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Your First Car/Truck?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Fritzboy, Aug 27, 2008.

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  1. Fritzboy

    Fritzboy TS Member

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    Mine was a 1940 Packard 120 Coupe. Paid $100. Put in new rings, bearings and worked on front end. Low end Pull, I could go around a corner in third gear. Drank a lot of the old Newark,NJ recipe Ballantine Ale. Did other thinga too. That was 48 years ago. Somewhere along the way I seem to have run out of gas. Harry
     
  2. Toddy

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    Good question.

    Mine was a 1937 black Chev that was owned by a Lime Quarry worker in Beachville Ontario (my brother's father-in-law) and he used to park it under the conveyor belt at work and the roof was covered in lime and he sold it to me for $20.00.

    I sanded as much lime off the roof as I could by hand and the right fender had a split in it that I put a bolt with washers to stop the crack from spreading then painted the car with house paint, 2 tone green and left the 2 doors black as I had run out of paint.

    This was in 1960 and I drove this thing on my honeymoon to Goderich Ont. and on the way back to where I was staying the gearshift came out in my hand and I hit the brakes so hard that I split both rear brake lines but managed to nurse it back to Ingersoll where my brother fixed the problems but I had to let my brother sell it as my wife refused to let me drive it back to Montreal.

    Her exact words were "I'm not going back in that thing" and I guess that was my chance to annul the marriage but alas I've been married to her for 48 1/2 years.

    This thread just brought back a lot of memories and thank you for that.

    Those were the days my friend.

    Reg Todd, East Sooke, BC
     
  3. Fritzboy

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    I was pleasantly surprised by your reply. My old car brought back fond memories too. Seems we were running on somewhat parallel tracks. Today the kids buy or are given a car already to go. Little wonder they don'tknow a wrench from a screwdriver.
     
  4. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    1952 International L-112 pickup (half ton, long bed). 220 vu inch Silver Diamond OHV straight six engine. Four speed with granny gear first. I made gas and pocket money hauling yard debris and barkdust for the neighbors. Hood, cab and doors were painted blue, the fenders, grill and bed were black. Alas, the neighbor kid got drunk one night and kamakazied his Nova into it.
     
  5. Jim Porter

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    1952 GMC pickup given to me by one of dad's drinking buddies that was also a mechanic. Had a floor shift and a foot stater. The side windows were gone but it had a wind up clock on the dash that ran perfectly. You could only put i/2 tank of gas in because the tank was rusted out about half way up. You could see the ground through the right floorboard and the wood bed was about gone.
    I loved that old truck and kept it from when I was fifteen until I went to college and I gave it to dad's friends grandson. I had three different cars in the meantime but would rather use the truck. Really hard to get a dates along with me though.
     
  6. foghorn220

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    Mine was a 1973 98 Oldsmobile 2 door the above photo is exactly what it looked like bought it when I was 15 and had a friend that had his license's so he chaufferd me around until I got mine.


    Everyone else wanted a sporty car but I was always different I wanted a Luxury liner.

    Foggy
     
  7. hoggy

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    57 chev 2-door bel-air HT 2nd 64 barracuda 3 71 440 six pac 'cuda 4th 73 340 'Cuda and on and on and on.....
     
  8. B682GX

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    Mine was a '49 Mercedes Benz 170 S-D, almost exactly as the one featured in the link above.
     
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    Here's the link.
     
  10. james25889

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    85 mercury marque dad said when it tore up i could get something else i gave that car hell
     
  11. hoggy

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    The kids today can't work on their cars like we did when we were young. With all the electronics plus how cramped everything is today its no wonder. In a big way we were lucky. I wrenched alot myself. Later I was also an engineman in the service and had a lot of training.
     
  12. Hauxfan

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    I had just got out of the Army and was 20 years old.

    I found a 1949 Ford two door for $150.00. Borrowed the money from the John Deere Credit Union to buy it.

    Kept it for a couple of years.

    Hauxfan!
     
  13. foghorn220

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    Hauxfan!
    That was the good ole days I bought and sold probaly 50 car's and truck's before I could even drive legally.

    of course they was 50 to 200.00 dollar cars but that was big money back in the early 1970's.

    I used to run in the Demlistion derby's and back then top prize was 140.00 if you won the Feature race and plus your class race well just turned 16 and a old guy wantened me to run his car so I took a 1955 ford don't know now what model but it wasn't to big but a drunk owned it for a few years and it was a 6 cynider motor anyway the first demo derby I ran in at the age of 16 I won it all my brother used to run big Cadaliac's all the time and most of the time he would be hung up on the log's and I would be still bouncing around in my small to mediumn sized cars.

    Fog
     
  14. i_shoot

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    '65 Plymouth Valiant,Slant 6 engine. Man, if that old car could talk I would be in trouble.

    i_shoot
     
  15. cubancigar2000

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    1937 Chev cost $40, father gave it to me - needed a paint job. I learned how to paint cars fixing it up and became a bodyman painter which carried me through life for 30 years when I switched professions. Even though my father gave it to me, I had to work it off at his gas station at the rate of $10 per week and all the free gas I could burn. Gas was 12.9 cents per gal so I did not use much since a fill up was less than $2
     
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    1955 Plymouth Savoy.....had it for 3 months (cost $100).

    Sold it for $100 and bought a 1957 Ford Fairlane, 2 dr. hardtop.

    But the best/most fun car was the 1967 GTX Hemi I bought after returning from Vietnam...

    Curt
     
  17. JB Logan Co. Ohio

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    The first vehicle in my own name was a 1966 Ford Econoline van with a straight 6 in it, a 160? I believe. When that engine went I put a high performance 302 in it and then couldn't keep motor mounts in it. That van could smoke the tires in all 3 gears. I'm also glad that it couldn't talk! Traded it to a guy for a 1978 GoldWing motorcycle.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
  18. jbmi

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    Spring of 64 I bought this 55 Merc, three on the tree, red & white leather seats, elect. overdrive for $250, only problem I ever had was the old 6volt electrical system. Back then it sure was a creampuff, one of many I wish I still had.
    <img src=<a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v460/jbmich/?action=view&current=55Merc.jpg" target="_blank">[​IMG]</a></img>
     
  19. recurvyarcher

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    '69 Ford Maverick Grabber in Grabber Green. 4 door. It was the first brand new car that my mom ever bought. My step dad made me buy it. He said that I couldn't have a car if I didn't buy that one. What a salesman! ha ha.

    The real reason that he made me buy that one was because I was 14, and he knew that my mom took good care of her car and had owned it since it was new, and he didn't want me to buy the cars in which I was most intersted (the Chevelle, Nova SS, Boss Mustang, etc). I didn't have the Grabber long before I got my Nova SS (my favorite car of ALL time), and I eventually had one of every other muscle car that I wanted, except for the Chevelle. That will be my next one...
     
  20. Finprof

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    I bought a new 1969 Datsun 510 when I started my junior year in college. It cost $1850 plus tax and tags, haggled down from the $2250 MSRP since it was one of two leftovers that the dealership had. It lasted through the rest of college, my first job, and lots and lots of grad school. Sometimes I dream about it even still. It is the only car that I ever dreamed about.
     
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