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What was your first car? What happened to it?

glengleglengle Posts: 57
I'd like to hear from all of you to find out what
everyone's first car was. If you're like me, it
wasn't a classic at the time, but is now.

I guess I'll start off. Mine was a 1970 Buick GS
455. Dark green with white vinyl interior,
automatic in the console, air, etc. I drove it for
several years and sold it for $1000 to put down on
a 1982 Datsun 280ZX. Who knew?


  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    My first car was a 70/72 Toyota Corona Mark II wagon, named "Clyde." The body and engine was a 70, and the rear end and front axle were from a 72. I'll explain.

    I bought the 72 for $700 and one week later crash it. The engine and body were beyond repair. Two weeks after the accident, I bought the 70 for $50. The body and engine were in great shape, but the rear end was shot, as was the front axle. My father, my cousin and I dragged it home and began to build Frankenstein's Monster. We managed to put together one good car out of the two wrecks.

    It had a push-button start on the dash, a hole in the floor on the passenger side, and a heater control valve that liked to spit boiling hot water on my right foot every now and then. Top speed was 50 mph, and that was only if you were drafting behind a big truck.

    I drove it for two years, and gave it to my brother. He drove it for another two years, and sold it to a friend of his. I heard it finally went to the junk yard in 1987.

    "Clyde" taught me more about mechanics than any school ever could.
  • Two tone Green and White '59 Dodge Coronet, huge low slung coupe, large fins on the rear, pushbutton transmission on the upper left hand part of the metal dash board. Eventually it started to constantly overheat, so I junked it with about 80,000 miles, but it only cost $150 and it was good for a year and a half.
  • sebringjxisebringjxi Posts: 140
    My first was a 1959 MGA. I'll never forget trying to give the previous owner the brick I found in the floorboard when I started home with it. He said keep it, you'll need it. I couldn't imagine why, but soon found out--the emergency brake didn't work, probably hadn't since 1960! But when hot, the starter wouldn't turn the motor over with the clutch pedal held in. You had to put it in neutral to start it. Made parking on a hill tricky! I soon learned to back up, open the door, drop the brick and roll back down to it before shutting the motor off!

    I drove it for 3 years, bought another MG (a 1969 MGC) before I sold the A. My father-in-law (future, then) made fun of my $1000 price on the A but was surprised the day I sold it and the guy who bought it passed him on the road on the way home!

    Of all the cars I've had (11 from age 16 to 26), the MGA is the one I want back....just wait until I get the kids out of the house!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    The MGA wasn't my very first car, but close...3rd I think...still like those cars...a very honest sports cars...getting to be quite valuable these days, for a really nice one.

    My first car was a 1955 Studebaker President two-door hardtop, stickshift 289 V-8 with overdrive. Good-looking car, pretty quick for its time (as good as a '55 Chevy 265 V-8)...sold it when I tore the differential off its mounts hitting a Manhattan pothole at a high rate of speed.


  • sebringjxisebringjxi Posts: 140
    Mr. Shiftright,

    I'd like some advice and help and don't know if I should open a new topic or not. What I'd like to do is to find an easily adaptable power door lock system to put in my son's Jensen Healey. It needs to be sliding locks, not plunger locks. The throw on the slider is about an inch and a half, maybe a little less. I was thinking some of the custom street rodders might have an idea of which cars to rob in the boneyard--hondas, toyotas, Nissan? What do you think?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    Yeah, SEbring, you're need to check out a rodding magazine. But sure, let's stay on topic here and maybe you could open up your question in the Maintenance and Repair Conference:

