Listen: Camaro, Louisville, Valdosta discussed on The Round Six Podcast
"I always wanted a seventy Khuda but the car that I really always wanted was a sixty nine Camaro and so when I was is that my first base in Georgia <hes> one of my buddies that <hes> I was stationed with he lived about forty five miles away in a little town called Albany. Georgia was just northwest of Valdosta where we were stationed and his brother older brother was a hot roderick well Marvin my buddy had fifty five Chevy <hes> three twenty seven on Ramp four-speed car that was it was gutted and it was kind of like a his own version of the two lane blacktop car so it was really fun car will his brother had had some fifty five chevys and he also said a forty Willie's but he also had a sixty-nine Camaro that I saw a picture that Marvin had showed me of some of his brothers cars I saw a front fender of sixty nine Camaro and I was like hey who's cars that is what belongs to my brother brother <hes> Leslie Names Leslie and he might sell it and so we went up there one one time and he said he also save two for nine hundred bucks and it ran a drove. I brought it home did a bunch of work to it. Well like anything else I wanted to bill more of a hot rod out of it and so I built a really stomping three Oh two little small block and put an twenty-one in it put a twelve bold and it was some gear and <hes> I was is on an air force budget and so I remember when I ordered the Pistons for that thing T._R._W.. Was the only company Made Pistons at the time for the three two and they're really heavy slugs. I think three Oh I think T._R._W.. Was the manufacturer that made him for Chevrolet back in the day. Hey I think <hes> but they were <hes> twelve and a half to win Pistons so I ordered them and it took five months to get him <hes>. I don't think T._R._W.. Are At that time Hi my order them through summit T._R._W.. I don't think there were any available in they had to wait till they made the next run so I put the motor together and we wound up having a mill a bunch off the top side of the dunks domes so thick and gave us opportunity to mill down compression down a little bit but put the motor together fired it up in the dorm parking lot. It was getting really close. My Sister Kathleen was getting married and she was stationed. She was an air force as well. She was stationed off Air Force space in Omaha and <hes> so I needed to get this Camaro done so I could drive it from Valdosta to Louisville where I was from and my dad had already rented a <hes> a motorhome. We're going to drive a motorhome from Louisville to Omaha like anything else. You know. You're scrambling to get the thing done. I got the thing where it was running pretty good. I didn't have money for an exhaust. So what I did was I had some thrush. Turbo are some thrush header mufflers and I bolted onto the headers and just so I get on and off base because of course you could drive car like that would open headers. They wouldn't even let you on base so it was super loud so <hes> kind of got myself prepared and ready to go on the morning that I was GonNa leave it was it was still dark and I wanted to get an early start at it because I knew from Valdosta to Louisville was about six hundred and fifty miles I can make it in twelve hours at that time speed limits fifty five and they police I at pretty heavily so kind of fear to take about twelve hours so I go out to start at my car batteries dead push it into neutral push over to my buddy Bryant's spot. He had a Mustang he had a seventy one Mustang Mustang mach one and I pushed it over next to his car. <hes> he never locked his car. I got into got got his jumper cables out and jumper my car and so says the thing lid off. I was gone took off. <hes> probably made it to Macon Georgia. I feel tank <hes> that had to fill up and so I'm thinking to myself. I'm Kinda out in the middle nowhere here. If I shut this thing off it may not ever start back up again. I don't know what's up with the batter. The Battery Ed did sell it and I'm going to have to ask somebody for a jump and undoing have cables so I let the thing run so I got gas never shut it off. GOT INTO ATLANTA. Never shut it off. You know getting gas. It was like Nascar pit stop. He's just barking and so eventually I made it all the way home and it was dark <hes> when what's going through bowling green it was just starting to get dark and I go to click the wipers on on wipers didn't work and it started raining so I'm driving in the right hand lane <hes> basically almost hydroplaning and the semis our honking at me and I'm not going fast enough. I cannot see I am looking through a a whole about as big as a quarter in the corner of the windshield. That's just were I could see through it and <hes> it was pretty frightening. Because it's a freeway that was dark. I didn't really know it very well and you know you're