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    New-To-Me 03 G Marquis + Cars To See

    * "You better get ready for a brand new day" | Steve Goodman | 'Go Cubs Go' I apologize for not visiting since 10/04/2016, but you might say I have been busy: MLB playoffs & buying a new-to-me 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, now my daily driver! I introduced the 03 MGM here, including a collage of photos & a walk-around video: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/10/24/from-the-heart-491/ When your mechanic guesses the price was $1,000 more than what you actually paid, you might have made a good decision, eh!? My 1st ROAD TRIP in it will be to Okemos MI (where a friend will take care of my current cavities), then to the Effingham IL area to hopefully take pictures of the 2003 MGM with my 81mc; let me know if you want to meet up along the way! This 79 CC farewell posted a day after I bought the 03 MGM: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/10/21/from-the-heart-488/ Elsewhere, this posted a week before I bought the Mercury: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/10/13/thursday-survey-76/ Choice of a Chevrolet or a Mercury, 1950s style! Which would you choose? Then, this posted the Monday after I bought the Mercury: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/10/24/daily-dose-mon-madness-78/ Dare I say I am starting to feel more motivated to accelerate this new start in my life? Sure hope it fuels more success! Have any of you ever seen this purple color on a Corvair? I kinda like it! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/10/15/car-tunes-saturday-76/ Life has unexpected turns (I know all too well!), but would you agree that no turn is a wrong turn? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/10/09/daily-dose-savvy-sun-75/ This Kaiser Darrin, a car I would love to see in person, prompted me to ask: what vehicles do you want to see yet!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/10/25/daily-dose-trivia-tue-78/ BTW, my 1979 Caprice Classic sedan is for sale; if you or anyone you know might be interested, TEXT me: 847 -337- 9897 Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Quarter notes & Hank's half time are poundin' on this heart of mine" | Eric Church | 'Record Year'
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    On A Brand New Road

    I'd actually forgotten I'd posted this! Even more ironic ... I was just on this road about an hour ago. HA! It still doesn't have proper shoulders, & I agree with you, Mike, it should. Heck, it still does not have a lot of buildings on-around it ... so, absolutely no reason for it to NOT have proper shoulders ... PLENTY of space for 'em. Weird. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "The curves around midnight aren't easy to see" | Rosanne Cash | 'Runaway Train'
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    On A Brand New Road

    I've posted pics of old roads (Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, etc.) and pictures of the "road ahead" from various trips and drives. But, one type of road I had not taken pictures of until December 18, 2010, is a BRAND NEW road. I'm not talking just new concrete/pavement ... I'm talking ... brand new ... as in NO pavement had been in that spot previously. For this photo shoot, the "Stearns Road Project": http://www.stearnsroad.com/ Stearns Road was extended from IL RT 25 to Randall Rd, providing a much-needed 4-lane bridge across the Fox River between Elgin and St Charles. The only other bridge crossing the Fox River between St Charles (IL RT 64) and Elgin (US RT 20) ... is a very small 2-lane bridge that goes through the heart of South Elgin. In this pic... http://www.stearnsroad.com/Images/support/exhibit.pdf ...the yellow line between Randall and McLean is brand new road, as is the purple line between McLean and IL RT 25. The extended (brand new pavement) Stearns Road was opened to traffic December 16. I took my inaugural drive on it that Saturday, December 18, and snapped the following pictures. EAST-bound on original Stearn Rd pavement, approaching the newly-reconfigured & vastly-different intersection w/Dunham Rd & IL RT 25: EAST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, after turning right off the pavement that Stearns Rd & IL RT 25 now share for a bit: EAST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, approaching the new bridge over the Fox River: NORTH-bound, after turning off IL RT 31, on re-designed & re-paved McLean Blvd, approaching the brand new Stearns Rd intersection: WEST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, just east of the new intersection w/Randall Rd & McDonald Rd: WEST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, approaching the McLean Blvd intersection: WEST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, about to go under the IL RT 31 bridge: WEST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd bridge, looking south at the Fox River: WEST-bound on Stearns Rd/IL RT 25 shared (old) pavement, approaching the newly-reconfigured & vastly-different intersection w/Dunham Rd: NORTH-bound on IL RT 31, overlooking brand new Stearns Rd pavement: Cort | 37.m.IL.pigValve.pacemaker | 5 Monte Carlos + 1 Caprice Classic | * meet_10.15.11_Volo.IL * MCs.CC + CHD.models.HO.legos.RadioShows + RoadTrips.us66 = http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort "Who's going to pay attention to your dreams?" ... The Cars ... 'Drive'
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    Finding Old Highways

