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Your first car

Postby phillipsted » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:02 am

After reading the cars thread, I thought it might be fun to see if folks could post pictures of their first rides.

In my case, it was a 1953 Ford F100 pickup. Three on the tree and a modified tractor engine under the huge hood. When the original owners purchased the truck back in the early 1950s, it was red. After 20 years baking under the hot sun, it faded to a nice pinkish color.

In other words, this was the most effective birth control method my folks could have purchased for an excited 16 year old. :cool:

Let's hear your stories and photos!

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Postby Evil D » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:16 am

I owned cars before i even had my license, so that's a funny question. I had a '76 Buick Apollo, a '78 Grand Prix, and a '81 Regal all before i could legally drive. I guess technically my first car i got to drive legally was an '87 Cavalier Z24. It was a turd but for a FWD 4 banger it had some pep and it handled pretty decent. More than once i took it through the back roads around curves road racing it and pushed it so hard the brakes were smoking when i parked it. I bought it from my cousin for $400 and sold it about a year later for $800 lol.
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Postby thog94 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:24 am

I'm with Evil D, my 1st legally owned car was a 86 Ford F-250 XLT. That thing was great until my buddy decided to use a Saab as a ramp and flip it.

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Postby rycen » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:44 am

1993 Taurus SHO

Fast,fun and luxurious.Outperformed many "sports cars" and went unnoticed by police most of the time. I did get pulled over once just so the officer have an up close look and ask questions about the car.Still has one of the best engines built.
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Postby Evil D » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:50 am

rycen wrote:1993 Taurus SHO

Fast,fun and luxurious.Outperformed many "sports cars" and went unnoticed by police most of the time. I did get pulled over once just so the officer have an up close look and ask questions about the car.Still has one of the best engines built.
Yamaha engines. They're a great engine that just happens to require way too **** much maintenance. I've seen so many in junkyards just because people wouldn't/couldn't afford paying to repairs. Simple things like the water pump is a $300 part. We've had guys on the Mustang forums talk about swapping one into a light Fox Mustang but nobody has ever done it to my knowledge. I've seen them swapped into Tempos though. Of course there's the Fiesta SHOgun which was converted to mid-engine RWD that had the SHO engines in them, but only 7 were ever built.
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Postby rycen » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:14 pm

I think the maintenance issues are blown out of proportion a little.My girls parents owned a 94 and literally did nothing but oil changes and brakes and drove 160K (no highways) and sold the car and last I knew it was still on the road 3+ years later.

Here is an engine swap for you.

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Postby Evil D » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:25 pm

That's really cool. My main point was just that parts are expensive because they're less common. If i owned one, i'd look into buying a couple wrecked cars for parts.
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Postby tonydahose » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:47 pm

1981 Ford Escort L baby. in turd brown no less. 4 speed. i learned to powershift in this car, do reverse donuts, and i took if off-roading into the woods near my parents house. i only had to get towed out once :o

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Postby Evil D » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:13 pm

tonydahose wrote:1981 Ford Escort L baby. in turd brown no less. 4 speed. i learned to powershift in this car, do reverse donuts, and i took if off-roading into the woods near my parents house. i only had to get towed out once :o

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Postby Gunslinger » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:36 pm

1989 Chevy S10 4.3 litre Vortec. I miss my truck.
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Postby FroOchie » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:42 pm

Image - My 92 Maxima GLX I bought in 94. Seems so long ago now.
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Postby gull wing » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:29 pm

Wish I had a picture. It was a 1952 Chevrolet, (used), on the column standard, three speed, in line six.
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Postby bdblue » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:41 pm

rycen wrote:I think the maintenance issues are blown out of proportion a little.My girls parents owned a 94 and literally did nothing but oil changes and brakes and drove 160K (no highways) and sold the car and last I knew it was still on the road 3+ years later.
I owned a 1990 SHO and drove it to 150k miles. I also owned a 1997 SHO and a 1998 SHO. The V8 models were different animals but had their good points too.


Back to the topic of the thread- my first car was a used 1966 Dodge Charger 383. It was a very unique car with the hideaway headlights and big fastback.

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Postby jackburton9807 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:59 pm

Tan 72 GMC Sprint with a hard cover for the bed. Even had me an 8 track player.

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Postby Bradley » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:09 pm

98 nissan maxima :) drove that baby to 250k.
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Postby DeathBySnooSnoo » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:58 pm

I owned a 1981 Oldsmobile Delta 88. In a colour that Tom Waits would describe as Monkey **** Brown. Velour interior...also brown. AM radio only. But 5 litre V8...for a car that was that huge, the thing could move! Bought it for $400...drive it for about 3 years til I just burnt it out. Drove it like it was rented. Rad leaked, brakes were shot, needed an entire exhaust system, leaked oil...finally one day after a long long highway drive in 90 temps doing about 70 mph for about 3 hours straight...I cooked it. Rad literally blew up...engine was seized.
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Postby 1623 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:49 pm

I've got a photo in a box somewhere, but my first car was a 1985 Toyota Tercel Wagon automatic in a funky tan/gold color with a tan interior.

I have some fond memories associated with that car and I took a whole lotta' no heat, drivers window that stayed 1/3 open, blanket on my lap drives in the middle of our glorious New Hampshire winters to visit my girlfriend over an hour away at College.

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Postby .357 mag » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:36 pm

1985 f150. 300 I6. Great first truck.

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Postby Pinetreebbs » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:07 pm

A 1952 MG TD, bought as pile of parts for $300, put it together and drove the heck out it until I could no longer afford insurance.
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Postby SpyderNut » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:15 pm

Mine was a 1983 GMC Scottsdale 1/2 ton in rust brown. (I think the original color was supposed to be brown, but the all-encompassing rust really gave the brown a nice hue ;) ). It was also a 4x4 with manual lock-out hubs. This truck was such as rust bucket that you could literally stick your foot right through the side of the bed without touching the bed :eek: . (You could also see the front right tire spinning as you went down the road through the passenger’s floorboard. We called this our “Fred Flintstone Overdrive” feature). I still miss that smelly old truck…
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