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From: Kenny J.
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
Date: October 11, 2003
The 'Can Man opned a can of worms on this topic. I gave up on nearly twenty years worth of membership in a rather well known, international "Brand C" car club due to all the fake 348-409 Impalas that seemed to be appearing in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions of the U.S. Most were red, many rag tops, many with four speeds. It sure seemed funny, but as more and more of these so-called "original" Impalas, Bel Airs and Super Sports appeared, four speed steering columns from '60-'66 Chevy/GMC light trucks and 348/409 "W" engines that resided in junked dump trucks and old school buses began a proportionate disappearance from the salvage yards. And a whole lot of solid turquoise or tan six-stick and 283-'Glide two doors and rag tops also disappeared from the streets and backyards of the Southwest. Coincidence? And unlike most hobbyists, who will admit they are building a "clone" of a more desirable vehicle, these turkeys would show and (even worse) sell these vehicles and being original. Fake cowl tags, V.I.N.s being transplanted from rusted out beaters that were once red S.S. convertibles, etc. were the order of the day. The club and their technical advisors seemed to turn their heads the other way. I say people should do what they want with their own cars, but please don't try to deceive the rest of us.