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Valley City, North Dakota
United States


About RealJoker’s Garage


About me and my passion for cars

Who am I?

Well, my name is Larry. I’m a car guy through and through. Been working on them since I was 13. Started building engines before I was through with school. Even had my own shop for a while (that I’m sorta trying to revive). I love many different kinds of cars, mostly GMs, but none more than the 2nd gen. Trans Ams. Most specifically the ’77 and ‘78s. I always preferred (and specialized) in ones powered by the Olds 403. I also love '70s GM A-bodies (Cutlass) and 1st gen S-10s.

I currently have a ’78 (formerly a gold non Y88) I’ve nicknamed “The Phoenix” that was given to me by a great guy with the help of even more great guys and gals at and And with the help of even more I will have her back on the road – even better than when she was new.

I was born in Rochester NY and moved to Dallas TX when I was 6 when my father was transferred by Xerox. 5 years later he was laid off and we moved to San Antonio because he got a job offer there. That didn’t turn out to be as “permanent” as he thought so back to DFW we went when my mom got a job working for a worker’s comp insurance office that handled the claims for many of the towns in TX. That’s where I lived until 2000 when I met someone online and was in such a hurry to get “away” that I moved to NH without ever even meeting her. I lived there for another 5 years until I met Aimee. This time we both made sure that it was right and I finally moved to North Dakota, where I am now.

She has 4 kids ages 10 to 18 who, even though we aren’t married (yet) I still call them my step kids. Aimee works in the dietary section of the local senior care center and I’m now working as a process mechanic for a small factory that makes plastic bottles for pharmaceuticals and other similar products. I’m working 2nd shift right now, which is hard, mainly because it means I don’t get to see Aimee or the kids as much as I’d like.

I’ve done a lot of different things for a living. Ran Xerox and printing machinery, residential construction/low voltage electrical installations, ATM installation and repair, food service and even worked in a couple floral shops – as everything from a delivery driver to a floral designer.

For fun I enjoy building cars (when finances allow), watching drag racing and NASCAR (in person if possible ;) ), watching science fiction (I especially like movies and shows based on Marvel and DC superheroes, even cartoons :P ), playing and working on the computer, long walks on the beach and quiet evenings at home …… oh wait, wrong forum. :x ;) :P

Most of all I just like having fun!!!

My first car

1974 Datsun B210

Car I wish I still had

All my old F, G and A bodies

My dream car

The one I'm building. ;)

Car clubs I’m in

— Profile last updated: Jul 8, 2009

Date Joined Sep 1, 2007
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Aplace for those of us who enjoy creating those wonderful lighting effects on our cars, trucks, bikes or whatever else we can light up...Post your pictures, and or videos showing off the specialeffects you have created. Post what you have used, how much, and any other info that may be helpful in...

Mississippi, United States


F-Body Online Enthusiast   Expand

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Group for members of and any other F-Body enthusiasts out there.

New York, United States


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Louisiana, United States


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The Dallas Area Pontiac Association (DAPA), founded in 1983, is an independent, non-profit car club focused on the Pontiac marquee. Although we do not have a specific "mission statement", simply put, we are dedicated to the preservation, restoration, history, and performance of all years and...

Oklahoma, United States



This Car Club is a firm beliver in having fun but in a safe inviroment, thier is a time & a place for every thing.So If your going to race -Race the Strip not the Streets- One life lost is one to many!We believe in giving back to the community! When the Club has Car shows everyone is welcome to...

Ohio, United States


Logo for RPM BURNERS North Dakota

This Car Club is a firm beliver in having fun but in a safe inviroment, thier is a time & a place for every thing.So If your going to race -Race the Strip not the Streets- One life lost is one to many!We believe in giving back to the community! When the Club has Car shows everyone is welcome to...

North Dakota, United States


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Monzter Racing Business   Expand

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From Mild to Wild or Show to Go !!! What are you looking for in performance? The only requirements for my group is to have a passion for raw horsepower or just looking good at a car show or cruise. If you love the sounds of open headers or deep toned exhaust from a ground shaking, heart...

Nebraska, United States


Revolution Wraps Business   Expand

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Information about custom vehicle wraps, boat wraps, vehicle graphics

Nebraska, United States


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joe74ta’s Profile Photo
Feb 16, 2009 at 7:40 am
Hey Larry how are ya. You and I have disgust the weather on TAC don't know what you look like but that face is familiar.Have you guys started to thor out yet?
carfanatic1’s Profile Photo
Jan 19, 2009 at 6:27 pm
Hey there Larry, this is Bobby (w72transamowner) from TAC and 78TA; hope you are well!! smile image
dragon_chick_99’s Profile Photo
Nov 27, 2008 at 6:38 pm
awesome garage you have! and i am so glad you are rebuilding a 2nd gen T/A. so many of them today look pitiful so when i find out that someone is reviving one it puts a huge smile on my face biggrin image

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Shop Flood
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The Phoenix
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Just getting back into things......and then
shophouse/shopflood.jpg Yes, that's my shop. To make matters worse we got more snow today. Enough to close schools, roads and apparently stop the crews from doing any work on holding back the river or be...

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Life gets inthe way ... then falls apart

Sorry to all who may be looking for progress on the car. And especially to those who have donated parts. It seems like the one thing that is really important in my life is falling apart. And no matter how hard I concentrate on trying to make things right...

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Please help! Cars stolen recently!

Over the last couple of says a couple of very special cars have been stolen in unrelated cases. The first was on May 30th. "On May 30th my 7700 mile 4 Speed 10th anniversary car was stolen out of a garage in Commerce Township, Michigan. There is a...

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