Survivors - unmolested automobiles

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  1. MrBob

    MrBob Curiouser and curiouser

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    I've been wandering around southern California lately and see tons of awesome cars but the survivors deserve attention too.
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  2. FR700

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    The Ranchero's pretty cool.
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  3. MrBob

    MrBob Curiouser and curiouser

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    I had one of those. Took the front fenders and hood off and patched the rust holes and primered just the front end.
    The stuck the City of Meeker CO 1970 428 police intercepter with a c-6 in it. What an ugly sleeper that the back half looked like the one in the pic. It was a tire smoking sumbich that would haul arse once it hooked up!!
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  5. MrBob

    MrBob Curiouser and curiouser

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    I saw this pickup going down the road one day and it didn't sound like it had a stock motor and it rode a little lower and tighter than a stock unit.

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  6. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    My wife and her late father restored a '57 MGA in time for her 16th birthday. She had mixed feelings about that survivor. On one hand, it's cool that it has survived (especially knowing how they are constructed), yet she wanted to see it shine again like hers had.

    She still regrets selling it for an 80's 4-cylinder convertible Mustang. :shog
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  7. MrBob

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    I would too, the driving experiences would be totally different.
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    They were both convertibles, but the automatic transmission robbed the Mustang of any illusion of speed.
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  9. MrBob

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    This was my own survivor, a 66 Volvo P1800. I did almost nothing to the body but pulled the engine and had it rebuilt by a very able machinist. I kept it stock but for oversized valves. I only changed seals on the transmission. It came with 1" anti-sway bars front and back. With the 4spd and electric OD it was perfect for driving in the canyons near Boulder, CO. I got the British sports car experience with a Volvo heater.
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  10. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    I don't get it. Why are these called "survivors"?

    Because they barely make it?



    *english is not my main language.
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  11. High Country Herb

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    It is a term used for cars that are still in original condition, and never restored, yet still on the road. Certain rare cars are worth more like this, since they are truly original.
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  12. Variocam

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    I'd call them survivors more because no modern electronics to get fried if there were ever an EMP attack or maybe a bad solar flare. Read the book One Second After. It might make you a believer.
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    These cars could take you to Two Seconds After.
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  14. MrBob

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    What HCH said and, one of the latest trends in auto restoration is to put the restored body on something like a Camaro sub-frame with power windows, tilt and power steering, AC, etc. The restored bodies are better than new. Some of us don't care for that trend and would like to see nice examples of vintage cars stabilized and otherwise left alone. Tilt steering in a 49 Ford is blasphemy to some.
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    Some of the van guys would claim that the 4WD Toyota van in the background is also a survivor, especially if it has a 5-speed manual trans.
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  16. MrBob

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    I think someone was living in the van but my attention was focused on that 66 year old Buick.
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    An inmate in the Midwest is or was selling this in the Flea Market. It's almost totally unmolested and, to my eye, quite beautiful. Is it a 47?
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  18. High Country Herb

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    I understand it, but prefer the Resto-Mod direction instead. It's fun to stomp new sports cars in a vintage looking muscle car.
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  19. MrBob

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    The worst for me is a clean mid-50's Chevy on tiny spoked wheels, but, it's a free country. My buddies had new cars like the 66 GTO and the 442 and we thought they flew but I'm sure your basic WRX would blow them off. Not so sure with the 396 Chevelle though.
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  20. High Country Herb

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    Just out of curiosity, I looked up 1/4 mile times of the famous 389 GTO (I have that song on CD).

    http://roadtests.tripod.com/

    Not super impressive, actually, at 14.05 seconds. The WRX is only slightly faster, at 13.8 seconds. Within the margin of driver error.

    The 396 Chevelle is actually worse, at 15.5. The 454/450 hp version shaved that down to 13.12 seconds, though, suggesting it was probably well over 500 hp.

    Today, it is easy to find a 600 hp crate motor for around $10K, and retain all stock appearance. This one has a 454 and a 4-speed:

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