|07-23-2008, 05:32 AM||#1|
Drives: 2011 GT500
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: southern california
new around the block...
ahhhh, my camaro story.
one of the oldest memories i have is of seeing a red early 70's firebird. i was probably around 13 or so at the time.
from there on i fell in love with the fbod's.
my first car was the best graduation gift a boy could have ever gotten. it wasn't early 70's, it wasn't restored, it wasn't a z28 but it was mine (and for only 1500 bucks!)
a 1978 LT v8 camaro
unfortunetly due to a rather large amount of adolesance and stupidity, i ended up totaling her (didn't scave me at all, talk about a real friend taking the bullet for you)
years went by, and i got serious about my carrer and such. for the first year aniversary of my being a professional in my field; i decided to throw caution (and money to some degree) to the wind.
i found myself a white stripped on mettalic blue 73 z28.
man i fell in love at first sight... all my life i had wanted a 70 rs/ss with the two piece bumper and side exhaust on red with white stripes; but this camaro changed it all for me...
alas my run of bad luck continued with this lovely marvel as 20 hours after i purchased the car in cash, the harmonic balancer mounted front of the crank shaft snapped off while i was on the freeway.
luckily, no one was hurt other then my feelings. after some more inspection, the frame was found to have a huge rust hole (1") towards the back of the passanger rail, and the gas tank leaked, not to mention the tons of bondo all over the body.
i was lucky enough to use some choice few words with the dealer who has sold me the car and managed to get my full amount of cash back.
my mistake for not being more cautious when buying an older car like that.
some time passed and my hopes of finding the perfect camaro started to fade (soon after i returned the above, a found a great LT1 70 camaro only to find it had been stolen once and the owner never thought to mention it till we got the appraiser...)
one random day, looking on ebay of all places (my 78 was found in a penny saver randomly, after months of looking through classifieds in my area)
i found this beauty.
i tried not to get too excited telling myself that it was probably rusted, and bondo'd... and a crap heap but i could help myself at sight of her.
so days later i raced to scope it out in person.
she was amazing. had come from arizona and had never seen the ice/snow/salt found in michagan (i was living there at the time). no rust, no bondo... and a rebuilt engine.
i didn't want to think it was too good to be true, but it seemed that way. i had to ask the man selling it why... why sell such a perfect car?
the answer was simple, his son was turning 16 and getting his license to drive. the owners wife had instructed him to sell the car so as to not have the kid kill himself in the 350hp monster.
and there it was, the simple honest reason. i knew he wasn't lying cause as soon as i turned there was his son with his eyes burning a hole into my head as he watched the whole thing go down.
a few days later, after an appraisal over asking price and a quick trip to my credit union she was mine.
i've had her since then, it's been over a year now. she been to the dream cruise and torn up woodward like it's no ones business. now she's back in cali with me, sitting outside between the office and my apt across the street.
they say 3rd times a charm, i can't disagree.
|07-23-2008, 11:19 AM||#4|
Drives: 2013 Sonic RS MT
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Saint Augustine FL
Nice ride! Cool Story.
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PQ - "the love of cars. It's a boys first step toward manhood and a mans last hold on boyhood."
Fbodfather - "We do not want to use the Z28 moniker on a car that does not deserve this hallowed name."
The_Blur - "Let's not confuse competitors with equals."
|07-23-2008, 12:49 PM||#5|
The "Mad Hamster"
Drives: '71 Camaro, '90 mx5, '71 2002
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Placerville, CA
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