When Cars Had Fins
I wrote this poem a few years ago. I was thinking of putting a bunch of my
old photos from the scrapbook up with some Rock-n-Roll by Dagmar and the
Seductones, then Dagmar reminded me of the poem, and I decided that they
might just make a good background for it, so I put it together that way.
All the cars in the early part of the video were either mine, or relatives
of mine. Some near the end were from 1970's car shows in Georgia, Stone
Mountain and Andalusia Alabama rod run.
Also: I've had a few folks ask for the words, so I posted them here below.
When Cars Had Fins
So, I've got this old car,
a Hot Rod...
a serious piece of iron
a duel Exhaust Rumbler
a tire smoking
full bore screaming
hunk of Detroit
guzzling $3 a gallon gasoline
and polluting the environment and
speeding my heart
like a mainline shot
every time I step on the gas....
You can't get that
from no Japaneeze
hunk of tin...
No matter if it does have
more technology involved
than the Apollo Moon Lander...
There ain't no substitute for
vintage American iron
beat for beat
the rhythm of my
teen age heart....
I go out and I
get in her and I
thromp on the accelerator
a half dozen times
to get a
good shot of gas down the
carburetor and into the intake
and in range of the spark plug/pistons
so I can turn over the starter and
listen to her catch and lope and
stutter into life,
running on seven cylinders
till that broken ring
piston wakes up and even then
'cause she ain't smooth...
Ain't supposed to be smooth...
She is meant to run with that
wicked kabooka kabooka
just like Ed Iskenderian
intended her to do...
I ease her into gear and
slowly release the clutch and
she lurches and catches and
like a rocket
waiting on the lunching pad for the countdown
and when I do gas her
rhythm and harmony
out of twin pipes
barks rubber between the
gears and pins me back
in my seat..
As the speedometer climbs and
my awareness of the likelihood of
some rookie police officer
who never had a chance
to chase down a
vintage piece of Hot Rod
waiting, like a kid
anxious to loose his
causes me to
just shy of 100 miles
and let her drift down to a
'cause I don't want to
give him the
The old cops
who grew up
They look the other way
or wave and smile
willing to make a commitment
to keep a little bit
of the old life
a little longer
even if the odds
high cost of gasoline
stands against it.....
For there is something good
in the heart of an old man like me
who can remember
what it was like
to be a kid
1969 Ram Air IV Trans Am (Part 2)
This is a short clip of my RA IV TA running! It is a real deal RA IV TA.
One of 55 built in 1969. Factory born-with motor, trans, rear, body
panels, hood and a bunch more.
Gotta luv that nasty 041 lope at idle! ☺
BTW, I've also uploaded a sister clip to this one. To view it,
search for: 1969 Ram Air IV Trans Am (Part 1) .
If you have a question or comment feel free to drop me an email at
Sorry about the hiatus. Thanks for all the nice comments. :) I'm adding
a link to my TA Photobucket page. It includes an undercarriage video, pix
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have questions or
I'm also including links for my other brute below. A real-deal (1 of 110
made) '68 1/2 RA II Firebird! This will be on YouTube soon as well.
69 RA IV TA
'68 1/2 RA II Firebird
Custom 1972 Pontiac Firebird - V8 sound!
Jamboolio records a fully restored 1972 Pontiac Firebird with the 350 cid
5.7L V8 engine and a stunning new paint job.
The monstrous hood scoops and huge air vents added to the all black
exterior makes it a very bad-ass looking muscle car beast! The Exhaust sound is pretty awesome too! Enjoy.
Location: 'Helsinki Cruising Night'
Helsinki, Finland 2013
- 800 HP Dodge Charger 605 cid / 9.9 L - The most bad-ass American muscle
car ever?! http://youtu.be/ZYoo5zZD4lk
- EXTREMELY LOUD Supercharged Corvette C6 Z06 http://youtu.be/yLXmSkqOi6E
- 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum - amazing V8 and Exhaust sound! http://youtu.be/uP7yw40HF5o
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Sneak peak at a one off custom Trans-Am and GTO Concept /Camaro Morph
These are the new 2010/11 Camaro's that have been
completely customized by the tallented gentlemen at OTTO body shop in
Nebraska. Great guys and maybe an even greater pair of cars that bring out
the boy in any real american car lover. Hats off to these guys and there
vision. Ps In the video I guessed and said they base car was a 2008 or 9
Camaro. Its a 2011 come
to find out.
