Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-06-2021, 11:09 AM   #41
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 878
And then this was DW's "compensation" for surviving 20 years of marriage to me (11 yeas ago!). A few years back the engine grenaded on the highway. Had a vintage Benz specialist build up a new engine and install it. That engine cost about $3k less than the house my parents bought that I grew up in in 1973. The value of that car has gone up so much in the years we have had the car that I could justify it, and maybe even make a but of $$ selling it now.

It's a '69 280SL. Notice the vanity plate....
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20180718_103459_sm.jpg (536.5 KB, 45 views)
File Type: jpg 20200615_210106.jpg (533.7 KB, 43 views)
__________________
Well of course it is my opinion, why would I express someone else's??
doneat54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-06-2021, 11:21 AM   #42
Moderator Emeritus
aja8888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Posts: 12,798
Here's my latest project car (now complete). 2005 Mustang with 64 K miles on it. Many new parts, fixed A/C, new brakes, tires, etc. Not a classic like some of the cars I previously owned, but a nice Spring and Fall driver in south Texas.

2005 Mustang.jpg
__________________
Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth...philosopher Mike Tyson
aja8888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 11:39 AM   #43
Recycles dryer sheets
Ready2Go's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Car-Guy View Post
I had one just like it until about 6 or 7 years ago... Even the same color... I had a 4 speed in mine and it was a real beast back in it's day.... It's one of only two cars I wish I would have kept...
I have had a lot of people come up to me at chows and said the same thing. Marina Blue is the color name. Mine is 4 speed with bench seat.

__________________
Retired: Feb 2021, age 55
Ready2Go is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 11:52 AM   #44
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Mr._Graybeard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,365
Quote:
Originally Posted by doneat54 View Post
And then this was DW's "compensation" for surviving 20 years of marriage to me (11 yeas ago!). A few years back the engine grenaded on the highway. Had a vintage Benz specialist build up a new engine and install it. That engine cost about $3k less than the house my parents bought that I grew up in in 1973. The value of that car has gone up so much in the years we have had the car that I could justify it, and maybe even make a but of $$ selling it now.

It's a '69 280SL. Notice the vanity plate....
That is a sweet Pagoda. I drove Benzes for a while when early 80s diesels were going cheap. I had a W123 coupe and a wagon, both toward the bottom of the Mercedes price range, but still bearing the marque's build quality.

Unfortunately, rust got to my MB wagon and someone totaled the coupe for me. Benzes are less popular around here than BMWs, so vintage bimmers are easier to find. I have an '83 633Csi in the garage as well as a couple E34 5 series cars that are my daily drivers. Here's a pic of the E34s, a 525i wagon and a 540i sedan. They're road warriors, not show cars.
IMG_0910.jpg
__________________
Tick tick tick tock goes the clock on the wall as we're dancing the evening away -- Tick Tock Polka
Mr._Graybeard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 12:00 PM   #45
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 878
Last one.

A 1956 "Singlecab" VW pickup that I bought out of California in 2018. This was run until the 70s, then left in various places on a huge property near Atascadero. Left outside to give it some "prairie sunburn". Californians call it "rusty". This truck is incredibly original and has it's original engine. I have done a full "paint nothing" mechanical restoration on it. Of the 9 or so date coded parts that I took out of it while restoring it, every single one was dated 1 or 2 months before production of the truck.

But you want to talk about slow? This thing couldn't outrun a Rose Bowl Parade.

Factoid: The VW buses/trucks are only 9" longer than a Beetle. They are unibodies also, you can't "unbolt" the body like you can a Beetle.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20200731_195919.jpg (570.3 KB, 32 views)
File Type: jpg 58374606_10217421025424814_3130845951204261888_o.jpg (732.5 KB, 31 views)
File Type: jpg 20190217_163922.jpg (472.8 KB, 32 views)
File Type: jpg 20190217_212533.jpg (654.6 KB, 32 views)
__________________
Well of course it is my opinion, why would I express someone else's??
doneat54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 02:46 PM   #46
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Car-Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Citizen of Texas
Posts: 6,327
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ready2Go View Post
I have had a lot of people come up to me at chows and said the same thing. Marina Blue is the color name. Mine is 4 speed with bench seat.

Thinking about this a bit more and I do believe mine was a darker blue... Not 100% sure... I do remember thinking many, many years ago that all 66's were blue, but I've seen a few yellows, blacks and even a green one over the years... Still I'll bet 70+% of them were some shade of blue. It just seemed to be the right color for that car.
__________________
You know you are really drunk when you hold on to the grass to keep from falling off the Earth.
Car-Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 03:28 PM   #47
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Moscow, TX
Posts: 34
doneat54, I admire your restraint, I so want to get a scraper and flake that paint off. I would probably do too much damage and not make it better.
arbeadub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 05:41 PM   #48
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 878
Quote:
Originally Posted by arbeadub View Post
doneat54, I admire your restraint, I so want to get a scraper and flake that paint off. I would probably do too much damage and not make it better.



