Damn, I love this car. Even with transmission issues (linkage problems, including no way to get into 1st gear and tricky 4th and reverse) and sloppy suspension, this thing is a blast to drive! When we first took it out for a drive to visit T&N, upon leaving it seemed the right thing to do was to do a little burnout. Y'know, just because. The car certainly has the power. So I brought the revs up a bit - nothing crazy - and dropped the clutch. That's when it felt like I was getting shot in the back by a cannon. Repeatedy. The thing bucked and hopped and spun, repeat, only during one of the violent hops it fired a wheel "beauty ring" into the grass beside the car. Too much! We were laughing our brains out.

Much of what I'm doing to improve the suspension includes getting the rear end under control: heavy-duty, adjustable control arms top and bottom; mega-duty sway bar where it now has none; heavy-duty drop springs; QA1 adjustable shocks; and Delrin bushings all around - firm, quiet, and non-binding. This thing will be PLANTED. The front, also sloppy, is geting a QA1 adjustable coil-over setup, tubular A-arms with 1" raised tie rod for better cornering, a sway bar with twice the control of the stock unit, 11" drilled and slotted disk brakes hanging from drop spindles, and all Delrin bushings like the rear.

Here's a fantastic promo shot of The Latenight Callers, clearly up to no good:

The band is (left to right): Krysztof Nemeth, Ellen O'Hayer, Nick Combs, Gavin Mac, and Julie Berndsen. Photo by Mat "SLIMM" Adkins.

So the issues will be remedied soon, and it will handle like a modern sports car. Also, a modern 6-speed double-overdrive transmission is soon to replace the old 4-speed. Why shouldn't muscle cars get to enjoy high-tech handling? Why shouldn't they also have low revs on the highway and lots of gear ratios to choose from? Well, this one sure will!

More on this soon, as the parts are already starting to arrive. Next up: into the garage for a tear-down and build-up. Can't wait.

These photos were taken in downtown Lawrence, just across the street from The Bottleneck, where tonight a few of us went to see the fantastic band, The Latenight Callers, born here in town but now operating mostly out of Kansas City. Don't know them? They ROCK. Check 'em out on their website or visit them on their Facebook page. Get to know them now so you can say you knew them before they were famous.

Below is Krysztof Nemeth, a friend and co-founder of the band. I took this shot using his smartphone with no flash and some funky digital effects - blurry, yes, but he liked it this way so here it is:

From: [identity profile] siro-gravity.livejournal.com

I wouldn't know a VW bug from a Corvette, but I can still tell that's a sassy ride.

And I agree with Krystoff! I like the blurry picture. Funny when "funky digital effects" means you tried to make it look like film photography.

From: [identity profile] mckitterick.livejournal.com

Oh my gosh, LJ ate my reply! Hm, I said something along the lines of, "And his smartphone even had an app interface that looked like a vintage camera!"

Oh, technology.

I mean, yes! I'm being cryptic ;-)

From: [identity profile] charmed-art.livejournal.com

Thanks for the shout-outs, my friend! And man, I haven't had that much lust over a car in a long time! SO HOT! And all the things you say you're gonna do to it just make me salivate, seriously. That vehicle couldn't belong to a more caring and competent owner!

From: [identity profile] mckitterick.livejournal.com

It's SO NICE having a two-car garage plus carport; there's always space to park the vehicles safely and indoor space to work on 'em. Now if only it were a FOUR-car garage....

From: [identity profile] margaretq.livejournal.com

I can see how a car that will not go into 1st and that fights you on 4th and reverse might be challenging to drive. Ummm...scrap that..."not driveable" came to mind first. I just can't get to the enjoyable part of that.

Good luck on the major surgery *giddy* I'm all tingly from the pretty pics... *blush* THAT is a car.

From: [identity profile] mckitterick.livejournal.com

It has so much power that it doesn't NEED 1st gear! And 4th and reverse are only tricky, not impossible, like some other old cars I've had... hm, I get the feeling you haven't had a lot of antique cars ;-)


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