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Old 04/08/2006, 10:03 PM   #1
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What kind of cars did your parents own growing up?

My Dad used to keep his cars for about 10 years before replacing them.
Not intentionally it just worked out that way.

In my lifetime he had the following all purchased new except where noted:

1958 Pontiac Safari Station Wagon
1968 Ford LTD Country Squire Wagon
1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88
1990 Plymouth Grand Voyager

For a short while we were a 2 car family as well:
In 69 my Dad bought a used 1959 Chevy Impala with 3-speed on the column. (there's that 10 year thing again) The wheel fell off one day and he got rid of it ... would love to have that car today.
For awhile we also had a 1976 Chevy Station Wagon that was purchased used as well

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Old 04/09/2006, 04:52 AM   #2
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most of my early car memories is from my fathers 1974 Oldsmoblie Cutlass Supreme. I can remember he would open it up on a long freeway when we were going fishing. The sound of that 4 barrel carb "doing it's business" sure was cool at 120 mph. My father is coming to visit me in a few months and I am gonna take him for a ride in the 390 CS and let him hear how my 4 barrel sounds doing it's business. Might even bust out the big guns and do it in the Cobra Jet.

My mother had a early 70's beetle and I would stand up in the front seat while she drove around so I could see out the windshield. Boy have times changed.

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Old 04/09/2006, 08:19 AM   #3
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My father was a Ford Dealer while I was growing up. He always drove a brand new T-bird, switched to a crown vic and now drives an Expedition. I learned how to drive in a brand new lipstick red 75 t-bird with white leather interior. High horse power nope, cool factor for a 15 year old kid, yep.

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Old 04/09/2006, 10:21 AM   #4
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Dad always drove a new Ford Truck, he would trade in every 2-3 years. He did venture off and try a Dodge here recently when Dodge first came out with the Semi looking front end as he loved the looks. After the seat folding lever broke off and the tail gate chrome/aluminum cover fell off all within the first 6 mos he immediately traded back to a built Ford Tough F250.

I can remember in 1979 he bought a new2X4 F250 and in those days 4X4's were something you rarely found on the lot, you had to order them in but they were starting to show up more and more and I can remember him saying I've never needed a 4X4 so I'll never buy one. The next truck he bought was a 4X4 and every truck since, you can't even find a 2X4 on a lot here in Idaho anymore. If you want 2 wheel drive you order it.

As a kid Mom had a 67 Caddy, a 68 Caddy, they had a 68 Tbird for awhile, and then they started buying new GM cars and trading every 3-4 years, Olds Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix, moved on to Buick Park Ave's and stuck with them for a lot of years trading every few years and now that they are retired she drives new a new Caddy with the greatest option I've ever seen in a car. AC in the seats. Everyone used to think heated seats were awesome, I'm here to say AC in the seat is way better than heat. The leather heats up fast when you sit on it anyway but a hot day in the sun and AC keeps your crack cool all day.

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Old 04/09/2006, 10:37 AM   #5
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Everyone used to think heated seats were awesome, I'm here to say AC in the seat is way better than heat. The leather heats up fast when you sit on it anyway but a hot day in the sun and AC keeps your crack cool all day.

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Ha, ha funny Cory.

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Old 04/09/2006, 02:02 PM   #6
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Dad had more cars than I can remember, but the one's that stand out:
1934 Ford Truck chopped and channeled (today they would call it a rat rod).
1963 Impala Convertible
1968 Cadillac Fleetwood (a boat) - which I took to high school and totaled by hitting a 1955 chevy belair (the chevy was parked).
1974 Olds 98 convertible (which I took to the prom - what a night!) Casey
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Old 04/09/2006, 02:38 PM   #7
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My folks had a 56 Buick 2 door sedan, (Wish I had that one now!), a 64 Caddie, 72 caddie and an Olds delta 88(forgot the year) and two Lincoln Town Cars. My dad has always driven Ford Pickups and he will be 80 in September and guess what? He still drives a Ford F-250 diesel.
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Old 04/09/2006, 06:05 PM   #8
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The first car I remember my dad having is a 68' Mustang. It was Royal Maroon. I was born in 65' and I guess I was probably 4 or 5 years old when I began to pay attention. I remember for my birthday my parents took me to the local dime store and I picked out a toy Mustang because that's what my dad had.

