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Cindi    Posted 12-04-2004 at 09:21:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
First clunkers err...vehicles.

Mine was an old four-door, don't know the year or model, white over gold two-tone. It had no head liner, just a rusty roof, vinyl upholstery, a radio with (gasp) knobs and the big chrome push buttons.

The body was in good condition but the paint was all powdery. It used about a mile to the gallon of gas--used a qaurt of oil a week and smoked like a steam engine. I bought it for a hundred and fifty dollars from my brother...and he robbed me.


RZ(WA)    Posted 12-05-2004 at 16:57:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A split window '36 Chevy pickup, had floppy buick headlamps and plymouth fenders on the rear. Step on the floor to engage the starter then with a long screwdriver, climb underneath to disengage same (was always a two person operation, played hell on those few serious dates). The ol' truck was the greatest for stump-jumpin' and with the granny-gear we could always get out and steer through the window if we couldn't see straight or got tired of driving.


KellyGa    Posted 12-05-2004 at 07:46:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
A Red Volkswagon Beetle, with wheels that probably cost more than the car, lol. Hardly ever ran, and when it did, you had to "get a feel" for where the gears were!


DD    Posted 12-05-2004 at 05:51:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
A LEMON, 84 Ford Tempo, yuck, ptooey ptooey : )


~Lenore    Posted 12-04-2004 at 21:05:53       [Reply]  [No Email]

1950 pale green Ford my mom got it for me from a guy she worked with for $500. Just like the one in this picture.
I paid her back $50 a month till it was paid for.
It had these dual exhaust pipes that would backfire at the most inopportune times! LOL


Mudcat49    Posted 12-04-2004 at 20:00:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
First car that I bought and paid for was a '65 Olds 442 with a 400 and six pack and four on the floor.(got it in '69) That thing would fly! My real first car was a '62 Buick that my grandnmother gave me when she got a new one! I now drive a '04 Dodge 1500 SLT Quad 4x4 offroad. The one car that I owned that wish I had now was a '73 Chev El- Camino SS With a high preformance 350, it also would fly! That was the only car I have ever owned that I ordered. Everything else I have owned I have bought off "The Lot"


RichZ    Posted 12-04-2004 at 19:11:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mine was a 1959 Pontiac Catalina. It was black with a red interior, and had real neat double fins in the back. I had to keep rebuilding the carburator on it, as the float would become soaked with gas, causing it to hesitate so bad, I almost got rear ended many times. I never understood why floats on that carburator would only last about 6 months, but the car was beautiful, and I loved it.


Willy-N    Posted 12-04-2004 at 19:01:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
First car was a 1948 Willys Jeepster then right after that I traded a radio for a 2 door Rambler. Then I got a 56 Chevy, Wizzer Motor Bike, 1960 Chevy, 1969 Camero, 1967 Shelby GT 500, 63 Chevy Impalla, 64 Dodge Panel, 72 Vega GT, 75 4X4 Chevy, 72 Ford Van, 76 Chevy Van, 2-67 VW Baja's, 64 VW Bug, 89 Dodge Van, 79 Chevy 3/4 ton truck, 79 1/2 ton 4X4, 97 Blazer, 95 Chevy 1/2 ton, 48 Power Wagon, 53 M-37, 89 GMC TopKick and findly the 98 Dodge 4X4! I probley forgot a few over the years but I had many! I have 3 trucks now that I can drive and 1 tractor. Mark H.


Rickstir    Posted 12-04-2004 at 16:48:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine was a 1959 Volkswagen. Beige with a sliding sun roof. I wish I had a nickel for every of beer drunk in that old girl. I would drive out into a corn field, pile stalks around it, and shoot geese during the fall.
Great car. I had so many fender benders in it that by the time I got rid of it the title should have read 1964 (the fenders never changed from year to year back then, mine were all new).


