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#4604701 - 12/15/17 04:42 PM Lets hear the car stories.
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16817
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Here is mine.

In high school I had a friend who's dad had a beautifully restored 62 Impala with a 4speed and 409. His dad would leave very early for work and came home very late. So occasionally we would take the Impala to school or just joy ride in it.

One morning he picked me up in it and we went to breakfast. After breakfast we headed to school. A few blocks from school we were stopped at a red light when a new black Iroc Camaro pulled up on our left. We immediately knew who it was. One of the smart mouth Jocks. Next to him was a cheerleader and another jock and cheerleader were in the back.

The guy in the back was egging on the driver to race us. So he puts the Iroc in Neutral and does this rev. The 305 was screaming and the exhaust sounded like an air hose as it blew through the pellet style catalytic converter. The girls were exited to race and beat the long hairs in the old Chevy. One even waved like she was waving to us as if they were passing us.

My friend smiled at them and put the Impala in 1st gear with a "Clunk".

Then the light turned green....

The Iroc Camaro squeaked a tire. At the same time my friend let the clutch out and we were off. About 3/4 the way across the intersection he put his foot into the 409. All 8 barrels opened! The car squatted and the front end got light. All we saw was that long hood. He hit 2nd gear with a bang and both rear hubcaps came off! The 409 was screaming and that big car was wiggling all over the road!

By now the Camaro was several car lengths behind us so he slowed down to let them catch up. The Jock would no longer get up next to us. We got stopped at the next light and he had to pull up next to us. I have never seen so many long faces! The girls had a look on them like the world was ending. The one in the back was hitting the jock with her purse! The jock in the back was trying to slide under the drivers seat as to not be seen.

They rolled up the window and waited for us to leave that light before they would. Not wanting to be embarrassed again. So at this point we made a U-turn to go get our hubcaps.

My friends dad never noticed the road rash on the hubcaps, if he did he never said anything.


Edited by Chris142 (12/15/17 04:45 PM)
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#4604730 - 12/15/17 05:09 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Not mine but I heard the story right after it happened as we all stood around the car.

While in the Coast Guard, one of our crewmen had a 55 Chevy. I donít remember the engine but he had it built to race. Racing cams, polished ports, the works. It was a dandy. However he was thinking of selling it and another crew member offered him the right price. That new owner had always wanted something like that Chevy.

A few days later the new owner was cruising town and a Corvette pulled up alongside at a light and challenged him. They picked the place and met there. As the Chevy driver told us, they started out together. First gear, second gear, then third gear. He wound it up in third as the Corvette started to pull away. Then at redline he went to fourth but miss-shifted and got it back into second. BOOM. The flywheel shattered and threw shrapnel through the firewall. He had the car towed back to base.

As we all stood around the 55, it felt like a funeral. Starting the engine produced a rod knock. The tear down revealed a bent rod plus a lot of bent valves as they had hit the pistons.

The engine went out for a rebuild plus new clutch and flywheel and transmission work as well. I left the base before it was finished so I never heard about or saw the final results.

That guy just missed getting his foot amputated as some shrapnel had gone clean through the gas pedal support.
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#4604731 - 12/15/17 05:09 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Loc: Campbellsville, KY
Even if he did, I'd hope coming clean about the cause would have made him more proud than mad. laugh
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#4604736 - 12/15/17 05:24 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
Leo99 Offline


Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 3039
Loc: NJ
Well, there was time we were doing 120mph in a '73 Cutlass on a dark road through the Pine Barrens around 2am and got passed from behind by who knows what, it was going so fast.

There was the time some pretty girls in a Mustand waved at us and pulled away and my friend's Monza couldn't keep up. I told him to floor it! He said, Dude, it's been floored for the past 5 minutes; it won't go past 90.

There was the time a friend from down the street comes over my house with a black Stingray and asks me if want to go for a ride. He talked some guy into letting him wash, wax, and detail it. We drove it like we stole it. Lucky we didn't get arrested as fast as we were going.
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#4604769 - 12/15/17 06:09 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 01/04/03
Posts: 3203
Loc: Southeastern, PA
Springtime in the late '70s. I worked at a gas station. All the local car jocks were out for a springtime ride. They stopped at the traffic light in front of the station. When the light changed, first revved his engine, dropped it in gear and did a burnout. Second revved his engine, dropped it in gear and did a burnout. Third revved his engine, dropped it in gear, then the funny thing happened. There was a BANG, and engine over revved. The third car lazily rolled ahead and his driveshaft rolled out from under the car and the driveshaft rolled into the gutter. He broke both his u-joints. It gave us quite a laugh.
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#4604774 - 12/15/17 06:15 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 07/03/17
Posts: 1267
Loc: Douglas County, Colorado
In the summer of '82, right before I left for the Navy, my buddy and I were cruising the county seat in his '69 Coronet 500 convertible(white interior, burnt orange, 383/330, 4-speed w/ Hurst dogleg, stone stock). I was in the front passenger seat (top down) and we were behind this '70 Mach 1(351C, 4-speed, shaker hood scoop) we had raced before, waiting to pull out of the parking lot. We had the radio up loud and there were a lot of cars going by, so it was noisy. All of a sudden, I felt these burning spots all over my right arm and some on my face. The Mach was doing a serious burnout, and throwing pieces of rubber all over me!

