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Cars you have owned....

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Togman, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I had a '68, single barrel, two door, canary yellow version of this car - marketed in the USA as an Austin America. I rebuilt the motor twice, replaced the transmission once, and installed more replacement CV joints than most people would believe. But the Hydrolastic suspension was amazing - the grip was remarkable in fast corners. But you had to keep the revs up and worried the carb would starve out and you would snap oversteer. I sold it because of pride - I didn't want to get stuck once the Hydrolastic system failed and everyone else I knew with one had lost theirs - I got half of my $ 400 back, and the other half I had gotten back selling parts off of a BRG parts car I paid $ 25 for.

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    Like this, only the wheels I had were larger in diameter.
     
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  2. Lowerleftcoast

    Lowerleftcoast Friend of Leo's

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    I was always embarrassed by my first car... I didn't have enough money for a real car.
    Renault listed the color as *seafoam green* so there was that.
    It had a water cooled 760cc engine.
    I put it together from three donor cars when I was 15. It cost me my time and $5 for a tire. I had it ready to take my drivers test at 16. It never broke down on me.

    I couldn't keep myself from laughing when the cop told me I was speeding. I told him it was impossible. I don't think he thought it could go that fast either. I was probably pulled over for long hair.
    He let me go with a warning.

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  3. boris bubbanov

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    I had a black one of these, 318 with large 2 barrel carb, Torqueflite of course, no stripe - instead it had a huge, black vinyl folding top, plus radio. No AC, no PS, no PB, just vinyl seats and floor liner. Hence it was extremely light and I could get great gas mileage for long distances AND this was not a slouch - when I lost to 340s, it was because he was getting his power to the pavement better than I could.
     
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  4. boris bubbanov

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    My 2002 has the rear spoiler and side strakes added, plus I've got some 17" aftermarket wheels on it right now........

    But I was convinced that people would steal the black interiors (and they have and still do) so I paid extra and got the full red interior - 18+ years, bought it with 4 miles on it and it just made 40,000 miles this summer.
     
  5. Peter77

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  6. buster poser

    buster poser Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    64 Chevelle | 68 Firebird | 72 Skylark | 72 Riviera Stage 1 | 77 Honda CVCC | 78 Starfire | 79 280ZX | 3x CRX Si (88, 89, 91) | 93 Civic hatch | 95 Civic coupe | 06 M3 ZCP | 3x Cooper S (02, 04, 08) | 06 F150 4x4 | 12 Focus hatch | 13 Mustang GT | 77 911

    Truck, focus, and taildragger are what we have now. No payments ftw

    I saw one of them at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut a few years ago. Parked on the infield inside of turn 1 like it was nothing. Pretty danged rare anyhow, something like 100 of them. Mr. Bean is a notable former owner, ditto Elon.
     
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    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    1st - 1975 AMC Pacer Ugly, but actually tough.
    2nd - 1975 Chevy Nova 2dr. 350V8/Muncie 4speed, 4brl carb, headers and dual exhaust. Wrecked
    3rd - 1975 Chevy Malibu 4dr 350/350 V8 Auto.
    4th - 1971 Buick LeSabre 4dr 350V8 Powerglide automatic
    5th - 1979 Datsun 280Z straight 6 fuel injected with 5 speed
    6th - 1975 MG Midget 1600cc straight 4 and 5 speed
    7th - 1984 Chevy Cavalier Wagon 2.0 4cyl. with 5 speed
    8th - 1988 Ford Escort 2 dr hatchback 1.8 4cyl. with 5 speed
    9th - 1992 Ford Tempo POS Died within 4 months
    10th - 1989 Ford Econoline 150 custom van 302 V8 automatic
    several more
     
  8. boris bubbanov

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    [​IMG] I was part of a syndicate of high schoolers who collectively owned and restored a 1954 Kaiser "Early Special" in this Emerald Green over Ivory. Except ours did not have these cool Kelsey Hayes wire wheels, nor the fog lamps, and was a four door. The car was usually housed in our large family garage, and I did more resto than any other kid.

    This vehicle began life as a 1953 in the Emerald Green, but was never delivered as dealers had all the unsold stock they could handle. Kaiser then pulled the 1953 front clips and smaller taillight assemblies, installed 1954 parts in their place and sprayed the lower half in the ivory color. And was retitled as a 1954. How about that!
     
  9. Tube Life

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    HaHa :) I was 23 years old when I bought (with my pops) this 92’ Brougham. Still have it today. It hasn’t seen a single snow or even much rain in the 22 years I’ve owned it. A lazy boy on wheels is the best way to describe these cars.
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  10. Mjea80

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    First car was an 88’ Toyota Camry
    Then a 99’ Jeep Wrangler TJ
    Then a 10’ Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport
    Now a 14’ Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.

    Any guesses what my favorite vehicles are ?? :D
     
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    I remember the TV commercials for the Dauphine. One of the features they advertised was that it had a city horn and a country horn.
     
