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Old 04-21-2015, 06:31 PM   #101
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:55 PM   #102
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1964 chevy impala convert 496ss will work for me. Or a 1962 impala bubble top , I think its a 62.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:16 PM   #103
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1964 chevy impala convert 409 ss will work for me. Or a 1962 impala bubble top , I think its a 62.
FIFY - That year it was 327 or 409 cubic inches in the SS for high performance. I believe you could also get a 235 six cylinder or 283 V8, but they were rare.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:39 PM   #104
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+1 on the Datsun

We owned a1972 Westphalia, bought it in 1980 w/70K miles, and put on another 100K camping w/DW and youngest son on weekends for 6 years.
Her name was "Victoria von Volksvagon" and was well loved and used to explore Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. When she couldn't make it up the one way Palisades cliff and there were dozens of cars behind us, we simply turned around and climbed in reverse. Did an engine overhaul by myself in 1985 and it worked! A fantastic vehicle.

A 1950 Jaguar X140 bought as a junker for $300 by my buddy in High School in 1954, and used to cruise Downtown Pawtucket as a "chick" car, though it was only a two seater. First car to win the 24 hrs of LeMans at over 100 mph. Two hours of servicing for every 50 miles driven.

Votes for 1953 Thunderbird w/opera window, 1953 Studebaker Starlight, 1972 Olds 442, 1954 Hudson Hornet... (first car I ever drove over 100 mph)
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:44 PM   #105
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We owned a1972 Westphalia, bought it in 1980 w/70K miles, and put on another 100K campimg w/DW and youngest son on weekends for 6 years.
Her name was "Victoria von Volksvagon" and was well loved and used to explore Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. When she couldn't make it up the one way Palisades cliff and there were dozens of cars behind us, we simply turned around and climbed in reverse. Did an engine overhaul by myself in 1985 and it worked! A fantastic vehicle.

A 1950 Jaguar X140 bought as a junker by my buddy in High School, and used to cruise Downtown Pawtucket as a "chick" car, though it was only a two seater. First car to win the 24 hrs of LeMans at over 100 mph. Two hours of servicing for every 50 miles driven.

Votes for 1953 Thunderbird w/opera window, 1953 Studebaker Starlight, 1972 Olds 442, 1954 Hudson Hornet... (first car I ever drove over 100 mph)
Nice cars! TBirds started production in 1955. The small two seater with the porthole (First generation) was produced until 1957.
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Nice cars! TBirds started production in 1955. The small two seater with the porthole (First generation) was produced until 1957.
Sure, and you are very right...
my BFF who I met in the hospital the day we were born, was the best man at my wedding in 1958. I started to say a 1953 Vette, which he had just traded, then remembered it was a the "56"Thunderbird.
Ahhh... the memories... wedding day, DW came in a Lincoln Limo owned by our mutual friend who worked in a funeral parlor, and we left in the TBird on our honeymoon. Exactly like this.

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Sure, and you are very right...
my BFF who I met in the hospital the day we were born, was the best man at my wedding in 1958. I started to say a 1953 Vette, which he had just traded, then remembered it was a the "56"Thunderbird.
Ahhh... the memories... wedding day, DW came in a Lincoln Limo owned by our mutual friend who worked in a funeral parlor, and we left in the TBird on our honeymoon. Exactly like this.

Thanks for the memories...
Nice story!
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I've got a Jaguar XK8 convertible as a play car. It's absolutely gorgeous, but has a rear seat no human could ever sit in.

Most people don't realize that many Jaguars (XK's and XJ sedans) of the 2000's have superchargers, and they're rockets. The latest model XK's with 550 hp engines will eat a turbo Porsche and most other supercars alive in a running drag race (on UTube.) Many are sporting aluminum bodies, too.

I've long since figured out that anyone with an old Jaguar must know where all the salvage Jaguars are in close proximity. Without junked cars, it would not be possible to purchase new parts when required. It's the same with many other high performance European cars.
Yes they are true sleepers, also some in the 95 to 97 range. Pssst, keep it quiet. Unless you know the exterior details you are looking at, can't tell what is under the hood. Some even go so far as to change the trunk and hood badges to hide the true nature of the beast. And never mention the fast version's true name. Oh and they are always quiet, until the rubber is burning.

There are several dealers for parts of old Jags. Easy to find on the internet. The trick is to know how to work on them.
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1964 chevy impala convert 496ss will work for me. Or a 1962 impala bubble top , I think its a 62.
In 1962 the impala hardtop was no longer using what is known at the bubbletop. The 1962 Impala hardtop model had the same roofline as the 1963 and 1964 models. However, the bubbletop was still available on a 1962 Belair. The Belair might be what you are thinking about and I would agree with you as it was a beautiful car especially when equipped with the rare 409 engine with 4 speed transmission.

As an added note, the 1961 impala did use the bubbletop roofline. Another beautiful model especially when equipped with the dealer installed SuperSport option.

One of my all time favorite cars was a 1962 impala Supersport convertible with 327 and factory 4 speed transmission. That would also be a great car to be re-introduced with a late model high performance engine and 6 speed transmission.
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In 1962 the impala hardtop was no longer using what is known at the bubbletop. The 1962 Impala hardtop model had the same roofline as the 1963 and 1964 models. However, the bubbletop was still available on a 1962 Belair. The Belair might be what you are thinking about and I would agree with you as it was a beautiful car especially when equipped with the rare 409 engine with 4 speed transmission.

As an added note, the 1961 impala did use the bubbletop roofline. Another beautiful model especially when equipped with the dealer installed SuperSport option.

One of my all time favorite cars was a 1962 impala Supersport convertible with 327 and factory 4 speed transmission. That would also be a great car to be re-introduced with a late model high performance engine and 6 speed transmission.
Thanks to you and aja for correcting me, i only had a cr*p brown 4 door biscayne to drive in high school and could only wish I had on of the others
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What? NOT ONE person has said the BMW Isetta 300!

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What? NOT ONE person has said the BMW Isetta 300!...........
Thanks for the memory. When I was a kid my brother and I used to frequent a local junk yard auto recycler. This place had Isettas with the front door stacked up like cord wood. I have no idea how they gravitated to that one place.
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No rational reason, but my first car was a 1967 four door Chevrolet Corvair. I really liked the car... a sample picture is at:

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This was my ride, before my boys started Driver's Ed and I sold it. In the hands of a teenage boy, it was a death machine!
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You should have kept it and buy them a Yugo.
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I sold it for $35k and bought them an old Volvo for a steak dinner until they could buy their own car.


I'll have another ride some day.
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Maybe I am missing the obvious, just don't let them drive the Mustang.
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I know that I am a self-reported non-car guy, but the only car that I EVER wanted was a Triumph TR-6. I have no idea why, but I still find these cars attractive.
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Maybe I am missing the obvious, just don't let them drive the Mustang.
Yeah, you missed it. I sold it years ago. But, here's the reasoning I went through.

I remember when I was a teenager, and I know my sons. The probability that one of them could sneak a ride in it was low, and I could/would not drive that probability to zero at that time (off-site garage, locks, etc.). The worst case consequence was very high. It had an "improved" GT 390 engine. The standard GT engine was the precursor to the CobraJet 428. 4 speed wide ratio toploader and traction-lok differential. The "improved" GT engine would easily raise the testosterone level of a teenage boy just idling. It was forevermore fast. So, the risk was more than I was willing to take. Cars can be replaced; even that one. My sons can't. It was just my way of managing the risk.
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