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Old 08-13-2011, 08:33 PM   #41
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My first car was a 1970 Plymouth Duster that I bought in 1973 and it had about 70,000 miles on it and much of that had been cross country as the owner was from Ohio. I drove it for 12-13 years and sold it after buying a new car. It was red and had some damage on the rear, but it got me where I wanted to go and for the most part was reliable. I don't miss it and wouldn't want to still have it around.

It was similar to this one, but mine had a black interior which was sure miserable when it was hot.


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While my first car was the Corvair, my favorite car was a 1985 Chevy Nova - the American made Corolla (joint venture with Toyota). I would still have it today had the young 'un not been run off I35 in North Austin.
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While my first car was the Corvair, my favorite car was a 1985 Chevy Nova - the American made Corolla (joint venture with Toyota). I would still have it today had the young 'un not been run off I35 in North Austin.
I had the 1985 Corolla, the model with a hatchback. Loved it and drove it for 14 years!
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While my first car was the Corvair, my favorite car was a 1985 Chevy Nova - the American made Corolla (joint venture with Toyota). I would still have it today had the young 'un not been run off I35 in North Austin.

I had that same car (1985 Chevy Nova/Corolla) and interestingly enough, I was in Austin too when I had it! You're right, it was a great little car. I bought mine used from a retired Col. at Bergstrom AFB, with 50k miles on it. When I sold it, it had 220k. I did have to have a little transmission work done on it at about 190k.
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My first car was a '67 Ford Custom 500, a hand down from my folks. It had a 289 cu.in. engine, NO AC, NO radio, NO power steering, NO power brakes, NO automatic trans. In fact, it had a three-on-the-tree shifter and a 3 speed manual. Definitely not a luxury car..but I'm here to say I put a zillion hard miles on that car. I put a hurting on that poor beast but she kept on ticking. However, the REAL fun I had with her...I can't talk about on here!
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My first car I bought with my own money was a 1966 corvette convertable. I paid $6,000 and my dad thought I was nuts. But I drove the crap out of it and sold it years later for $8,500.
I bet you wish you still had that car. You could probably add around 40K to that $8500 you sold it for.
The rear suspension and drive line on those old Vettes was a trip.
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My first car was a 1972 Maverick. Many, many fond memories.

Here I am at 16 standing in front of my car with my daddy. The pic is kinda fuzzy...like my memories.
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I'm guessing showing up at the dealership wearing only your underpants was a negotiating tactic?
Why, no, I might have been... blackballed!

I don't have any photos of me driving "my first submarine".
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When I finally got a driver's license, the second car in the family was a 1962 Chevy Belair, three-on-the-tree, 283-2 barrel, with a whopping 160hp, similar to this pic, but it was a "two door post"...

Later drove a 66 VW, then bought my first car, a 70 V-dub.
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The first car I learned to drive was an old Comet with three on the column (second gear was going out) and a clutch that was way past its useful life. The wiring on the blinkers was crossed and it took me years to learn up is NOT left and down is NOT right.
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I'm guessing showing up at the dealership wearing only your underpants was a negotiating tactic?
I've heard of "giving them the shirt off your back," but this is a new extreme.
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I'm guessing showing up at the dealership wearing only your underpants was a negotiating tactic?
This would certainly speed up the transaction
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Bench seats. Radios with five push-buttons. Big steering wheels. $.20 gas wars. There was a time you could look at a car and know its make, model, and year.
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There was a time you could look at a car and know its make, model, and year.
... Or open the hood (bonnet) and know what you were looking at.

I learned all I know about cars from taking apart my old MG. If I look under the hood now, I can barely find the windshield washer reservoir.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:12 PM   #55
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1968 Olds 98 with the Rocket 455 engine, previously the famliy car and trailer towing vehicle, light green with black vinyl top. My dad changed out the rear end for a lower rear axle ratio.
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1959 Hillman Minx bought well used when I was 17. It was up on blocks in my brother's friend's garage. I worked on it all Summer to get it road worthy. It had been "renovated" on the interior. Dash was a piece of wood paneling and all the wiring had been replaced....all with the same color wire.

I was a great learning car. I spend many hours scouring local junk yards for parts; none could be found for it but it used many of the same electrical parts as MGs and Triumph's which helped, along with J.C. Whitney. Sold it after about a year and went to college sans car for 4 years.
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These two VW's got me through college from 1968-72. My first car ever was a 57 Bug (last year for the small, oval rear window) that I painted Kelley green metalflake. That one was followed by a 56 conv. that I painted fluorescent red.




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Steve, my dad had a Hillman Minx when he and my mom got married. No pictures of it, but it was a big day when they were able to replace it with a VW that looked a lot like naffdd's photo of the earlier green one. Naff--I love the convertible!
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This pic is almost a dead ringer for my first car, a yellow 1973 Chevy Vega GT. I thought it was wonderful when I got it but it wasn't a very good car, using a quart of oil with each tank of gas at 50K miles thanks to the aluminum block. Though Chevy sleeved the cylinders and did a valve job on it for $9, even though it was out of warranty. And I had to spray ether in the carb to start it every day in 1978, just before I traded it in...
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Mine was a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, complete with big firebird on top and 400 engine.
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