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Learning to Drive a Stick Shift – in a Corvette

 

When my husband suggested about 40 years ago that I learn to drive a stick shift in his car, I figured, no big deal. He made driving a stick shift look so easy. The fact that it was a ’64 Corvette, with an 11” racing clutch, 12” Indie tires on the rear with “radiused” wheel wells, 327 cubic inch, and 365 horse power didn’t faze me. (Of course, I had no idea what all that meant and I still don’t understand some of it to this day.) The fact that it sounded like a beast when it was running made me a little queasy, but what the heck: Jerry was very patient and it would be a new adventure.

Right.

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The Best Corvette Ever?

 

Eric Peters asks that question over at the American Spectator. I once owned a 1972 Datsun 240-Z but have never owned a Vette. Sports cars fascinate me, especially the Corvette – I can’t explain why (I drive a Porsche Cayenne and would love to own a 911 if I could afford one). More

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2 Years In Old Car Restoration

 

I purchased the 1973 Corvette almost 2 years ago now, wading into territory unknown. I thought that after much searching I had found a good one – I inspected it to the best of my then-limited ability, was pleased that it was advertised as having a recently rebuilt motor, and within hours of the purchase […]

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July 8th Group Writing: How NOT to park Burt Reynolds car

 

When 10 Cents announced his July group writing subject I thought of several topics that could be viewed as politically informative, educational and interesting. After the last couple of weeks of turmoil, and with today’s multiple glitch inducing survivalist groupthink, I opted to discuss valet parking 30 years ago; neither informative nor educational and only […]

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Theseus’s Corvette

 

IMG_0722The great Greek hero Theseus sailed to Crete to slay the Minotaur. Upon his safe return, his ship was preserved as a memorial. By ancient accounts, it was preserved for centuries, though the wear of wind and water began to rot the ship at its moorings. The citizens of Athens replaced the planks of the deck, the mast, the rigging, even the pieces of the hull as time ravaged the old vessel. This led philosophers to ponder a question: was the ship still the one Theseus sailed, even though nothing remained of the original vessel but its shape and memory?

I recently purchased a 1973 Corvette in Blue-Green, and the legend came sharply to mind as I probed its workings. I’m not sure how original this car is, much less how original it will be. I knew its previous owner had replaced the engine and the exhaust system, re-plumbed the radiator, rebuilt the steering mechanism, and replaced all of the shocks and springs in the rear end. He also replaced the differential cover, which — on this car — also holds up the rear leaf spring. But that was only the beginning.

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Classic Cars – Advice for a Newbie, Please.

 

We’ve had lots of car posts on Ricochet – questions about our favorite cars, our worst cars, cars that seemed determined to destroy us, etc. This is different. I’m curious about so-called Classic Cars, which seems to be defined as “Cars that are now old enough that people have forgotten why they stopped making them”. […]

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