    Maintenance and Repairs Conference


  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    My first car was a beautiful, showroom condition 55 Chev Belair 2dr with 29000 original miles on it. 265 V8, 3-spd column shift, and dual glasspacks. The old man I bought it from called them "lifetime" mufflers, and claimed they gave better gas mileage. Never mind-they sounded GREAT-and-this was in 1964-I paid $475. cash for the car!!. One of those ads in the San Jose CA paper thAt had no phone number and little information in it. Almost didn,t check out the ad.I drove the car for over a year, and then put in a 327 fuely block with that 30-30 cam. After another year, I sold it with 65000 mikes on it, and 10000 on the new Corvette motor-for $550 cash. That was in the summer of 66, so I could buy a hot Plymouth Belvedere hardtop with 383 and 4 speed. I'd like to have BOTH of those cars now....
  • CidCid Posts: 8
    Being the excited, but dirt poor, 16yr. old, I bought my first car - a 1966 VW beetle with 69' interior. Beulah, was her name and she was a gem! I bought her while living in Pennsylvania then moved to Takoma Park, Maryland where she was stolen. I had just had her painted by a friend who needed a car to work on since his vocation was auto body/restoration. Beulah was painted a lovely soft turquoise and when found, all parts had been stolen and she was left in the gravel pits near Calverton, Maryland. Surprisingly, I seldom think about the ole' girl now, but she was definitely a good buy at the time.
  • sunlinersunliner Posts: 36
    First car of my own was a 1960 Ford F-100 pickup truck. I paid $200 after dark for it, in 1987. First sign that all was not well was when it got driven home and the timing chain broke. I bought it in October, and got to drive it for the first time in December!

    It was white, with panels cut out of the bed sides to make storage cubbies, because it'd been used to haul a camper around. It had the horn on the dashboard, and the windshield washers on a foot-stomp-squeezebulb, and the backup light on a switch...I'd turn the backup light on at the bank, and remember to turn it off at the gas station! It didn't have dash lights, and I had to turn on the dome light to see how fast I was going at night -- until one night I was fiddling with the switch and presto! I had dashlights!

    It had a 254 straight-6 that burned oil by the gallon, and a 3-spd on the column, and I got passed by bicycles off the line! The first summer, it ate THREE engines (the mechanic warranteed the first one, the fool, and the other two were under warrantee!) and the repair yard traded it straight across for a 1977 Oldsmobile Omega with a 350-4bbl. Talk about a blah-mobile!

    I wish I still had my old crappy truck, too!
  • first car was '66 thunderbird when I was 18. Bought it from my grandfather in 1988 for $1500. checked into insurance. bare bones liability was $2400/year. sold it back to gramps a month later. Year later got a 400cc Yamaha motorcycle. Insurance was $200/year. go figure. probably had a better chance of scrambling my brains on the bike.
    I paid $500 dollars to the estate of a deceased Great Aunt for this car. This car was built in the year of my birth.

    I didn't get this car until late into my Junior year in H.S. because I was a bit of a lazy [non-permissible content removed] and didn't really aspire to independent mobility the way that my borther and most of my friends did. I didn't want to work summer jobs I'd rather ride a bike to the beach.

    When I first got this car I was total stoked with it. I could load up all my friends in it to go anywhere we wanted. Soon after I discovered this wasn't such a good benefit since all my frineds always wantd me to drive whenever we went anywhere. Every other time usaully conceeded to their demands.

    I drove this car for only about a year and a half but I certainly made my mark on its life. I wish now that I'd been a little more sympathetic to its age and treated it a little better. The car still resides in a barn on my father's property and is currently awainting "restoration" should its day ever come.

    I do love this car and have many found memories surrouding this car. Three on the tree with total syplicity in it's straight six. I plan to restore this car and drive it another 100k+.
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    My first car was a 63 Impala 2 door hardtop. I traded by sister's bicycle for it (she never missed it). It had arm power steering and foot power brakes, but it did have those great wire wheel covers which I still have. I wish I had it back.
  • bobs5bobs5 Posts: 557
    My first car/s was a 1963 Ford Falcon. 6cyl,2speed auto tranny. Bought two vehicles for $100 from a neighbor. One 4 door and one 2 door. Drove it a couple of years. The most fun car I ever owned. Beat the heck out of it and still wanted more. An accident damaged front end, sold both for $200.
    Miss them.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,610
    Well, mine was a 1952 Chevy.

