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Truck Mechanic’s Awesome GTX

By Jeff Kraenzle

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am 51 years-old and have been a diesel truck mechanic for 32 years.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
I first found out about Cool Rides Online while on Facebook

What Cool Rides do you currently own?
I currently own a 1967 GTX and a 1968 Belvedere.

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?
My 1967 GTX was my first car. I bought it for $300 when i was 15. I drove it in high school and one winter of Vermont snow. It had a 383, then a 11 second 440, then a 512 stroker 10.30 now a twin turbo efi 440 which I just got running.

What’s next for your Cool Ride? Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?
I am planning to do full tubbs back half and twin turbo hemi someday.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
I dated my wife in this car.

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?
The most difficult modification was the efi with megasquirt – removed distributer made bushing and installed jeep cam sensor,welded a 36-1 tooth crank wheel of Mercedes made bracket to mount jeep crank sensor,programming ecm with laptop to get it started took me about two weeks from a carb to this was the most challenging thing i have done went to junk yard got ls coil packs so its plug on coil.

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?
I have my dream car – I just want it to be lighter and faster.

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy. Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?
Don’t be afraid to drive them, too many cars sit if you don’t drive or race them things deteriorate.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
Everyone needs to build a car the way they want it not what everyone else thinks it should be numbers matching or not enjoy your ride drive it beat on it take care of it when your done, a car is never done the day you say it needs nothing is the day you start on another one.

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