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Guest Kit Sullivan

I know some of you are die-hard Ford-guys and would never consider any other brand, but I know everyone here is not that way.

I like Fords best, but I really like all cars as long as they strike me as something interesting, I dont care what brand they are. As long as they ardn't VWs...those flat suck.


I had a '72.Hurst/Olds convertible for many years and that car was pretty awesome. The big "Rocket 455" Olds motor was awesome, definitely lived up to its "Velvet Brute" nickname. The Turbo400 trans was rock-solid and bullet-proof, and the GM suspension guys were miles ahead of Ford and Chrysler in the early 70s...that car handled amazingly well.

Other than my Mustang, that was my other favorite muscle car car of mine.

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I know ill get shit for it, but i think that a camaro is a pretty sweet car. i also like the late 60s barracudas. theyre not super fast or handle that amazing but theyre just plain good looking. Fastbacks just look good. I also like a 68 charger, just as long as it isnt a general lee.(not that i wouldnt take one) :)

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baracuda convertible. Orange with a white top.

After that I really the 'The Judge'


But my next 'non mustang' fun car will probably be a Pantera.


73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)


Pics of modifications included in: [button=http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-1973-convertible--3335]My Garage[/button]


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Speaking of 68-70 Chargers, that car is (to me, anyway) simply one of the most beautiful, perfectly-designed cars ever made...it is gorgeous from every angle. Cant take a bad picfure of one. Even the cheap-shit, entry-level "salesman" versions looked fantastic.

Bill Brownlie, the designer should have a statue in his likeness in the muscle-car hall of fame.

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Though not a Dodge fan I like the Roadrunner. My next project is a 71 RR with 440-6 and 4 speed.




351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,

C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        


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I have several favorites:

1967-69 Firebird

1969-on Trans Am

1970-75 Dodge Challenger

1971-74 Road Runner (non Superbird)

1971-74 Dodge Charger

1971-74 Plymouth Satellite Sebring

1970-76 Duster

1967-74 AMC Javelin & AMX

1967-92 Camaro Z-28 & IROC-Z

1972 Gran Torino

1969-72 GTO

1969-73 Chevelle & Malibu

1968-74 Nova

I'm sure there are a few others that I can't think of right now.


I guess the Challenger is my favorite... and if I could've found one of those cheap enough, my membership on this site would pretty much be non-existent. I guess the new Challengers driving up the price of the classic models made a difference, eh? ;) :D



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I am willing to bet that if ANY of you took a test drive in one of those cars you would come running back to your 7173 Mustang fast! Unless given a full pro-tour treatment most of them drive like sh1t. Most people know that our cars drove/handled SO much better than all the other muscle cars available at the time. That is why mustangs got away with less HP than the ratings on gm and mopar, because our cars could actually be driven. Ask Frank Bullet. Heh heh. That being said, i had an uncle that owned a 1970 chevelle convert, it was a light greet metallic with a white top and interior. The 1970 is the 4 headlight car, and it had a glass rear window with electric windows and A/C. It didnt have any stripes but i recall it had the large chrome rear bumper with dual exhaust. I was only 6-7 yrs old but it made a hellava impression on me obviously. Seemed like a muscle car in upscale respectable livery. I doubt now if it had a cowl induction or a 454 because i dont recal SS on the car, but even with a 350 SBC im sure it was a good car. Sure looked like the world to a little kid!

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My 71 Camaro SS/RS..Just a pleasure to drive (non stock suspension) Every time I'm done driving it I can't get over how well it drives how much fun it is..



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Ok you mentioned Non stock suspension, so that makes a difference. And also , it is a split bumper camaro? The car is equal to a 63 split window vette for camaro folks. So you got one of the most collectble camaros!

Yes a true split bumper rs option..Whats makes it even rarer is its a true SS/RS most people ether got the ss option or the rs option BUT you could get both if you wanted..This car is just that..Didn't I show it to you when you were here ?


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I am going to disagree that our Mustangs are vastly superior to other popular muscle cars of the 60s and 70s.

I love Fords, and in particular Mustangs, the best...but there were many equally-nice riding, handling and performing muscle cars from the big three, as well as AMC.

I have owned many cars over the years (50+), and at least 50% of them were one of detroits classic muscle cars.

Mustsngs, Cougars, Torinos, Camaros, Firebirds, Cutlasses, AMXs, Javelins, a Charger, a 300, Tbirds, Lincolns, Rivieras, a Toronado, etc...

They all have thier own personalities and charms, yet none was clearly better overall than any other.

Just mass-produced American-made product.

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My List is Huge.


