posted on Jul, 19 2013 @ 07:15 PM
I don't believe I've recanted this experience here...
Many years ago I bought a 1978 Chevy Blazer. Over the years I had done a bunch of restoration work to it so it was a pretty nice rig overall. The only
thing missing back then was I needed a better engine for it. A buddy of mine had a '69 Camaro project car he'd put tens of thousands into. One day
he calls me up and asks for a hand pulling an engine out of a wrecked Camaro. The wrecked Camaro was even nicer than my buddy's (think: show car /
hot rod). The story went that the guy was just totally in LOVE with his car and was so totally and absolutely heartbroken at crashing it that he just
parted it out for pennies on the dollar. When we got there he explained he was racing some kid, broke traction and spun it out. He went off the road
backwards and slammed into a dirt embankment and destroyed the rear end of the car including the frame.
The engine this thing had in it was a brand new 'built' Corvette LT-1 and my buddy wanted it for his Camaro. So we pulled the engine and ultimately
put it in his Camaro. My buddy's car was then officially a 'rocket'.
A couple months went by and one day my buddy calls me up and tells me I can have his engine for my Blazer for $500 bucks if I want. I'm all over
that, but what happened? He tells me he was out Saturday night drinking out at the Gorge (Flaming Gorge), him and another guy got to racing on the way
back and he crashed (badly) completely destroying the rear end of his car. He also wound up getting a DUI when the Highway Patrol showed up so he
needed the money.
So out of the Camaro came the LT-1 and into my Blazer it went. By this time I think this motor might have had 200 miles on it if that. The first guy
had bought it as a crate engine (new) and had it built from there. Now my Blazer was the rocket. With the full time 4WD i could get that Blazer to
literally leap off the ground with all four tires from a standing stop. All I had to do was mash the throttle once, lift and mash it a second time and
it would leap (I've even got pictures of it somewhere). That was the coolest Blazer ever and I had a lot of fun with it over the years.
Fast forward about 6 years and about 50k miles, my wrenching and restoration days were taking a backseat to my career so I decided to sell "The
Blaze" as everyone called it. I put it up for sale and had it sold within a couple days. The kid who bought it had a Camaro and he wanted "The
Blaze" for her engine and he was going to sell the rest. His girlfriend was hot, hot, HOT, so I agreed to sell it to him if he'd promise to bring
his Camaro (and his girlfriend) by after he was done with it. A couple weeks later he did just that and his Camaro turned out pretty dang nice. Did I
mention his girlfriend was hot, hot, HOT??? Anyway, that was the last I saw of the Camaro.
Recently (about two years later) I ran into this guy in the grocery store by chance. I asked him if he still had the Camaro. He told me he didn't,
that he'd crashed it shortly after we'd last spoken...and yep, you probably guessed it...he'd crashed it backwards into a bridge abuttment totaling
out the car on the back end!
There was some kind of a conspiracy in there somewhere, but certainly the irony of it all was unmistakeable! That engine either hated Camaros or loved
Blazers I don't know which, but it certainly had a funny way of seeming to always survive itself.