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steveVa    Posted 01-29-2018 at 11:24:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • My First Car
  • My first car had 2 - 6 volt batteries, positive ground, hooked together in series, in a compartment under a piece of carpet, behind the two front seats.(only 2 seats)
    It also had several cam screw type latches that went around the perimeter of the battery cover that were a royal pain in the a$$ to line up and latch or un latch. The batteries hung doun under the car and were exposed to road grime, water splashing, and being hit by rocks an debris. The batteries were such a pain that I changed them over to one 12 volt set in the trunk in front of the rear wheel well on the passanger side so as to balance the drivers weight. Worked like a charm and makes me wonder why they did not do that to begin with.
    I loved that car, but hated the battery arrangement and ALL of the electrical wiring arrangement. And so began the discvery and life long process of changing things that I do not like in cars or boats or tractors, or houses. I generally end up re-wiring everything.
    Can you guess what kind of car it was? 4 cyl rear wheel drive. Not American made.

    lonestarjeff    Posted 02-06-2018 at 21:33:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • '67 Chevy Custom 1/2 ton....short bed, 327ci, 3-n-the-tree. Color was sort of a dirty golden brown. Drove me crazy when the shift linkage got hung up trying to drop down into 1st at a stop sign/light(Seems like it only happened when a nice-lookin girl was pulled up in the next lane). I'd have to climb out, pop the hood, & jiggle the linkage down next to the steering column.

    ......wish I had that truck back again :-(

    steveVa    Posted 02-07-2018 at 14:11:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I had a friend with one of those in high school. One night he spun the tires in gravel, and when he hit the pavement the wheels grabbed. Truck then would revv up but not move. Turns out he wrung off the drive shaft. Never saw that before or since.

    lonestarjeff    Posted 02-07-2018 at 19:58:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • If I had seen that in high school I have to admit it would have seemed pretty funny; however, my dad had no sense of humor about such things. I remember a couple of involved a flat tire on the family car, the other(also the family car)I managed to get a bundle a bailing wire wrapped around the driveshaft....but those are stories for another post. :-)

    steveVa    Posted 02-08-2018 at 14:44:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have a few of those stories myself. Lucky we all survived...

    Andy B (MI)    Posted 02-01-2018 at 20:59:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well, my first "car" was a 1981 z28 camaro with a 350...

    My first vehicle was a 2001 dodge 1500

    The first vehicle I drove legally the day I got my license is a 1984 dodge w-100 4x4 4 speed.

    Loren    Posted 01-31-2018 at 23:59:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Probably an MGA.

    steveVa    Posted 02-01-2018 at 02:46:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Excellent guess, it was an MGB 1963.

    j4nss(WNY)    Posted 01-31-2018 at 18:45:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Mine was a '67 Impala S/S. In only had the small 283 in it but it sure sounded sweet with that Cherry Bomb on it.
    There wasn't a straight piece of sheet metal on it when I sold it. Sure wish I took better care of it and had it today.

    Jim Rushford    Posted 01-31-2018 at 16:23:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Maybe this will work.

    j52j    Posted 01-31-2018 at 18:44:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Jim
    That's what my First Pick up looked like after I took Two F1 fords and made one daily driver.. Less the Wheels.


    Jim Rushford    Posted 01-31-2018 at 16:15:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Mine was a 41 Ford 2-door sedan. $75.00 Souped it up with 3 strombergs, shaved heads and a cam. Don't miss it too much since we have Little Red. Image attached (hopefully)

    2NTony    Posted 01-31-2018 at 06:43:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My first was a 1966 Chevy 1/2 Ton pickup straight from duty with the US Forrest Service. Short bed, four on the floor with a granny low, and a positrack rear end. I added an 8 track player. A few years later I sold the truck to buy an engagement ring for my first wife. I should have kept the truck, no kidding.

    Larry TX    Posted 01-31-2018 at 11:01:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Mine was a Chevy pickup also, but an older '53 five window with an engine so worn and leaking oil through the rear seal that I had to stop by a Foley-Newsome gas station each morning headed to school and put a quart of 10 cent re-refined 40 wt. oil in it. Second was a '57 Chevy two door (w/posts and not the popular hardtop of that era) that had the small block 283 V8 and three on the tree tranny! Yep, and I too made that mistake back then by trading that fine auto on something I thought was newer and better - those cars today, even the post models, are bringing easily twenty five to thirty grand - what a dummy I was!

    2NTony    Posted 01-31-2018 at 14:11:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Make that a five speed, not a four. Senior moments can be so.... uh, forgetful. LOL

    steveVa    Posted 01-31-2018 at 07:53:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I think we all wish we had our first truck or car back. I think we all make decisions we regret.

