf and a half!  In part because it reminds me of an experience in my fading past. For some years my family owned a Case W10B wheel loader. This is a rear steer machine, and being such plus with a somewhat loose steering apparatus, it was borderline homicidal to drive it at anything even remotely approaching it’s full forward speed. Driving in reverse was actually much safer proposition from a steering control standpoint. And ground speed in reverse was precisely the same speed as a given gear in forward. So it was not uncommon for me to drive it down the road in reverse. This was usually unremarkable, except for one occasion when I took the loader to my uncle who lived some 7 miles away. Part way through the trip (done in reverse), I was overtaken by a motorist who was clearly perplexed about how to proceed in this situation . . . 

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Well i picked up a few more dream cars at the swap meet today....a race car, flatbed, firetruck and a gmc tanker.20220903_161239.thumb.jpg.cdc4ce84b841cf805bb3c8ff2f7af70b.jpg

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10 hours ago, acem said:

I've had a shifter come ou in my hand. It's a bad feeling.

Happened to me 

Broke the mounting bracket off my m22 banging first to second....the T handle caught the handle on the trans hump....had to hold it up to keep the linkage from dragging the ground 

Had a sm465 shifter pull out in my hand 

Had foot control tractor hydro lose a ball joint end...but it just stopped so no biggie....

 

 

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On 8/27/2022 at 6:31 PM, acem said:

How about a 70 Plymouth hemi Cuda convertible with a 4 speed. 

A friend had a nice 93 k1500 extended cab short bed. Got drunk and gave it to somebody a few years ago...

Knew a girl who drove a 70? Corvette convertible with a big block. 

I have sat in a factory hemi dart that was owned by Jim Hale, he owned alot of hemi cars 30 years ago.

I need to fix the 73 340 challenger behind the house!

Thx-Ace 

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I seem to remember that between the Cuda and other models they only made a combined 24 (give or take since it’s been 30 years) Hemi convertibles.  Definitely one rare bird. 

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12 hours ago, AKwelder said:

I seem to remember that between the Cuda and other models they only made a combined 24 (give or take since it’s been 30 years) Hemi convertibles.  Definitely one rare bird. 

Um you mean rare fish? 😆😆

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1 minute ago, iowaboy1965 said:

I seem to remember that between the Cuda and other models they only made a combined 24 (give or take since it’s been 30 years) Hemi convertibles.

You need to check with Mark Worman from Graveyard Carz. He is a MOPAR expert more or less.

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17 hours ago, Twolines said:

Well i picked up a few more dream cars at the swap meet today....a race car, flatbed, firetruck and a gmc tanker.20220903_161239.thumb.jpg.cdc4ce84b841cf805bb3c8ff2f7af70b.jpg

I have that a fire truck just like that - got it new in the early '60s.

Picked up a new '55 Chevy stepside recently (for the youngest grandson, but I like it so much I think I'll store it for him when he's not here).

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5 hours ago, Steve C. said:

I have that a fire truck just like that - got it new in the early '60s.

Picked up a new '55 Chevy stepside recently (for the youngest grandson, but I like it so much I think I'll store it for him when he's not here).

Here's the pic I meant to attach.

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On 9/3/2022 at 6:11 PM, Gearclash said:

Driving in reverse was actually much safer proposition from a steering control standpoint.

I had a job driving a fork lift and it was the same. Go as fast as you want backwards but not forward due rear steer.

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On 9/3/2022 at 5:37 PM, Dasnake said:

Mom phoned me one day, she is getting in her car to come home and the shifter broke off in her hand at the tranny as she went for reverse, I go pick her up and she takes my truck home while I figger out what to do which is nuttin, so seeing as we are only ten miles from home I take back roads and drive in reverse all the way, not bad going side roads but crossing main roads was kinda iffy.

Not shifter but clutch linkage on a wrecker. It fell off somewhere but I didn't notice until I got to the toll booth. I ran the toll but not intentionally. When I actually had to stop I slipped it into neutral. I found the engine would start in the creeper or if any down hill I could just jam it in with the engine running. Once moving of course I didn't need a clutch and the creeper gears are pretty wide and rugged. It was a long way back to the shop but I radioed the base and they pulled linkage off a broken truck so I wasn't out of action long. We got paid by the call or tow.

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Not a shifter but clutch went out of fuel transport pulling under the rack.

Stepped on the clutch (sorta like stepping on a plumb😬 some of you will get the CW McCall song😄).

Think I pulled it outta gear hit the brake and shut it off roughly the same time, happened pretty quick.

Anyway, loaded and started in grandma, had to do it once more to get my BOL.

Timed the ten or so stoplights in North Platte and a couple stop signs on the 180 miles home.

Got unloaded and called on ol granny again and got her parked for the night.

I don't use a clutch much in the Pete but it is nice to have one🤣🤣🤣

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Y'all are talking clutch misshaps, have you ever had one stick to the floor? I had it happen twice in my Z28, after getting the motor done and broken in I was in street light run with a 442, I had him beat in first and second as I pounded third the clutch stayed on the floor, now the engine was pulling about 1000 rpm more than stock at 7500, so I find out the stock unit splays out and stays in at high rpm, it happened once more and dat was dat, went and bought a schaeffer and no more problems, the day I got rid of her I took her out for one last run and ran her out to 8000+ and nary a problem, but it sure surprises you.

