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I take a surprising amount of pleasure from just driving around in the machine I designed and built myself, all pretty and rumbly and roar-ey, fast and smooth, vintage and comfy, chrome and black and bronze, elegant and antisocial.

What fun! And the cops didn't even pull me over to complain about the exhaust note. Which, I might mention, is FRAKKIN' SEXY music.

I want to drive more now! My compatriots seemed to enjoy it, too.

I am pleased and proud of how things turned out.

*grin*

Chris

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mckitterick
Sep. 10th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I LOVE the GTOs, especially that era! In college, I had a friend who had the Judge version of that car, and DAMN was it sexxy!

I assume Les means the Mach I, right? I would love to have a 1970 Mach I, myself.

Alas, I've always had four-door machines, because muscle cars have a 1000% premium cost just to buy them. My entire build - including the car's original purchase price - is less than what it would cost to buy a typical muscle car in restorable condition. Then add go-fast parts. Anyhow, I get a certain twisted pleasure out of turning something sedate into a hot-rod! And I can fit my huge telescope in the trunk and six friends on the bench seats ;-)
zitronenhai
Sep. 10th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right! Mach I. My family was a Chevy/Pontiac family, so I don't speak Ford. ;-)

Here's the only pic I have of the GTO (that I know of). It was white, with chrome nose and back bumper, "hardtop convertible," two-door, maroon interior. My mother wrecked it when I was in first grade. She demolished a van and a mailbox with it, because our dog was trying to jump out the window. The dog was fine, my mother was fine, but the GTO never came back again.

zitronenhai
Sep. 10th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
I would also like to point out my proper 1970s bike-riding attire: shorts, bare feet, no riot gear. Somehow, I survived.
mckitterick
Sep. 11th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Hahaha! Yeah, I think I rode like that then. Since having some encounters with the road, I now always ride with proper footwear and at least a bicycle helmet.
mckitterick
Sep. 11th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
That's a fantastic photo!

My first three cars I ever bought were GM:
1950 Chevy like this:



1969 Buick Riviera like this:



This 1951 Chevy:


Click the image to see my page full of photos of this sweet ride.

You really should get yourself one of those sexy GTOs one day. You need a garage and another reliable form of transportation, but a beautiful and powerful classic car really does make life better.