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Nice! Certainly a great hobby to start them with! 

My niece is 3 months old and I've already walked her up and down both my cars. My sister and brother-in-law are both Mazda drivers so my goal is to get my niece over to American muscle. 

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I hear that. Little Oli (pictured) has quite a mixture of influences with myself being a muscle fan through and through but daily an Infiniti G37 sedan 6 speed, then his father who is an import guy for the most part, but has a soft spot in his heart for classic American wagons. So I'm sure he will just be a fan of anything cool, whether it be foreign or domestic.

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That's a great idea Black Top, I really like that. I totally agree with getting them started early. We're the last of the dinosaur's so to speak. We're in a world were people tune their cars with a computer and not a screwdriver. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we didn't pass on our knowledge and passion to the future generation. A world where a 67' GTO or a 66' suicide door Lincoln only existed in a book, online or the memory of an old timer because nobody took the time to pass on our hobby and addiction. I personally cherish every minute that I spend with my son working on our car. But nothing can replace the feeling I get when the local guy's stop by and I see my 10 year old son talking to them and educating about our car and Pontiac in general. I was at a buddy's shop so my wife ordered a pizza for dinner and had it delivered 2 nights ago and the delivery guy asked about "the car in the drive way." This man and my son talked for about 20 min until my wife called told my son that the food was getting cold lol. This is my son helping me redo the bushings and suspension and one of him putting the carburetor on last year, he was 9.IMG_5561a.JPG.311376a385b601c78e2ce71945d52f2e.JPGIMG_5564a.JPG.d219cc6a9aa0d3c86ec1a8b9c4f51682.JPGIMG_5835a.JPG.3df6dd03fdb78835a87242b358fb0792.JPG

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That's great to hear Two Lane and Wrongway! It's honestly a lost art/interest, people are so disconnected from their cars these days. In my close nit group of friends, I am really the only one who is interested in this and it's not like we're super young either. 

Some of the best days are when I'm out in one of my cars and a kid comes over grinning ear to ear asking about it.

@Wrongway, we need to get your son a new shirt cough :D .

 

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😂🤣 yeah Ringo, I was wondering who'd be the 1st to catch that. 

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I was about your son's age, Wrongway, when my dad and grandfather would let me hang around their driveline shop. By age 11 I was working the clutch press and flywheel Turner. By 13 I was helping balance driveshafts and helping with installs/removals.  The shop shut down shortly after, unfortunately. But I bought my first classic when I was 17. A rusty 74 Nova. Had a little-more-than stock 350. Me and Dad built the TH350 trans and kept tinkering till it would run consistent 15.5's lol.  One of the greatest times I had was driving something that I had helped make possible. Link to the video on the run I held 2nd gear a bit too long and floated the valves.  Miss that car, even though it was kind of ratty.  PS: don't judge that line jump 😰

 

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No judgement brother, just a big smile. I let my son read it and watch the video also. He likes the old nova to lol. Your living proof on why its so important to pass our knowledge and hobby down to our children. Thank you for letting us all share in your memory. Be safe bud 

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