    The year was 1965. I was 16 years old working in a gas station when it limped in one day.

    The fuel pump was leaking badly. The old man had had enough! I gave him thirty five dollars for it!

    Bought a rebuilt pump for seven dollars and the thing ran!

    He was the original owner and the car had only 50,000 miles on it.

    But, alas, he had never changed the oil!

    Sold it because I couldn't afford the insurance at the end of the summer for 125.00.

    It did cart us back and forth to the beach lots of times.

    The scary day was when the Watts riots broke out, I lived about 30 miles away. My buddy and I were driving the old Chevy and could see smoke from the fires in the distance and decided to drive over there to see what was happening.

    This was a BAD idea! Long story, but we got a police escort out of there!

    Ah, memories!
  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    Sounds like you were in the LA area about the same time I was. My best friends first car was a 61 Falcon Ranchero, which we would cruise in from Bellflower, throught Watts, to Central Ave LA where his Dad owned a richfield station. During those riots, everything around that station got torched-but he had all blacks working for him. They saved his station. [Off topic, I know, but it brought back some memories of cruising the LA area in the early sixties.] Glad I don't live there anymore!
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,610
    Yes, I was born and raised in San Pedro.

    Cruising was the big thing back then. Redondo Beach, Hermosa, Palos Verdes. These were our haunts.

    These areas are still nice. San Pedro is beautiful and cool in the summer.

    But...I wouldn't want to move back!
  • jbaconjbacon Posts: 1
    My 1st was a '48 Willys CJ2A, the first civilian model of the Jeep.
    I learned to drive in it when I was 11 yrs old. My Mom taught me, down in the "back 40"
    That little sucker would take me anywhere, as long as I didn't want to cruise at more than 38mph!!
    Drove that Jeep 'til about '74 when I got my 1st sports car, a '69 TR6. Ahhh,, Royal blue, wire wheels, Michelins, dual carbs. And a rusty frame, which after a while made front end alignment impossible!!
    Someday I'll have another one, and immediately mount the seat 4" further back so my knees will go under the steering wheel!!
  • markwmarkw Posts: 8
    If any other that Mr. Shiftright can recall what this car looks like give yourself a beer. 1990 my friend had a silver one with the 318 power everthing, stage wheels t-roof it was smoking so I went out and got a maroon slant 6 225? Bullet proof engine ext. with the only options of deluxe red velour int. and a door chime $1400 Canadian + $500 for brakes and a new pitman arm and she’s on the road. Only one-prob. winter, snows on rear low tread tires on front. I soon learned it doesn't make sense for the car to go in the snow when you can't steer. Hit a tree thick as my arm tore the passenger side fender off took out the rad the bumper. Of course I decided not to put collision on it no need for an old car. That led me to my next car a 1980 Buick Park Avenue. I will save it for later. I know you are thanking me for that.
  • '62 Chev Impala sport coupe (1966), 283, 2 speed
    slushbox. Used to remove the air cleaner assembly to generate a little engine noise. Traded on my first new one, at '68 Mustang (200ci six, 3 speed).
  • jstandeferjstandefer Posts: 805
    My first car was a 1974 MG Midget. It was the last year of the chrome bumpers, with the 1275cc engine, 4spd stick, and those dual SU carbs. I did a slight restoration on it, with a good repaint, new top, and new interior. I kept the car totally stock, except for the wheels which were mag wheels that were 14"x6", where the originals were 13"x4.5". The car was totalled one Saturday afternoon about 4 years ago :-(

    I loved that car because it was a classic convertible and I got a lot of compliments on it. Otherwise, it was a nightmare to balance those carbs every weekend, deal with Lucas electronics, and the hydraulics were terrible! But, I would love to have that car back.
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