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Old 01-01-2019, 03:11 PM   #1
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For fun....what was your first vehicle, or first few? What did you pay for them? And what happened to them?

Skipping the motorcycle....I bought a '60 Ford F100 Shortbed...pretty rough....223 6 cyl, 4 speed. $75 in 1976. Later, bough a 60 long bed F100...223 and 3 on the tree. $400. It had a CB radio in it...a Realistic. 8 track deck under the dash...and a circular face am radio in the dash.

Sold them both and got a new 77 Ford F150 SNB...351 Cleveland and 4 speed. Got $400 for both the old fords, paid $4,350 for the new truck. Had half the money and a bank loan cosigned for the other half for 18 months. Paid it off in 8 months I think.


The good old days. No A/C either. AM radios.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:29 PM   #2
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first was a '72 cutlass supreme given to me as an graduation gift.('83). sold it 6 most later and bought a beach cruiser and rode that for a cpl years.

then got a new '85 yota 4x4 pick up i bought new.

also had a '74(?) vw microbus and a few others mixed in.

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First car was a 54 Chev Belair , Canary yellow. Other then the body rebuilt it all , 235 , Automatic, brakes , whole thing . Dad had an auto machine shop and he bought and sold cars. 65 Chevy SS, 68 Cougar XR7 428, man would that run, 65 Ford F100 4x4 , put a 390 in that . 63 Dodge D300 . Many more, mostly Fords although later years here dad got me into buying Olds and Buicks Trucks still a Ford man. wish I still had some of them cars today , be worth some money.

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71 Chevy 1/2ton Pickup. $1,000 with a bad transmission and about 88,000 miles in 1979 and I was a few months shy of 18... Numerous cars, trucks and SUV’s since then. Fast forward to 2017 I had a 2009 F-150 with 86,000 miles on it.

It dawned on my that almost 40 years of hard work and sacrifice later, I was a few months shy of 56 and I was driving an 8 year old pickup with over 85,000 miles.

Ordered a new Ford F-150 short bed, with just the options I wanted.
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71 Chevy 1/2ton Pickup. $1,000 with a bad transmission and about 88,000 miles in 1979 and I was a few months shy of 18... Numerous cars, trucks and SUVís since then. Fast forward to 2017 I had a 2009 F-150 with 86,000 miles on it.

It dawned on my that almost 40 years of hard work and sacrifice later, I was a few months shy of 56 and I was driving an 8 year old pickup with over 85,000 miles.

Ordered a new Ford F-150 short bed, with just the options I wanted.

I drove my 77 Ford 72,000 miles in 9 years....and it was worn out...now, I drive 100k a year, and they are good for a few hundred more.

Vehicles are better today then they used to be. By a long shot.
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‘57 Chevy Bel Aire, 14 when I got it

‘68 Impala SS

‘74 Pantera

‘76 Mustang

‘79 Bronco

‘00 Excursion

5 or six for the wife since ‘78.

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My first car was a 1970 Saab 96.

It had a shifting problem so I took it to the local foreign car repair shop. The owner of the shop basically told me that he wasn't interested and it wasn't worth it for me to have him fix it but if I wanted, he would sell me a repair manual. I said yes and learned how to wrench on that car.
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My first car was a 1970 Saab 96.

It had a shifting problem so I took it to the local foreign car repair shop. The owner of the shop basically told me that he wasn't interested and it wasn't worth it for me to have him fix it but if I wanted, he would sell me a repair manual. I said yes and learned how to wrench on that car.
Was that one where the engine oil pan was part of the transmission? work on one once what a job.
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73 ford mustang Mach I. 351 Cleveland, $600. Sold it piece by piece for $3000 total.

Second was a 71 ford f100, manual trans, shift throw from first touching the dash to second touching the bench seat. Manual steering, I use to wear leather gloves. Paid $500 sold it for $600.
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Was that one where the engine oil pan was part of the transmission? work on one once what a job.
Not that I recall but it did have a weird freewheeling feature (no engine braking) left over from when they had 2 stroke engines.

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3rd car was a 1970 VW Beetle. Had a '74 Dodge Dart before that.
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Not that I recall but it did have a weird freewheeling feature (no engine braking) left over from when they had 2 stroke engines.

Found a picture (don't laugh):
My 1984 VW Quantum had that.
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73 black Gran Prix $3000 first thing I did was put on custom wheels and wider tires

78 Z28 Camaro brand new about $7800 blew the engine went with headers, cam, etc. on a rebuild.
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73 black Gran Prix $3000 first thing I did was put on custom wheels and wider tires

78 Z28 Camaro brand new about $7800 blew the engine went with headers, cam, etc. on a rebuild.
Waiting to be picked up.

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My first car was a Ď71 firebird paid $1,500 for it in 1980. Wrecked it a few years later and put the motor in a Ď69 GTO I got for $200 with a blown engine .

Other early cars I had was a Ď72 Cadillac coupe de ville $300,
Ď73 Buick Le Sabre $100
Ď71 dodge pickup $500
Ď76 Dodge van $600
Ď74 VW bus with pop up camper top
Ď80 Datsun pickup
These are ones I remember I had in the 80ís , Iíve had many cars and trucks over the years . Ford , Chevy , dodge , donít matter to me
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72 Malibu 2 dr.
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Ex knocked the oil pan loose and kept driving. You know the rest...
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Can't not include motorcycles since that was my primary transportation for the beginning of my driving career.

Don't remember when but somewhere in the early 80's I got a used Suzuki GT 380 for about $200.

In 84 I got a new Honda V45 Sabre. Paid full price of $4250.00

Road both of these summer through winter, did my Christmas shopping on the 380 one year and when I came out there was 2" of snow on the ground. That was a fun drive home.

Sometime in the late 80's I got a Mustang Ghia. 300 cu in straight 6. You could do an oil change from the top of the engine. Had the oil pump on the side of the engine operated off the cam.

After that I got a 88 GMC 2500. Full bed, normal cab, $8K. Road that until 2007 when I got my current truck. Another GMC 2500, HD. Full bed with the extended cab, $27.5K

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