    Mike, Your work is an AWESOME resource. I bookmarked it for future reference, but glancing through & reading a few portions of it just now ... makes me want to go explore full time ... if only I could. Nicely done. Thank you for posting it here for us. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "He's off on a midwest run" | Alabama | 'Roll On'
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    Name Your Car, Old Photos, Steel Diner

    * Did you know Sunday, 10/02/2016, was Name Your Car day? Meet my current 2: 1979 Caprice Classic sedan (winter warrior) & 1981 MC coupe (Sweet Tea)! May replace the Caprice with a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis soon; will have pics (& a name, perhaps) if the deal happens. http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/10/02/from-the-heart-469/ If you name your vehicles, what did you choose? I LOVE old family photographs, especially when vehicles are involved! This history-filled image includes a 1964 Ford, a 1972 Plymouth & the town that houses the National Motorcycle Museum: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/30/flashback-friday-74/ Speaking of old photographs: anyone at the 1985 Rod Run in Pigeon Forge TN? This is a pic a friend took during the huge event: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/19/memory-monday-73/ A cousin & his wife found this old newspaper clipping, complete with what appears to be a Cadillac limo, in a house they are having extensive remodeling done! Have you ever found anything similarly surprising while renovating? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/26/memory-monday-74/ In 2010, during my road trip, I met a friend & ate at the longest steel diner in the United States: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/20/tuesday-trip-73/ Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 Caprice to MGM + 81mc "1 of those never forget it, better stop & take it in kinda scenes" | Cole Swindell | 'You Should Be Here'
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    Mystery, I Wrote + Nephew: Gl & Kitt

    * Decided to put my ideas for a sequel-continuation of my mystery story into writing. The 1st of several sections publicized Sunday evening here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/10/02/sunday-story-74/ Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 Caprice to MGM + 81mc "I don't want to take this life for granted" | Keith Urban | 'Somebody Like You'
  7. * Been a while since I had time to visit; living life, or so they say. I am alive & fine, just handling & juggling a lot currently: health issues, health insurance changes, personal projects, professional obligations, trying to figure out a way to do more of what I really want to do while I still have time in this life, etc. I sure miss my cars & some people, but I am doing the best I can in the moment. I hope to be able to participate regularly again soon. Meantime, sharing a few new things, FWIW. I start with something I recently wrote: a short murder mystery story that simply flowed, surprisingly sparked by a rather insignificant experience. (I already have some ideas for a sequel-continuation.) Cars included: 1975 Caprice Classic convertible, 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1991 Ford Crown Victoria, 1976 AMC Matador sedan, 1974 Dodge Monaco sedan. If interested, people tell me it takes ~1-1.5 hours to read; I explain the inspiration in the Forward: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/08/dont-forget-schuster/ Love the creative mind of my Nephew with these scenes he has created; this includes KITT & the General Lee: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/19/monday-night-fun-73/ With summer 2016 in the rear view mirror, what are your favorite memories &/or huge moments from 2016 & all-time? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/13/daily-dose-trivia-tue-72/ I took this photo just over 3 years ago, while driving my former 1989 Caprice Classic Brougham north on I-39 in IL! Considering the local radio stations kept playing songs from my life that road trip, I figured it was perfect for what I quipped ~1 year ago: sometimes, surprising songs fit the moment perfectly: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/18/daily-dose-savvy-sun-72/ I have a scale version of the GMC Motorhome; do you know this history!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/23/friday-files-73/ Side view of a Dodge Challenger a friend, Mark, built & detailed! Almost looks like a 1:1 car? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/28/wednesday-ratio-74/ THIS is a moon-sun roof, on a Mercury Sun Valley: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/09/27/twist-tuesday-74/ Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 Caprice to MGM + 81mc "How can life be what you want it to be" | Madonna | 'Frozen'
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    Us 99 Tour - Extended

    Hey Mike, That's really neat! I can imagine what fun it is to put all that together. Love the combination photos, vintage photos, maps & descriptions. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 Caprice Classic + 81mc "Tryin' to make a livin' & doin' the best I can" | Allman Brothers Band | 'Ramblin' Man'
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    Niece # 2 + Nephew Model Scenes

    * Kinda cool to have a new (2nd) Niece! While the scene for KITT & General Lee my Nephew drew is cued for future feature, this stormy-rain-flower scene (with scale model Camaro, Nova & Cutlass) was published earlier this week before it was SUPPOSED to storm in Chicagoland: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/08/11/from-the-heart-417/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 79 CC to ?? Mercury Grand Marquis!! "Don't let your life pass you by" __ Sarah McLachlan __ 'I Will Remember You'
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    Niece # 2 + Nephew Model Scenes

    * I have become an Uncle for the 3rd time! Meet my newest Niece, Jillian: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/30/saturday-smorgasbord-72/ Nephew created some background scenes for his cars & wanted me to take pics. This is the 1st, including an Oldsmobile dealership with a yet-to-be-bought Omega: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/30/scale-saturday-71/ I will feature other scenes in the future, including 1 he drew for KITT & the General Lee! Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I wouldn't trade those days for nothin'" __ Mark Wills __ '19 something'
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    Rusting Away! Year Changes, Options?

