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Buiding a classic, what would you choose?

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by c5367, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. c5367

    c5367 Esq.

    Aug 1, 2003
    A friend of mine is building an Olds 442. He sort of regrets the direction he took with it, and we started talking about the "dream car." You know, the one you'd build if you had the money and resources. I think I have mine nailed down. I'd like to build a Camaro, probably on a 67-69 body. I'd do the unthinkable and put an LS6 in it, and some 18" wheels around big ol' 13" disc brakes. The theme would be classic looks with the best modern tech can offer. I love the way the 1st gen Camaros look, and I love the way modern Chevy small block V-8's perform, so why not get both in one package?

    How about you? what would be your dream project car?
  2. Texas_Preacher

    Texas_Preacher Cranky Old Goat

    May 3, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    That is such a hard question to answer... so amny cars, so many engines, so little money ;f I love the old-school cars with modern tech.

    On a side note, there is a 65 Stang running around with an 04 Cobra running gear, engine tranny.... that's just plain cool.

    I would love to build a 67 Nova II triple-black convertible with a 2" or 3" chop, lowered on Vette running gear, a supercharged 427, C6 tranny with a straight shifter, tubbed with 345's or so on the rear, 245s or so up front all on TT2s and flares all the way around. It would have to be black with limo-tint windows. Electric cutouts on the exhaust that open at WOT and fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror.

    I mean, if you want me to be specific.... ;e

  3. Ghetto

    Ghetto Still alive

    May 8, 2004
    Black 63 Split window vette

    Single Turbo LS6
    Big brakes
    Big wheels

    I'm a Ford man but damn I love the early 60s Vettes ;m
  4. Wmarden


    Aug 23, 2002
    I have always loved the 53 and earlier buicks. Those grills are awesome. Used to think I would put in a buick 455. But the more i think about it, the cooler the straight 8 is. Modify the engine compartment a little and spice it up. Interior modified to something more modern, but not outlandish. More modern suspension. Subtle body mods, but keep most of the chrome. Not a big fan of shaving the outside of a vehicle. Color would be a deep green, with a subtle flame(but not ghost) job.
  5. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I've always had a weakness for a 67 Corvette with the 427 and sidepipes.
  6. One Ragged Hole

    One Ragged Hole Dis ain't funny

    Nov 13, 2002
    Just hangin around
    To me, Muscle Cars just DON'T need 22's. It looks ridiculous to me to see a beautiful '69 Chevelle, or Roadrunner, just made for L60-15's saddled with 22" Bling-Bling Rims with Spinners. Some of the new rims would look great on an Import for sure, but not a Muscle Car. I know Foose makes some kick-a** rims but I'm kinda old school here. IMO. Flame retardant "Leider Unter-Hosen" on.
  7. c5367

    c5367 Esq.

    Aug 1, 2003
    I wouldn't put 22"s w/ spinners on a muscle car. I was thinking more along the lines of 17's or 18's w/ low-profile performance tires. The idea is good handling, not to be ghetto fabulous :)
  8. I'd probably take the Camaro route also, though mine would be a '73. Split-bumper, flat rear glass.

    To keep it simple, I'd probably stay with a small-block 350, worked. I like my rides reliable, and I don't care about being fastest, only fast.

    It'd be tough to decide between silver or the pea-soup green GM had in those days. Either way, black racing sripes with ghost flames in 'em - hello, Mr. Foose?

    I had a '79 Camaro up until a few years ago. Leak-free t-tops, 4 speed manual; fun car. And it was silver, and the New York license plate read "HIHOSLVA". Thus, my username......

    Don't laugh too hard here, but I plan on doing a Mazda Miata build in the coming years. Nothing too crazy, just a JR Supercharger and whole bunch of suspension goodies. Fast cars are fun, but I owned a Miata for a while, and there is no more fun car on the road. Like a go-cart w/airbags; a total blast to drive, and I've been wanting to buy and work one for a while now.
  9. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    Prolly a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Hemi powered of course;f
  10. c5367

    c5367 Esq.

    Aug 1, 2003
    The Miata is actually one of my guilty pleasure cars. Those things are fun, and the new ones look really good. The gearbox is very nice too. I think they'd be great for mountain backroads. I've seen supercharger kits for them, which would make it even more fun.

    Okie, would keep that big ol' spoiler on that SuperBee?
  11. Geeorge

    Geeorge Sarcasm Inc.

    The last few years I have wanted an 87-90 vette as I like that body style and they aren't to expensive to initially buy.

    I've had quite a few muscle cars over the years and have owned this pos since 1981 and have no intention of getting rid of it until I am cold and in the ground;g
  12. Texas_Preacher

    Texas_Preacher Cranky Old Goat

    May 3, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    POS = Piece of ?? Sweetness? SexyBiatch? Superbmachine? ;g ;f
  13. There was one on TV this morning - TunerVision or some crap. Anyway:

    I can't remember the maker, but they had a S/C on a newer Miata, making over 190 hp at the rear wheels.

    Hella fun in a car that tips the scales at a little over 1 ton.
  14. vart


    Feb 17, 2000
    The Palouse
    Way too many choices for me;g .

    I've always had a soft spot for the `70 Torino GT or Cobra. I bought this one with the intention of modernizing the suspension and brakes and building the 351 Boss to make around 450hp.
    But, I got married before I really got started on it and sold it.
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    But, since Torinos are going for mucho bucks now days, I would like to try rodding a `72 Buick Riviera. I love those old boattail Buicks :cool: .

    Other cars on my short list include a `72 Challenger, `67 Ford Fairlane GT, `63 Chevy Impala, `70-`73 Chevy Camaro, and last but not least; a `72 Ford maverick sleeper ;) .

    I love the idea of a stock looking baby blue Maverick with magnum 500s and a 450hp 351W under the hood that is capable of running 11's on street tires:cool: .
  15. Those old Riv's are the pimpin'-est, land-yacht, ghetto sleds ever built. I absolutely LOVE 'em.
    ~2 ~2 ~2 ~2
  16. Wmarden


    Aug 23, 2002
    Right now I am building up a 74 coupe deville. Main thing it needs is a little cosmetic work and a new tranny. I have some plans for it. Once I get done it will be an awesome big cruiser. 472 power. Not my dream car build, but one I really like. Forgot to mention it last post here.


    Feb 2, 2005
    Thomasville, NC
    67 or 68 Firebird...slide a built Gen III (LS1 w/ HotCam, CNC'd LS6 Heads, and 1.8:1RRs...) in it, mated to a 6 speed trans. Hotrods to Hell rear suspension, Wayne Due style front clip and C5 front suspension and brakes.

    Get the paint right (start with Gunmetal Grey and do some black stripes) and you've got my DREAM car...

  18. RaiderCop

    RaiderCop NRA Life Member

    Mar 20, 2003
    For me it would be a 1970 Chevelle SS!
  19. tpiini


    Jan 9, 2004
    My first car was a '68 4-4-2. I LOVED that car! But I sold it when gas prices climbed to over (gasp!) a buck a gallon. I've been through several cars in my sordid history. Currently, my funnest car is a Shelby Cobra. Replica, of course, as I'm not a bazillionaire. I have a couple of Corvettes, a stock '37 Chev. coupe, and a stock '57 Metropolitan also. But for the sheer fun-to-drive factor, nothing I have makes me smile like the Cobra. It's loud, stinky, uncomfortable, and generally obnoxious. But I love it!
  20. Maxthemutt


    Dec 14, 2001
    Lately I've had thoughts of a C4 Corvette in Polo Green.

    Previously I wanted a Shelby Cobra Kit car.