New-Gen    Posted 12-04-2004 at 15:21:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
First car was a 66 Ford.
First semi was a 1968 Mack R-600 fondly known as the "Rolls Kenardly"...{Rolls down one hill and kenardly make it back up the next one}
I could tell some real tales about that old truck but won't bore you with the details tonight!


oslo in nc    Posted 12-04-2004 at 15:06:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My dad owned a Chevy garage, co I had access to some cars. My family, kids car was a Willys Jeepster. Painted yellow with black fenders. Figured it for positive ID on us boy's anteeks(sp).
My, own, first car was a 1941 chevy, Delux. Built like a tank. I was rear ended by a friend who was rubber necking and didn't see me. I had left off on the clutch when he hit me. Saw him comming. He had a 51 chevy coupe. His car was demolished. My car suffered a broken license cover. .25 cent replacement. Other than that you could not find a mark. I really fixed it up. I had a control that adjusted the radio speakers in the front and in the back. That was big time for me. Car sold for $125.00 in 1955 or 6. Wish I had that car now.

Paul


Chas in Me    Posted 12-04-2004 at 14:19:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paid 65$ for a 53 Buick with three on the tree and a straight 8. Had a cracked block so I carried water. I worked in a canning plant about 20 miles from home. In the mornings(early) I could coast 7 of those miles. The roads in between the hills were flat, so i could get to work without boiling over. Going home, I had to climb the hills. All the gas stations watched for me in the evenings cause I would stop for water, usually boiling over. I would gather two or three buddies and each would put a buck into the gas tank. We would ride around on that gas. Great old buggy. I towed it to the farm dump in the woods about 40 years ago. It may still be there.

Chas, still riding in junk, up here in Maine.


donna in w.v    Posted 12-04-2004 at 14:09:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my first car was a a huge chevy impala with a black vinyl top. that car could fit 7-8 people witha little effort. it saved my life cuz the drunk who rear ended me when i stopped for a stop sign and he didn't totally collasped the trunk up to the rear window,dad said if it had been a little car I'd probably wouldn't have lived. used the money I got to buy a 1972 mustang mach 1 fast back ,wish I still had it ,they go for big money.


Cindi    Posted 12-04-2004 at 14:29:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is weird! I was rear-ended in my first old car too, but it was at a stop light, rather than sign and the guy was stone cold sober, but the light was at the top of a little hill and had just turned green. He looked up--saw the green light and assumed, I guess, that I was doing the speed limit, which was sixty, and looked away again. (His explanation anyway...I bought it, I wasn't hurt and he was cute.) Since it took that old car about a half an hour to reach 60 mph, he slammed into the back of me at about that speed. Same story. That old land yacht saved me.


Randy    Posted 12-04-2004 at 13:53:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
1965 International Scout. Purple and with a plow. Would go plowing before I had to go to school. Those were the days!


MikeT    Posted 12-04-2004 at 18:17:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My job before school was getting the milk cows up and shovelling out the dairy barn. After school in the fall it was plowing till dark using an 8N tractor.

Often wondered why kids wouldn't set next to me in the school bus in the mornings. After leaving for the army and taking my first trip back home after 6 months I realized why!


`deadcarp    Posted 12-04-2004 at 13:28:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
my first vehicle was a $600 harley dresser - i added $200 in chrome then sold it to a kid for $1000 and bought a $200 53 packard convertible. sweet car, big burly bus with a straight-8. room enough for a poached deer where the top went.if the windshied wiper stalled, whap them with the broken antenna. :)


MikeT    Posted 12-04-2004 at 12:16:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My vehicles - (not the wife's)

54 chevy coup 6 cly, 57 chevy 2 door bel air V8, 66 mustang 6 cyl (new), 72 chevy cheyenne pickup 4x4, 85 ford ranger (new), 95 dodge dakota (new).

Am looking for a new larger size pickup now. Wish I had the 1st three above back! Lotsa fond memories in the 54 & 57 chevys!


Cindi    Posted 12-04-2004 at 14:34:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have had...

The yacht

Then a standard Chevy S-10 junker that taught me about fishtailing on wet roads.

Then an old chevy panel van that we installed a junk yard bench seat in the back of for the kids.

Then my first NEW car, a Toyota Corolla, that we grew out of in less than a year.

Then a new Chevy Lumina, four-door followed the next year by a new Chevy Lumina mini van.

