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    Sorry you have to deal with the after math that can't be easy.
     
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      T-Day dinner ... ya I know it's ham and its hamming it up :)

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        Now for desert it's Brody pie

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        • GGs66GT

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          Ok I'm done playing with my food
           
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          • Fred Scigliano

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            Well its tacos tonight and an old movie.
             
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            • diymirage

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              considering the date, im guessing something with John Wayne?
               
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                Getting to know me part 3

                So there I was no new Dart for me , I guess I'll just have to keep driving my '57 Cadillac convertible .

                So in Late Oct. of '65 dad and I went down to the Dodge dealer again and this time we ordered a white '66 Dart GT with black and pearl white interior p/s a/c /6 auto w.s.w tires of course full wheel covers am radio .
                I pushed for the wood look steering wheel center counsel floor shifter Hipo 273 Cragars disc brakes but dad said this car is for mom and she doesn't need all that stuff . Drat !

                So I kept driving the Cadillac until I got a job driving and putting on lots of miles a day on that Cad it was eating me up in gas . So dad traded me the '63 Dart I was happy and so was he .

                You would be surprised at how many neutral starts that the 7 1/4" can take before one breaks the spider gears . And wouldn't you know it happened just 50 miles out of warranty. That's 50,050 miles . How did Chrysler know I'd be doing that ? Oh well dad paid the $150 for repairs .
                That reminds me when I was racing my buddy with the Cad and his '61 Lancer 170 /6 and some how I managed to damage the Hydramatic , dad paid for that one too . When asked how it happened I shrugged and said "Don't Know" I also used that with the Dart episode .
                BTW that little Lancer was quick .

                By '67 I was running up the milage on the Dart to the tune of 20,000 miles a year on that driving job plus I was going to LA Trade Tech and needed a way to move my rollaway .

                So I bought a year old '66 Econoline Supervan and drove the wheels off of it . Plus I was able to practice my new learned trade replacing the brakes a few times adding a booster
                rebuilding the steering box , rear end , trans , adding a/c dealing with over heating in traffic Swapping the long block from the original 240 cu.in. to a 300 cu.in. adding a Norris cam Offy 4 bbl manifold and Ford 4 bbl carb , rebuilding the front axel . I also lifted it , made steel front push bumper , steel rear bumper with hitch mount . I added multiple batteries and a remote switched Hot terminal out on the front bumper for jump starting other cars . I Camped in it went to Van Ins had a great time with it .

                I went to work at the Dodge Dealer where we bought the Darts from and while there I bought my '73 Dodge B100 360 auto a/c p/s Posi 3.23 gears Chrome bumpers and grill windows on the rear and side doors White front seats . I traded the white '73 seats for black '74 seats and swapped the rear doors with windows for solid rear doors . The color is medium burnt orange .
                At 10,000 miles the Posi gave up so under warranty they repaired it and I had them put it in a new pickup and got the open 3.23 from that . My thought was I don't want to have to repair the Posi every 10,000 miles .

                Well here it is 2020 and 300,000 miles later I still have it . Over the years I've swapped the 727 for a 833 then after the second clutch back to the 727 . at 202,000 miles I swapped the engine out with a '84 cop 318 with only 13,000 miles on it and a new A 500.

                Back in '75 a garbage truck backed into the right rear door so I had to replace the door so this was the opportunity to replace both doors sell the good one and replace with the big one piece door and fill the window hole with sheet metal . A buddy did the work at his body shop and insurance paid for it , although I had to hold them accountable for all of it .


                In '77 two customers sold me a '64 Dart 270 wagon /6 auto white with light blue interior . I later sold it to a room mate . They loved it and drove it for years and the sold it . the Last time I saw it I was headed north on 101 near Salinas , CA it was on the southbound shoulder with the hood up .
                I also bought a '64 Dart GT /6 auto Beige I loved the Dart I had plans to swap in a 360 auto and 8 3/4 and paint it Red with a black interior .
                That plan changed when Dad gave me the '66 Dart in '84 . So I weighed the options The '66 had P/S and A/C the '64 didn't . So with much regret I sold the '64 .

