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  • Hey folks! It has been some time since I last posted, but want to know. What is your current ride compared to your first one? Sort of like what was your first girlfreind/boyfriend? I am now driving Jeeps exclusively, and love to explore still. It has been a long way since that 49 Pontiac I lost my virginity in!
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Current ride Vs. first ride?
    Let's see, Current ride, "Patsy" is a 95 Ford Thunderbird with 205 horsepower, 281 CID V-8, 1,000 pounds less weight, an air conditioner that works, a driver's window that rolls down (without the drivier pushing on it from the top), 27.5 MPG highway, flimsy plastic bumpers, and looks like everything else on the road.

    First ride? One light green 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis with a 153 horsepower 400 CID V-8 (gotta love 1970's emissions controls), no air, the drivers window was operated by a hand pushing down on it, a horn that occasionally satyed on when you released the button, got 12.5 MPG highway the only time I was brave enough to calculate it, had enough room to relocate a family of pachyderms, a massive chrome bumper that was known to give broken down Chevys a loving nudge outta the way, and more steel than Pittsburg's NFL franchise. My T-Bird is a more practical daily driver, but I hung on to the mercury, figuring I'll eventually rebuild the enigne minus the obsolete, ineffective emissions controls, add a computer controled EFI, and see if I can't get some decent numbers out of that engine. But first I'll have to concentrate on finishing college ;-)
  • My first car was a 1969 Buick Skylark. I bought it when I was 18 and right out of high school. It was green and had a 6 cylinder motor in it I think it was a 283 but I am not sure. That car went over 110,000 miles. It was a darn good car.
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    My first car was a 1960 Corvair four-door sedan. That was thirty years ago, and my social life still hasn't recovered.
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 2,006
    The first car I bought was in 1977 at age 19. it was a 1972 Dodge Charger, 33,000 miles, $1,400, brown with tan vinyl interior, forward half black vinyl top, hidden headlights, 8-track. It was an automatic with an eight cylinder engine (318). Then about a year later I sold it to my Dad when his '65 Valiant died. I then bought a '73 VW bus, automatic, 30,000 miles, $2,000, no power but lots of fun. I traded the Bus after 8 months on a new '79 Datsun 210, white with blue clothe, Listed for $5,500. (I was very proud of my first new car!) Then an '81 Olds Delta 88 diesel (junk), '84 Peugeot 505STI, '87 Maxima, '89 Maxima, '91 Mercedes 560SEL,'96 Jeep GC ltd, and currently a 99 Jeep GC ltd. QD and a '00 Mercedes E430 sport.
    2010 Land Rover LR4, 2013 Honda CR-V, 2009 Bentley GTC, 1990 MB 500SL, 2001 MB S500, 2007 Lincoln TC, 1964 RR Silver Cloud III, 1995 MB E320 Cab., 2015 Prevost Liberty Coach
  • ndancendance Posts: 323
    My first car (bought in 1976) was a 1970 Boss 302 Mustang. Grabber blue, rear spoiler, louvers, flat hood, $1800, headers, Minilite wheels (15x8's I think). Sold to finance the next muscle car, which in turn was sold to buy the next, etc... Thought I had found it for sale on the net but turned out that that car (which looked identical) had been owned by a guy who had bought another Boss 302 from me (I think I said that right).

    Pretty good all-around cars. They're not real fast but look cool and sound great. It always seemed to me that the build quality on 1969/1970 Mustangs was a lot better than Camaros and Cudas/Challengers of the era.
  • My first car was a Bug - great car to learn stick on, wish I hadn't squashed it. I cracked a cylinder on it after going over a speed bump too fast (it was ready to go). Fondest memories were going to the shore w/o parents and the two inch whole in the floor board that would allow water inside. Had a monsoon night one night. Great car - wish I had one or could import one from Mexico. May buy the New Beetle - but not the same thing.

    Car I first learned on? '65 Plymouth Fury with a Slant 6. Real dependable - my parent's car.