I am now back to driving a junky white Ford F150 that I have a strange fondness for and have no auto payments.


kraigWY    Posted 12-04-2004 at 11:04:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I mentioned below my metro pu/car. My second, or a parts runner for the metro was a 39 dodge. My buddy and I went partners on it. We shelled out $35 for it but I don't think the title was real clear. It didn't have an ignition so we had to start it by shorting out the starter. Of course we had to pop the hood to do this. It stalled at traffic lights, and poping the hood to hot wire it drew a lot of attention from the local cops. This car caused too many problems.


Alias    Posted 12-04-2004 at 10:10:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
A beige 1947 Oldsmobile coupe which had been outfitted for a returning WWII disabled soldier. When I got it the hand apperatus had been removed and it was put back into regular mode. Good thing cause the hand operated accellerator and brake pedal would have gotten in the way with two people under the steering wheel.

The only problem with the car was owing to the fact that the soldier also drove around with two under the wheel. Himself, and his faithful, but, smelly dog. As hard as I tried, I could not get the dog smell out of that car. So, I traded it for a 51 Ford Custom with an overdrive transmission. .......gfp


Old Sarge    Posted 12-04-2004 at 09:54:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
1929 Model A Cabriolet, w/ mother in law seat.
Traded it and $75.00 for a 35 Chevrolet 2 dr standard, sure wish I had that Chev now. Saw one just like it advertised at a Car show last summer for sale $28,000.


ret    Posted 12-04-2004 at 14:19:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a 36 chev standard 2dr as my first one. Wore out from front to back. Bought it in 47. Cars were in short supply those days. Finally left it in the street and let the city haul it away. Spent every dime I had just to keep it trying to run.
REt


Gunner    Posted 12-04-2004 at 09:29:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
My first rig was a '77 AMC Gremnlin. Dad said if I could fix it, I could have it
I'm pretty sure I put more oil in it than gas as well-


Gerrit    Posted 12-04-2004 at 09:53:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is fun :-)

My first car was a Trabant - East German made polyesther body with a two cylinder 2 stroke engine. Maximum speed like 40 mph..
It was at least 10 years old. I paid 75 dutch guilders( like $ 30 in those days - 1970 ) for it and sold it a year later for 50 guilders..
Got myself a second one from a junker - for parts.. Spent a lot of weekends trying to get the &%$#@@ to keep running again...
Had a lot of fun with it though!


Old Sarge    Posted 12-04-2004 at 10:27:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Gerrit,
Did you ever see a Horsche touring car. I bought one from a German fellow in Frankfurt am Main in 1956 or 57 for $300. . It hadn't been driven since 1943, parked in a garage outside of town.


Gerrit    Posted 12-04-2004 at 14:22:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Old Sarge,

No, sorry.. Never saw one of those.
To be honest, I never even heard of the brand. Are you sure the name is "Horsche"?


RN    Posted 12-04-2004 at 15:39:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Horch? Upper class german car pre-war. One of the original Auto-Union combine. August Horch designer, died midd 50s? RN


Gerrit    Posted 12-04-2004 at 15:48:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ah, that's why I couldn't find it in Google..
I guess it's too long before my time; I was born in '51..


RN    Posted 12-04-2004 at 16:15:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try search for 'Audi' or 'Auto-Union'. Others -Wanderer, DKW-Dampf Kraftwagon. Trabis in Netherlands? Story about Jeep people with army surplus M38s got rusty bodies, police were impounding as not allowed by civilians as military equipment and unsafe. Politicians gave a pass to Trabants on safty and pollution laws to help Osties, Jeep runners found that Trabi bodies fit onto Jeep frames, didn't rust, police couldn't give them trouble because they were considered civilian vehicles with exemption. RN


Gerrit    Posted 12-04-2004 at 16:28:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeap, I found it. Was searching for "Horsche" at first...

The Trabis wer imported in Holland in the sixties when we didn't have rules for pollution from cars yet. I remember the ads for Trabants where our world and olympic heavyweight judo champion posed with another guy on te roof of Trabant to show how strong the polyesther body was...
Actually they were not bad.. Mine had over 150,000 km when I bought it and I did another 30,00 with it without serious problems..

Did you serve in Germany? I lived there for about 13 years..


