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Old 08-03-2018, 04:01 PM
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I'm watching my favorite preacher, Jerry Savelle, preaching at the Southwest Believer's convention. He just told about a favorite car he had, which was a '65 4-speed, 3-deuce GTO.

Later, a guy gave him one, which he had restored, then sold. Then later, a guy gave him a real nice Gold one. He talks about having a preacher friend as a passenger & gettin rubber in 3 gears. Hey, is it any wonder this is my favorite preacher ?

http://www.kcm.org/watch/live

The services are streamed live, and are on BVOVN, which is channel 265 on Dish. Recordings of all services will eventually be available, in case anybody is interested.

Jerry Savelle had a paint & body shop in Shreveport, LA, back in the '60's. His dad was also a paint & body man. When the Corvette 1st came out, he was specially trained to do repair work on the FG Vette bodies. Jerry said that for several years, his dad did most of the body repairs on most of the Vettes in the Ark-La-Tex area. His dad also did a lot of circle track racing. So, Jerry grew up at race tracks. He also did some drag racing. He's told the story of being at a race in Hallsville Texas, where we later raced quite a bit, when somebody wrecked a Vette. He immediately asked to buy the wrecked Vette. He took it home in the back of a truck, if I remember the story correctly. He took it back to his dad to put back together. He told today about trading a piece of land for a restored '67 427 4-speed Vette.

While I was typing this last paragraph, Jerry Got thru, & his passenger in the GTO is now gonna preach for a while. He's been known as a crazy Cajun preacher. He was once a long haired rock musician, who did drugs. But he's been preaching for a long time now. Another of the speakers was a fighter pilot. So, some of you guys may enjoy listening to some of these guys. They are not your average preachers.


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Old 09-11-2018, 10:22 AM
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Well, I mentioned it in a earlier post. TJ & I just celebrated our 40th anniversary. 1st met in late 1967. Had our 1st date in early '68. And, as they say, "The rest is history.", much of which is covered in this thread.

We've had a great life, and made a lot of good memories together, many of which involve Pontiacs.

We were always sort of an odd couple. Never seemed to have the same likes or do many of the things normal couples did. So, in keeping with this theme, we celebrated our 40th, by piggin out at the Golden Corral.

Well, actually it was me who pigged out. But, TJ didn't do too bad either, having a salad, a main course & 2 desserts. I had mac & cheese plus mashed taters, all covered with lots of nacho cheese, baked fish, fried fish, & cornbread. Then for dessert, I had vanilla soft serve ice cream, followed by chocolate ss, followed by more vanilla, followed by vanillia/chocolate ss mixed. Hey, I LOVE GC soft serve ice cream ! What can I say ?

Anyhow, I've been blessed with a GREAT wife, for 40 years !
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Old 09-12-2018, 01:14 AM
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Congrats to you both!
PS- I LOVE that SS ice cream too. I usually eat light at GC just so I can eat three or four bowls of that stuff with lots of nuts and some of that hot caramel topping.

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Old 09-12-2018, 08:27 AM
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Yeah, on the days we go to GC, I don't eat breakfast or supper. Just eat one meal that day. But it's a big'un.

Some people say that when they eat too much they are miserable. Not me. It makes me feel good, and a little drowsy. Makes for a great late afternoon nap.

I suppose that to some people, eating a big meal is sorta like taking a mild drug which makes you feel good. So, I suppose my drug-of-choice is a good all-you-can-eat buffet, with plenty of good soft serve ice cream.

Some might say: What does this post have to do with your Pontiac story ? Absolutely nothing. But, to continue my story, today I'm gonna continue workin on my '80 Bird. Right now it has a 305/TH350, and is mostly street legal. I'm gonna put my 455/TH400 in it & make a slow bracket race car out of it, without completely stripping it down, UNLESS somebody wants to buy the whole car. Will sell, as is, for $5k & buy something else for my bracket project.

Gonna leave the 305 in it for a while, so I can crank it for potential buyers. Will try to sell engine/trans, to buy a few race parts.

Also have a some other stuff I'll try to sell. One item is an almost new Ruger SR 22 pistol. Can't sell across state lines. But, if any of you guys are interested & can come to North LA to pick it up, I'm asking only $300 for it, with 6 magazines. Just bought it in Feb, to practice for & take my concealed carry test with. Has probably fired less than 300 rounds. Fired at least 4 different brands of ammo. Hasn't missed a beat. Just checked online prices. Best in-stock price I could find is a little over $300 shipped, plus at least a $25 FFL fee, plus the cost of the 4 extra magazines. So, would cost around $400 to buy all new, online, and quite a bit higher if you buy from a local retailer.

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https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...+1+22LR+3.5%22

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Here I am, kickin up a little dust, in the front yard. The posi works. Chewed up the grass with both tires.
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Old 09-12-2018, 12:04 PM
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TJ ran across this pic, while lookin for another. It shows a few of the Pontiacs that were parked beside our trailer house. During the late '70's & '80's there was a Pontiac of some sort on almost all available space, around our house & shop. And some were across the fence, out in the field. Gonna go thru our old pics & see what else I can find.

