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Old 02-03-2019, 05:31 PM
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Back in the 1979 I had my 69 Z11 Pace Car. I was running an Edelbrock 3x2bbl intake on it with three Rochester 2GVs (IIRC). The damn thing never ran right but looked really cool.

I was up on Cape Cod for the summer and was cruising one night when the throttle bellcrank snapped. This is the actual pedal cross bar/bellcrank that bolts to the firewall and the pedal hangs off one end and the throttle bracket/rod mount attaches to the other end.

The only way to get home was to use a roll of 10 gauge electrical wire I had in my tool box and tie it to the center carb throttle arm. First I put the convertible top down, then I routed the wire up, through, and out the cowl hood opening at the front of the windshield, over the top of the windshield header and down into the passenger compartment. I had to use the wire as an actual throttle "cable" for the hour long ride back to the house.

The next day my friends took me to a local junkyard in Hyannis, Mass and we found that an early Impala - around 1964, that had the same bellcrank I needed, minus the pedal.
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Old 02-04-2019, 04:35 AM
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----I think I know the junkyard, Steve. Was it right close to the Hyannis airport? I worked at a resto shop for a good friend of the owner of the yard. Good memories! ...…Bill S
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:17 PM
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That was the place!
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Old 02-04-2019, 02:28 PM
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I once blew an auto trans doing doughnuts at a remote beach parking lot in the winter. It was pouring rain hard, and there was no way I was gonna walk 2+ miles back to town. It still had reverse, so I backed all the way back into town.
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----I think I know the junkyard, Steve. Was it right close to the Hyannis airport? I worked at a resto shop for a good friend of the owner of the yard. Good memories! ...…Bill S
Blackburns Bill. Down by the powerlines where George U dumped that stripped stolen Vette that he clipped from Dick Beards lot...but that's a story for another day.
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----Couldn't remember his name. I used to work for Dicky Garbitt so knew Blackburn well. They were pretty tight...….Bill S
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All the yards on the Cape are closed down (due to groundwater concerns) Except for Center Street in Dennis. Marceline's was cleared out about ten years back (Jim just died last year) Handlers and that yard in Chatham (behind the gas station) sold out to developers, and Blackburns closed a few years back.
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Great stories guys! A resourceful bunch ya are...
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1991.. racing some guy in my Nova I tossed the fan belt. The only thing open was an all night convenience store and my friend suggested buying a pair or pantyhose.. It worked. Alternator light on the dash flickered on acceleration but the thing stayed below 220 and the lights stayed on!


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