RN    Posted 12-04-2004 at 17:08:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of my younger brothers posted to Germany- first sent to Berlin, security check showed relatives in DDR/East Germany so he was shifted to French border. Worked for Jeep dealer 70's- various bulletins about Jeep modifications had article on Jeep/Trabant hybred. Trabant sort of derived from earlier DKW cars- light, 2stroke engine, cheap transportation. Pollution laws, reputation for poor quality control and old manufacturing equipment in factory helped end production after re-unification. RN


Gerrit    Posted 12-04-2004 at 18:00:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, I remember that. First ( after the reunification )- I believe - Volkswagen bought the Trabant factory, in '89 or around there. They tried to market a Trabant with a 4-cyl 4 stroke VW engine for a short time, if I remember it right..
Still remember the 2-stroke smell of all those Trabis in Eastern Germany and Hungary..


RN    Posted 12-04-2004 at 18:23:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
VW 4 stroke engine was one attempt to meet pollution laws, Rotax and Yamaha tried to clean up 2 stroke engine for road use- one version had Yamaha port oil injection and Rotax 2 spark plug/cylinder high energy ignition on basic Trabant block, reduced oil smoke a lot-especially at idle. Pollution laws were going to be tightened -engine was not considered to be marketable in near future for road use, 4stroke attempt didn't last long. Snowmobile engine had same basic setup later, now 4strokes being put in snowmobiles to meet laws. 2stoke with fuel injection, direct oil to crank, external compressor would cost as much as 4stroke, would be basicly a Detroit engine. German car magazine (Motorrad?) had a 1000 km test of 4 Trabis from east- none made the 1000 km without troubles, test ended when 1st one got to 1000km. It was noted that repairs were messy, but were mostly done by test drivers with basic hand tools, a good point for simple design. RN.


Gerrit    Posted 12-04-2004 at 18:36:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, they were easy to repair. They came with a great quality tool set as wel. Never had a car with tools like that - this car needed them a lot:-)


JoeK    Posted 12-04-2004 at 10:05:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
59 Ford wagon,6cyl/stick,bought it for $100 to put in demo derby,decided to drive it till the next years derby(I won my $100 back).Afterwards sold motor and tranny for $100 to feller for his old pickup,and the "hull" for scrap for $35.


Cindi    Posted 12-04-2004 at 14:36:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
What exactly is the point of a demo derby? Last vehicle running?


JoeK    Posted 12-04-2004 at 19:42:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Purpose,just plain fun:) Participants run several"heats" trying to disable each others vehicle.Once a vehicle stalls and won't restart,is damaged beyond running etc,flagman flags it"dead".We ran 4-6 car heats,with top finishers in ea advancing to 8 car final.If "dead" drivers could get mobile again,they ran a consolation heat with top 2 finishers eligible for final.Reinforcing/modifications not allowed,protect your"nose" (engine,radiator,steering)at all costs.Last vehicle capable of moving wins.Yeeehaw!


RN    Posted 12-04-2004 at 20:13:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
No modifications? As in using VW gas tank directly over axle instead of back side of fender? Removeing fan blade so when radiator is shoved back a bit it doesn't leak from blade chewing tubes? Setting battery back and inside so other cars trying to disable by backing into original battery tray area fail in the attempt? Late 60s Dodge wagon with rod knock- $25.00 scrap price, 50wt oil and fix as above to win $200.00 bets and prize $. Windshield sold and removed before playing bumper pool. No glass prefered on track. Engine and tranny went to rebuilder as cores after winning, body bits to Evanston Auto salvage where driver worked. Fun times had by all.


JoeK    Posted 12-05-2004 at 10:45:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Actually,meant mods to strengthen vehicle structurally,bracing and the like,depends how good the techs are and how much ya wanna push em.I ran a boat tank,cased battery in back seat,snow tires.Local village fairs events.Got out when problems started w/semi-pros with money rigs started showing up with their hidden reinforcing,weighted cars,mostly Lincolns/Caddys etc to "steal" the money.A lot like modern tractor pulling,"how much can you get away with"before someones willing to risk a teardown fee.And in todays"sue somebody" society,most small fairs,etc can't afford the insurance.


Geo Pa    Posted 12-04-2004 at 18:47:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mine was a 61 ford Falcon 6 cyc.


RN    Posted 12-04-2004 at 18:38:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Advanced training after drivers Ed- can then get into WalMart parking lot during holidays, no longer frightened of commuter traffic.


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