HT-HG Monaro. Aussie car

L34/A9X Torana. Aus car

Valiant Charger. Aus car

Buick GSX

70 Olds 442 or any other 442

69 Firebird

61 pontiac ventura

63 "swiss cheese 421 Sd"

Any SD Trans Am

70 chevelle

70 Monte Carlo ss 454

70-73 challenger

70-73 Cuda

Any Super bee

69 Roadrunner

68-70 Dodge Charger

But the LS6 Chevelle is the 1 followed my 69 Bee. I would take these over and above any thing ford or mercury I would have to say

He has all the vices I admire and none of the virtues I despise

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67 Camero, had one, 327, Muncie M-22, just plain ole bad! Shouldn't have sold it

70 Roadrunner Superbird, just freakishly bad

68 Chevelle, got me lovin' hotrods as it passed me everyday as I walked home from school and it sounded wicked, had a 327

65 GTO, had a Lemans clone

63 - 67 Nova II, light and fast

69-70 Buick GSX, a friend had an awesome one

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Before I picked up my Mustang I was into Pontiacs. I had a Pro Street 64 GTO (not a great handling car) and a 71 Firebird Formula with the TransAm suspension, that was a great handling car.

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1970-1974 Plymouth Barracuda (Anyone deciphered my username yet?)

1968-1970 Dodge Charger

1959 Chrysler 300E


And though it is Ford, it is not badged as such:

1969-1970 Mercury Marauder X100


An evil part of me does wish that the C3 Corvette had been a Ford made with steel panels, but I remember to forget that wish every time I sit in one.




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My 71 Camaro SS/RS..Just a pleasure to drive (non stock suspension) Every time I'm done driving it I can't get over how well it drives how much fun it is..



Nice Q!


I have also have a '72 Camaro that handles as well as my 540i BMW which is saying a lot. It is amazing how well these cars handle. I love the body style. I'll have to think about my list....but I know a Cuda and Challenger are on it. I also really like some of the older vette's.





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My favorite non-Ford muscle car is probably from the GTO family. I love the 64 and 65. Very understated design and would just plain light the rear tires. Plus it was one of the first if not the first (you could argue about that all day) muscle cars. I like kind of unique cars that you don't see every day. Watching this year's Barrett Jackson Scottsdale sale I swear I saw about 6 carousel red GTO Judges. A really cool car and it's a shame to say but it's almost cliche. No offense to Judge lovers, I love them too.


Also a fan of the Buick GNX or even the chrome bumper Grand Nationals. Tough to think of a V6 as a muscle car but that boost comes in and kicks you right in the ass. It definitely deserves muscle car status in my opinion.


Above all I love all muscle cars that are driven and enjoyed. Wanna guess how much I care about the million dollar, 1 of 7 or whatever Hemi Cuda convertibles? Way less then I care about a gorgeous fraction of the price clone of it with the owner who isn't afraid to let it eat.


An evil part of me does wish that the C3 Corvette had been a Ford made with steel panels' date=' but I remember to forget that wish every time I sit in one.[/quote']


Don't like eating the steering wheel while you try to drive with it? I'm not a huge guy by any means but that's one of the most uncomfortable vehicles I can think of. I've heard C2s are pretty uncomfortable too but I've never been in one. That's a true "never meet your hero" kind of car. Too bad because it is truly a beautiful car.

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This is tough decision because with my preferences it's often a matter of flavor of the day. But here we go:

1971 Roadrunner

70/71 Cuda

68-70 Charger (I prefer the 69 because of the divided front grille and wide tail lights)

Roadrunners before 71



Chevelle S/S

70-72 Camaro


Ooh, if only I had room and money. :-/

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By the base there was a donked out ( look it up it's stupid) 80's Monte Carlo and that gave me the idea for a Muddy Carlos version I would do to it if it ever went up for sale



97 F150: wrecked, 96 Dodge 4x4: blown motor / donated to the base

88 Suburban 4x4 355 cid 8 inch lift: sold, 95 Celica 5 speed : sold

68 F750 391 cid : sold,  96 F350 7.3 diesel dually : sold

86 Chevy 1500 305 cid c1500: sold, 73 Mustang mach 1 466 cid 5 speed : under construction

89 F350 4x4 cummins swap : sold, 64 Dodge d600: gone

00 Excursion: traded, 72 Mustang mach 1 302: scrapped

73 Mustang coupe: scrapped, 73 ranchero gt

06 Honda crf 450x : sold, 04 Honda vtx 1800

88 Bronco xlt lariat: sold, 76 Charger: traded

95 F350 4x4: sold , 91 Crown Victoria 302: sold

02 Dakota: traded, 96 f250 powerstroke: parts truck

87 f700, 98 e350 powerstroke: sold

03 land rover: traded, 95 f350 dually: part out

95 f350 dually: traded, 94 f150 4x4: traded

97 f250: sold, 76 Maverick 302: sold

91 240sx rb25: sold, 86 firebird: sold

86 Trans Am: sold, 88 westernstar: sold

89 dodge d350: sold, 2000 Dakota 4x4: sold  

84 f350 3+3: sold, 90 bronco: partout

67 catalina, 64 chevy c60

64 jeep j200, 74 corvette stingray

79 Lincoln mark V, 2013 f350: goldilocks


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