It was around 9:30 on the Tuesday morning of the start of the Bandit Run, and my buddy and I were as excited as we could be, laughing and joking, just a few miles from Texarkana. We had driven 500 miles in my '77 TA and were only 10 MILES away, and the waterpump goes out.
Naturally I was as dejected as I've been in a LONG time sitting on the side of the road, when "Ed" from Oklahoma pulls in behind us and immediately starts calling parts places in Texarkana to locate a new water pump.
Like us, he was on his way to the start of the Bandit Run but stayed there with us, followed the tow truck to the car museum and gave us a ride to the local parts store to pick up a waterpump. Talk about a stand up guy - a complete stranger yet he missed the start of the Bandit Run along with us and never said a word of regret about missing it, he just said that helping out a fellow Bandit runner was more important. He was the Bandit Runner in the black Chevy pickup with dual white stripes and made the run from Tupelo to Atlanta with his family. I can't say enough about his generosity.
As for us, we got the waterpump changed out in the parking lot of the car museum and the guys there showed us the video of the start of the Bandit Run from that morning. We caught up with everyone in Tupelo that night, and the rest of the Run made our miserable first day worthwhile.
Mine was the '77 TA with the dual carbs, and this Run gave me added incentive to get mine converted back to a hood scoop with stripes and bird so I won't feel like a "black sheep" next time. Might have the Restore-A-Musclecar guys help me out!
aka J. Hock.
aka Dual Carb Guy
'77 SE Y81 w/ T-Tops, 4-speed
'02 Grand Prix GT