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46  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday 69Z28 on: July 02, 2014, 05:28:07 PM
Winder is still seems like small town to me when I visit there.  There is a lot of growth to the north and west side of Winder.  I lived there until maybe 6 or 7, so saying I grew up in Winder was not totally correct. My grandparents lived there, so we were down two or three times per year, until I got married. Only to return for racing at Road Atlanta or the GM National at Atlanta Drag way and funerals.  I have one remaining aunt that tells me "don't wait until I'm dead to come and see me".  So, for the past several years  I have been going down once a year to she her.

My fondest memories was the rabbit hunting with my uncles and the "Fourth of July" celebration where they had a "Greasy Pig Chasing" contest where you got to keep the pig if you could catch that slippery rascal. When I found out, that I could not catch or hang on to a 50 lb.  pig,  I just started watching. What a hoot, I laughed even harder as I grew older watching kids and some adults try their luck for some bacon, pork chops and barbecue.

My wife and I celebrated our 41st at the Carlisle GM National.  Congrats to you and yours !!!


I've been in a few of those greasy pig chases, great fun, especially after a few beers. I mentioned to some of the local farmers here where I live in Delaware and none have ever heard of it. Fourth of July was always at Stone Mountain for me. Best place I have ever been for fireworks. Must have been on that mountain 1000 times. My wife and I went to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia when we got married in 85 and the fireworks weren't too bad there on the 4th, but Stone Mountain was the best I think.
47  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Who would be interested in buying a replacement passenger seat cable? on: July 02, 2014, 04:03:15 PM
Thanks to Steve for such a great functional product. Very good job to say the least. Thanks Steve, got mine in the mail yesterday for my birthday...perfect timing dude. Just need the shoulder bolts and washer to complete. Looking forward to reinstalling this missing part.
48  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday 69Z28 on: July 02, 2014, 12:31:04 PM
Congrats on the 32nd anniversary of your 29th birthday!

I wish I was at my 29th birthday. I would be in England right now slamming a few beers at the Bird In Hnad across from the Mildenhall Air Base.
49  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday 69Z28 on: July 01, 2014, 11:21:17 PM
Digging those pants Cheesy  12 1/2 years behind you !   Hey ,were those Tough Skins ?

If I remember correctly they were jean material.

happy birthday and happy anniversary, have a safe and happy 4th too

Eldon, you made it by an hour. Thanks guys. Today was OK. USA lost to Belgium....BOOOOOOOOOOO. The real fun starts Friday.
50  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday 69Z28 on: July 01, 2014, 11:17:49 PM
Happy Birthday Gary !! 1953 was a good year for Camaro guys. George

How right you are -

Happy Birthday, Gary - 20 days behind you for my 61st. Love the pants - at least they're sitting on top of the F-O-R-D.


That was my dads car. 390, auto, Galaxy, red interior. We had a blast in that thing. Dad had a new top installed and the afternoon mom brought it home my younger brother Andy opened an umbrella in the back seat and poked a hole in the top. The kicker...he was singing 'Rain drops keep falling on my head" I couldn't stop laughing , he was only 3 years old so dad couldn't really get mad at him. Andre, my dad, we didn't call him dad we called him Andre, he asked me to fix the hole so I got a bicycle tire patch kit and used the big square piece and glued it on. Stayed that way until my brother got a hold of the car and cracked the block one winter. There was a problem with that big fill tank that Ford used over the top of the rad. The neck broke, work was done and no anti freeze was used. Cracked the block. Not a big Ford fan but really miss that car, miss my dad, he's gone now.
51  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday 69Z28 on: July 01, 2014, 09:01:47 PM
Thanks Eddie. Wow Winder...whenever we wanted to get away from Atlanta for a few days we would always head to a friends house his parents was renting in Winder. It was on a Black Angus farm. Remember the skating rink? We use to hit that place up for the country chicks. Man, what memories. If you were around in 69 to maybe 72 we may have met. Use to hang around a pool hall in town. Is Winder still a small town?
52  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday 69Z28 on: July 01, 2014, 08:17:53 PM
You must have made that picture of you and those pants on Independence Day as well, GaryC..  Smiley