    Second car - '68 Chevy Impala 305 - o.k. great back seat for my age (like a couch, used as a .... I'll let you fill in the rest!)
  • CooperCooper Posts: 55
    Don't laugh. First car was a '74 Ford Pinto. Didn't even have carpeting. Had it from '76 to '79. Don't remember what happened to it.

    Then, got my parent's '72 Plymouth Valiant Scamp with a 225 slant 6. Great engine, as the separate discussion topic shows.

    Had that until I got my first new car in May 1983: VW Rabbit L. 1715 cc engine, last year with a carb, 4-speed. Neat little car.
  • ajvdhajvdh Posts: 223
    I had the dubious privilege of piloting the family chariot for the first couple of years. 'Twas a 72 Fury with the 318 and towing package, which included a "heavy duty" suspension. The best thing about this boat was its uncanny resemblance to an unmarked cop car. Left lane bandits were not a problem.

    My father had a temporary assignment in Italy, so they moved there for two years while I was in college, so I got sole use of the Fury. It did develop a fascinating problem - there was a fault in the wiring harness that would cause intermittent temporary electrical separation between the interior and underhood sections. When this happened, everything electrical would switch off, and the ignition switch was a dummy. No lights, horn, windshield wipers, etc.. And you couldn't turn off the motor. Chrysler issued a recall for this (go figure!).

    My parents sold it to a neighbor when they bought their diesel Peugot (they wanted a diesel they could buy in US form in Italy, and bring back to the US). The neighbor drove it for a couple of years, then an engine mount let go and the cost of fixing it was more than the car was worth.

    The first car I actually owned was a tennis-ball yellow '79 Civic 5 speed purchased a couple of months after I graduated college. A fun little beast that was one of the few '79s that could run on leaded gas. Quicker than it looked and dead reliable too. I put on better shocks, stiffer and shorter springs, a bigger front sway bar and added a rear bar. And an Ansa exhaust.

    Sold it after 6 years and 80,000 miles for about 1/2 of what I paid so I could buy an '85 T-bird Turbo (which depreciated 75% over the 6 years I owned it). I ran into the people I had sold it to a few years later, it was at 130,000 and still going strong.
  • The year was 1982 and I was 15 1/2. My father always wanted a car when he turned 16 so he told me he would buy me a car within reason. He found this 66 Impala convertible at M&M Auto sales in Waldorf, MD. We went to look at it and it was love at first site. It had a Power pack 283/powerglide, 4 barrel carb, and duel exhaust.
    I learned to drive in it, drove her to college, back and forth to work. She was my baby. I had an on the body restoration done to her. I loved the way heads turned when she went into the parking lot. :) I was getting high milage so I put another car on the road for a daily driver. I was given a 79 Transam with 6.6 litre engine. Would pass anything but a gas station. That was a money pit. LAter sold it and bought a new 94 Lumina and paid it off to buy my now current 2000 Impala LS (bought in May,1999). Now my LS is my daily driver and the convertible is my nice weekend car. Http://www.geocities.com/W_Bassett
    you can see a picture.
  • She's a beauty, identical to my second car, except mine has a red interior. I drove it for many years and finally put it away, my dad restored it and now uses it as his "go to the golf course" car.
  • cookie01cookie01 Posts: 369
    I finished my college internship in 1986 and bought my first car, a 1982 Honda Accord hatchback (lt. blue) with 82,000 miles on it... Yeah, that's a lot for a four-year-old car. But my Mom trusted Hondas and I thought it was worth a try.

    Only had one speaker, and the former driver must have been a "large" person cause the driver's seat tilted to one side quite a bit.

    The VERY FIRST day I had it some lady in a huge boat backed into it at a McDonald's. Of course she had no insurance.

    It ran pretty good, but no one told me I had to add water to the battery. I spend my first tax return on new battery and rotor. Sheesh.

