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Old 04-14-2012, 10:17 PM   #31
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1973 Chevy Blazer complete with the Kraco 8-track stereo.

Oh, Kraco...

Man, 8 tracks were before my time, but Kraco has been around. Back in the cassette players and in trunk CD changers, I worked at a car stereo shop here in town. This was just outside the front gate of Camp Pendelton. The whole area was loaded with these BS car dealers preying on E2s and E3s.

Our shop had a cut rate deal with most of them to put in the radios and alarms. It was the cheapest junk installed into the cheapest junk. But it kept us busy and it was a lot of money to make when I was that young.

These same crappy cars would end up back at our shop the next payday installing all the other cheap crap we stocked. I was the youngest guy, so I didn't get to work on the big money cars... But, I can put a Kraco in a Caprice in 3 minutes with my eyes closed.

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Old 04-14-2012, 10:19 PM   #32
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:55 PM   #33
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:43 AM   #34
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I forgot to mention that : my old 1952 Ford Prefect was very problematic with the three speeds transmission. It was always jumping the 2nd gear and a old driveway mechanic suggested to put bananas in the transmission to make the oil thicker which I did but did not help at all to solve the problem!!!!!
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:28 AM   #35
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:17 AM   #37
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:26 AM   #38
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1968 Fiat 850 Spider (red one in photo, circa 1972). My dad bought it for me to drive to university. Thanks to my dad, he created a life long interest in Fiats and I have never been without one ever since. Have had several that I used to race.

Currently have two Fiat restoration projects. One is a '66 Fiat Abarth 1300/124. It's a high performance version made by Abarth and is based on a stock Fiat 850 coupe. About 250 or so were originally made and now there are only a handful left in the world. Here is one photo of what the car looked like when I got it. The last photo is what it will look like when finished.

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Old 04-15-2012, 12:55 PM   #39
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