    * Quick follow-up to Rusting Away 2 Hours: Less than a day after I was told the dealership was going to wholesale-junkyard the 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis, this Craigslist ad popped up: http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/ctd/5727763987.html Did they really think I wouldn’t see it!? Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 79 CC to ?? Mercury Grand Marquis!! "Seems like it's been forever that you've been gone" __ Fort Minor __ 'Where'd You Go?'
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    Rusting Away! Year Changes, Options?

    * While it has been a few days since this experience & the resulting article (Rusting Away 2 Hours), it still aggravates me; the car is now headed for auction-junkyard & probably was from the moment it landed on the dealer lot. It COULD be repaired & still give years of reliable service! Sounds like Cash-For-Clunkers?! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/08/05/rusting-away-2-hours/ What has been your most aggravating dealership experience? Regarding new, anyone else miss when vehicles had exterior differences each year to distinguish each model year!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/29/friday-files-71/ For those who have named your vehicles, have you ever put the name ON them!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/26/daily-dose-trivia-tue-71/ I prefer the chrome look, but blacked-out trim is growing on me! Which do you prefer? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/28/thursday-survey-71/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Why are we so blind to see that the ones we hurt are you & me" __ Coolio __ 'Gangsta's Paradise (Dangerous Minds)'
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    Us Route Website

    Oh my goodness. The second I opened that link, Denny, I recognized it. I believe that is 1 site I checked out when I was planning my 2009 Route 66 road trip....wow. &, I second Dave's comments about Denny's site ... his recent Alaska road trip was awesome. Lucky for me, he stopped to see me along US Route 20 on his way back to Ohio! Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Spare me your freaking dirty looks" __ Katy Perry __ 'Waking Up In Vegas'
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    Abbs On The Internet Archive

    Oh. My. Goodness. What an absolute treasure trove! Thank you for the link, Jim. I've bookmarked it; I could spend HOURS on that site! Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I don't need to be" __ Stone Sour __ 'Bother'
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    What Does Rare Mean To You!?

    * To me, the word -rare- is used a bit too much nowadays! What do you consider rare? Would this coupe fit your critical definition!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/19/daily-dose-trivia-tue-70/ Some cattle humor, with a gorgeous, 2-tone GMC pickup: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/22/daily-dose-philosophy-fri-70/ Which of these 2 smart promo models would you rather have!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/21/thursday-survey-70/ A surprising street-eye level view of Metro City: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/23/scale-saturday-70/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I'm just saying" __ Shinedown __ 'Second Chance'
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    ** Event: Invite & Info **

    * CANCELED Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Life throws you curves, but you learn to swerve" __ Rascal Flatts __ 'These Days'
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    ** Event: Invite & Info **

    * Official announcement: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/21/tuesday-trip-66/ Please join us: make it a weekend getaway or just attend 1 day! 07/30/2016, Saturday ~4p-10p, dinner & cruise night 07/31/2016, Sunday ~11a-3p, lunch & gathering FOR BOTH DAYS Location: Beef Villa 1225 W Spring St S Elgin IL 60177 Discount: 15% off food for attendees (must see me to register) Hotels: Plenty in the area; not sure yet if we’ll have enough people for a block of rooms with reduced rate. Live Video: Perhaps Please advise ASAP if you intend to join us so I can see if a deal with an area hotel is possible. On Facebook!? Official events: Day 1 = https://www.facebook.com/events/258982994457415/ Day 2 = https://www.facebook.com/events/617479571759833/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Time is a friend" __ Reba McEntire __ 'Is There Life Out There?'
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    ** Event: Invite & Info **

    * GOOD NEWS: pleased to report a block of rooms for those coming from out of town! Newly-renovated Elgin IL Area Chamber Of Commerce member hotel: Quality Inn 500 Tollgate Rd Elgin IL 60123 847-608-7300 $80 per night (regularly $95-99) mention “Old Cars, Strong Hearts” See the FULL, UPDATED details HERE: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/12/tuesday-trip-69/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "It's always the same old story, you never know what you've got til its gone" __ Mike & the Mechanics __ 'All I Need Is A Miracle'
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    Sometimes, Life Is About Driving

