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Old 11-07-2007, 02:19 AM   #21
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Mine was a green and white 57 Chevy. Only car I ever got a ticket for smoking .....

When the police man pulled me over he sat in his car for a few minutes, and I thought he was calling in a tow truck and paddy wagon to haul me off. When he finally walked up and asked for license and registration, he said that he had to wait 30 seconds for the intersection to clear before giving chase as it was full of smoke. I admit that when I pulled into the gas station (they pumped for you in those days), I would ask them to check the gas and fill the oil. I only used the finest oil, it came in glass bottles and was green, and cost around 25 cents a quart, if I remember right. I actally had a job in high school delivering pizzas in that car, and would have to buy a case of oil and put it in the trunk, 'cause I would have to refill the oil, about half way through the night's deliveries.
Tried STP once, but it was expensive and only lasted 1 full night, before having to refill the oil again.
Judge told me that I either had to fix it or get rid of it. Should have kept it, but I sold/traded it in on a 66 Super 88. Talked to the dealer later, and he said that when they tore it down to repair it, they couldn't find any sign of rings anywhere. Could be why it smoked a little.
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:19 AM   #22
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The car I learned to drive in was my fathers 1960 Desoto. Push Button Drive and swivel seats.
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:40 AM   #23
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1947 Chrysler Club Coupe. Got it for painting someones home in 1956. Drove it for a year before going into the Army.
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:48 AM   #24
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My first car, given to me by my parents, was a Volvo Station Wagon. After a year, I swapped it for a Cutlass Supreme 2 door with an add-on cassette player - that was a great car. Gas was $0.32 a gallon.
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:57 AM   #25
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Hey, Rewahoo, you're my kinda guy! My first was a 57 chevy two door. The one below is the one I have today, the one I had then was primered and a little rougher, but it left me with a taste for these old cars that endures today.

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Old 11-07-2007, 06:57 AM   #26
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Puzzley, very nice car!
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:00 AM   #27
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A blue 1965 Buick station wagon, that my parents gave me in 1974 when they were done with it, back in Hawaii. After a tune-up and some wheel bearings and new tires, it was even driveable.

I was just 26 and in grad school. It was great for surfing and diving expeditions.
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:19 AM   #28
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A blue 1965 Buick station wagon, that my parents gave me in 1974 when they were done with it, back in Hawaii. After a tune-up and some wheel bearings and new tires, it was even driveable.
I was just 26 and in grad school. It was great for surfing and diving expeditions.
I think I saw that one the road the other day...

"Regularly"? As in "Didn't have to beg anyone for the keys"? That would be Murrysville Golf Course's utility trucks & tractors. I can still recall my boss throwing the keys at me (5 AM) and growling "Here's the keys, now get out there and clear the dew off those #$%^ing greens." I probably put more miles on that course than on any of the local roads but at least I got paid to do it.

I did manage to spin out the family's 1975 Chrysler Newport one night on a snowy road. What a tank.

The next regular driver after that was my own 1981 Mazda GLC 3-door hatchback. First & last car I ever bought from a dealer, and I think I paid the full $5100...
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:20 AM   #29
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1967 Saab 96. Weird features: Three cylinder two cycle engine, front wheel drive, 4 speed shift on the column and a one way clutch so the engine idled whenever you took your foot off the gas.

In their day, these cars dominated European road rallies and ice racing. It was a good winter car due to the unusual (at the time) front wheel drive. Because the gas/oil ratio had to be maintained, I only added gas when the tank was nearly empty so I could also add a quart of oil. It had three carburetors, but only a choke on the center one, so that was the first cylinder to start in cold weather.

The spare tire lived in a secret compartment under the trunk floor. I used to put my (illegal) beer in this compartment and the spare tire up in the trunk. Police were clueless when looking in the truck.
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:34 AM   #30
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Gosh my first ride was a 1961 Chevy Impala, black with red interior, my grand parents gave it to me. That thing had all the bells and whistles and would hold at least 8 of my friends. That car lasted about a year (Gparents knew it was about to die), next one was a Pontiac Bonneville Convertable, not sure of the year but somewhere between 64 and 67, that was a cruising machine, baby blue, black top convert with dark blue interior.
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:51 AM   #31
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I worked all summer for an apartment builder at $1.15/hour between 11th and 12th grade to earn enough money to buy some wheels. Bought a very used '52 Willis army jeep for $500 with a removable canvas top & plastic doors which I rarely used. It was painted army green with a paint brush. You wouldn't believe how many high school kids you can carry in one of those.There wasn't a hill, woods or swamp in town I didn't try out. I only got it stuck once at the crest of a hill in a contruction site when the transmission settled down onto a large boulder leaving all four wheels spinning in the air. No problem. Just jacked it up on one corner until I could get some traction and I was on my way again. Top speed was 55mph, downhill with a tailwind. When it snowed 8" that winter, I pushed cars up hills all day long. Schools were closed. Hey, it was Georgia, ok? I learned a lot about car repairs too, since I had to repair something almost every day it seems.

When I went off to college in the fall I had to sell it. Freshmen couldn't have cars. (Since I now live in the same college town, I wish they would bring back that rule again.) I learned driving skills that I could not have learned in anything else. It was a great first vehicle. The only wonder to me now is that I didn't kill myself and my friends in it.
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:59 AM   #32
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A 1987 toyota pick up (no model name, just "pick up") that had been badly abused when I got it. Painted Ford white, with one tan door and one red door, body rust, and a hood that was held shut with a cotter pin and a bungie cord. It had electrical issues so I had to turn the headlights on and off by putting in or taking out a fuse under the hood, and occasionally you;d go over a big bump in the road and the headlights would cut out (until the next bump). No heater (in Ohio in the winter, fun), and a vent window didn't quite ever shut. Ran it over 10k miles in a year in college before I went into a spin and totalled it against the guardrail on the highway.

Every once in a while I think about picking up a small truck second hand. Then I regain my senses.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:06 AM   #33
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I had a Nash. I can't remember the year but it looked a little like the one below. It was a beater. I painted it by hand with green Rustoleum.
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What will the neighbors think when I drive up in this ?

Or will they even see me in a camouflage car



Here's another crap car...




And my personal favorite !
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Corvair Monza convertible, '62 I think, what a wonderful car for a high school kid to be driving.

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My first car was a 1970 brand spanking new red Ford Maverick. I was so proud of that car and the freedom was great. My first big credit purchase. It was a good car except for that one time when it's master cylinder went out and scared me half to death.
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First car I drove was my parents' 1960 Plymouth Valiant. Due to its lack of power and unimpressive engine voice, it was known affectionately by my friends as "the white fart".

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Old 11-07-2007, 10:22 AM   #38
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197? (I can't remember the exact year) AMC Hornet station wagon.
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:41 AM   #39
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My first car was a 1970 brand spanking new red Ford Maverick......It was a good car except for that one time when it's master cylinder went out and scared me half to death.
I had the master cylinder on my '69 Galaxy go out while flying down a steep hill.....just about soiled the front seat that night!

My 2nd car was a very used, black '70 Maverick with 94K miles on it. It lasted until I got a 1 year old, cherry '74 Chevy Malibu Classic....THAT was a great car!
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1947 Chrysler Club Coupe. Got it for painting someones home in 1956. Drove it for a year before going into the Army.
that is gorgeous!

edit: puzzly's is nice too.

back to that threat about not leaving any money. well, i'm pretty sure in my last few years if there's anything left i'll be able to find something to splurge on.
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