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Old 01-26-2016, 06:27 AM   #9211  
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The triple white car was nicer than the other example, plus it was a 4-speed. All 8 cars produced have survived.
It's pretty amazing in itself that all 8 are still around.
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What do these photos have to do with Muscle Cars? Absolutely nothing! I just love the SR71 Blackbird.
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What do these photos have to do with Muscle Cars? Absolutely nothing! I just love the SR71 Blackbird.
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Great photos. I´ll tell you a story from the cold war! The SR71 was on regular recce missions over the Baltic sea, between Sweden, Finland and USSR. And at very high altitude. At one time a Swedish fighter(SAAB 37 Viggen) managed to get radar lock on the SR71. Some time later the fighter pilot and his squadron got a congratulation card from the crew of the SR71!! How did they know where to send it??? True story. I´ve actually seen one, on the Intrepid in New York. Chris
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Great photos. I´ll tell you a story from the cold war! The SR71 was on regular recce missions over the Baltic sea, between Sweden, Finland and USSR. And at very high altitude. At one time a Swedish fighter(SAAB 37 Viggen) managed to get radar lock on the SR71. Some time later the fighter pilot and his squadron got a congratulation card from the crew of the SR71!! How did they know where to send it??? True story. I´ve actually seen one, on the Intrepid in New York. Chris
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I also saw the one on the Intrepid. Years earlier my son who was 12 at the time and I built a model of one and hung it from the ceiling using very fine fishing line that was almost invisible. Pointed it down in "dive mode." It hung there for 10 years.

Actually there is something that the SR71 has in common with Muscle Cars . . . It was originally called the A12 by Lockheed.






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I also saw the one on the Intrepid. Years earlier my son who was 12 at the time and I built a model of one and hung it from the ceiling using very fine fishing line that was almost invisible. Pointed it down in "dive mode." It hung there for 10 years.

Actually there is something that the SR71 has in common with Muscle Cars . . . It was originally called the A12 by Lockheed.




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Lee, we go the USAF Museum in Dayton every year. Not only is this museum HUGE, it's widely acknowledged as one of the best in the world. They also have a Behind The Scenes Tour to see their Restoration Hangar, where they are restoring the Memphis Belle B-17, etc., and an Experimental Aircraft Gallery (soon to be housed in a massive 4th hangar so you don't have to sign up in advance for their limited tours).

They have a YF-12A, one of only three built, and the only one left in existence. They also have an SR-71A, which was actually flown to the museum in 1990 for its retirement.

Anyway, here's something you may enjoy. The museum has done a spectacular job offering 360 degree detailed cockpit views of about 70 of the aircraft in the museum (they have hundreds of aircraft), plus you can do a virtual walk through of the entire museum.

If you'd like to do a walk through, grab a beer, sit back, and click away. If you're a warbird fan, you may get lost here for hours! Here's the walk through. It starts from the outside (they also have a flight line), and you can walk through all three hangars, stop or point at any aircraft. It's awesome!!

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/full/tour-std.html

Here's the front cockpit of the SR-71A. This is really cool, you can zoom in, spin around.

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/med...20Cockpit.html

The rear cockpit of the SR-71A:

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/med...20Cockpit.html


The front cockpit of the YF-12A:

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/med...20Station.html

And the rear cockpit of the YF-12A:

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/med...20Station.html

Cool stuff!!!

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Lee, we go the USAF Museum in Dayton every year. Not only is this museum HUGE, it's widely acknowledged as one of the best in the world. They also have a Behind The Scenes Tour to see their Restoration Hangar, where they are restoring the Memphis Belle B-17, etc., and an Experimental Aircraft Gallery (soon to be housed in a massive 4th hangar so you don't have to sign up in advance for their limited tours).

They have a YF-12A, one of only three built, and the only one left in existence. They also have an SR-71A, which was actually flown to the museum in 1990 for its retirement.

Anyway, here's something you may enjoy. The museum has done a spectacular job offering 360 degree detailed cockpit views of about 70 of the aircraft in the museum (they have hundreds of aircraft), plus you can do a virtual walk through of the entire museum.

If you'd like to do a walk through, grab a beer, sit back, and click away. If you're a warbird fan, you may get lost here for hours! Here's the walk through. It starts from the outside (they also have a flight line), and you can walk through all three hangars, stop or point at any aircraft. It's awesome!!

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/full/tour-std.html

Here's the front cockpit of the SR-71A. This is really cool, you can zoom in, spin around.

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/med...20Cockpit.html

The rear cockpit of the SR-71A:

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/med...20Cockpit.html


The front cockpit of the YF-12A:

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/med...20Station.html

And the rear cockpit of the YF-12A:

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/med...20Station.html

Cool stuff!!!

Mike
Weren't the start up engines a Buick Wildcat 401 V8?
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:36 AM   #9221  
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Weren't the start up engines a Buick Wildcat 401 V8?
Yes - originally the Starter Cart had two Buick V8 (425 CI)s (left photo). They were later changed to two Chevy Big Blocks (right photo).









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Old 01-28-2016, 04:54 AM   #9222  
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Standard hubcaps are pretty rare on a GTX. It was an upscale muscle car that wasn't cheap. The base price was $3416. Most came in around $4000+. For less than $25 you could have full wheel covers. The chrome Magnum 500 wheels were $86.15. Most of the restored cars that have them today didn't have them when they were ordered due to their cost. Of course hubcaps were pretty much all you could get if you ordered the Hemi because the 15" aluminum wheels were cancelled.

These are the correct trim rings for 1969 (1968 didn't use them). Notice they have a brushed aluminum look to them




The same wheel/trim rings were also available on the 1970 & 1971 GTX (last year)




When Chrysler debuted it's new Road Wheel option in 1970, they used smooth chrome trim rings instead:






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Old 01-28-2016, 05:21 AM   #9223  
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1972 455 LeMans Sport Convertible - Special Order Paint: Iris Mist




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Way back in 1972, a lady in Warwick, Rhode Island owned a successful Beauty School for Girls and decided to order a car reflecting her station in life. She visited Fiore Pontiac and checked off the sheet for a LeMans Sport convertible and one of the first things specified was special paint. She opted for Iris Mist, a color that was special order for 1965 GTOs but regular production available on the full size Impala the same year. In addition, she ordered the L75 455 engine and all the other goodies mentioned including the T-41 special front end package used for GTOs that year. Since Pontiac removed the convertible body style from GTO in mid winter of 1971, this was the closest you could get to having a '72 GTO rag top. Finished in parchment interior with black accents, known colloqiully as the "Tuxedo interior," and 14 inch Rally II wheels, the car cut a sporty feminine presence through Warwick and admirably filled the job of mobile advertisement!
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I saw this article on phscollectorcarworld, and wasn't sure what to make of it. Usually, when making a claim it's a special paint car with a non-factory color (in this case, the color specified was from 1965, and this was a 1972 LeMans), they would show the build sheet as proof. The invoice would only show a special paint code, but would not have the actual color it was painted. The build sheet would have a specific reference to Iris Mist.

I'm sure it's legit, as Patrick Smith is an upstanding, honest guy that has an excellent reputation, and is widely respected. I just thought it was strange that they reference the build sheet and invoice, yet don't include at least a redacted version for everyone to see.
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