I'm about halfway through building the CC/Rambler. It's a '67 AMC Rambler American that is probably the closest thing to a dedicated drag car I have ever owned. While it is way cool to work on, I don't know how many more builds I have left in me. Looking back on some of my personal car history, it's easy to see why. You know what I'm talking about? See if any of this sounds like you.
'74 Dodge Dart Sport
This was my first car. By the time I was old enough to drive, all the cool V-8 stuff was getting expensive, so I ended up with a Slant Six. It was black with a white vinyl top and the hand-crank sunroof that would spill water on the passenger when you hit the brakes in the rain. A woman in a '72 Mustang Grande ended the Dart's life while I was making a right turn.
'77 Ford LTD II
This was the replacement for the Dart, courtesy of my dad and State Farm Insurance, after getting a couple of tickets and the wreck on my record. It was slow but probably the nicest car I've ever owned. It was a light-blue two-door with a silver stripe, a 302, and about 30,000 miles on it.
'74 Olds Omega
I secretly bought this car for $800 while working at a Chevy dealership in the summer, and it was the first car I modified. The first install was a B&M MegaShifter, then I painted a set of stripes on the hood. It was also the first and only car I wrecked badly, in a rainstorm in 1989.
'77 Chevy Camaro
I had it for two weeks before it was run over by an 18-wheeler. Really! Dead.
'68 Chevy El Camino
I was about to leave for college and had to decide between the LTD II and the freshly purchased, $1,800 Elco. Of course the El Camino won easily with its four-speed and 327-inch engine. It was my first car to drag race and add too much cam to, and it was my first engine rebuild that featured the short-block from my roommate's IMCA dirt-oval car. I made every mistake possible and went into the 13s. The LTD II money went to books or something.