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We've been doing more ride & drive videos now that the weather is good, and Melanie just finished putting this one together. It's a lot longer than most, but I think you'll understand why once you see the car. This was a lot of fun to make.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Nice Matt, appreciate the ride along.  I graduated from high school in 1970 and remember the Superbird well.  I thought it was ugly for a street car.  The front end looked like a quick add-on and didn’t seem to fit all that well.  Funny how things change.  A good friend of mine got a 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 as a graduation present.  It was orange four speed with black vinyl top and black rear spoiler.  Unfortunately he beat it to death and finished it off in a roll over down an embankment.  Do 340 Dusters have much value today?

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1 minute ago, TerryB said:

Nice Matt, appreciate the ride along.  I graduated from high school in 1970 and remember the Superbird well.  I thought it was ugly for a street car.  The front end looked like a quick add-on and didn’t seem to fit all that well.  Funny how things change.  A good friend of mine got a 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 as a graduation present.  It was orange four speed with black vinyl top and black rear spoiler.  Unfortunately he beat it to death and finished it off in a roll over down an embankment.  Do 340 Dusters have much value today?

Yes, 340 ANYTHING has value.

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6 minutes ago, keiser31 said:

Yes, 340 ANYTHING has value.

I’m sure it does, but on the TV auctions the Duster 340 is not seen very often making me think they don’t have a strong following.  I still have great memories of that Duster as the owner and I were close for a long time after high school days.  I was his wrench guy because his treatment of the Duster relegated him to cheap cars for a long time and he was no mechanic.  We had some great times, like when he bought a 1938 LaSalle hearse for $150 and parked it in his grandmother’s driveway as he lived with her.  She was none too happy to have that next to her house!

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4 minutes ago, Terry Harper said:

Thanks Matt! Wonderful vehicles!

 

Here is a "virtual" Drive around the Museum grounds from last year (albeit rather slow and loud).

 

 

 

That's too cool! I love big, ancient machines like that. There's nothing that could stop that thing!

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Matt,

 

Wonderful video on the Marmon! Looking forward to the rest. Hope these help bring you some business. Sad we won’t be having the Ohio Region AACA Spring or Summer Tours. Hopefully the fall will occur and we will see you. Maybe the Marmon will sold to a local buyer and they can bring it.

 

Tom Muth

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Thanks for posting the video of the '32 Ford.  My wife and I have seen it on your website and surprisingly she likes the car as much if not more than me.  Too bad we aren't in the market to buy one right now.

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Here's this week's video, an all-original 2-owner 1966 Mustang GT coupe with a 4-speed. Refreshing my memory with this car while making the video was a lot of fun and I'd forgotten just how tight and solid and downright quick it is on the road. Just a nice little pony. Enjoy!

 

 

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On 4/10/2020 at 12:05 PM, Terry Harper said:

Thanks Matt! Wonderful vehicles!

 

Here is a "virtual" Drive around the Museum grounds from last year (albeit rather slow and loud).

 

 

 

 

Thanks for posting! My go-to response to my kids for a vehicle like this is, "How'd you like to take your date to the prom in that thing?"

 

I love it!

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Thanks for posting! My go-to response to my kids for a vehicle like this is, "How'd you like to take your date to the prom in that thing?"

 

I love it!

 

Ha! my daughter seriously wanted to do just that! At her school they have a traditional prom night car parade - tractors, horse and buggy you name it. 

One year my students used our survey equipment to see if a particularly large tractor would fit under the walkway.

 

I was sweating the trucking costs big time. (10 tons and a 302 mile round trip)Then of course Prom was canceled due to the pandemic.

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18 hours ago, Terry Harper said:

 

I was sweating the trucking costs big time. (10 tons and a 302 mile round trip)Then of course Prom was canceled due to the pandemic.

 

 

Yes, my kids' (I have twins) also missed out on their senior prom this year, among many other things. Many condolences to the class of '20. 

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Beautiful '67 Vette! I'm no Corvette expert (to put it very very mildly) but the only thing that's conspicuously non-original to me at a glance are the wheels, but I'm guessing you need the giant wheels to accommodate the giant brakes. 

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I'm here at the shop working on a new video that I think everyone here will really enjoy that's a little outside our norm. Riley and I have been hard at work with the logistics and we're really excited about doing it.

 

In the meantime, however, here's our latest video, a test drive in the legendary Chevelle LS6:

 

 

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25 minutes ago, Lebowski said:

 

I see a lot of driving videos but since the title says diving videos I thought I would post this one.... :)

 

 

 

 

 

LOL! I never noticed that. I'll have to go back and edit it, but then your joke is lost. Meh, I'll leave it alone--that's funnier.

 

 

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Another drive, this week a 1987 Ford Mustang GT convertible. While everyone might dismiss this as a modern car and a throwaway cheap car, I would argue that it changed affordable performance in the fuel injection age and, after all, it's 33 years old now. Still a blast to drive. Enjoy!

 

 

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Hard to believe it’s a collector car...........I am sure getting old. They were good cars, just carry a spare ignition module and tool to install it. It’s about the only thing that would stop one back in the day......that and a fuel pump. The five liter Ford was my favorite V-8 platform of the era........and my choice for myself and family for decades.......

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2 hours ago, edinmass said:

Hard to believe it’s a collector car...........I am sure getting old.

That moment in your life when you realize you are getting old is when the standard cars in your high school parking lot are now considered collectors cars,  or worse yet antiques. 

A friend had the fastback in High school which he ran into a tree,  just laying in the road so not a real bad accident but it messed it up enough,  it wasn't worth fixing.  He bought another and fixed it all up, had it painted,  suspension and other performance mods,  I think he even put a performance tranny in it,  then got busted for driving it on the road without registering it,  which put him without a license for almost a year.  After that he never drove it again and sold it.  After that he ended up with a rusted to death Escort wagon and delivered pizza for a while with it.  Quite the downgrade.   He eventually got into sport bikes instead. 

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Here's the latest test drive: a stunning 1954 Buick Skylark. High-quality restoration and it drives superbly. One of the smoothest cars I've ever driven. I personally prefer the way the '53s look but I certainly can't argue with the way this stunning Cavalier Blue car drives.

 

 

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On 4/8/2020 at 5:38 PM, Matt Harwood said:

We've been doing more ride & drive videos now that the weather is good, and Melanie just finished putting this one together. It's a lot longer than most, but I think you'll understand why once you see the car. This was a lot of fun to make.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

I cannot help but think of Past AACA President, Ron Barnett, when I view this video. Great job, Matt!

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