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  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    Well, I could do it with my 55 Pontiac, come to think of it. Wonder if my new glasspac dual exhaust would hold up?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    carnut...back away from the car...give us your keys...good, now lie down, close your eyes, you're going to feel better in a few minutes....
  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    Yeah right. That Pontiac is a pampered, 130,000 original car in #2 condition. If I ever was talked in to trying that, please do take my keys...
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    For some reason, we could never get a car with dual exhausts to backfire.

    Maybe they didn't build up enough gas fumes or something?

    Oh, BTW, an Army Ambulance (like on M*A*S*H) would let out an explosion that could be heard for miles! :)
  • emanueleemanuele Posts: 1
    I have a 98 Honda Accord, has anyone noticed that the noise level is a little on the high side in these cars? This is with the 4 cylinder engine.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Hi emanuele,

    Ooops! You're in the wrong conference. Let me link you to where you need to be, okay? Just click below:


    Host, Classics Conference
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    Years ago, a friend of mine used to drive his fathers Rambler 6cyl. wagon. This thing would do a key off backfire to raise the dead. One day we were going down his street to his house. We saw some girls we knew and thought it would be cool to scare the wits out of them. Off went the key, and blam!, off went the muffler too!! But the funniest part was that when we pulled up in front of his house, his dad was just standing there, glaring at us, pointing toward the local muffler shop! He had witnessed the whole affair. When we returned a while later and about $20 poorer, his only comment was "I guess that's what it takes for couple of loosers like you to get dates".

    My most embarrassing old car story, however, revolves around the 55 Chevy I had when I was 18.
    One of the cables on the wiper system broke. For those who don't know, cables and pulleys were used to operate the wipers instead of the levers we're used to on more modern cars. I went to a local junkyard and got a used part and installed it, not knowing the slightest what I was doing. I turned on the wipers, and they worked. My girlfriend called and said she was on her way to my house, walking. I thought "cool, I'll pick her up and surprise her with my mechanical ability". I headed off to the main street in town, and pretty soon saw her walking toward me. I flipped on the wipers and they went through a couple of cycles normally, then I heard a noise, and instead of going from the parking position, up to the top and then back, they started going from the top, out to the sides, and back to the top! My 55 looked like a seagull trying to take off! I immediately reached for the control to turn them off, then realized I had put my arm right through the center of the huge steering wheel, and I was headed right for the curb, with my arm keeping me from steering away! Needless to say, I ended up with the front of the car on the sidewalk, with the wipers flapping like wings! My girlfriend walked by like she didn't know me (couldn't blame her). It took years to live that one down.
  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    I also had a 55 Chev when I was 18, and the wipers broke like yours did. Don't even remember whether I fixed them or not. I do remember being at a drive in movie once, where it started to rain, and we had to reach out and do them by hand in order to see the movie screen. This got old after awhile. Actually, it could work to your advantage, depending on who you were with.......
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    I once had a 55 Chevy - 6 cyl, stick. I had the car full of guys and decided to burn rubber from a stoplight. KA-BLAM!!!

    One of the rear leaf springs broke! "Wha Happened" yelled my front seat passenger!

    I tried to act cool.."Aw, that wasn't nothing"

    BU*****T!!! came a quick reply from the back seat!

    Looking in my rear view mirror, I couldn't see him, the car was leaning so bad!!

    Ah, the old days...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    I picked up some hitchhikers once in my old /55 Studebaker, and after a short while I heard this scream from the back seat...seems the guy had rammed his foot through the rusty floor and ground the toe off his shoe. Some people are so rude.
  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    Shiftright, there's another story of yours that's funny as hell. Reminds me of my 35 dollar, '42 Stude story I shared somewhere else here before. Have you ever considered[or have you] collecting all your car stories, like that one, plus other anecdotes, in a book? I'd buy it. Actually, one could make a pretty good book just collecting all the stories in these conferences. Jeez-what happened to the guy with the ground off toe?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Oh, he yelled and carried on so much we let him out on the freeway. Big baby. These days I'd probably get sued, but back then people were actually allowed to accept the consequences of doing really dumb's not easy to push your foot through a car floor, seems to me.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    I'll NEVER pick up another!

