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Iraq War vet returns home to four-wheeled surprise
Ft. Wayne News Sentinal ^ | 3/25/06 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/27/2006 5:04:24 PM PST by Rate_Determining_Step

An Indiana National Guard soldier who spent a year in Iraq returned home to a big surprise: In his absence, his friends had transformed his rusted 1967 Plymouth Barracuda into a deep blue, chrome-trimmed car lover's dream.

Spc. Bob Metcalf, who had stored the rusted, hoodless, fenderless Barracuda in his brother's garage, left for Iraq last year. He had planned to someday fix up the old muscle car.


(Excerpt) Read more at fortwayne.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; mopar; oifveterans; supportourtroops; surprise; vet; welcomehome
Guess his friends and neighbors worked six months on it bring it back to life. Wonderful story!
1 posted on 03/27/2006 5:04:30 PM PST by Rate_Determining_Step
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To: Rate_Determining_Step
Thanks for the great story - we need more of those -

Of course this will be on the MSM..........

2 posted on 03/27/2006 5:06:17 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("...BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME." Lincoln)
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To: SandRat

ping


3 posted on 03/27/2006 5:07:07 PM PST by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step
Damn... My 2nd Cousin had one the exact same color - with a 383 magnum 4spd to boot!

One lucky vet indeed - and I bet his friends are proud too...

4 posted on 03/27/2006 5:07:10 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step
Wow! What an incredible welcome home present!

All I got was a T-shirt! (just kidding)
5 posted on 03/27/2006 5:07:16 PM PST by stm (You can fix a lot of thing s, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step
What a great story! Thanks for posting it.

Funny thing, that car was one year old when I went IN the Army.

6 posted on 03/27/2006 5:07:46 PM PST by Cagey (You don't pay taxes - they take taxes. ~Chris Rock)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

AAAAAAAWWWWWWWW how really really neat of his buds.


7 posted on 03/27/2006 5:09:37 PM PST by OldFriend (AMERICA WOULD NOT BE THE LAND OF THE FREE IF IT WERE NOT ALSO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE)
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To: cyborg; 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; ...

Now that was a job of love and appreciation! Move over PIM MY RIDE! You have some real competition here.


8 posted on 03/27/2006 5:10:26 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Didn't see a picture of the car at the link.

Where'd you get it?


9 posted on 03/27/2006 5:14:04 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Hemi-Cudas rule!


10 posted on 03/27/2006 5:14:12 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Did a nice job too.

Good for him.


11 posted on 03/27/2006 5:14:37 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

A Damned nice thing to do.


12 posted on 03/27/2006 5:15:34 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Snapping Turtle

Great story!


13 posted on 03/27/2006 5:16:38 PM PST by Rabid Dog
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Wonder if it had one of the original hi-reving 273 V8 and wide ratio rock crusher tranny?


14 posted on 03/27/2006 5:20:22 PM PST by Feckless (En Temps)
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To: maine-iac7

Front page of the New Yawk Slimes!!!!


15 posted on 03/27/2006 5:24:48 PM PST by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

*Those* are friends. Very cool!


16 posted on 03/27/2006 5:26:35 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Great story.


I hope this guy wasn't looking forward to actually doing it himself!

I mean the guy comes home and his car is impounded and on display, rebuilt, repainted, new wheels, rubber, etc., etc.,. Everybody is happy, people are gawking, beer and smiles all around ....but now, all those months he was thinking about rebuilding it with his buddies are gone...... :-(

Nothing left to do but drive it!


17 posted on 03/27/2006 5:26:58 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Man, that is just awesome!


18 posted on 03/27/2006 5:27:38 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Oh hell yes, that aint no Jap car!


19 posted on 03/27/2006 5:30:19 PM PST by 38special (Imports still suck!)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

reminds me of the song about Pvt. Andrew Malone


20 posted on 03/27/2006 5:32:15 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
It was on an AutoBlog.com.
21 posted on 03/27/2006 5:37:06 PM PST by Rate_Determining_Step (US Military - Draining the Swamp of Terrorism since 2001!)
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To: maine-iac7
Of course this will be on the MSM...

Unless they mention that it's a gas-guzzler with no emission controls and lacking in modern air bags and anti-lock brakes.

Of course, I'd love to have one!

22 posted on 03/27/2006 5:41:09 PM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: 38special

I'm a car guy. I can appreciate all kinds of cars.


23 posted on 03/27/2006 5:41:52 PM PST by Rate_Determining_Step (US Military - Draining the Swamp of Terrorism since 2001!)
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To: JoeSixPack1
> I hope this guy wasn't looking forward to actually doing it himself!