    SelectOSpeed    Posted 01-31-2018 at 08:47:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Although I had several vehicles I tinkered with and drove around the farm, the first car I had when I got drivers license was 1972 Gran Torino Sport Fastback. 351 CJ, Automatic, Competition Suspension, Traction Lol 3:25 Axle, Craig/Pioneer 8 Track mounted on floor. Car was Bright Green Gold Metallic, Laser Stripe down sides, with Ivy Green Vinyl Roof. I learned about Love in that car. Would give anything to have it back now. SoS

    steveVa    Posted 01-31-2018 at 12:19:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Here is a Project Car for you if you have time on your hands...

    Gaspump    Posted 01-31-2018 at 11:34:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Cool, not my first car but about my 6th new car was a 1971 yellow Torino, 351 Cleveland, shaker hood, slats, laser stripe etc. etc. Truly a nice car and one of those that should have been kept too.

    steveVa    Posted 02-01-2018 at 19:27:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: My First Car... Whats your Favorite Car?? Or Truck
  • Gaspump, sounds like you and SoS and others have had some nice cars.
    I've had the MGB, VW Bug, 74 Jensen Healey, 81 626, 84 RX7, Ranger Trucks, F150s, Expeditions, Taurus, and other MG's.
    I would have to say that my favorite and most fun was the RX7. That car was increadibly smooth and nimble and would revv so smooth up to 12k it was amazing.
    The Lotus 907 in the Jensen was another motor that would revv real high real fast. That car had an increadibly long second gear. I would see the Corvettes shift at least twice more before I had to hit third.

    steveVa    Posted 01-31-2018 at 09:38:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Starskey and Hutch!! That is so 1970's. link below
    Here you go.
    This just gets better and better, these stories are great.
    In high school I drove a maroon 1970 Torino fastback with black sport slats. Thank the lord it had a 351 2 barrel and not 4 barrel or I probably would not be here today. Talk about love, The best part about that car was that it had a bench seat front seat and NOT bucket seats.
    My dad bought it brand new in 1970 when the ford dealer offered him a deal. To this day I cannot believe that my dad bought that car with two teen age sons just driving, but it worked out ok. I actually took good care of that car and even though it was not actually my car, I would still love to have it today. My dad offered it to me when he sold it in 1985, but I was too stupid and busy to take him up on it at the time. Like I said, we all make decisions that we regret.
    The 70's had to be the greatest decade of all time. But I will bet the guys that drove through the 60's will disagree. lol

    SelectOSpeed    Posted 01-31-2018 at 22:16:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My 72 had the bench seat as well. Oh yeah! SoS

    dave#1    Posted 01-30-2018 at 21:47:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My first car was a 1968 Ford convertible, I was dating my wife in that car 40 years ago !
    I still have her to this day !
    (Not the car)

    J52J    Posted 01-31-2018 at 18:54:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Dave
    When I was dating, I had a Red 61 ford convertible. I called it, my girl getter. It worked.. My 61 is long gone but my Girl is going strong. I'm glad she decided to be with me forever.


    Dave Smith    Posted 01-29-2018 at 18:01:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My fist car was a 37 Ford 2 door.
    Traded that for a 14 foot steel boat with a 3 1/2 hp Water Witch ob motor. (Sears)
    My second car was a 42 Ford business coupe. A very rare car due to WW2. Sold that to a older gentleman that knew it was rare.
    Wish I had it now
    My first PU truck was a Chevy 1/2 ton.
    My second PU truck was a 50 Chevy 1/2 ton.
    Back in the days when trucks were trucks.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-29-2018 at 11:42:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • MG? sounds like something Lucas would do LOL.

    Jimmyjack    Posted 01-31-2018 at 11:16:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I had a 1952 Willys Overland.

    steveVa    Posted 01-29-2018 at 11:59:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: My First Car *** ding ding ding What was your first car?
  • We have a winner!! That was Fast! Exactly! 1963 MGB.
    Lucas electronics, the Prince of Darkness.
    Lucas Electronics, the inadvertent inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper!!!
    What was your first Car???

