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Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:12 AM

Have been a few conversations about vehicles - In another post somebody was talking about an Opel, my first car, got me reminiscing..

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...
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:44 AM

1974 Dodge Colt. Made by Mitsubishi. 1.6l engine. If you got it going up to about 65 and then let off the gas, it would backfire through the carb. I remember going out at night an then shutting off the headlights and doing this for my friends. You could see it light up around the hood edges. My only other memory of the car is having the hood come up on it while going down the road. Stood straight up and bent the rear corners on the hood.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:49 AM

Nice thread. My first car was a baby blue 1974 Ford Gran Torino four door. It was our family car for 6 years, then it was mine to drive. It was perfect for a teen. It had a small V-8, 305 I think. That engine and a bad transmission just about guaranteed I could not go fast. I have no plans to go looking for one for nostalgia purposes.
This post has brought back some good memories though.




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Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:58 AM

First car was a $125 69 Galaxie 500 390/auto while I was piecing my $400 66 Fairlane 390 GT/A back together which had been sitting for 13 yrs.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 10:59 AM

Mine was a "57 Ford Fairlane 500 2 door Hardtop Red and White with fender skirts. 292 V8 w/auto. Bald 950-15 snow tires on the back. Looked like racing slicks and I thought I was king of the road. Man those were the days.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 11:03 AM

1977 Plymouth Road Runner. (Volare body style). 318 with the 727 torqueflite tranny, Hurst slapstick kit, and a 323 rear end out of a 69 Coronet. My Brother bought it for me just before I turned 16. He was in the service and being shipped to Germany. He said that when he came home it was his to drive...Didn't make it that far though. I worked on it more than I drove it, but I learned a lot about cars from it too. Being young and making less than minimum wage (worked in a restaurant) I couldn't afford winter treads (G60 Power Cats don't do well in the snow BTW!) and one February day i ruined it on a slick road. I'd like to have it now, but probably wouldn't pursue one very far as I seem to have this other addiction that eats up all of my spare change!

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 11:17 AM

dave- 302 is what ur torino would of had...great small block! i also like this thread....ok, my 1st car was a 1980 Olds Delta 88 Royale. had a white vinyl top & painted midnight metalliac blue. came w/ an 8track & had a stock 307 until i blew it up b4 i even got my license (oooops), by the time i got my license i had built a 383 stroker motor which went into the Olds & 2hrs after i passed my road test i was pulled over for 124mph in a 35 zone. the cop was my uncle & i would of rather he take me 2 jail but he took me 2 the ol man instead. that car lead me nowhere but trouble every time i got in it.....lol

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 11:29 AM

Neat thread. For me it was a 1978 Ford Granada with a 302 and a 4speed manual tranny. Black with a gold quarter vinyl roof. I bought it used when I started working in 1980. It was a rare bird with that 4speed but it was like a truck transmission with shift throws about a foot long. I think that 302 had something like 140HP but at that time that was par for the course. Beige vinyl seats and yes an 8 track! I kept it til 1985 when I bought a new VW Jetta.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:03 PM

Yep neat thread.
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.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:22 PM

Mine was a 1968 Super Sport Camero with a 396ci/375hp big block. M-22 rock crusher tranny, and 4-11 gears in the rear. 4 speed manual on the console. Light blue with a black vinyl roof, and black interior. Sure wish I still had that car, even though it only got 4 miles to the gallon. Used to cost me $6.85 a gallon, for jet fuel at the airport when I filled up the tank. Boy does that bring back memories!

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:34 PM

Technically my first car was a 1963 Ford Galaxie 2 door post with a 289/3 on the tree combo. It had a heater and AM radio and that was about it. Won it in a local church raffle for $1. Looked like this but was burgundy with a painted white top: Posted Image

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.
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:41 PM

My first car was a 1959 Pontiac "Catalina"! I bought it at a neighbors estate sale at 11 years old w/42,000 miles ($335).

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

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:46 PM

Mine was a '40 Chevy 2-dr. sedan, all stock. Cool old car with lots of interior room.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:51 PM

Posted Image My first car look like this one. It was a convertible. I sure did have a good time cruzing with the top down. 1956 Chevy




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Posted December 22, 2011 - 01:37 PM

Since I started you to thinking I guess I should play.
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.