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    Strapped the U2 on and went for a cruise in the firebird...driver pics

    It's Canada day here and I decided to go out for a nice pleasant cruise in my (Canadian Red??:-D ) 1968 Firebird 400 this morning. I strapped on the ole' U2 and left my worries behind. Snapped a few pics while thundering down the highway.

    I got a great cruise in today and felt lucky to be able to do so....a huge and long absolute mother of a rainstorm came in today. Probably rained two inches this afternoon and evening. It rained pretty hard and cancelled the fireworks this evening. Hard to tell it was coming looking at these pics. That's how fast the weather changes here. :-D

    As I type this, I can still hear that perfectly tuned 400 cu.in. big block pounding in my ear.









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    Cool stuff

    Message from Singapore friend, "Don't Drink and Drive" :-D

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    Hello Tim,

    aside from the U2, the Car is just as impressive and a beauty in itself. It complements the watch very nicely! I would like to own one of those vintage Pontiacs myself, but at gas prices around Can$ 7,17 per gallon over here, i have to stick to my 1994 Corolla

    (TEH SEXX0R!!11! )
    and invest the saved fuel pennies in a new UX or a Stowa Marine.

    Greetings,

    Christian

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    Hi Jeff, will do buddy. Hope things are progressing positively for you. As alway, I wish all the best for you.

    Hi Christian. Thanks for your kind words. Yikes, that certainly is expensive. Our gas has risen from around 90 cents a liter to about 1.15 a liter and it is considered expensive here. It's nice to get some perspective on this.

    take care,
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    Hi Tim,
    there is a saying in germany that goes like this :"If you need to think about (Car/gas/watch/etc.) prices, qou can´t afford it, anyway..." Considering the sheer beauty of the old "Muscles", it is a shame that they are so thirsty. the only vintage car I ever owned was this:


    Some Wiki about it.

    I drove it while I was in university. It had a scorching 27 PS (german HP, dunno about the conversion rate). since it was air cooled, it was a very reliable car even in the harsh german winters (down to -15 degrees Celsius, if you know what I mean ) and one of the cheapest convertibles to be had at the time. Bought it fifth-hand or so. As there ist nearly no part welded, it was quite easy to repair and do bodywork on it. At the time I sold it, the front left fender was in British racing green (Stupid Mailmans car...), the rear right fender was matte black (stupid me!) and the roof was patched with some nice "Marshall" stickers (stupid Hail shower!).

    I placed a old coffe grinder on the hat rack, just to have people wondering.

    Oh, the memories...

    Bye,

    Christian
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    Thanks Tim, always appreciate your kind concern. Canadians leave a very good impression on me- as being kind and good people. All the Canadians I have known are like that. Amazing people!

    My situation has somewhat stabilised but still less than ideal. But hey, that is as good as it gets for now.

    Now this will really go OT, but talk about oil guzzling, that Firebird of yours is really something if oil prices were at US$20 a barrel but at today's prices of easily 60-70 dollar range, now that is something else :-S How can you afford it?

    Was just watching the new DVD that came out, Syriana. Good movie, talks about American addiction to oil and the various problems- terrorism etc.

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    Re: Strapped the U2 on and went for a cruise in the firebird...driver pics

    Great pics..any onf the car??? Vintage car and a great watch.
    ToddH

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    Hey Jeff. thanks. Well, I worked my life away for some very nice bucks underground as a hard rock miner. The old fashioned hard way. Manual labour. I pounded on boulders with a 8 lb. sledge hammer for a year. Drilled with a jackleg. They pay you alot of bonus if you get your round. That, and the fact that I was born ugly and never really had to spend much money dating girls who I would've probably forgotten by now or ended up hating, I ended up with enough money to afford to buy this car and get a $25,000 restoration almost 10 years ago. (lucky I did, it would cost close to $40,000 now)

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=15549

    Went out today and photographed my local area with a point and shoot camera. I did this from the drivers's seat of my firebird. It's like a tour around with the old firebird with the shots taken looking out over the hood like the pics posted here. Since I can't take you guys for a ride around, I will post up these pics when I finish taking them. I'm charging up my battery again. Some nice shots of a not so pretty part of the world.

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    Cool Pefect mix of new (watch) and old (old)

    Heck girls see a car like that and they forget about ugly. Nothing like a little displacement when cruising the open road.

    Here's my son's 1968 350-2, stock



    and my 1970 455-4, not stock



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    Re: Strapped the U2 on and went for a cruise in the firebird...driver pics

    Hi, folks,

    I like Tims and all others "pictured travel stories".... its wondefull for dreaming of other countries.

    But today I want "strike back".... and make (only) 2 pictures out of my car. Oh, boy, the car is not the hero (like the other pics), I have only a family french VAN, I will show you pics from the hometown of Sinn - Frankfurt am Main (Germany). First pic shows a tower near the trade fair..... next pic shows the highlight for our foreign friends from oversea: The original SINN building. It is really not spectacluar - only an old industry buildung without any architects power. But for us - Sinn lovers - it is "the temple of heaven" - for watches. The street - sorry native english speakers - called "Im Füldchen", it is a very small street, ending with a "point of return". At the left side you can see the 2 park spaces for car, nearby is the door upwards to the stairs. The Sinn buildung is right. The customer service is at the floor, the sales room are at 1st. Don't know the other rooms, they was used for offices and the Sinn watchmakers, proofing rooms and so on.

    For people, who dont know this: The case builders are the "SUG" company in eastern Germany, one of the best of it. After building, the cases goes to an "assembler" at eastern Germany, too and after this the pre-finished cases (with movements) come to Sinn, Frankfurt. And here the watches will be finished, means:

    proofing materials, movement, assembling
    regulating and repair some small mistakes
    proofing after finishing for waterrestence, adjustment and so on
    filling the U-series with silicon oil or AR (Argon gas), assemble the three copper sulfat sticks.

    After the final proof: "watch in the box" and waiting for sales here at the factory, send to watchdealers, to distributors or to watchfriends customers directly (by order via eMail or so).

    For the after sales service customers can use the office right from the stairs. Specialists and watchmakers will be repair some mistakes within 2 weeks, normaly.

    Today I was there, to grab the two Allen wrenches, this tools was missing. I need it to change the rubber strap against the ss bracelet.

    Ok, you have read enough, here the pics, I hope my "story" was correct....

    cheers
    U2inSpe




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