                Wouldn't you know it the guy I sold it to resold it to another guy who did put a 360 auto in it and painted it red with a black interior . It was fate .

                Ok enough for now tune in for part 4 ...

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                • Fred Scigliano

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                  NA Red October, John Wayne I haven't seen in years but he's OK.
                   
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                  • Fred Scigliano

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                    Use to go to van ins back in the 70's ...
                     
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                      Getting to know me part 4

                      As you read earlier We ordered the '66 in Oct of '65 we took delivery Dec 23 1965 just in time to give it to mom for Christmas .

                      Time goes by it's now 1975 and the Dart has a few scrapes and dings . So I decide to paint it , mom would like it to be pale yellow . But the car has lines and is begging to be bold ,
                      so I draw a picture of what I want and hand it to the painter and turn him loose .
                      This is what she got ...

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                      Well not the Rally wheels anyway . She got the stock 13' wheel covers .
                      After I acquired the Dart I changed the wheels and tires to steel 5x 14" and 235 60R14's as seen in the avatar .

                      In the 90's I was hit by a gal in the right rear quarter just behind the wheel opening in front of the bumper who then took off .
                      I found a quarter in a wreaking yard and insurance covered the repairs . Now most of the right side was repainted .

                      Fast forward to 2018 the paint is showing its age and that quarter has a bit of cancer . So off to the body shop for patch panel and other minor body work and a new color and that leads to the interior and so goes the project . '73 up disc brakes Hellwig front sway bar Rally wheels 8 1/4 rear axel for now . I still have to reassemble the trim and interior put in the rear axel stop the trans leak recharge the a/c or go ahead with the plan to put a 360 in it .

                      One would have thought this was the year to do all that what with no travel this year , BUT NO ! I didn't , I made sure that the new big screen TV didn't fall off the wall ! I kept an eye on it at least 18 hours a day ! It must have worked it's still on the wall :)
                       
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                      • GGs66GT

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                        Here's what it looks like now ...

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                        • GGs66GT

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                          Getting to know me part 5

                          So does that help you know me ?
                          Do you want to know about my Mountian Biking , roller blading in the 80's and 90's or
                          the loss of my wife 2 weeks short of our 20th anniversary in 2015 or my new wife I met in 2016 ?
                          How about our travels ?
                          Or other car and trailer projects ? Just ask .
                           
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                          • Fred Scigliano

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                            Not wanting to upset you just trying to get acquainted is all I wanted. Sorry for your loss.
                             
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                            • Fred Scigliano

                              Fred Scigliano Off center a bit

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                              I guess deleting past post doesn't help at all.
                               
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                              • Biff

                                Biff Cheep not easy

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                                  Biff Cheep not easy

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                                  Nice to meet you 66 always welcome here ,car people are car people !
                                   
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                                  • GGs66GT

                                    GGs66GT FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                                    Now rereading my above post I can see how it mite have come off a bit testy. Not my intention sorry .

                                    Thanks for the condolence .

                                    Like I said ask away I’m full of stories .
                                     
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                                    • chryslerfat

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                                      I hope to get those 1/4 panels out of the back of my truck this weekend.
                                       
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                                        Amazing you still have the car GG
                                         
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                                        • Fred Scigliano

                                          Fred Scigliano Off center a bit

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                                          I do the same I get going on a subject and people get the wrong impression.
                                          Your fine with your posts now that I know you more. Glad to have you here so please stick around a bit.
                                           
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                                          • Fred Scigliano

                                            Fred Scigliano Off center a bit

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                                            Got to get some pictures please....
                                             
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                                            • GGs66GT

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                                              Yep I tend to hold on to things I still have my van and held onto my ‘56 Chevy pick up 30 years.

                                              Heck I even have just about all the model cars I built as a kid .
                                               
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                                              • 44o gts dart

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                                                Did I win ?
                                                 
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                                                  Sorry about your lose BP.
                                                   
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                                                  • Bodyperson

                                                    Bodyperson Pedal to the metal

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                                                    Its all good FOG. She was ready and didn't suffer. Thanks for your condolences. Wifey played the end of her life well. No regret.
                                                     
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