Thanks T, that is really cool stuff.
Lets see if I can explain how I feel in layman's terms...
I walk in to Burger King with my wife.
I order the Bacon Double Cheeseburger, Stella orders a salad. (she always orders the salad)
I had been fixing a broken distributor earlier, so I run to wash up.
So as soon as my burger comes through the end of the grill, it is taken over to the "Tech Station" for final preparation..
They add the lettuce, and other stuff, get it ready to go. Do you want fries with that?
I am in the restroom, so Stella decides to change my order. I actually do need to eat healthier..
She yells out to the cook to make a change, "just make it a Bacon - Lettuce - Tomato sandwich with cheese".
The sandwich is unwrapped, changed, then reassembled and placed in the out tray.
I come out and unwrap my sandwich and take a bite.
Just like my Burger, the car is only finished, when it is ready for public consumption.
Only at the point when it is available for someone OTHER then a employee to use it..
At any point before that - it is still a test car, a mock up, or an experimental vehicle.
It is just insane to think that I can hold up my sandwich and say "check out my wonderful Double Cheeseburger"
A lot of the test cars were crushed, and I would bet they threw away my patties.
At any point they could have scrapped the entire project, instead they changed the drivetrain to L35.
and that is how the car was finished and made available as a finished product.
We worship these old cars now, but to GM it was just a product that they sold to the public.
And it is only what it is, at the time it was done being produced by the manufacturer - Chevrolet. Norwood or wherever.
That car was delivered and the final product was a L35 - no question in my mind - NONE
If there had been a problem replacing any component - Chevrolet would have moved to the next vehicle,
and started over. I am really sorry CL that your car does not have it's original Engine - or does it?
You can't have it both ways - either it left production as a L78, or it didn't.
If CL still thinks that his car is still a L78... I have only one question -- WHERE'S THE BEEF?
On a side note the #3 car will be ready in about 6-8 weeks.
It has been treated to a "no expense spared" complete (SUPER EXPENSIVE) restoration.
The owner walked up to me at a car show back in like 96 or something
and said: "I just bought one just like that" (like everyone else always say's)
Only this time I had actually seen the ad in the local little magazine - Car turned out to be a 1 of 1 - L78 0-1 67 Pacecar.
It has taken this long to finish, and it will likely be the finest IPC in the country, (Not for sale)
It has been finished by one of (or THE) top Camaro restorers in the world.
He can't wait to take both of our 67 Pace cars and put them on display somewhere. sounds like a plan, but...
I am a little worried, that my original type car (not much restoration) will look like an old step-sister compared.
Excuse me sir... Can I have an L78 with my L78. LOL
I am not doing this tonight.
My wife say's i talk to the Charley guy more then i talk to her.
We are going out to a nice dinner, and a first run movie this evening.