2002 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
Hello and welcome to Saabkyle04! YouTube's largest collection of automotive
variety! In today's video, we will take an up close and personal in depth
look at the 2002 Pontiac Trans Am WS6. During this presentation, we will
take a 1st person look at what the vehicle is all about beginning with the
start up, performance data, fuel economy, the occasional track data, and
build quality. Also, I will teach you how to use most of the interior and
exterior features in a detailed fashion, that before, you could only get
from going to a dealership yourself! Throughout the video, I will highlight
key styling and unique differences about the vehicle, any available
options, and of course it would not be an enthusiast car video without the
good ole engine portion with rev and Exhaust note with interior and exterior
perspectives. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a
greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHANNEL SEE BELOW: In this channel you will
find in depth reviews/tour of automobiles from all over the world,
presented in a more detailed fashion than ever before. Basically, this
gives the viewer the chance to view the most detailed 1st person look you
can get without going to an actual dealer yourself! Every video is
consistent in the way I present so viewers know what to expect in my
presentations. I treat every vehicle with the same respect whether a 1960
Chevrolet Impala SS or the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. I film all types of
vehicles from past, present, and future while broadening the knowledge of
the automotive enthusiast. You will see everything from vintage, brand new,
exotic, mainstream, old, etc. I am very proud of this channel and have
built it up from amateur videos years ago to what you see today. I wanted
to share my love for the automotive world with the rest of the world. Be
sure to explore the massive video variety, have fun and enjoy The Driver's
Seat of YouTube!
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Flawless 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
Dave Armstrong, the master GM mechanic who keeps my Fiero on the road, did
a frame-up restoration on this flawless, award-winning 1969 Pontiac
Firebird 400. (Quick, all you old-timers. What were the names of the other
Firebird models available that year? No peeking.)
I'm always amazed at his ability to find NOS parts that aren't even being
made anymore by anyone, especially GM.
Dave takes this car to Pontiac shows during the summer; don't miss the
opportunity to see it up close and personal. This video doesn't do it
If you have a GM car (or any other car or truck, for that matter), and you
live in the Chicago area, take it to him. Ace Muffler, 7157 W. Irving Park
Rd., near Harlem/Irving Plaza. (773)282-1444. How good is he? When he
replaced the Iron Duke in my Fiero, his years of experience allowed him to
take the old one out through the top instead of dropping the rear
suspension and drivetrain, as Pontiac recommended. Yes, he knows his
And anyone who would take a car like this into Chicago evening rush-hour
traffic is either very brave or knows that he could build another one just
like it, which he could;) That lap-dissolve at 3:16 was necessitated by a
very rude, very obscene comment and hand gesture by the female passenger in
that Toyota Yaris. Pure jealousy, that's all that was.
That Firebird 400 V8 sound is music. If you have stereo speakers on your
computer, turn them up.
He's also restoring a '69 Pontiac Ventura, which I shot video of and will
be uploading later on.
1968 Pontiac Firebird Pro Touring
A 1968 Pontiac Firebird Pro Touring car I shot while at the Shades of the
Past Rod Run 2013...This was a five year build....and it shows...very nice
car...Check it out!!!...Make sure you follow me so that you don't miss any
of the other awesome cars I shot at this show!!
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1956 Chevrolet 210 Hot Rod V8 Four-speed at Passing Lane Motors
I thought you might like a look at this very cool 1956 Chevrolet 210. It's
looking really great in that two-tone, white over red paint. The interior
has been completely redone as well and it looks like new. Under the hood,
you'll find a strong running and nicely detailed 350 small block V8. All
that power is being sent through a four-speed manual trans with a Hurst
shifter. The car has also been lower a bit, they've added disc brakes up
front, and it's riding on a set of Cragar SS mags with Goodyear tires.
This thing is ready to hop in and go. I hope you find it interesting,
thanks for taking a look!
Filmed at Passing Lane Motors in Fenton, MO
The first background track is "The Descent" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
The last background track is "Walk in the Park" by Jason Shaw from
Audionautix. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution
3.0 Unported License.