I have a magnetic bumper sticker that I had made for it. It says "It IS painted."
__________________
Well of course it is my opinion, why would I express someone else's??
doneat54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 06:33 PM   #49
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
DFW_M5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: DFW
Posts: 6,536
Quote:
Originally Posted by Car-Guy View Post
This thread got me thinking about cars of past and cars of today... I love the 60's vintage cars... I guess because that's when I grew up and started to drive.

Back then, it was pure brute horsepower, real steel and leaded gas. High tech was a AM radio and an electric clock. Primary tools were, common sense, a hammer, pliers, screwdriver, and maybe some electrical tape... The sounds of dual exhaust, and a four barrel in a 427ci / 425hp engine was something to behold. Automatic transmissions (slush buckets) were a joke to real car nuts. 4 speed manuals were the only way to go.

Today, the the engines tend to be smaller but HP is much higher (or it can be anyway) and is much more technology driven. Today I've got a 6.2 liter (378 ci) blown motor that cranks out over 700hp from the factory with full warranty... Lot's of plastic and the inside is like a computer center. Automatic trans (8 speeds or better) are the only way to go today. Tools required, Masters in EE or CS...

Today's cars are more reliable (usually), safer (usually), faster, quicker, last much longer, get better gas mileage, etc, etc.

The list/comparisons go on forever... All in all, I love the 60's vintage cars, but I'll still take the latest and greatest ICE cars of today.

See, you can teach old dogs new tricks. Or if you like, change can be good, sometimes!
Still have my dwell meter and super sun timing light from back in the day. The other big difference between back then and now is tires. I went through my wide ovals in 3K miles and the traction sucked, while now you can still run some pretty respectable times with stock tires.
__________________
Doing things today that others won't, to do things tomorrow that others can't. Of course I'm referring to workouts, not robbing banks.
DFW_M5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 07:13 PM   #50
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Moscow, TX
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by doneat54 View Post
I have a magnetic bumper sticker that I had made for it. It says "It IS painted."
I have considered what has been done on some car shows where they treat the "patina" with some kind of inhibitor and clear over it. Most of my "Junque" is lucky if it gets the rattle can while I mumble "it rubs the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose".
arbeadub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 07:16 PM   #51
Full time employment: Posting here.
latexman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Apex
Posts: 565
I sold my Mach 1 about 12 years ago. It was sweet!



I still love Acapulco Blue!
latexman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 07:24 PM   #52
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Mr._Graybeard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,365
You old-car guys might enjoy a YouTube channel I watch religiously called Coldwarmotors. The creator is a master body man, and his cast of friends have the old-car bug as well. They drive around Alberta and rescue abandoned cars from the 40s and 50s.

One ongoing project is a big-finned Fury hardtop that had a bad case of floor rot. The body man cut everything off at the sills and grafted the body to the platform from a similar-bodied Dodge. The result is pretty awesome. The shows, mostly about an hour long, are posted weekly.

I should mention that the guy's daily drivers are a late-40s Frazer and a Citroen DS.
__________________
Tick tick tick tock goes the clock on the wall as we're dancing the evening away -- Tick Tock Polka
Mr._Graybeard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 07:33 PM   #53
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mpls
Posts: 437
Doneat54,
That is beautiful. Enjoy it.
JP
Quote:
Originally Posted by doneat54 View Post
Oh yeah!!??


THIRTY-SIX real horsepower baby!


1957, spent 7 years restoring it, finished in 1999. Still have it, have driven it about 18k miles since.......
JP.mpls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 07:38 PM   #54
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 878
Quote:
Originally Posted by JP.mpls View Post
Doneat54,
That is beautiful. Enjoy it.
JP

Thank you. I will tell you about that color. It is called "Diamond Green Metallic". In the bright sun it is very gold. In artificial light it gets a bit greener.