    The last time was probably 15 years ago. It was a HOT day in So. Calif and I felt sorry for the older "gentleman" who was standing in the hot sun with his thumb out. I stopped and let him in.

    Two seconds later, I realized I had make a terrible mistake! This old coot had BO so bad, I almost lost my lunch right there! I'm serious, it was unreal! I remember getting rid of him at the first intersection. I had to park the car outside with the doors and windows open for a few days and it still stunk!

    Never again!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Gee, the ONE time it would have paid to be driving an old diesel.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    Trust me! I should have been driving James Bond's Aston Martin. I could have pushed the ejection seat button and dumped him earlier.

    I wouldn't have hesitated!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    You should always carry a jerrycan filled with that cheap aftershave that used car salesman wear.
  • aeabsiaeabsi Posts: 1

    I was interested in buying a 1970 buick gs455. I'm wondering if anyone on the board has driven one of these (as a daily driver/fun car)
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    Off the subject again, but...

    As I walked through our shop yesterday, One of the technicians yelled at me, " Hey! Craig, Catch!" As I reached to catch the thrown object, I saw it was a condenser! I let it fall to the ground!

    So, he laid it on the desk of a non ex-mechanic Service Advisor instead.

    Five minutes later, a loud scream,let the technician (and the rest of us) know that he had found a "mark"!

    I thought about you at that point, knowing that you wouldn't have tried to catch the thing either!

    I've been there...and done that!

    Sorry, it was getting quiet here and I thought I might "charge" things up a bit...
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    Gosh, I haven't thought about that old stunt in years. It was a great gotcha. I also remember those hollowed out book with a coil in it wrapped in metallic tape so that when you opened it you'd break the circuit and give yourself a good jolt.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    I guess you can't play tricks with the new ignition systems, not only because it would be hard to rig up, but also because they pack a serious wallop these days.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    Yeah, these new systems can fire a spark three feet!

    If a person had a weak heart...

    I once worked with a guy who would find a miss in an engine by pulling off the plug wires one at a time. "Big John" wasn't bothered by the shocks he would recieve. I'm sure that today, he would fond another way.

    As a kid working in a gas station, I once loaded a condenser only to nail myself with it somehow...
    AEABSI - I drove several Buick GS-455's when they were new. They were like most of the cars of the day; ran like a bat-out-of-hell in a straight line and handled like a wooden wagon (compared to our cars today). Actually, the GS-455 was a little better than most. They "tuned" the suspension so that it carried larger anti-roll bars and softer shocks/springs. The effect was flat and tight cornering combined with a ride that didn't require a kidney belt. Remember, I'm comparing them to other cars of the day. Like all 60's-70's cars, compared to todays cars they handled terribly.
    It wasn't just the cars of the 60's and 70's that produced great stories. It was the styles as well.

    At my home during the late 60's it was the style to have your car "jacked up" so that it was some 3-4 inches higher than normal, presumably to accommodate larger tires.

    The was a guy at my father's service station who didn't have the money to buy all the shocks and springs to do this right, so he came up with his own "economy" solution. He put the car up on the lift and disconnected one end of his shocks and then extended them all the way. He then put a piece of galvanized pipe from the hardware store around the shock so that the top of the shock couldn't come down but an inch or so and then bolted it all together again.

    His car was about 4 inches higher in the air and he was so proud and happy. That was until he hit the first good bump. The pipe rammed up the shock and split the outside like a banana peel. After that the car swayed like a drunk on Saturday night whenever a good gust of wind hit it.

