Great discussion and reading! I often wonder how many related experiences and stores there are out there to tell. I used to work at Allison Gas Turbine Division of GM, in Indianapolis, IN, now a Rolls-Royce Plant. Prior to the sale of this plant to RR, I would estimate the average age of the 4200 UAW work force to be mid to late forty or early 50ís. Many of these guys started with GM right out of high school, made good money and would tell me stores about the Chevell SS's, Vettes, Camaros, etc. they had ordered new.
I bought my 69 Z28 back in 1995 while I still worked at Allison and I need the smog system. One guy who had bought a new 68 SS, and then a new 69Z thought he still had a smog system tucked away in an attic....that he would give to me!!! Unfortunately, it was gone. Many of these guys told me how they would take off the smog system and install headers soon after they got their cars which helped the car come alive. Of course, there were many more stores about street drag racing and cruising.
You guys should get together with others and write a collection of short-stores and memories, with related pictures in a book of your experiences from the era. I would buy a copy!