Few people have the resources to properly redo a car. Even though I do, turn-key rids have their own unique charm!
24 posted on 03/27/2006 5:43:44 PM PST by Rate_Determining_Step (US Military - Draining the Swamp of Terrorism since 2001!)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Thanks. My Mopar lovin' buddy at work is going to LOVE this story!!


25 posted on 03/27/2006 5:45:46 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly)
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To: ncountylee

i had a 273 formula s 1966 cuda (glass bubble).
then went for a 1968 notch back 383 formula s cuda,
electra blue with white vinyl top and white leather interior 4 speed possi traction duel exhaust.
2/10 of a second short of a national record holder at st. louis international raceway. beat every car on the road including those above my class, 428 cobras 442 olds,
427 chaveles. the only cars that ever gave me fits was of all things a396 (i think) javalin tricked out to the nines and a 289 tri-pack commet. yow, that one hurt!


26 posted on 03/27/2006 5:46:21 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (vampires stole my lunch money !)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

This is a heartwarming story and bless those buddies for their support.


27 posted on 03/27/2006 5:47:32 PM PST by TatieBug
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To: 537cant be wrong

oh yea. it was also back in the muscle days when it had a 10.5 to 1 compression ratio and i was running a 355 rear end when most had 411's. if they beat me from a dead stop i would challenge them from 100mph on. they were already wound out and my cuda was just gettin warmed up.
speed ometer had 150 i burried the needle and chickened out when the nose started to float


28 posted on 03/27/2006 5:51:07 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (vampires stole my lunch money !)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step
"I'm probably going to cruise (U.S.) 20," he said with a smile. "And at some point, I'm going to have to take her out and see what she'll do."

Ha! Hope the Indiana State Patrol gives him clearance for takeoff! Maybe Oprah (or someone rich and famous) can start a program of "Pimping" soldiers rides while they are deployed??

29 posted on 03/27/2006 5:54:17 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: JoeSixPack1
I hope this guy wasn't looking forward to actually doing it himself!

I had to wonder the same thing.

There are some things I would just rather screw up (according to the "experts") myself, and have the fun of doing it.

Still, now he has it; and if he wants, he can still find another rust bucket to keep himself occupied.

30 posted on 03/27/2006 5:54:58 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: GW and Twins Pawpaw
Front page of the New Yawk Slimes!!!!

Is the LameSM getting a hint that the tide is turning - and the truth is on the march - and they don't want to get caught totally on the wrong side?

Rats and lib-socialists will turn on each other at the drop of a hat if they think they're going to found on the loosing side

31 posted on 03/27/2006 5:55:59 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("...BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME." Lincoln)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Reason #42 why I'm addicted to Free Republic: uplifting stories like this.


32 posted on 03/27/2006 6:06:11 PM PST by 6SJ7
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Looks nice and appears to have Cragers. Way to go to everyone involved.


33 posted on 03/27/2006 6:07:10 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

Wow!

That's really nice.


34 posted on 03/27/2006 6:16:17 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: 537cant be wrong
A friend from college ran the drag race program for Chrysler in the late '60s and early '70's.

During this period factory teams would race on the streets in the Detroit suburbs. The cars only looked stock. They were altered wheelbase, acid dipped, frame drilled, plastic windowed, interior gutted, dyno turned, trailer hauled, fuel burning 8 second monsters complete with parachutes.

There was even a national TV ad that showed one of the Chrysler hemi-cudas loping through Ted's drive in restaurant in Bloomfield Hills.

35 posted on 03/27/2006 6:16:25 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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some day when i grow up and can do it, i will have another 68 cuda. true story.
i use to drag on the streets all the time.
we have a street Mcdonnel douglas blvd. (brown road.) which was great for racing.i did it many times there myself. well one night some guys were racing as 2nd shift got off fromm Mc. d. and someone hit a guy just getting off work.
in the paper it said he was survived by his wife and 5 daughters. i thought to myself that it could have just as easily been me ruining that mans life and family. the next day i traded my 68 monster in for a 225 slant six valiant and have been driving family cars ever since. i know that if i have the power under my arse i could not help but use it.
i do not regret that decision to this day.


36 posted on 03/27/2006 6:34:20 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (vampires stole my lunch money !)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

'Cuda Ping


37 posted on 03/27/2006 7:19:44 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (DO NOT read to the end of this tagline . . . Oh, $#@%^, there you went and did it.)
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To: Rate_Determining_Step

How cool! Now those are freinds.


38 posted on 03/27/2006 7:22:19 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: maine-iac7

Far be it from me to get in their way!!!


39 posted on 03/27/2006 7:48:16 PM PST by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: SandRat

BTTT


40 posted on 03/28/2006 3:09:39 AM PST by E.G.C.
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