    Walt/Tx    Posted 01-30-2018 at 10:40:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My first was a 1952 Ford 2 door sedan in 1962 when I entered 9th grade. Gave $100 cash for it. It was that 2 tone blue and in great shape excepting flathead V-8 was shot so bought another engine at wrecking yard for $15 and got 2 years out of it then put in a overhead valve 6 cyl out of a 57 Ford and ran it until after graduating . That big 6 was hot and I drag raced a lot and surprisingly beat a lot of guys.

    steveVa    Posted 01-30-2018 at 11:35:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • When I got my 63 MGB it was 1973. I remember thinking at the time that at 10 years old it was a real antique. Now I drive a 17 year old truck that I think is new.
    The MG came with the original motor in pieces. I put it together using a real good british manual and drove it for 6 years. Once I figured out what a spanner and a bonnet was, I was good to go.
    Dad had a 54 Ford Mainline with a V8. I dont remember it being a flat head motor.
    I do remember that his 61 Galaxy was an overhead valve V8, and the family 63 Country Squire 390 4 barrel wagon would rival most anything on the road.
    Good old days for sure.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 01-30-2018 at 08:39:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: My First Car *** ding ding ding What was your first car?
  • Bought my first car, a Model T Ford, at age 15. It had been setting in a barn yard for several years. Got it running and drove it on Iowa country roads as I never had a license on it. Think it was a 1923.

    steveVa    Posted 01-30-2018 at 09:56:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thats great. Do you recall what you paid for it and what year that was?

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 01-31-2018 at 07:10:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Paid exactly $25 for it. Great instruction car.

    I never had it licensed so am not positive of the year but believe it was a 1923


    steveVa    Posted 01-31-2018 at 07:41:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I love these stories. What year did you pay $25 for it?

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 01-31-2018 at 19:50:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Long story coming!

    My Pop passed away when I was 9 (1939). Oldest brother was 17 years older than I and married before Pop died. Next brother was 11 years older than I and was working away from home. So neither were around to teach me!

    Spring of 1946, probably March or April, I bought the "T". Another fellow and I skipped school and with his Model A towed it back to town. About 15 miles. Parked it on the School Bus parking lot which happened to be across the street from Allender's garage.

    Old John Allender was likely the best Model T mechanic is SE Iowa. Always had a stream of "bacca" running down from the corner of his mouth. Suppose he shaved at least a couple times a month. I don't believe I ever heard him say a word! Grunts! I pestered him and deciphered enough grunts to get it running.

    As I said before, a great learning machine!


    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-29-2018 at 20:16:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My first car was 1964 Ford F100 step side.

    carl nny    Posted 01-29-2018 at 17:16:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My first car was a '67 Triumph TR4A..My brother had a '59 MG with the electric fuel pump back by the tank. Drive through a small mud puddle and it would quit. Came in handy a couple times when I used it to take a young lady for a drive...LOL. My other brother had a '58 Austin Healy 2000. I really liked all three of those cars.

    J52J    Posted 01-29-2018 at 16:35:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My first car (58 ford wagon) I had to trade my 56 Cushman scooter for it. Then it was a 55 Chevy 4 dr.
    My first truck was actually (2)1950 fords F1 pickup trucks. the body was good on one and the motor and trans was good on the other.
    I liked working on the old cars but then new fangled cars are just to much for me.


    AL CT    Posted 01-29-2018 at 12:41:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: My First Car *** ding ding ding What was your first car?
  • Daily drivers:
    1956 Ford Convertible
    1960 Volvo 544
    1964 Volvo P1800

    Toys for fun:
    1930 Model A deluxe roadster
    1930 Model A deluxe phaeton
    1948 MG TC
    1935 Ford V8 P/U
    1956 Oldsmobile

    Memories, memories, those were the times.

    I do wish I had them all back to enjoy. I'm actually actively looking for a Model A to restore and enjoy again. Has to be the RIGHT one.

    Walt/Tx    Posted 01-29-2018 at 11:35:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Renault?

    steveVa    Posted 01-31-2018 at 18:31:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I drove a Renault R-4 when I was in Austria, France, and Germany many many years ago.
    What a piece of krap that car was, but it never died. It just would not go over 20 miles an hour up a steep hill.

    tex prexhurst    Posted 01-29-2018 at 11:31:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I think the VWs had the battery in the back street. Possibly a Renault, I say this because of the stupid engineering.

    Charles Krammin    Posted 02-02-2018 at 15:25:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • 1928 Model A, with 100+, Sears-Robuck, WW-2 round knobbie tires 4X21", only thing that could make it thru the ill maintained gravel roads, during spring breakup, until We sheared key in axle. Lab dog would jump thru window and sleep in car at nite. Inherited it for farm work pay, after I pertrnded it was a hot rod and a piston got hung up and broke.
    Two favorite cars, still wished I had, 55 chevy hardtop ( got stuck in sand of lake Michigan)( going to watch the submarines). Jacked it up and put old tent under it.
    1959 studabaker hardtop, with 218 and 4 on the floor.

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