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#4604777 - 12/15/17 06:18 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4552
Loc: New Zealand
I've never been into stop light drags, but we used to drive around in a mates old EIP Vauxhall. We'd sit at the lights next to another car full of young guys, slip the clutch and edge forward, a few revs etc as these things go. Then the lights would change, and with revving of engines and screaming of tyres we'd be off !!! The other car would go flying down the road...and we'd go flying the other way... in reverse ! So much fun, we'd be laughing our heads off at the other guy getting sucked in.
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#4604790 - 12/15/17 06:32 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 04/12/09
Posts: 234
Loc: Maryland
In the late 70's I worked for a Mazda dealer. I was driving one of their 4 door sedans with a rotary engine in it. Those rotarys would wind up like crazy. At a light a 65 Mustang that sounded pretty cool pulled up next to me and egged me on to a race. When the light changed, I wound it up to 14,000 rpms. I snapped away from him like a rubber band. He was too embarasrsed to pass me after that.

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#4604838 - 12/15/17 07:34 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
My brother and I were driving around last year in my old Camry. Some ricer in a Civic with a loud cheap exhaust and stanced out tires and suspension kept taking off from lights as fast as he could. So we pulled up next to him and I turned off my a/c for extra power! When the light turned green, he blew the doors off of me! crackmeup It must've been built.


Just the other week in my Sonata some guy in a super huge brand new Ram 2500 had taken off from a light as fast as he could. This thing was lifted probably 8-10 inches and had big tires and a loud exhaust (gas V8 Hemi). At the next light I floored it and we were racing, I could hear his truck screaming at high RPMs and my car barely was winning! His front bumper was about even with my door.
Poor guy, he probably had $60k into that truck and it wasn't any faster than my $9,900 base model Hyundai, which isn't that quick to begin with.
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#4604852 - 12/15/17 07:49 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1945
Loc: Lakeside, CA
Years ago I had a 65 El Camino. Had an LT1 350 and a Muncie 4 spd swapped into it. 411 gears and lots of mods. Sitting at a light on a local frontage road. A guy and a girl pull up next to me revving the engine in a newer Malibu. The light changed and I grabbed second gear and launched past him in a cloud of tire smoke. Only to notice red and blue lights in my rear view mirror. After pulling over the veteran cop was asking if we knew each other. I told him no. The cop told me that he was young once and understood how it is. Told me to get out of there and that he better not see me racing ever again. The good old days!
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#4604868 - 12/15/17 08:01 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1034
Loc: MA.
Back in the early 70's my uncle had a modified late 60's Pontaic Firebird with a 400 V8 and a stick. He was driving home from Boston late like 3am and was going threw I believe he said the Holland tunnel. He loved to wind up this Pontaic threw tunnels since it was so darn loud! And at 3am no one was on the road but this time when he wound it up BOOM!! That year Firebird used nylon covered timing chain gears and they were prone to breakage! He had enough speed that he coasted all the way to the other end of the tunnel! He got Pontaic to rebuild the engine under warranty so that was good.

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#4604870 - 12/15/17 08:02 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
EXCELLENT STORY ! smile

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#4604875 - 12/15/17 08:05 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 683
Loc: South Carolina
I had a '95 Suzuki Swift with the 1.3L. I did a complete rebuild on the motor. New oversized pistons, valve job, ported and polished, new clutch, solid motor mounts, lowering springs, wide sticky tires, the works. So I pull up to a red light next to a dump truck. Now, it was a pretty nice looking truck, but it's just a dump truck. Across from the intersection we have to climb a steep hill. So I figure I had better launch it real good on the green so I could get up the hill and get in front of the truck. So I do a normal launch, which consists of flooring it, hitting the rev limiter, and dumping the clutch. With almost no wheel spin, the car snaps off the line with moderate speed, and I'm already ahead of the truck. Quick bounce off the rev limiter in first and no-lift shift into second somewhere around 25 MPH. And what the ... the dump truck is gaining ... and by the time I shift into third somewhere around 50 MPH, the dump truck is charging up that hill ahead of me. I check the parking brake lever to make sure I didn't leave it on. Nope. Sometimes dump trucks are just fast. grin
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#4604894 - 12/15/17 08:28 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Rick in PA]
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8732
Loc: Phoenix
Originally Posted By: Rick in PA
Springtime in the late '70s. I worked at a gas station. All the local car jocks were out for a springtime ride. They stopped at the traffic light in front of the station. When the light changed, first revved his engine, dropped it in gear and did a burnout. Second revved his engine, dropped it in gear and did a burnout. Third revved his engine, dropped it in gear, then the funny thing happened. There was a BANG, and engine over revved. The third car lazily rolled ahead and his driveshaft rolled out from under the car and the driveshaft rolled into the gutter. He broke both his u-joints. It gave us quite a laugh.


Now that's funny!
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#4604908 - 12/15/17 08:49 PM Re: Lets hear the car stories. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
Used to have an 05 Durango with a Hemi...it would get scratch going into second gear (2wd) and it showed its tail lights to many a Florida ricer.

With the Liberty I've impressed quite a few people off road. One time in Tennessee I was with a Liberty group doing the blue trails at the Windrock off road park and someone came up and was like "I can't believe you guys are taking those road vehicles up here and are actually doing it with ease!!" It was a proud moment.


Edited by JHZR2 (12/17/17 10:03 PM)
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