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Old 02-10-2019, 08:46 AM
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Had '68 and '69 verts. Did not drive top down very often. I hate sitting in the sun. Hard to beat on a perfect evening though. When it was time to buy a new '15 I didn't consider a ragtop.

Agree on Mustangs, three fastbacks are waiting for my attention.
My fast backs.. 67 GT500, 69 Pro Street and 69 Pro touring being built.





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Really enjoying this thread, mainly for your avatar...
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I love convertibles - C2 and C3, especially C3 chrome bumpers types. I also love the 65-66 Mustang convertibles.
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I feel like the roof line was an Integral part of the original design concept of the car and without it it's only half of what it was intended to look like.

I love the look of the hardtop on 68-75 cars because you basically get the same roofline but the hardtop on 63-67 makes it an absolutely different car for me - and I sometimes even struggle finding an angle I like to view a coupe from, so I hold the looks of the c2 convertible right up there with a Corvair convertible.

A t-top car with the bar removed would be my ideal (as it was GM's) c3.

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Old 02-10-2019, 02:20 PM
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[QUOTE=Prostreeter1;1598851354]My fast backs.. 67 GT500, 69 Pro Street and 69 Pro touring being built.




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Very nice! Any FE action going on there?
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My fast backs.. 67 GT500, 69 Pro Street and 69 Pro touring being built.




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Very nice! Any FE action going on there?
The Pro Touring will have a Robert Pond built 496FE. The Pro Street has a Kasse built Boss 596 and the 67 has a supercharged modular engine.
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Sounds like the horse's power is well covered.

Shelby 482 for my '67, I have a low mile SCJ with a tunnel wedge for the '69 but that would look so nice in the '32 it might go there. LS for the '71. I have a '66 tube axle coupe. There's a 565 BBC waiting for that one.

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Coupe all the way!! Love Glass T-tops. My first set was in an *86 mustang GT ( speaking of the mustangs ) so when it came to getting a vette, it was the Glass T-tops that clinched it for me. As far as convertibles are concerned the only one I ever loved was a Jeep. now THAT's a convertible. If you cant put the windshield down and remove the doors why bother Had an '84 CJ7

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Sounds like the horse's power is well covered.

Shelby 482 for my '67, I have a low mile SCJ with a tunnel wedge for the '69 but that would look so nice in the '32 it might go there. LS for the '71. I have a '66 tube axle coupe. There's a 565 BBC waiting for that one.
You've got some nice builds going on yourself and all the engines covered. The Pond engine is 700HP and Kasse is 1007HP on pump gas.
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:17 PM
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You've got some nice builds going on yourself and all the engines covered. The Pond engine is 700HP and Kasse is 1007HP on pump gas.
You are rolling in STYLE. I'll probably cam the 482 to be 640-660HP. The goal was to have something that would live a long time with track days thrown in. I had only been looking for 700 with the 565 but watching my wife's Z06 taillights while in a friends car has me rethinking that build. The effortless power in C7s has me second guessing a lot of my projects. Good problems to have I guess.
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You are rolling in STYLE. I'll probably cam the 482 to be 640-660HP. The goal was to have something that would live a long time with track days thrown in. I had only been looking for 700 with the 565 but watching my wife's Z06 taillights while in a friends car has me rethinking that build. The effortless power in C7s has me second guessing a lot of my projects. Good problems to have I guess.

Kasse dyno results. Glad we can talk different cars that interest us without getting locked. Love Corvettes and Mustangs. My goal is to send my 68 Corvette Restomod out to be fitted with an LT4. That's a ways off though.



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I have a fairly specific prejudice, I only love C3 chrome bumper coupes. Fell in love with them in 68 when they came out and saw them on Woodward ave, Gratiot ave, Telegraph rd. I grew up just outside Pontiac, MI.
Don't really care for any of the other years/models of vettes. For me its all about the lines of the car. Nothing against the others, they just don't do anything for me, not before, not since
I was born in Pontiac and grew up in Clarkston......love the early coupe and I have one......the back window stays out and the T's come off periodically......
Although.....I was brought home from St. Joseph Pontiac in my Dads 70' Convertible.....in May of 71' so it is a hard decision.....I also had a 69' Vert tri-power car and loved it.....but the coupe styling wins me out every time.....

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I'll join in. I love the early C3 coupes with or without the tops removed. We've owned C6's for the last 6 years and have not had the targa top off once. We just got our '72 Coupe last year. I plan to have the C3 t-tops off as much as possible this year. I have a healthy fear of the sun having been diagnosed with skin cancer in 2016. I figured I'll wear my long sleeves, big hat, and sunscreen and enjoy the ride!
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Prostreeter1 View Post
Kasse dyno results. Glad we can talk different cars that interest us without getting locked. Love Corvettes and Mustangs. My goal is to send my 68 Corvette Restomod out to be fitted with an LT4. That's a ways off though.
If it's got wheels I like it. Too bad a lot of people believe that hating all others is a must in the hobby. My experience has been that the odds of a Chevy owner liking Fords are a lot higher than a Ford guy liking anything GM, but for me, I even like my little Germain sports car.

Great video of the Kaase. LT4 in a C3 will be sweet. I went cheap/simple on my '69 T Top, Crate LS3 with a cam (had to notch the piston even thought the cam maker said it would fit). Finishing it up is next after the FFR.


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My preferences are, in no particular order:

- C3 chrome bumpered convertible [no coupes!] Have had my C3 over a year, top has never been up!
- C2 convertible or coupe [no hardtop]
- C1 '59-62 only, convertible. Is very difficult to enter/exit with hardtop on

- '65 thru '73 Mustangs, fastback or convertible only

I helped my [female] friend find/purchase this '66 last year. She had one in High School and wants to relive her youth!






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10 yrs ago or so I talked with a former GM engineer out of MI at the Scottsdale BJ. He only built early coupe C3's. Didnt like the verts. I tend to agree. Verts are OK, but the coupe has a mean muscular look. Luggage racks? Noooooo! I sold my 14 Camaro SS not too long ago, great performing and touring car. I replaced it with an equally great ZR2 truck as my DD. With its little diesel, DSSV shocks, loaded interior, its a badazz little truck. Its amazing on the road in the corners, some guys actually track these things, but off road, is its element. Its the reason I bought it. My tastes do change, I used to like the 69/70 Mustang Mach 1, now Im all about the 65/66 fastback. Yeah, I'd buy a C7....if I had a place to put it. Just rambling on.
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I'm surprised we have so many Mustang fan here.
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:06 PM
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I'm surprised we have so many Mustang fan here.
Other than the front suspension what's not to like?
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I will go against the tide...had three red coupes (C4, C5 and C6) and now this C3 convertible which I prefer. For weekend show and drives it is the best fit for me. You can feel the weather, smell the flowers and hear the birds. The convertible just looks better to me.

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I also "came of age" right when the 68 "shark" body was introduced, and fell in love with the coupe. I`ve never owned a convertible of any model, just don`t care for them. The 68 to 72 coupes are my preference, I LOVE that "sugar scoop" treatment. And, with the tops and rear window out, you get the best of both worlds. just like the add says....
"the convertible hard top!"
And yes, Mustangs CAN live with Corvettes in harmony.....


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