It's very possible. Even at that age I was a big flag waver and didn't care who knew. As patriotic as they come.
53  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Do You Still Have Your First Car? on: July 01, 2014, 03:36:36 PM
I turned 16 in Dec of 76. I could not wait to take driver ed. at school because I would not get my license until the end of school year, so I went to a private driving school and got my license in Jan. of 77. Dad dictated what we could drive and bought us cars because he wanted something safe. I did not like my choices. Ist I got my older brothers car, a Mercedes 220 Diesel. A uncool slug of a car. Then, a 69 Cutlass 2dr 6 cylinder that dad got from his insurance guy. It was his son's car. It was Robin Egg blue(yuk). I worked at gas stations and tire stores because I wanted to learn how to work on cars. I bought air shocks,painted the rear axle yellow,cut off the NEW exhaust to make it loud(although a sick sounding drone) and put bald wide tires I took off a "hippie van" at the tire store on ralleyII wheels also freebies from the store. After working the second summer and now, 17, I bought my own ride, a 67 SS Chevelle 396. Dad was not happy at all! That fall, he sent me to Military School. Upon graduating in 79. I bought the 2 69 Camaro I still have and another 67 Chevelle SS (Maroon). Sold that when I married, but still have a soft spot for 67 Chevelles and would like another someday. Green P.U. in background is a 71 Chev 3/4 (still have it as well!). Cutlass in background in 1st pic. Dad got rid of it when he found out I was going to put a 389 tri-power in it that I was dealing on. Wish I had kept a set of those Cragars. Tongue

Hey B, now that is a car I would love to have at 16. That car would be beat for sure. A friend had a 66 SS, Green, he was chased by the Atlanta cops one night. Slammed into a pole head on and ran after that. Later somehow the car got towed and sat at another friends house in the front yard with the head lights looking at each other but he was nowhere around. Turns out he joined the Army to get away from that accident and the cops chasing him. Never did see him again. Of course this was during Nam, so he may have not made it out. THe day I turned 18 the government stopped the draft. Boy was I relieved as well as a few other friends.
54  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Do You Still Have Your First Car? on: July 01, 2014, 03:27:10 PM
I was one of those unappreciative brats who was given a '69 Camaro for their 16th birthday. Wrecked it shortly after my 17th birthday. Funny thing is that was probably the best thing that ever happened. My dad had the space to store it until I could do it right and now I appreciate it and the connection to my dad every single day.

Ouch!!! Knew a few of those guys in high school in Atlanta...always thought they were hot because their dads owned a dealership. Wreck a car today and get a new car the next...they didn't care, oh well. I always appreciated every car I bought. My parents would just laugh if we asked for them to buy. My dad always told us to buy a piece of crap $100.00 car and beat the crap out of it. We all learned on dirt back roads in Atlanta and tore some cars up. My first car is in my post up top. I didn't take care of it and I payed for it.
55  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday 69Z28 on: July 01, 2014, 02:27:45 PM
Thanks guys...and your all nuts!!! LOL Sitting back now drinking a few Angry Orchards waiting for USA vs Belgium to play. The big party starts this weekend. My birthday, a grandsons birthday and 4th of july,  my wife and I's 29th wedding anniversary. I lost my independence on Independence Day. Ya'll got your flags out yet??? It might be a week before I get back to CRG. Family, bikers and maybe a few gate crashers. No car guys though, not many of them around here. Check out this pic. Me at 16 in Atlanta.
56  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday 69Z28 on: July 01, 2014, 01:49:12 PM
Oh and for my non-birthday I finally joined Facebook. I haven gotten off for two days, and I'm beat. I have forgotten how many friends I had growing up in Atlanta in the 60's and 70's.
57  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday 69Z28 on: July 01, 2014, 01:46:36 PM
Guys, Guys, I don't have birthdays anymore geeze. As of today I'm counting backwards until I get to 1 years old and then I'll start over. Damn...I wish. Thanks guys.
58  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Do You Still Have Your First Car? on: June 28, 2014, 04:02:15 PM
Gary, If I had witnessed all those cars being shredded,like you, I would still be in intense psychotherapy,lol. As a teen though and without that perfect hindsight, running a crane was probably totaly fun and cool.