    What happened to it? I "loaned"/"gave" it to my fiance and when we broke up he took it with the promise to send me $2000 for it... Of course, I NEVER saw a dime.
  • 1964 3-duece 389 Bonneville convertible. It's being restored.
  • My first car was a 1959 Plymouth Savoy with a 3 speed on the column. I bought it for $35. It had a crushed rear fin, but it ran good.
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Nice car! 4 speed or Hydro? Any options? I had a '61 Bonne convertible and a '63 Ventura.
  • It was fully loaded, pw, pb, ac, power antenna, power driver seat, big chrome vac gauge on the console and had the rare Pontiac spoke hubcaps. This one had a 4-speed hydramatic. There were 3 gears on the selector but low had 2 gears.

    We had alot of old Pontiac stuff. My father used Pontiac engines in the race cars. There were alot of interesting performance parts laying around. He had 3 Pontiac convertibles over about 7 years. The 64 was one of them.

    Excellent. A diehard-Pontiac buddy of mine found a 61 Bubble top Bonneville. He's looking at restoring it. It's alittle rough but all the pieces are there. You still have any vintage Pontiac stuff?
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    No, all I have left are a few shop manuals and the Q-Jet off a '69 Judge I had in the mid-80s. Old cars were more than a hobby for many years, but I had two life changes: a '68 Cougar, the last of many projects, I took a $5k hit on; and an urgent need to get on with my life. Got middle-aged, I guess. Just saw a '61 Catalina yesterday, still a sharp car. Always liked big cars with lots of power.
  • A Judge. Have you seen the prices on Judges lately?
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Don't remind me. I traded a '67 GTO HO for it, then had a hard time selling it for $1500 in the late '80s. It was real--I documented it through Pontiac, back when they were still doing that. The problem, believe it or not, was that it was a column-shift automatic, not floor shift or 4 speed. The white vinyl top didn't help either, and it was missing the spoiler...and it had a small ding, and someone had cut a hole in a quarter panel for a CB antenna. But very clean and a strong runner--I beat a Six-Pak Challenger at the strip. That Ram Air III put out every one of its 366 horses. Handled well, too. One of my favorites.
  • My first car was 1970 VW that I purchased for $1500.00 right after I graduated high school. White with red interior in excellent shape bought from an older gentleman. I sold it in 1985 to my fiancee at the time who inturn painted it candy apple red with mag wheels and beefed up the stero system in it. He sold it in 1990 for a van ..kids you know. The person who bought it who was older than the both of us sold it w/in a year to a young kid and I haven't seen it since. Many fond memories in that car.
  • Bought it in 1982 for $295 with about 92,000 miles from an old lady my Mother worked with. The reason it was only $295? It was broadsided by a teen on the driver's side, (never fixed, but very very drivable), and the passenger side had been hit by a school bus. I never filled the gas tank completely the whole time I owned it, and it averaged about 13 mpg for me, but it was completely indestructable. Accidentally put it in park coasting down a hill - locked up the tires and killed the engine. Started it back up, put it in gear - no damage.

    When I was away at Parris Island for the Marine Corps in 1984, my sister drove it while home from college. Blew the radiator hose and drove it home, frying the valves. Car still ran. Brake master cylinder went out - still drove it, just pump the brakes. Heater went out next, still drove it with my head out the window. Was going to use a torch and cut the roof off as a homemade convertable the next summer - parents gave it away.

    Currently drive a 2000 Intrepid R/T - miss the old Catalina, but it started my love affair with big American cars.
  • Right out of college and a two year fellowship, was working on Hilton Head in 1972 -- bought a old orange Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (born sometime in the 60's) for $600. Great car if you ran it through the gears -- would go through any type of mud, water, etc. like a Jeep. However, I didn't realize that you had to do something other than just put gas in, and ran it until the oil was used up. Car seized up on the road coming back through the marshes from Savannah one night -- $300 and a rebuilt engine.