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    I started with a 61 Dodge DeSoto, to a 68 Plymouth RoadRunner to a 72 Jeep to an '80 Pontiac Grand Prix
    then to an '87 Olds 88 then 93 Chevy Impala to an 07 Malibu and now a '16 Kia Sorento V6.
     
  13. JeffBlue

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    I've owned:
    1965 Plymouth Barracuda (bought for $375)
    1965 Chevy Malibu convertible (bought for $375)
    1963 Buick Wildcat (bought for $300)
    1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie 500XL (bought for $75)
    1963 custom Ford Econoline van (290 V8)
    1948 Dodge pickup (392 Red Ram Hemi)
    1969 Chevelle (350 V8)
    1972 Chevy Nova (350 V8)
    1969 Plymouth Roadrunner (383 V8 4 speed)
    1970 Chevy El Camino (383 stroker)
    1954 Ford F100 (351 Windsor, C4, 3:55 Posi)

    .......and I miss and wish I could still own them all.
     
  14. LutherBurger

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    Dude... come pick me up!
     
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  15. Lowerleftcoast

    Lowerleftcoast Friend of Leo's

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    Yes they did! Funny you'd remember that from an ad!

    Interesting engine arraignment. Rear engine with the radiator just behind the rear seat. The later R8 and R10 had the radiator at the rear.
     
  16. Blue Bill

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    My first car looked a lot like this one, with a dark chocolate Tolex top. That car rocked!

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    Mine and my wife’s cars (not all in correct order but close)
    ‘70 Plymouth Duster
    ‘73 Chevy Vega
    ‘77 Plymouth Volare (inherited from father)
    ‘78 Fiat 131
    ‘86 Pontiac Grand Am
    ‘87 Honda Prelude
    ‘88 Honda Accord
    ‘92 Mazda MPV
    ‘91 Mercury Sable (inherited from father in law)
    ‘02 Ford Windstar
    ‘03 Toyota Corolla (written off after accident)
    ‘11 Ford Fusion (still have it)
    ‘11 Mazda 3 hatchback (written off after hitting a deer)
    ‘18 Hyundai Tucson SE (still have it)

    Of all the cars we’ve owned prior to the Tucson, the best would probably be the Fusion, Corolla and Mazda 3 in that order. Those are/were the most reliable vehicles we’ve owned.
     
  18. Obsessed

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    I will give it a go:
    '64 GTO First car, but is took me 1 1/2 years to get it running during high school - 1971
    '63 VW bug (a car that I could afford gas during college)
    '63 VW bug (totaled the first one and put it's engine into this one)
    '63 VW Bus (transporter) my surf party machine.
    '70 VW Karmann Ghia - 1979
    '73 Porsche 914 (starting to make some bucks in my career) entry into competitive car rallyes.
    '63 VW Double Cab Type 2 pickup (a two car owner for the first time)
    '71 Porsche 911T My dream car that I owned and drove most of my career.
    '71 VW Bus Westfalia camper (my biathlon/triathlon/ultra runner competitor camper)
    '34 Chevy Standard sedan. Took stock car and built it into a 454/dual holley/TH400/Ford 9" fire breathen hot rod.
    '71 GMC Jimmy 4WD spent a year prepping it for my future adventure in Montana including stroking the 350 to 400.
    '81 AMC 4WD station wagon (additional commute car after falling in love with my future second wife 90 miles away).
    '82 Jeep CJ-7 My lifer vehicle. What took me so long?

    Motorcycles is a different story.
     
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  19. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I have no photos of any of the cars I owned before my marriage to Trixie in 2007.

    However, I think I can come up with a list.

    1958 Ford Fairlane sedan
    1956 Ford Fairlane Sedan
    1958 Buick Special sedan
    1961 Renault Dauphine
    1967 Camaro
    1970(?) Toyota Corolla
    1972 Toyota Corolla
    Datsun B210, don't recall the model year
    1976 Chevette
    1975 VW Rabbit
    1979 Ford LTD
    1978 Mercury Zephyr.
    1980(?) Plymouth Horizon hatchback
    1981 Plymouth Horizon hatchback
    198? Mercury Sable
    2007(?) Honda Civic
    1997 Chrysler Cirrus
    2015 Nissan Murano
    2013 Ford Fusion.

    There's a couple more in there that I can't specifically recall at the moment.

    I've owned many more motorcycles than cars however. I think my MC count is 60.
     
  20. Dirtsquirrel

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    Relatively short list for almost 50 years of driving
    1966 VW Kharman Ghia
    1971 Pontiac Ventura 4 door 250 6 cylinder with 2 spd
    1982 Mazda RX7
    1986 Ford Taurus MT5 wagon
    1975 Pontiac Lemans Safari wagon. 400
    1969 Buick Skylark 350
    1971 Buick Skylark Custom Ragtop 350
    1991 Toyota Previa AWD
    2004 Nissan Xterra
    2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
    2007 Volvo XC 90
    2015 Kia Sorento
     
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