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Old 02-08-2011, 04:01 AM   #1  
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Hi Guys,
Hope all of you are well and living your Corvette dreams. I know I am.

Sorry I've showed no updates in the last 7 months or so. After I returned the car to road warrior status, I got carried away just driving the dang car and failed to keep you guys in the loop. It was intoxicating, literally.

Of course, adult children had their influence on the clock along with getting sidetracked on old and new girlfriends. Hot days, cold beer, good friends, boats, lakes and that four-letter word (work) got in the way too. There's pyrotechnics too but I'll save for the next posting.

So many irons, so few fires.

I finally got the car to build its own heat turn-key, over the last Memorial Day weekend. Went out with all the information that so many of you gave so I could complete the job in my shop.

More kudos to mention once I sort the many contributors: intended and otherwise.

First person to get a ride on the shakedown run was my oldest grandson; to say he was thrilled would be an understatement. He helped work on the car as time allowed when my daughter needed a break (he was 10 last year) so he had a vested interest, as it were. More explaining than twisting wrenches but I showed him to lay hands on the dead to breathe life back in.

Summer arrived and then I took off. Take a look at some of the offerings I found to take the car...

All Vette show at an Aurora Chevy dealership:










This was at the Goodguys show in Loveland, Colorado





It wasn't always hot and dry, either. A Denver radio station had their big event rained out at Bandimere Speedway on the first try; rescheduled couple months later and then it was ok:



The motor runs ok for being a wanna-be ZR-1. When most folks hear it, they think it's got a BB in it. I know the sidepipes and the L-88 hood lend to that look.





More shows:















This pig ain't no trailer queen, show car, or race car either. It just gets me from point A to point B in a manner I have dreamed about for years. Here are images of a 720 mile hop (one-way) that I took from north CO to West Texas, via wide-open country in New Mexico.

Southbound on I-25 into north Denver before 5am (coffee!):





TKO600 and a 3:55 posi rocks my world.





At my Dads place in southern NM (he's real proud of those WWII Combat license plates on his pickup):



Bugs. Lots of bugs.



Lord Have Mercy! I miss my Whataburgers!



48 hours just disappears when you're having fun. It was time to head north from El Paso and get home:



Corvettes were made for open spaces.



Somewhere outside of BFE (ask if u don't know, lol)







Train? What train? Where? (dem tracks ain't rusty!)



I never get tired of looking at this silhouette. Never.



There's more but I've probably used up enough real estate for one post. Respectful apologies to the moderators.

So even though it's winter in the States, I'm going to continue racking up miles as soon as the roads clear and as time and especially, money allow.

Hang in there everyone. This is some of what makes my life worth living.

Later,
Eddie
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:53 AM   #2  
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Hey Ed,

Great pictorial....looks like you are living the dream pretty darn good!

Thanks for sharing....lots of calendar shots in there.

Stay in tune....
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:54 AM   #3  
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Great pics. Beautiful car. Please post more.
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Dustup, beautiful car and scenery! I also have a '72 and am looking to upgrade tires and wheels. By the way, what wheel and tire sizes are you using? Everything looks great.
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Thanks for taking us along for the ride! All great shots, but I particularly love this one!



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great pics and very nice car... thanks!
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Your odometer shows a little over 22K miles...has it rolled over or is yours a low mileage car?

Great pics and thanks for sharing. Keep them coming!
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Love the color of your calipers! Would've never thought that would look good with white. Great pics!
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Great pics, nice car, thanks for sharing.
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Great story, thanks for sharing. Love road trips. I bought my car in Denver about three years ago (in January) and drove it home to Jacksonville Fl in two days. What a great trip. Hopefully, I'll get to take a road trip in my car this summer. Was just telling the wife last night, I'm really want'n a road trip. No particular reason, just get that way sometimes!!
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Your having fun with the Vette! That's all worth it.
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Looks like you're having TOO much fun, but we all understand. Your Vette looks great!
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Hi,
GREAT PICTURES!!!!!
It's nice that your car is getting to see the southwest!!!!
Regards,
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Great pictures, I always look forward to these type posts. Great looking car!
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MY LUCK........... the train would come & the car wouldnt start.......

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those are great pics. I thank you for sharing. I am having corvette withdrawals. I wish all of this snow would melt so that I can take my toy out.
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Ed, well done. Car looks goooood. Great stance, and nice wheels (biased of course )
Reliable fun trip in a classic Vette. What sort of mpg did ya get with that TKO600?
Thanks for sharing.
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I agree with beige79, make the flag/Stingray/vent picture your avatar. Good photos and stories. Keep them coming. It inspires those of us with parts laying around the garage floor.
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great pics man, you have to love road trips.
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