    Drove it for another year and gave it to my brother to use at college when I went to England -- when I came back two years later, he had used up what remaining life was left in it and ended up trading the car straight-up for a hanging plant!
  • my first car was a 36 ford coupe no heater paid 150.dollars for it. lived in country on dirt road no way you hang it up in mud traded for a 38 ford sedan I was 16 yrs.old when bought the first car
    drivers license cost .50 cent then in mo.also no
    test

    dish fish
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Bought in '72 for $525. Had the 200ci six with 3spd standard on the floor. Car had 44K on it when I bought it. White with red interior. While it was a good looking car, it was an unreliable disaster. Brakes, clutch, electrics, and the vent pipe on the drivers side rusted out, so every time it rained it would dump water on your feet. After two years I sold it and later saw it coming down the road with no glass and a crooked top. A month later, the new owner rolled (again) it several times. I had sold it to him for $595. Bought a '67 Austin Healey Sprite (am I stupid, or what?) Sold it six months later after going broke trying to keep it on the road. But then, a real sweetie: 1973 Olds Cutlass S w/ 350 4bbl. Dualed it out using Walker Blue Continentals. Loud, fast, fun, and as reliable a car as ever went down the street. First new car was bought in '75, Olds Starfire, 231 V6 with 4spd. Did everything in that car including getting it airborn a couple of times. Drove it 4 years and 70K miles with only minor maintenance. That is the one I really miss. Not that fast, but sharp looking and lots of fun.

    Jim
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    My folks wanted my sister and I to have transportation, not the family Galaxy or Falcon Wagon so the mechanic at Galpin Ford sold us his 54 V-8 3 speed column shift. Drove it home, sis didn't want to, neither of us had ever driven a stick. As I remember the engine was the first OHV V-8, maybe 239 cid and wouldn't guess at HP. I drove it weekends and sis was supposed to take it to school as soon as she learned to drive it. Blew the clutch in 6 weeks and did the replacement myself in friends driveway with a motors manual and 3 advisors who could have done it in 25% of the time, no mechanic here. Got it painted canary yellow, taste in 17 year olds is suspect, and blew the engine 8 weeks later. Sis never did drive it but she paid her half of the $250 price and still complains to this day. Got a 60 Falcon replacement and honestly don't remember the price, straight six and 2 speed auto.

    Don't miss either of them. Now my first new car the '72 MGB is another story.
  • blarg1blarg1 Posts: 59
    as it hauled my buddy's car off to the junkyard. His girlfriend didn't know he sold it to me a couple hours before.

    It was a 1984 Gutless Ciera 4 door. Colored Purpple/brown and pinkish/orangish two tone and a brown and orange interior. What a crate. Rust all over. Bought it for $100 in 1995. It ran on 3 cylinders and the windows wouldn't roll up, leaked oil out the header covers and had all four original hubcaps. Licence plate NOGO 500, no go 500 miles. So I fixed it, put in a cd played and 2 new speakers and it was good to go.

    I used it to deliver landscaping supplies, dirt, blocks, timbers. Delivered pizza, drove to school, girlfriends, drove to funerals, weddings and I loved to drive it.I would park next to the most expensive cars I could find and wait for the owners of that lexus or porsche to look down at my NOGO. Mine was paid for, how 'bout yours? That gutless would make 100 mph if I held it down long enough.
    Best moments were dying at the toll booth, i got to push it through for free, and the muffler nailed a tailgating corvette at the on ramp to route 55 in Chicago. I pulled over 1/4 mile down the road to see the steam cloud from the destroyed radiator, laughed all the way home.

    second best moment was changing a flat in January, -30 temp, -75 windchill. I jacked up the car, and the jack crashed through the floorboards. Drove the car on the flat, with the jack dragging to the Firestone. I'm surprised the sparks didn't catch the car on fire.

    God Rest NOGO, traded it in for $1700 for a Buick, dealer didn't even see my car, it was getting a new muffler, and I walked to the dealer. I parked it over by the oil cans when I turned it in.