Back then, I didn't think you could have too many Pontiacs !

My favorite dog was on the steps in this pic. His name was Roscoe.
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:33 PM
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Yesterday my trans guy, who is a long time Pontiac racer, posted some pics which were from the 1983 drag racing season, at our local drag strip. 2 of the cars were mine. One was the Firebird Esprit, which my friend "Cotton" drove. Fixed it back up for TJ to drive in '86-'87.

The other is the only '67 GTO I remember ever having. Raced it a little in '79, in it's original gold color. This pic is the only one I'm aware of with black paint. It was a tiny pic, and is very fuzzy when enlarged. But, ya'll can tell what it was.
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Still workin on my '80 bracket Bird project. TJ bought me some new slicks for my birthday. Again I'll have to say what a GREAT wife I have !!!
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Well, haven't posted on this thread for a while. Had a few setbacks on the '80 Bracket Bird project. But, still hope to get it to the track some time this year.

Anyhow, I got an Email notice that I could pull up old newspaper articles this whole weekend, for free. So, I pulled up the drag races that took place on the front stretch of the circle track at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds, in the Spring of 1978.

It was a VERY unique drag racing facility. Far different from any others we raced at. Saw it posted that the total distance of the races was 420 feet. But, in dial-your-own bracket racing, the distance don't matter. Still have to cut good lights & run consistent ET's, to win.

Anyhow, the 1st pic below is the point standings, after only a couple of races. TJ already had a win there. I hadn't scored, yet. There was not a big turnout there. The promoter tried a last ditch effort, to make some money at that track, by advertising a big 18-wheeler race. Put it in all the area papers, and probably some truck stops & trucking papers. I think is was supposed to pay $2000 to the winner, IF there were 400 trucks entered. Well, it was a big flop. I think a few trucks showed up. TJ & I are real fuzzy on that truck race. Anyhow, after that, the guy gave up on racing at that track.

I am real sorry that we did not take a single pic at any of those races. Contacted a few that were there, but haven't found anybody with a single pic. Those were just some real special races, that I wish we had pics of. I suppose we were the only group that ever did any organized drag racing on that circle track, after it was paved. I did read where they had some drags there, back when it was still a dirt track.

The 2nd pic is of the early point standings at another track, which the same guy ran. I had already had some wins there.

The next 2 pics, I'm sure I've already posted. But, they are the final points standing for the year. One thing about the Haynesville track, is that we didn't go to all the races there. Sometimes, we stopped at the Hallsville, TX track instead. Anyhow, we went to the div 4 bracket finals race that year, from the Haynesville track.

And, as I'm sure I mentioned, somewhere back in this thread, we decided to leave the finals race, because of so many cars, so few time trials, & not being use to running that track. Came back the the track in Tyler, TX, & got winner & RU. That was MUCH more fun than staying at the Green Valley race would have been !
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Need to add 2 more things. May have already posted this. The 1st pic below shows what TJ entered into our racing scrapbook. It's about the !8-Wheeler drags. Seems it was a 2 day race.

She won S/P at the nite race, & I won Pro, at the day race. A local radio station was at the race & TJ got an interview.

Also looked back at a couple of posts & saw that I'd mentioned my favorite dog, Roscoe P. Gravytrain, then failed to post his pic. So, in honor of Roscoe, I'll post it here.

http://forums.maxperformanceinc.com/...&postcount=585

By the time this pic was taken, he'd been in lots of dog fights. You'll notice that his right ear hangs down. It was split in a fight when several other dogs jumped on him. I think that was his worst battle scar from that fight. He got the upper hand in all the fights I ever saw him in. I never saw him actually start a fight. But, also never saw him back down from a fight. The other dog, or dogs, usually left soon after the fight started, once they realized that Roscoe was not a lightweight.

He was just a real cool dog, & a real good trail riding dog for TJ. He'd always protect our other dogs, and would keep other dogs away from TJ's horse, on trail rides. I suppose he was sort of a macho hero dog. Not mean at all, but perfectly capable of more than holding his own, should a fight be required. We've had lots of other dogs, that we liked. But this one was just real special.
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Where we come from, here in North Louisiana, we have not been able to buy a single roll of TP, in nearly 2 months.

But today, as we pulled in to our local Dollar General store, the lady was just putting out some Charmin. Just the type TJ likes.

I think nowadays I can say that TJ actually LOVES Charmin. She hugged it, squeezed it, & even kissed it.

It's real weird when the highlight of your day is finding some TP to buy. This is a really strange period of time, in this country.
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My gold 63 GP was in a Charmin TV commercial.Mr Whipple driving off with a trunk load of Charmin.Tom

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Congrats!
She might want to disinfect that before kissing it. Yeah, crazy but you have to be aware. I've actually been keeping things like that on my screened back porch for a day or so before bringing them in. They say that the virus can live on plastic for a few days but heat and sunlight will kill it. Something to think about.

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