Entries in Mustang (15)
As you have seen, this month it seems that The Colonel as momentarily opened the door to the vault, and let some nostalgia seep out.
Lets take advantage of this unique opportunity, and ask The Colonel to share more experiences and stories.
Q- Colonel...we have heard of a drive on the Eastern Township Autoroute a few decades ago that was memorable...quite memorable. What can you tell us about it.
A- Some perspective, in a summer job while going to university I had the opportunity to work in the Eastern Townships for a few weeks, if prior to working in the Eastern Townships there was an attraction, working in Sherbrooke for 3 weeks solidified the relationship with the Eastern Townships, and the various roads.
Q- The roads?
A- Guys as you know, or should know Pinnacle Road is still an incredible drive to see the fall colors. Just one example.
Q- The drive we heard about had nothing to do with fall colors, we heard there were toll booths on the autoroutes at the time, something about running into a couple of Mustangs coming out of a toll booth. Care to expand?
A- That drive? This was a few decades ago...yes my trusty first car with the 327, which would do 25 MPH per 1000 RPM in third gear.
Q- So...keep on.
A- Pulling into a toll booth, and downshifting to slow down, that Chevy had miserable brakes, I spot 2 recent model Mustangs going into the tolls. We each drop our quarter, with the Mustangs accelerating aggressively out of the toll booths.
Q- The Mustangs accelerating aggressivley....
A- By now you know that I was probably very close, or doing the same to stay with the Mustangs.
Q- Thats it...are you being reluctant, 2 Mustangs, 1 older Chevrolet there must be more to this story.
A- After accelerating out of the tolls aggressively, these 2 Mustangs settle on a fairly fast pace which for some reason seemed to creep higher, and higher.
Q- Fast pace, creep higher....no speedo in your car.
A- That 63 Chevy never had a working speedo, just remember 25 MPH per 1000 RPM in 3rd gear (no 4 speed either), and yes the speed seemed to creep up. It was one of those crisp fall mornings where engines seem to run better with the cool (er) air. Back then you could not let a couple of Fords just run away...
Q- We conclude that those newer Fords probably had seat belts?
A- They probably has seat belts, probably a 351 or 390, probably better tires, less worn out suspension, and certainly better brakes.
Q- Your car did not have seatbelts????
A- Seatbelts did not exist in a 1963 Chevrolet. Imagine by today's standards, no seat belt, bias belted tires that were probably T rated, and poor brakes, no crush zones, and so on....
Q- She speed is creeping up...
A- The speed is creeping up to stay with these Mustangs, they are probably trying to shake off this Chevy, and its not working, we are cruising down the Eastern Township Autoroute...
Q- How fast...
A- The Sun Super Tach on the dash was at 4, or slightly below or slightly above.
Q- Must have been a little loud in the car at 4....
A- It all smooths out, engine noise, wind noise, and so on....but that morning that 327 was lovin' every moment of that run...just beyond the cam at 3 and change, its cooler air, exhaust sound, intake sound, mechanical lifters transmitting through the copper oil pressure gauge pipe, no brakes, half worn ball joints, and tie rod ends.
Q- Those 327 spinning at that rate, they would immdiately react to more gas pedal action.
A- Not immediate....instant.
Q- How long did it last?
A- Up to the next toll booth.
A- You could not do that today...
Q- No...you cannot do that today, keep in mind that back then although the cars were unsafe compared to today, there was dramatically less traffic, in addition to a different social perspective.