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Is a Overhang an altered state?

… and you thought that the only altered wheelbase cars were Mopars

As one of three brothers, I understand what hand-me-downs are all about.  When my brothers and I were growing up, hand-me-downs usually meant clothes, toys, a bike, or, rarely, a car. Usually, if the car was a hand-me-down, it was a total beater that Dad or some other member of the family had trashed. Often hand-me-down cars were four-door automatics with a thrashed six-cylinder under the hood that wouldn’t scratch rubber if you did a “neutral drop”. (Those of you who know what a ’68 Biscayne looks like will know what the term neutral drop means. If you don’t, go ask some geezer gearhead)

But some brothers have all the luck, and Mark Lenhardt is one of those.  He not only had a big brother (actually a half brother) who let him ride up front with him and his buddy Moose to the drags and cars shows, but one who worked at imprinting his psyche with hot rodding DNA. Then, as Mark got ready to start high school, his big brother did something so cool that if there were a Big Brothers Hall of Fame, Charles Cowie would have to be a member. Ya see, Charles gave his little brother a hand-me-down car that any hot rodder would hock his soul for. The car that Charles gave him the keys to was no beater, dear reader; it was the holy grail of hand-me-down cars. It was an ‘Oh-my-Gawd, crap your pants, wait ‘til the girls and your friends see this’, big block four-on-the-floor altered wheelbase hot rod.  

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