Hey B I was a rubber necker in the biggest sense. Always looking for possible good parts but there wasn't. One thing I didn't like was how these bodies were stacked. Aisles and aisles and rows and rows. If there was ever a strong wind I wouldn't want to be in between the aisles. There was some leaning action going on. It's been at least 45 years since I worked there, I was 16 going on 17 in 69 and working that crane was great. I wanted to stay at that job forever, but I was always getting into trouble with the law and at home and finally left home. Eventually joined the Air Force. Atlanta was great for me, lots to do, Delaware sucks, no comparison. My intense psychotherapy was getting away from home.
59  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Do You Still Have Your First Car? on: June 28, 2014, 03:50:59 PM
It would be tough for me to watch a 64 GTO get shredded, even if it wasn't mine. In fact when I look at those old photos with 50's and 60's 4 doors and 2 doors alike stacked in junkyards and think of all the cool cars that got crushed, and all the parts cars and trim that could have been utilized.

When you mentioned it getting shredded, it made me think of the scene in Gone in 60 Seconds where they pick up that nice challenger with the claws, and then you see the chunks of metal coming out the other side....

Some bodies got cubed and some got flattened. The cubed metal went directly to a smelter, I think, never had any hands on with that but the flatten cars went to a shredder. Once in the shredder, which had titanium hammers rotating horizontally, similar to the beaters on a cake mixer, one set rotated clockwise and the other set rotated counter clockwise and the flattened, and sometimes not flatten body was dropped in between the hammers and what a noise it makes. Underneath are conveyer belts that separated the magnetic and non magnetic material. The magnetic didn't need hands on but the non magnetic did, so there where workers that separated the trash material from the aluminum and S.S. It's amazing when a car goes thru with a gas tank still in it. There were welders out there every day fixing that shredder at the end of the day.
60  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Do You Still Have Your First Car? on: June 28, 2014, 03:35:04 PM
No, don't have it. Growing up in Atlanta my first car was a 64 GTO 4 speed at 16. Bought it off a high school friend with a spun bearing for $125.00 in 1969. Had a mechanic friend fix it while I was pumping gas at the local Chevron across from my parents house during the summer. Got it all fixed up and got into a boat load of trouble with it and my dad took the keys and had the car shredded into little tiny pieces while I watched. My dad managed an aluminum plant and this car shredding plant for Max and Bobby London Inc, some old Navy friends. After seeing that my new job was running a pedestal crane 60 feet in the air dropping cars into that shredder. I was 17 that summer. Oh, I had one car explode when someone below didn't tell me the gas tank was still in it. What a bang. 

OMG..   shredded?  literally?   '64 GTO was one of my favorite cars of the mid-60's...  a HS classmate had one, and  I will remember forever his passing the school bus (that I was riding home in) .. full bore, cutouts open...  I didn't care for that fella, but I loved his car.. Smiley

Yes sir Gary, in tiny little pieces. I went to get something out of the trunk and it was gone. I went to work with my dad that Saturday and it was sitting in front of the crane all prepped and ready to drop in the shredder. A few things have to be removed beforehand mainly the gas tank. I learned a lot about the shredding business from then on. The shredder was no joke. I just found out recently the HS buddy I bought my car from was murdered a little while back according to another HS friend. That was sad to hear.
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