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My Dad's Favorite Vehicle



  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,119
    ...that a clothing manufacturer called "Hang Ten" sued Chrysler for using their name. I don't know what happened to the lawsuit. I think it was dismissed.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,173
    Now that I hear it a few times, and put the phrase "Duster" and "Twister" together, that sounds like it might have been the one. I'll have to confirm with my folks when they get back from their trip, but I'll be damned if that isn't it instead.

    I am positive they had a 340. Even had the decals on the rear quarter. If I can hijack a picture of the two cars together, I'll post it.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    ...and to keep this sort of on topic :blush:, I recalled a car that belonged to my childhood best friend's Dad. He babied it like it was his eighth child. A Plymouth Road Runner! All I really remember about it was its distinctive horn. Meep-meep! :D

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,847
    I wish my Dad had babied some of his cars a bit better. As it was, he had a habit of ragging them out and throwing a rod or something, and then leaving the carcass abandoned on a lonely country road. That was the fate that met his '65 Impala SS396, which had the 425 hp setup and a 4-speed. I imagine a car like that, in good shape, would really be worth something today. But back then it was just a 5 or 6 year old clunker with a blown engine.

    Dad also had a '62 Corvette, which I'm too young to remember it very well, but somewhere in a family photo album there's a pic of it sitting in the circle of my grandparents' driveway and me pointing at it. I guess I was about 3 at the time. It was a total piece of junk though. And to make matters worse, Dad hit a taxi with it. Broke out the taillight on the taxi. Pretty much demolished the passenger-side fender and door on the Corvette.

    A couple years ago, I was talking with Dad about some of his old cars, and he said that he had originally wanted to fix that Corvette up and give it to me when I turned 16. I dunno if that was true or not though, or if he just made it up on the spot. You know how, sometimes, parents can tell you things that you like to hear, just to save face, I guess? :P
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,119
    My Dad was my polar opposite when it came to car care. Both my parents smoked and the inside of the car looked like Pittsburgh circa 1955 when we took a trip. The floors would be covered with McDonald's wrappers and months-old shopping flyers. The ashtray would be overflowing with ashes, cigarette butts, and paper debris. The driver's footwell would be 1/2" deep with dirt and pebbles. His approach to car repair was to let problems go until they couldn't be ignored and when they were dealt with, his approach was "good enough." When I first got my license, I took the time to clean and detail my Dad's ride. A friend of mine thought my family purchased a new car. I told him it was the same car, I just cleaned and detailed it. He was astonished. For a short time, my Dad's car was spoiled. Then I got my 1968 Buick Special Deluxe. My little sister preferred to ride in my car as it was A LOT cleaner.
  • Hey Andre, so they did put the Corvette big-block in the big cars? I know about the 385hp engines, but the 425's? That would be a cool car to have today.

    The Twister was a Ford. Not the Duster.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,847
    My dad's favorite car was a 1956 Pontiac 4 door. It was pink and grey. I think it was a hardtop. He also liked our 1949 Packard that I learned to drive in. I was not allowed to drive the Pontiac. His favorite PU trucks were all Studebakers. He kept one of them running into the 1980s. He tried several other PU trucks and ended up with Dodge Diesels the last 20 years of his life.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    My dad's favorite cars were his late 60's Chevelle and GTO both were modified. :)

    Lemko, is your brother in-law going buy a american car next time ? Doesn't he drive a Altima ?

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,119
    Actually, he already DID buy an American car to replace the Altima - a Ford Fusion. I think he wanted to buy another Altima, but he felt the Nissan dealer treated him shabbily and wouldn't budge on the price.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Is he happy with the fusion ?

  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,744
    Favorite car was a 1962 Olds Starfire. 394CI with 345 HP. The thing would flat fly down the road and heading to Vegas from LA late at night you cold sit on 100 and not even know you were on the ground.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,119
    I think so. My sister has a big Ford F-250 truck.
  • 0patience0patience Posts: 1,542
    Some of the people are talking about their Dad's vehicles and they were some of the vehicles that I had. :cry:
  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,744
    It could be very disturbing I suppose if we asked what everyones first car was. The first one that belonged to them alone. That would date you even more.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    You could start a discussion about readers' first car, or there may already be an archived one that can be revived. Maybe one's first two cars, why they were sold, plus what they now drive might be even more interesting.
  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,744
    Something that might be worth checking out. Let me cruise the archived forums first.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    I found this one in the Classic Cars archives. Dusted it off and moved it to Auto News.

    What was your first car? What happened to it?


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  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    I got a phone call yesterday from the Fire Department that my father belonged to for 41 years (volunteer) and they asked me if I wanted my fathers old '95 F-150 that we donated to them for the Chief to use. i told them I had to think about it. They were just asking because of the mileage on it (just shy of 450k). When we donated the truck to the department after my father passed away, we had made arangements with a local Ford dealer that my father purchased the truck from (and they customized it for him) that they would do all normal maintenance (oil changes, filters & such) at no charge, as long as the truck was the Fire Chiefs vehicle. This ended when the dealer closed 2 months ago. I'm torn in decideding if I want the truck or not. The department is not selling it or anything, they are just asking me if I would like to have it.

    Odie's Carspace
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    It's and heirloom, and belongs in your family. Take it back, and if it's of no use to you, or is a burden, give it to your closest family member who will maintain it..
  • Yeah...definitely pass it on to a dependable youngster in the family
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