    * Before my 4th open heart surgery, 11/11/2011, & my full-time job loss February 2012, I had several cars & enjoyed sunshine-splashed weekends filled with pure driving. I sure miss those days! I know life will never be the same, but I still think, to some extent, this is very, very true. Who all loves to just drive for the fun of it? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/17/daily-dose-savvy-sun-69/ Remember when the speed limit was 55!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/15/flashback-friday-69/ I love mechanical art & look forward to featuring close-ups of some of these pieces: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/16/saturday-smorgasbord-70/ 2-DAY EVENT S Elgin IL, with restaurant & hotel discounts: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/12/tuesday-trip-69/ "Let's don't let a good thing die" __ Elvis Presley __ 'Suspicious Minds'
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    Us Route Website

    I tried an online search using some of those "key words" you mentioned, but ... only came up with websites dedicated to specific roads, like Route 66! Maybe it is no longer online? 2-DAY EVENT S Elgin IL, with restaurant & hotel discounts: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/12/tuesday-trip-69/ "You probably won't remember me" __ Jan Arden __ 'Insensitive'
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    ** Event: Invite & Info **

    * After work 07/07/2016, I stopped at Beef Villa to pick up the 15% discount coupons. Meantime, I am checking possibilities for hotel discounts, but no guarantees. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "We go through life so sure of where we're headed" __ Brad Paisley __ 'Find Yourself'
  22. * How would you describe yourself as if you were a vehicle!? This is how I describe me: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/05/daily-dose-trivia-tue-68/ I quipped this a while back & still find it true in so many ways: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/07/daily-dose-theory-thu-68/ Have not mentioned it in a while, but my Route 66-based story continues & most-recently, I have included some pictures I took along Route 66: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/category/sunday-story/ I really like the artistic nature in this photograph (with railroad tracks in the background) taken by a friend: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/06/wild-wednesday-68/ I am not sure I want to know more about this Buick! Artistic or not? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/08/daily-dose-philosophy-fri-68/ 5 years ago, I was nearing the end of my Coast-to-Coast Road Trip & had seen this 1958 Chevy yesterday, 07/09/2011, Saturday: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/09/from-the-heart-384/ EVENT http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/21/tuesday-trip-66/ pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Was it worth it?" __ Taylor Swift __ 'Should've Said No'
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    ** Event: Invite & Info **

    * NO fees or dues to attend this event! COSTS gas food (15% discount at host restaurant) hotel (if needed) Come for both days, all of 1 day or even just part of 1 of the 2 days! Will you join us? To get the discount, you’ll need to register with me; I am in the videos on the OC,SH Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_fbSoCi5KglL6UenSJvcA Unless it is replaced with a Mercury Grand Marquis between now & the end of July, my 1979 Caprice Classic will attend both days; it is in 2 pictures here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/vehicles-chds-me/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Every second counts on a clock that's tickin'" __ The Script / Kris Allen __ 'Live Like We're Dying'
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    5 Years Ago Today + Transportation Modes

    * In history, exactly 5 years ago today (day, date: Sunday, 07/03/2011), I was in the midst of Day 10 of my 18-day Coast-To-Coast Road Trip, which I have been featuring with 1 pic each day. Today, I was driving from Colorado to Utah, seeing some fine scenery along roads like I-70 & US Route 6, including this sight, complete with a motor home: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/03/from-the-heart-378/ I stepped outside of my comfort zone a bit more & created a Video Version of the Trivia Tuesday theme, asking about locking keys in vehicles: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/28/daily-dose-trivia-tue-67/ Surprising: when is the last time you have seen a 1959 Biscayne!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/01/friday-photo-67/ Close-ups of the Modes Of Transportation I drew, March-April-May 1982: trucks http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/06/monday-night-fun-64/ VWs, taxi, police car, etc. http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/13/monday-night-fun-65/ house & MCs http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/20/monday-night-fun-66/ bus, airplanes, train, boats, limo http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/27/monday-night-fun-67/ A return to Metro City: what catches your critical, smart spying-eye radar!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/07/02/scale-saturday-67/ EVENT http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/21/tuesday-trip-66/ pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "It almost seems like yesterday" __ Kenny Rogers __ '20 Years Ago'
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    Florida Backroads

    The books look great, but I'm with Dave ... was hoping for a bit more discussion-sparking insights. Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "All the water in the ocean couldn't put out the fire this time" __ Atlanta __ 'Atlanta Burned Again Last Night'
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