In August 1955, at the VW factory in Wolfsburg Germany, they made the 1 millionth Beetle. There was a huge event, and that 1 millionth Beetle was painted this color. For the next 2.5 years, it was offered as a special option, at a time when metallic paints, never mind anything not black or brown, was a rare thing. Volkswagen's paint supplier in the following years was a company called Spies-Hecker (later bought by DuPont) and they had the paint code (L412) and when I had this car painted, I found a shop that used Spies Hecker paints, and it was an exact match.
__________________
Well of course it is my opinion, why would I express someone else's??
doneat54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 07:45 PM   #55
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Car-Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Citizen of Texas
Posts: 6,327
Quote:
Originally Posted by DFW_M5 View Post
Still have my dwell meter and super sun timing light from back in the day. The other big difference between back then and now is tires. I went through my wide ovals in 3K miles and the traction sucked, while now you can still run some pretty respectable times with stock tires.
Yep, still have my dwell meter(s) and Sun timing light too (like the one pictured below)... I actually used them both not more than 3 or 4 years ago... I really have no need for such tools anymore. Also, I have a good number of specialty tools that I don't need anymore either. Maybe someday I'll dig them out and take them to a classic car swap meet... Not so much for the money but to get them in the hands of folks that need them.



Agree, tires are another huge improvement.




__________________
You know you are really drunk when you hold on to the grass to keep from falling off the Earth.
Car-Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 07:53 PM   #56
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mpls
Posts: 437
Wow, another beautiful old VW. You are spoiled.
Quote:
Originally Posted by doneat54 View Post
Last one.

A 1956 "Singlecab" VW pickup that I bought out of California in 2018. This was run until the 70s, then left in various places on a huge property near Atascadero. Left outside to give it some "prairie sunburn". Californians call it "rusty". This truck is incredibly original and has it's original engine. I have done a full "paint nothing" mechanical restoration on it. Of the 9 or so date coded parts that I took out of it while restoring it, every single one was dated 1 or 2 months before production of the truck.

But you want to talk about slow? This thing couldn't outrun a Rose Bowl Parade.

Factoid: The VW buses/trucks are only 9" longer than a Beetle. They are unibodies also, you can't "unbolt" the body like you can a Beetle.
JP.mpls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 08:09 PM   #57
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Car-Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Citizen of Texas
Posts: 6,327
Quiz.... Should be an easy one "I think".... (No Google cheating)

Ok, car nuts... What is this, and why is it used?


Hint #1, it can be used on pretty much any make or model or year ICE.
Hint #2, usually needed on an older engine.
Hint #3, a cheap temporary fix.






Answer tomorrow if nobody knows...
__________________
You know you are really drunk when you hold on to the grass to keep from falling off the Earth.
Car-Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 08:16 PM   #58
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Out-to-Lunch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Milwaukee
Posts: 1,391
Quote:
Originally Posted by DFW_M5 View Post
Still have my dwell meter and super sun timing light from back in the day. The other big difference between back then and now is tires. I went through my wide ovals in 3K miles and the traction sucked, while now you can still run some pretty respectable times with stock tires.
That is a good point! What the hell am I doing still having a timing light!?!
__________________
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped. -Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher (1788-1860)
Out-to-Lunch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 09:26 PM   #59
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
38Chevy454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 3,191
Quote:
Originally Posted by Car-Guy View Post
Quiz.... Should be an easy one "I think".... (No Google cheating)

Ok, car nuts... What is this, and why is it used?


Hint #1, it can be used on pretty much any make or model or year ICE.
Hint #2, usually needed on an older engine.
Hint #3, a cheap temporary fix.






Answer tomorrow if nobody knows...
Spark plug non-fouler, to keep a spark plug from getting carboned up on an oil burner engine.
__________________
The advice we're giving you is invaluable, that's why it's free
Experience is a good teacher, but the tuition can get expensive real fast

Semi-Retired 7/1/16: working part-time (60%) for now [4/24/17 changed to 80%]
Retired Aug 2, 2017; age 53
38Chevy454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2021, 09:45 PM   #60
Moderator Emeritus
aja8888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Posts: 12,798
Quote:
Originally Posted by Car-Guy View Post
Quiz.... Should be an easy one "I think".... (No Google cheating)

Ok, car nuts... What is this, and why is it used?


Hint #1, it can be used on pretty much any make or model or year ICE.
Hint #2, usually needed on an older engine.
Hint #3, a cheap temporary fix.








Answer tomorrow if nobody knows...

Yeah, that's easy. I had six of these on an old 59 Rambler and used "recycled" oil at $0.25/quart. Remember that oil that you could buy at almost any gas stations in the late 1960's?
__________________
Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth...philosopher Mike Tyson
aja8888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Car Insurance for Teen With No Car sengsational FIRE and Money 18 07-20-2014 08:06 PM
How much does car color play a part in your car purchase decision? easysurfer Other topics 37 05-14-2011 09:10 AM
My car after its annual car wash.... thefed Other topics 11 05-21-2008 10:50 PM
New car, old car, same car? cute fuzzy bunny Other topics 74 06-15-2006 04:27 PM
Financing a car/car buying advice usc_et Young Dreamers 14 11-01-2005 11:59 AM

» Quick Links

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:52 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.