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Here's another clutch linkage one:

My friend was passing the gas station where we both worked and got on it with his '66 396 Impala. The LH engine mount broke and the engine lifted, pulled WOT on the mechanical carburetor linkage, pulled the clutch cross shaft out between engine and frame, pulled the power brake hose out, and shorted the ignition start bypass wire to the battery cable. He couldn't stop, shut it off, or de-clutch. I didn't know any of this and watched as he drove straight into town at full throttle!

When the valves started to float the engine fell back un-shorting the ignition bypass and the key already off the engine stopped. He came walking back to the shop white as a sheet. It seems it wasn't but a short time later that GM came out with the cable modification that secured the engine to the upper A frame shaft. What a wild ride!

Edit: This is what GM sent shortly thereafter:

 

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My friend with the $25,000 camero had a mid 70s corvette back in the late 80s. We put a 383 stroker with a blower in it. She was squirrely and hard to control in good conditions.

He floored it, the throttle stuck, he drove through a garage and knocked down a tree behind the house!

We fixed the car. His insurance fixed the house and replaced the tree...

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Travelcrew with a DV-800, 10 spd and a C series front clip.

Or a dent side or bull nose with a 466 and a six speed.

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On 9/3/2022 at 1:32 PM, Twolines said:

Crazy, i was not aware they made a diesel chevette?!? Wouldnt really be a dream car choice for me but i like the idea of mileage! I will admit there is a bit of a soft spot for the car...mom had one growing up. Uncles had one they passed around too. I remember one night screwing around uncle ernie was hitting 2nd from 4th on a back road trying for the longest compression scratch he could....and he pulled the shifter out! He looked at me i looked back and he just shoved it right back in and away we went! I kinda miss chummin around with big ern..

Ours was an 84, the engine was an ISUZU 1.8L SOC Glow plugs rated at 53 HP. The weak link was the GIMMER belt drive system for the pump and gear train, very simple engine.  Only high speed diesel I had seen at the time, red line was like 5000 RPM. Timing belt broke at 96,000 miles I thought it was dead BUT ISUZU (after receiving a minnie lecture about, IT WAS SUPPOSED TH BE CHANGED AT 75K MILES, said to just change the belt after I replaced the bent push rods, started right up and I took it another 30,000 before I just got tired of shifting an got a Ford Escort.  It broke before it got out of warantee.  In the good old days, (not so good), I commuted 140 miles a day from Napa County to Santa Clara  in the San Francisco Bay area for many years prior to moving to Texas in 93.

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On 9/2/2022 at 5:34 PM, hardtail said:

Cool how they shipped them on rail cars, I have a soft spot for V8 Vegas♥️ prefer 71-3 front end, then there's Grumpys Toy

When my Dad was a kid he V8 swapped a Vega. I don't remember what he put in it but I think he liked it. I'll have to ask him about it.

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54 minutes ago, IH OAK said:

When my Dad was a kid he V8 swapped a Vega. I don't remember what he put in it but I think he liked it. I'll have to ask him about it.

The Chevy Monza  was  factory V/8 Vega (most were the 4 cylinder cast iron) with a few mods to chassis.  Believe, to change the #7 spark pug you had to unbolt the left motor mount from the frame and raise the engine. Believe it was introduced in 75, small block Chevy but reduced cubes, not powerful at all but was a V/8.  And made from  cast iron. The 70's were not a good time for American Cars.

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The Monza Spyder 2+2 hatchback could be ordered with a whopping 145hp 305 and 5 speed, the good part was the V8 could be upgraded or swapped with something better, iirc you could swap Monza front coil springs into the Vega to cure the front end droop from the lightweight 4 cylinder, GM had purchased rights to introduce the Wenkel engine but they couldn't clean up emissions and make it reliable so never saw production 

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Since this is a "dream" vehicle, here is mine.   Modern F150 Ford 4x4 regular cab truck, standard 8 ft box, cloth 60/40 split bench with vinyl floor mats.  Powertrain is a modernized in-line six cylinder engine, with a manual 8 speed transmission.   Transfer case requires use of an actual shifter lever, and dial out hubs.  Engine can run on gasoline, propane, natural gas, biomethane, or waste cooking oil.  Truck is equipped with an inverter, and small deployable solar panel to operate an onboard 110 or 220 volt power system.   Electric wires are run through a lightweight, mouse and corrosion proof conduit.      I know it isn't in plausible, but hey, its a dream. 

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On 9/8/2022 at 12:21 PM, oleman said:

The 70's were not a good time for American Cars.

Very true, even the build 'quality' of my beloved Ford vehicles (1976 Elite, and 1978 F-350) was almost enough to make me swear off of that brand.

However, I miss my 1973 Gran Torino Sport.

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29 minutes ago, Art From Coleman said:

Very true, even the build 'quality' of my beloved Ford vehicles (1976 Elite, and 1978 F-350) was almost enough to make me swear off of that brand.

However, I miss my 1973 Gran Torino Sport.

Had a '72, cleveland deuce, redid a lot of it, rear 1/4s needed new but that was it, gutted the interior and put buckets in, traded for a goldcup. Great car.

 

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