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The very earilest of days (for me). Late 1974 or early 1975. The car was purchased new at Crawford Ford in Burleson, Texas in May of 1967. After my mother passed away, it was owned by my grandmother. I received the car from her estate in the summer of 1974. Note the total stealth mode here: dog dish hubcaps and Mr. Gasket traction bars.
About 1976. The original 289. "Options" include a Holley list 1850, Accel coil, M/T valve covers and headers from a company called Custom (?). We still have the valve covers and the headers.
Also about 1976. A bad day on the freeway. Was on my way to make an insurance payment. Oopsy.
The 289 was backed by a RAN 3 speed trans. This is a typical Sunday afternoon pose following a particularly hard Saturday night of beating up Camaros and Mustangs. This is from about 1977. Note the missing bumper. In its place was a 6' piece of "C" steel with a welded in 1" solid bar. It weighed about 60 lbs and was secured by chains. Looked like a Street Stock circle track car.
Here I am working on my very first engine.  This is a 302 and I still have the receipts for it.  The cost was about $500. This engine replaced the 289 sometime in 1977. A C4 was attached which alleviated the Sunday clutch changing ritual.  I also overhauled the C4.  That was a learning experience too - I put a thrust washer in backward and trashed the trans before I went two blocks.
You can tell this shot is from the '70s - Breaker! Breaker! Goodyear has always loved me - I went though a lot of those F60-14's.
1979 - For a two and a half year period, I piloted a different kind of bird. The 403 was a dog motor, but it handled like it was on rails thanks to the "home brew" WS-6 suspension. And, a real babe magnet. Just ask my babe - it magnetized her and she's still stuck to me after 20 years!