Your first car?
Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:12 AM
So what was your first vehicle?
Mine was a 65 Opel Kadett station wagon. While later Opels were japanese cars, the earlier ones were german made compacts. Not my first choice for a car for a 16 year old, but my Father showed his wisdom in helping me get it.
My dad was an auto mechanic, and while I think he wanted me to choose a "better" career, he wanted me to know about cars, and to take pride in what I had, so my first car was a project he helped me with.
My "first car" was actually 2 cars, or more accurately, 2 parts cars. The "better" one had had an engine fire (The German Opels had a recall - too late for my car..., for a fuel line that came loose over the exhaust manifold...), the second had been wrecked. We bought them (He paid for 1 and I had to pay for the other) a year before I could get my license. Over the course of a year, we built one car out of the two.
I learned a lot about cars and tools, and spent a lot of time with him while we were working together. I ended up with a much better car than I could have afforded on my own. While I only had the car for a few years (I traded up to a 67 Buick Special), the lessons learned are still with me. And since Dad passed about 10 years ago, the memories with him are priceless...
- mjodrey, Gtractor and MH81 have said thanks
Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:44 AM
Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:49 AM
This post has brought back some good memories though.
Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:58 AM
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:03 PM
Back 1977, 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS, 350 w/ quadrajet(later added a Holley), positrac rear end, 4:11 gears, 3 speed automatic. Yes it was fast and got me in trouble a few times, have since learned better.
Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:22 PM
Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:34 PM
The first car I legally drove and still own today - 1968 Plymouth Sport Fury 2dr fasttop - 290 HP 383 2bbl/727 auto and 2.70 gears - Factory Air - Power Steering and 4 wheel manual drum brakes - AM radio - Rear defrost !!! - Bucket seats / buddy seat with column shift auto Pics of it here --> http://www.cardomain...mouth-gran-fury
Shortly after this pic tore into the car and I figured out it was sideswiped at some time in history and have lost steam. Used replacement sheet metal will cost more than the car is worth.
Edited by Trav1s, December 22, 2011 - 03:01 PM.
Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:41 PM
I started driving with a 1953-56 (depending on what part you needed) Ford 16' stock truck. Drove it to school, when it wasn't needed on the farm! ~~ grnspot
Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:46 PM
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 01:37 PM
My first car was a 1956 Mercury Montclair 2 dr hardtop Turquoise & White. This would have been 1966.
The original engine was blown, so I bought a 55 Ford 272 and put 312 heads intake & 4 bbl and hooked up the duel exhaust through Hollywood mufflers. It ran good and would rattle windows. Had a lot of fun with it before I traded it for a 57 Chevy.
I tried to find a picture of one simular but all I found were too big to post.
Edited by JD DANNELS, December 22, 2011 - 02:46 PM.