    Ahh... the innovation of youth!
  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    Oh god-the innovation of youth? Reminds me of a friend who had put huge tires and wheels on his '65 El Camino. OK for street-but-one day he hauled his Bultaco Bike up to a hillclimb event at Hall's Ranch, CA.[close to the town of Hollister, where "The Wild One" was made] Anyway-as he was leaving, he noticed that the rear tires [expensive!] were scraping the wheel wells bigtime as he attempted to leave the rutted, almost impossible parking area. Wanting to preserve his huge expensive tires, he took out a hacksaw and cut out the wheel wells to accomodate his tires... the sight of that, even then, when values were MUCH less than now-stuck in my mind. Anyway-'nother story 'bout different times....
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    On older Fords with rear leaf springs, it was possible to reverse the rear shackles.

    You had to put the car on a hoist, take a long prybar, slip the bar through the rear shackle and pull like hell. It usually took the strength of two guys. The Ford would then sit about 2" higher in the back end and ride like hell.

    Once, in my youthful gas station days, an old lady left her pristine 58 Ford for an oil change.

    You guessed it! We decided to "pop" her rear springs while the car was up in the air.

    The next week, she stopped for gas and the owner of the station spotted our prank!

    Guess who got to "unpop" her shackles during her next oil change?

    THAT is hard to do!!
  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    I remember ell those flipped shackles. Almost everyone I knew with a 50's Ford in those days did it. A friend bought a 55 Ford 4dr for 25 bucks to drive while waiting for his newly ordered 65 GTO to come in. Wish I had a video of what we did to that car-starting with the flipped shackles. The 272 V8 was running on 7 cylinders, and the car owed nobody anything. Well, the multi-level parking garage at San Jose Stae had these huge round pillars at the point where you turned and went to the next level. One day, we opened the rear doors, peeled out, and slammed the doors shut by hitting those posts. No glass left in any of the doors. Of course, we laughed and laughed. This was a break between classes. That car ended up at a carnival, smashed with a huge sledge, for 50cents a blow. I'd forgotten about all that.....
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    I think we already figured out that we grew up in pretty much the same neck of the woods around the same time.

    Good thing we didn't know each other!

    Oh, the fun we would have had! We would have made a dangerous duo!

    I still crack up when I think of that blue haired old lady driving down the street in her 58 Ford with the rear end up in the air!
  • etagetag Posts: 14
    Hi from minnesota
    A story about my old buddy Skip
    He got himself about a 49' ford pickup in high school, one fine winter day he and 2 buddies rolled it and wound up in the ditch. Guy in the middle broke his collar bone everybody else was OK. Well the roll popped the windshield out.
    Rememeber the winters in Minnesota have windchill
    that can dip to -50F with a stiff wind.
    Well the money to put in a new windshield was not there so Skip wouild drive it as it was.
    He would put on a hooded parka a hat, and a couple scarves and drive.
    He got pulled over one night by a state trooper
    on the freeway. Somehow the trooper didn't notice
    or couldn't believe anybody would drive with no
    windshield in the winter.
    The trooper just ignored it.
    Would have made a good commercial for glass replacement company.
  • the '55 chev.--it was a great car!!
    the following figures are taken from my original bill of sale. this was my demo at the time i was a salesman for chev. dealer.
    turquoise &white-model #2403 4 dr. 8cyl. bel air-
    key #8358.
    Accessories:direct. signals $16.75
    powerglide 180.60
    radio 91.50
    heater 88.50
    whitewalls 26.90
    tu-tone 12.95
    winterize 8.50
    base price of car $2280.00
    extras 425.20
    total $2705.20
    insurance (coll.) 51.75
    finance chg. 90.37
    total $2847.32
    Salesman discount 675.64
    cash deposit 100.00
    total bal.due $2071.68
    payable terms:11 payts. @ $41.00-1 payt. (12th) due-$1620.68

    this bill of sale is framed and mounted in my den.this figure of $2171.68, was the dealers true cost--!! something in the order of %20+ (twenty)percent-!!!! thought you all might enjoy this trip back in time! oh--the dealer was clay chevrolet-west roxbury-mass.
  • I envy those of you who actually grew up in the best car era ever. The only thing $2,100 will buy you these days is a pretty good mountain bike. What ever happened to that 55 Chevy?
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