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    For the most part I agree with these but there are a couple of more that could have been added.



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    Yeah - mid/late 70s muscle - what a laugh. I didn't even remember the Gremlin GT. Had to have a sense of humor to drive one of those.

    I had my own adventure with this subject. After becoming full time employed following school I got the urge for a new car and sold my 4 speed 70 GTO and bought a 1975 4-speed Trans Am with all of 185 HP and a 3.08 rear. I loaded it up to with most everything except power windows/seats and it truly was a dog - it was a lot of work to get a tire chirp at a stop although it did have posi. I did have the good sense to leave the screaming chicken off the order and I then stripped most of the other decals myself.

    After a few months of embarrassment I added an Edelbrock Torker, Ram Air III cam and 1.65 rockers, re-jetted the Quadrajet and fixed it to open 100%, re-curved the distributor, added a high pressure oil pump, made the shaker air scoop functional, changed the rear to a 3.73, added headers, and installed a complete 2.5 inch SD455 exhaust system. and cut the front springs to drop the front and level it from side to side. After all that it was pretty respectable except for the low compression short block. I will say it was a nice driving car - really handled well and after putting HD shocks on it was amazing on the highway. It had a Super T10 4 speed so it was well equipped in that department. But terrible build quality - thin overall to non-existent paint on the lower rockers, decals missing here and there.



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    Agree with you Ron......some real dogs.

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    times 2 on the AMC Gremlin GT. That was a seriously funny video if we didn't have to live through it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanEC View Post
    I didn't even remember the Gremlin GT.
    Hell Dan, I didn't remember any of those cars.......on purpose

    I remember reading an article in one of the car magazines back in that era that stated that the fastest vehicle in GM's line was their pick-up. Sad era for all the gear heads.

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    Sad time indeed. The emission controls had pretty much choked engines to the point where no manufacturer could produce a true performance vehicle.

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    That was the era I stopped reading Car & Driver and Motor Trend and started buying Popular Hot Rodding and High Performance Cars. It was kind of insidious - at first it was just a falling of compression ratios, unleaded regular and changing HP rating standards. But before you knew it we were dealing with 150 - 200 HP max and slow-go, smogged performance. When the Mustang II came out it really sank in how far we had fallen. Many years later I regretted not renting a warehouse somewhere and buying/storing a bunch of late 60s muscle cars - or just hanging on to a classic one like Ron.
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