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  1. Bruce

    Bruce Hero Member

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    Through the years there have been alot of vehicles designed and on the road. I can remember growing up that it seemed like there were at last two VW bugs per mile no matter where you were driving. Where did they all go? My question is what vehicle holds the fondest memory for you and why? Keep in mind this is a "G" rated forum so please keep your reply tasteful.
    Mine was a 1962 Olds F85 S/W. My dad bought it new (his first new car) and was always having problems with it. Since he was always working on it, I had a chance to help him and learn about what made it work.

    Bruce
     
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    the 87 - 93 stangs .... and the ol IROC Z camaros .....
     
  3. BMFer

    BMFer It only rattles when I crank it.

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    My old souped up Kawasaki KZ-750 LTD. Funnest and fastest bike I have owned yet. Got to where it was too hard to find parts, especially non stock performance parts, so I ended up letting a friend have it for dirt cheap.
     
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    64 chevy SWB pickup. A friend wrecked the 67 Corvette with a 327 his parents gave him (imagine that) and I asked him what he was gonna do with the engine. He said he was parting out what was left of the car. :idea:
    So, $75 later, we had an engine. :hee
    An engine like that with a 10" clutch. That was a bad idea.
    So we babied the clutch until we could get an 11".

    Man, I miss that truck. :h:
     
  5. Paul

    Paul I'm The Decider

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    Come on,Bruce,You know you fill the bed of the El Camino up with water in the summer and its either a hot tub or a wading pool :thx
     
  6. jd2

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    My first car, was an old work car, that I bought off the neighbor for 75 bucks, yes, it would run, 54 ford.

    I'll share a couple of memories, maybe I shouldn't, I'm sure the statute of limitations are expired by now.

    Me and a buddy had just taken our girlfriends home, they lived way out in the boondocks, just old country roads, dirt. It was night-time, had the lites on. Met and old pickup coming from the other direction, just as he got up to me, he put his lites on brights, blinded me. I felt a small bump as I passed him, I asked my buddy," I didn't hit that guy, did I?" He said," I don't think so". I looked in my rear-view mirror, the guy was turning around in the middle of the road, I said," well hell, here he comes," And I floored that ole car, it would top-end maybe 60 going down hill. I guess that ole boy's truck wasn't any faster than my old car, because he never caught us. Taking them hills and curves on that old dirt road, we were just lucky, to keep the car right side up. About the time we thought we'd lost him, he would top a hill, we could see his headlites. My buddy would holler,"he's still coming", I'd floor it again, needless to say the car was overheating. When it got daylite, I looked my car over good, not a mark on it. I don't know what caused the bump?

    Don't ask me, why, I didn't just stop? I had plenty of insurance. I was just a kid, when I saw him turning around in the road, it scared me, I just took off. Never did know who it was, and that was forty something years ago?

    I got some more stories, but I think I'll stop, just old memories .
     
  7. doogdoog

    doogdoog Buddie Dog

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    Aloha,
    My first car was my mom's 51' Plymouth Desoto that I hopped up. LOL It was a flathead 6 with an Edmonds custom intake with 2 Stromberg 97' carbs. I had the head milled and put in some piston expanders and an Ed Iskendarian (sp?)cam, and a big hot coil. In the 50's, you couldn't get too many hi-performance parts for your car so I had to do a lot of modifications of my own like, splitting the exhaust manifold to make duals. That car could hop skip and jump for what it had and won a lot of illegal races. LOL

    Mahalo,
    doogdoog :)
     
  8. WallysTrucks

    WallysTrucks Semi Retired

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    When I was living with my grandparents in Oregon I bought a 36 ford Pickup, from a neighbor. He had it fixed up with a newer engine about a 47 flathead and 4 speed clatter box tranny. Still had the mechanical brakes and they didn't work very good. So all passengers would be advised on how to use the handbrake to help stop the rig. Kept it till out of school. But my senior year got stopped by a WSP and he deadlined it till I got brakes and lites fixed. Learned a lot about fixing up old rigs with that one. Still remember a lot also. Like you can't use copper lines to make brake lines. Kept it toll I went into the service and my dad sold it for $50.00. So it was gone from my life when I got back.

    Wally
     
  9. carnut

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    $.02 Started my first car, $25 from yard, 57 Dodge, only needed new engine, tires, torsion bar, rear differential, and lots of body work. $250 later had a great car, traded in on 64 Dodge SSA chassis, yeah aluminum hood and fenders, only 383 chrysler 2 barrel is best I could afford to power it - the hemi hood scoop shore looked good though. Now, love the old ones still, got 67 Dodge R/T, 68 Cougar XR7, 61 Bird to keep me busy. The computer ones make me think real hard. Keeping my 13 year old driver running is my challenge. Keep up the great conversation, thanks for all the info and help.
    carnut
     
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    Aloha carnut,
    In 68' I bought a new 68' Cougar XR7 GT with the 390ci , posi traction, C6 trans. and that was a pretty heavy car. I sold it in 1980 because I had too many cars and had to get rid of one. Big mistake!, I wish I had it now. LOL

    Mahalo,
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  11. JackC

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    Just a test
     
  12. MikeM

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    The only good thing about getting old. You can build them cars you learned on as a kid right. Since now you have some money to work with. Unlike when you was a kid bagging groceries and washing dishes.
    I put together two 69 Camaros before I was 16. Sold one to build the second. Had that second one until I was in my early 30s. Had to sell it for a down payment on a house. Last year I retired from racing. So bought my third 69. When I was young I hot rodded these cars. Modified everything. Now I want this car to be totally stock. Well, close to it anyways. It didn't come from the factory with a 427 tri power. But it all is year matching. And didn't come with a Tremec 5 speed either.

    I had a 64 1/2 Mustang, 289. Nice car. Also another car I had that I miss is a 72 El Camino SS. It had the swivel buckets and Monte Carlo interior from the factory.

    Speaking of the Cougar. My sisters first car was a 69 Cougar convertable. Remember the car sagging in the middle and the doors wouldn't work any more. Dad and I had to jack the car up in the center and weld in some frame connectors for her.

    Also had many trucks. Alot of which rode on much larger tires. Much of that coming to an end when the fine state I live in came out with new lift laws back in 1989.
     
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    GREAT forum!!

    My nostalgia car is my first vehicle- 74 Ford Courier. By the time it left me it had a 5-speed, power disc brakes, and the crowning achievement, a "Tucker" third headlight in the middle that turned with the wheels!
    The thing got stolen two weeks after moving to this town, never to be seen again. That was 1988. Honestly, the thing was getting past its prime, kinda like marrying the first person you, uh, date.
    -Art
     
  14. BMFer

    BMFer It only rattles when I crank it.

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    Tell me you didn't.
     
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    al daniels wrench

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    miss my 68 gmc pickup. bought it on the reservation for 500 dollars.built a steel crank 283 wirh a turbo 350 and a shift kit behind it. that thing would rev to 8200 rpm with stock connecting rods.never seen such a tough little engine. loved that truck.problem is so did every cop who stopped me,and there were a lot.just got to expensive.
     

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