Nice cars that people have destroyed with bad taste

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by pirahna, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Nailhead

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    Except if you try & rock your way out of a stuck by toggling rapidly between D & R, according to the guy who sold me a rebuild right after I bought the wrong truck.
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    To be fair though, that might happen to others as well...
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    If you do not know how it's done, you will fuck up your trans.
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    They were preferred by drag racers and become the, well not quite.., replacement for the 2 speed powerglide, however stock cars remain(ed) the domain of manuals. The superbirds and daytonas were really an homage to the NASCAR racers of the time (despite the authenticity of some of the body parts like the wing), and were nothing more than an appearance package to a traditional charger/roadrunner (although I belive you needed a 440 or more to make it an option), which makes the auto trans a sensible option. Especially if you had to live with an 833 on a day to day basis.
  5. DeepBarney

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    Daytonas and Superbirds weren't homages to the NASCAR entrants from Dodge and Plymouth, they were the respective brands way of homogolating them for racing. NASCAR at the time required you to produce so many examples of a vehicle (as well as engines etc) to be sold to the public before they would authorize it for use in racing. Ford did the same thing with the Torino Talladegas and Mercury Cyclones, which is what prompted Chrysler Corp. to come up with their own "aero cars" to compete with the boys from FoMoCo who were winning by spades in NASCAR with the droop snoot Torinos and Cyclones (they'd even won over famous Chrysler driver Richard Petty to their side).

    But yeah, TF727's are stout and were the defacto choice for most drag racers (not talking street cars, but full on drag cars) back in the day.
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    My old man has a 64 Impala convertible with a 283/Powerglide. I was joking around with him one day about it because it had a two-speed auto and he told me the Powerglide was serious. I laughed it off until I saw the specs of a serious rock crawling rig with a powerglide
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    My impression is that effectively homogenization was a mandated homage, even in 1969. There were many, many differences between a full on race car and a street car. Some of those differences were minor, so not so much.
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    Any Benz diesel sedan with the exhaust coming through a hole in the hood...

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  9. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Nixie Me

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    I dunno. Paint it flat black, remove the gay seat covers, spoiler and rear bumper cover and it may look alright. If not, then remove the trunk lid and install fuel barrels - instant Mad Max machina!
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  10. eatpasta

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    Like this guy?



    I hate to admit it but I think this is cool even if it's stupid an impractical

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  11. dwayne

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    That might need to go in the other thread...
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    cars made better by people with good taste?

    :scratch
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    It wasn't homage/homogenization though. It was homogolate/homogolation. Two very different things. As per the race sanctioning body, they had to offer it to the public so it could be used (even in a HIGHLY modified form) in competition. Obviously the cars raced were quite different from those on the street, but the street cars were still what the race cars were derived from.
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  15. Ragin Rabbi

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    The front spliter and the rear wing were non adjustable. On the race cars, as speed increased the pitch could be changed for greater downforce.

    They did set a record at Daytona that I believe still stands (?).
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    I hadn't heard that before, that's pretty cool though. Would've been crazy to have seen them in action. I'd like to see something akin to the Trans-Am races of the day done with modern cars. Sort of like Australia's V8 Supercar series, where it's not a purpose built machine but a modified factory vehicle (well to a certain point).

    But anyways I'm going to quit derailing this thread.
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    Unfortunately aussie v8 supercars are purpose built racecars now with only the exterior panels to differentiate between them.

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    I did see No. 43 win at Daytona in 1970 with one of those. It did not take long after that before they were banned despite the homologation.
    Never a huge stock car fan but what high school senior would turn down a road trip from NH to FL in February with 4 friends?

    Bruce
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  19. Nailhead

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    Of course, but it WILL smoke a 727, in any case. Something about an "overrun clutch", IIRC.
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    I believe Ford with the Telledaga (?) was one of the first with aerodynamics, but Chrysler really upped it with active aero aides. Those strange looking bumps on the front fenders were necessary. As the car gained speed, it would compress the front suspension and those bumps were needed to give the tires more room.

    The shaved door handles, rear lips, front splitters and such made it into production vehicles.

    Chrysler did better in NASCAR with the 440 than the 426, but the 426 sold due to reputation on the strip. Didn't last as long on the oval circuits though.