Your first car?
Posted December 22, 2011 - 01:48 PM
Posted December 22, 2011 - 01:57 PM
My first car was a 1971 Chevy Impala 4 door sedan painted in 3 different shades of primer over the original dark green paint with a white vinyl roof, no floorboards, a straight pipe (no muffler) from front to back, 260,000 miles on the odometer and 10 mpg, I know you guys are so jealous !
Honestly for $50 dollars and a little elbow grease it wasn't a bad car for a 17 year old to have considering insurance was $47 for six months of basic no-fault coverage and gas at that time was $.87 a gallon.
Now that I look back on it I remember that most of my friends with their fancy (for teenagers) cars were always in my car because they had spent every dime they had to make theirs cars look good or faster but never had any money to put in the gas tank, "Yeah those new mags look great on the car sitting in the driveway, too bad you don't have any gas to drive around and show them off !" was often heard in our group of friends.
Great thread thanks for the trip down memory lane.
The closest pic I could find is a 1972 but they were basically the same.
Edited by Ranchkingron, December 22, 2011 - 02:07 PM.
Posted December 22, 2011 - 02:20 PM
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 04:28 PM
My first was a 1978 Mustang II. 171 cu-in V6, 4 speed, black with gold stripes and American Racing Gold Nugget wheels with 60 series Pro-Trac street radial on all four corners. In the pictures it has the air shocks pumped up tight but I seldom drove it like that because it would beat you to death - plus the headlights were too low with the rear up like that. This was the only Stang II that I ever saw that didn't have woodgrain dash decor, it had the brushed aluminum - even though it really was just plastic. Also had the real aluminum steering wheel in a brushed finish and a full guage package with factory tach.
If I had it in 1st gear at an idle I could pump the gas pedal in an on-off fashon and the third time the front wheels would come off the ground! The fourth time it would have the front end high enough to scare a fella. This was due to the super short wheelbase and help from the front springs, it sure wasn't because the 171 had much power. It did however get 24-27 MPG real steady.
This was my 17th birthday gift to myself in Janurary 1987. Until then I drove moms '79 Olds Gutless Supreme [yeah, I said that right] or dads ole beater pickup. For $160 I got the wrecked '78 and a 1974 parts car for an additional $60 that had everything I needed to make one good car. I did all the work myself including paint. I drove the car for one year and when the tags ran out in Sept '88 I didn't renew because we were getting dealer license about that time and I could drive anything on our car lot. Two weeks after the tags ran out a kid came in looking for his first car and fell in love with my Stang. I priced it at a grand and he took it so fast didn't have time to grieve. He was from another town and I never saw the Stang again.
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 07:59 PM
This picture is almost exactly what the less cool car looked like...
Guess which one My Dad told me I wasn't allowed to buy?
So I went home with the 1978 Caddy. It was 21 yrs old when I bought it, drove it for 4 and sold it for what I bought it.
That caddy had a 425 cu inch engine. It couldn't get out of it's own way off the line, but I never wound it all the way out... Too scared. Went past the 85 on the dash a couple of times, but never topped it out.
It had auto-dimming headlight, electric everything (including antenna) and a back seat bigger than my current couch.... Ahhh memories.
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 09:02 PM
My first car was given to me by my great uncle Len, and he did me NO real big favor, but it took a while to learn that.....
On the surface it was a 1965 VW Karman Ghia hard top. But he was a hot rodder/racer from way back and had the
engine built for rally and auto cross, which meant it ran like stink in 3rd gear wide open but got loaded up and fouled when you tried to drive it in town.
Of course it also had NO heat as the exhaust had been modified and there were no heat exchanger boxes and pipes any more so
you carried a windshield scraper for the inside of the windows!!! and dressed warm for the ride to school. But it ran some of the time,
and was a blast to drive on the back roads in second and third gear running wide open....... Learned some about VW's
and a lot about general auto repair before moving on to a '70 Cutlass S from another great uncle who didn't give it to
me but gave me a heck of a deal. Now that is the one I wish I still had!! A Rocket 350, and plenty of go.
Thanks for the blast down memory lane