    Drove my NOGO 28000 miles, and almost exactly one year. best piece of crap I had ever driven.
  • fdthirdfdthird Posts: 352
    My first car was a '55 Chevy BelAir that was bought when I was 17 in 1967 from a family friend for $50. Stove bolt 6 with a 3 speed column shift. It was that yechy two tone Chevy green and I "classed" it up with a racing stripe!!!

    Had the car for 3 weeks and going to work one morning plowed it into the back end of a 52 Chevy that was sitting dead in the left lane (no mean feet to find a 15 year old car to crash a 12 year old car into)

    Hitched rides with friends for most of the next year till I got a '68 Falcon!

    FDIII
  • swaugerswauger Posts: 91
    My first car was a 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass that my father bought new in '67. It was a gorgeous aquamarine/light blue combo, with vinyl seats, 330 cu. in. V8, 2 bbl. carb, and 4 wheel drum brakes (taught me a lot about brake fade). It became "mine" officially in '75 when I graduated from high school even though I almost exclusively drove it since '74. Drove it until Dec of 77, just over 10 years and 146K miles on the clock when I got the hots and bought a 1978 VW Scirocco (fun car, but should have kept the Olds). Car was rock solid, engine had only ever had one valve job at around 36K, transmission was in great shape. Sold it to the son of a neighbor, who totally abused the car, and trashed it in 6 months. It sat around at the corner gas station for another 8 months or so until it disappeared when he sold it to a junkyard. Was darn hard to watch such a great car be run into the ground by an idiot.

    I've driven a lot of Stangs since then, but still think if I were to go for a classic car project it'd have to be a late 60's 442.
  • freddokfreddok Posts: 3
    Interesting tales about first cars. My first was a 1974 Ford Maverick that I bought from an old man on Long Island for $300 in late 1986. It had an interesting sense of deja vu about it since I remember my father looking at a new '74 Comet once in a Pennslvyania showroom that he decided not to buy, and my Maverick looked almost like it...bucket seats in the interior, four doors, big dash, etc. Mine was a bit more beat-up. It came Corvette yellow but it turned out it had been repainted by the previous owner...its real color was a dark bronze color. I found out its real color when the yellow paint began peeling off. It had a 8-track tape player and the passenger side seatback was broken and held up with a green picnic cooler that came with the car. I fixed that later on by ripping out the seatbacks and replacing them with a pair of matching tan ones from a junked '78 Mustang.

    That Maverick lasted me about a year and a half when it finally went due to its timing chain snapping at speed on the Long Island Expressway in the fall of 1988. Off to the junkman it then went.

    It was replaced with a real antique...a '66 Fury with a slant six I owned for about two months and gave to a friend when its brakes went (at slow speed pulling out of the driveway, luckily). I got that car for $70.00.

    I was then given a '78 Dodge Diplomat wagon by a relative at Thanksgiving 1988 for $1.00...loaded and filled with options. That lasted about two years and only got junked when it wouldn't pass inspection due to rust on its underbody. That one went in the summer of 1990. I then got a 1983 Ford Escort wagon (ugly orange thing...purchased for $400.00) that ran like a tank for almost four years until its head gasket went. I then bought my first new car...a new 1993 Escort that I got in the spring of 1994. That was a little more expensive ($11,000) and lasted me a bit longer...traded it in the summer of last year after I put 147,000 miles on it. May my current car, a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire bought new in July 2000 for $18,000 last me as long, or longer than my dependable old 1993 Escort did. However, I still remember my first car fondly...wish I had gotten that Maverick new.

    Freddo K.
  • Paid $2000 for it the summer before my senior year of high school after my dada' insurance agent said I could,I afford the 440 Road Runner I wanted to get. Drove that car for 4 years (put 80,000 miles) & lots of smoke & traded it for a Brand new 1974 Ford Mustang II 4 anger.

    The old Ply mouth got bought from tote the note lot by some guy that worked down the street from my part time job last time I saw her she had the trunk wired closed & looked like a fogging machine going down the road.
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