you're cruise along the next thing you know you're you're hydro co planning just keep the wheel pointed straight and don't tap the brakes so I finally made it home and <hes> pull into the driveway and shut the thing off and I'm thinking you know I should see if this thing starts back up again just to see if it would and Blam damn thing right back off again. It probably would a lid off in making when I got my first field thing when I've got my I feel old but I didn't know that car was so loud inside in a you didn't really realize until I got at home and my dad said Hi and it was just like I could barely hear him. It was just like my ears were just ringing that was twelve straight hours of just about open headers because the mufflers were right up underneath my seat but it made it and <hes> we got it home and after we got back from Omaha Kathleen wedding first thing I did was I put an head a an exhaustive put on it so the ride home was substantially better so but I miss that car and it was it needed some help and back then they didn't make a lot of their reproduction parts that they make now but I really wish I still had that car at a lot of good memories in that car yeah now that was one of them had many many other cars the thing about being in the services that you get an opportunity to come through some really cool cars 'cause there's always somebody in your shop or somebody in your dorm that just got orders and they've got to sell their G._T._O.. Or they've got to sell their roadrunner owner or and so you get these cars at just great deals and you'd have them for about four months only to find out that you're the guy with the orders now and you've got to sell your car so there were some really cool cars at one time I had sixty five G._T._O.. Sixty five months <hes> really cool cal volkswagon at my Camaro. You know this was within about two and a half year span. That's cool stuff but unfortunately it really never got a chance to keep any of it and you still got cool stuff. I mean come on as well. Yeah I mean but a lot of that stuff is the stuff ahead for a long time I mean you are you. Are The car guy that the Camaro I mean come on the Camaro. Is you the tell people about the Camaro. This is cool car this kind of ties in with the previous commercial the sixty nine Camaro well when I got back from Korea we had stored my Camaro in a storage place. <hes> I rented a I think it was a ten by twenty storage <hes> thing and so the car stayed in there for the year when I was in Korea and I got back and <hes> took it for you know some drives and it just the harmonic balancer was having an issue <hes> were the end of the crankshaft had had there was an issue at the end of the crankshaft the <hes> the size was slightly under so the harmonic balanced would slightly rock on it and what happened. was you know at that R._P._M.. P._M. would start spreading the key way in it and then we'll get to the point to where it would wanNA pitch the balancer and I knew I was Kinda screwed because I was going to have to drive it from Louisville because I had orders out here to California and Victorville and that was twenty two hundred miles. I knew the car was not gonNA in a make it or if it did it's going to be a disaster trip and I didn't WanNa risk it had a lot of people really hit me up to buy that car and so I wound up selling it so I got out here to California thinking well with the money that I got from the sixty nine. I'm GonNa buy me another sixty fifty nine. I'll buy rust-free when this time and so looked around and I wasn't patient. I should have saved up a little bit extra and bought the car that I wanted and <hes> one of the guys at my shop was a big second Jen Camaro guy and and he had seventy one he had just got back from Germany and he had his seventy-one rally sport over in Germany with them so it cruise the Autobahn and he had a blast in the car he got back to the states and he wanted to buy another one but he wanted a seventy s s three ninety-six Camaros so he knew that he had to get rid of one or the other so the seventy-one came up for sale drove it in Effingham. I'll just you know all by this car and I'll just cruise it for a little while until my you know the the sixty nine Camaro that I want start driving now started really liking the car <hes> as far as handling and comfort it was a better car than my sixty-nine and <hes> I enjoy driving but when I when I buy vehicle I always start a book on everything Long Island that way. If anything happens to the car I've got all the Vin numbers and I've got all the information you know in case you know we need to go looking for the car. I can give it to the police and go here's the number of the car and here's everything so I always start a book. Well I get out there with this one and got my notepad and you know what I'm looking at the tag and one two four eight seven l five."