Then in late 71' my dad traded my uncle even his 68' for my uncles 66' Mustang. My uncle was buying a Porsche 911 and my dad's car had a higher trade in value. The 66 was a 289, 4 speed car with Pony interior. One summer morning in 1975 I was leaving my friends house who lived next door. My dad's Mustang was in the neighbors yard sideways. A teenager up the street came home drunk and ran into the back of it. The insurance company totalled it and gave him $600.

It was all down hill from there. Next came:
Opel 1900 (?) wagon
Toyota Carolla Sports Coupe
Toyota Tercel
Honda Accord
Toyota Camry ( still has this one. Water got to the floor boards during Hurricane Katrina. The insurance company totalled this one also but they kept it.)

The first car I remember my mom having was either a 63' or 64' Falcon. Then in 1971 she got her first Brand new car, a Pontiac Lemans. Then she got the Honda Accord stated above. At some point they got rid of the Tercel and they only had one car since the Camry.

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Old 04/09/2006, 07:31 PM   #9
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she drives new a new Caddy with the greatest option I've ever seen in a car. AC in the seats. Everyone used to think heated seats were awesome, I'm here to say AC in the seat is way better than heat. The leather heats up fast when you sit on it anyway but a hot day in the sun and AC keeps your crack cool all day.

Cory
We just got those in our new Expedition. I can't wait for the warm weather to see how effective they are. So far they seem like they will be pretty cool! (pardon the pun)

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Old 04/10/2006, 05:57 AM   #10
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Everyone used to think heated seats were awesome, I'm here to say AC in the seat is way better than heat. The leather heats up fast when you sit on it anyway but a hot day in the sun and AC keeps your crack cool all day.
I completely agree a cool crack is better than a sweaty crack anyday.

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Old 04/11/2006, 10:46 PM   #11
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My dad had a 1983 Toyota Tercel and a 1983 Blazer (diesel) I drove the Blazer and the Tercel.. I drove the Tercel until 2002 when the transmission blew. It's now in Colorado.. Now, my dad has a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummings Turbo Diesel..
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Old 04/12/2006, 06:48 AM   #12
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Oh the memories of trying to open the 150 pound passanger door by myself as a young lad, and trying not to get crushed in its recoil.
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Old 04/12/2006, 08:06 AM   #13
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No money in our household.
56 Oldsmobile - used
64 Rambler - used
70 Plymouth Fury - used
77? Mazda GLC - New
Late 80s Buick Regal - used
The nicest vehicle we had was my Dad's new '72 GMC 1/2 ton long bed that is in the gallery. I drove it all through high school until I bought my 1st GT/CS, also in the gallery.
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Old 04/12/2006, 08:27 AM   #14
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My dad being born in 1911 first had a team of horses named Bob and Maude he used to get around on the prairies of South Dakota. Later, he had the proverbial Model A Ford and others like it. My mother drove a 1941 Ford convertible till my dad decided she was too much of a flirt with her blue eyes and flowing blonde hair and he sold it for $900.00. That car today is worth alot! She complained for many years wanting a 1959 T-bird, but never got it till she threatened him with a divorce and finally in 1970 he got her a 1970 Mach 1 Mustang with a 351 Cleveland. He had a 1967 Ford Custom he had made her drive or the 1967 Ford F250 truck till we got the Mustang and then all hell broke loose and she finally divorced him in 1974. Thats the year he bought his Ford LTD with a 351 Cleveland. She moved me and my sister to the Washington coast and we lived there for 2 years. She found out he was selling the family farm and wanted her cut so we packed up the Mustang and towed it behind a U-haul truck on a towbar back to South Dakota. In Wyoming we were stopped waiting to enter a 4 lane highway and a car with 2 drunk 18 year old girls smashed their car into the back of my mom`s mustang. There was a 16 year old boy on a motorcycle in between the two cars, but luckily he saw the car coming and lifted himself off the back spoiler of the mustang and catapaulted into the air and came down with such a force that it broke his helmet in two pieces. He had a concussion but came out ok I guess. The gas cap from the mustang was found in the ditch on the other side of the 4 lanes. I remember being an 11 year old, crying my eyes out searching for the gascap. Thinking I could`nt bear to leave it behind in Wyoming. The towtruck driver wrapped a chain around the motorcycle and when he tried to pry it away from the mustang, it lifted the front of the towtruck. It finally came out with a loud crack. My mom had to wait for the drunken girls grandfather to pass away, to get their inheritence, to get paid for the damage, but when the money came in, the lawyer absconded it and has never been heard from again. The mustang was drivable although she was pretty dented in, in the back. I drove it around and even street raced it for a few years. That thing really moved. My dad finally sold the mustang for $1800.00 in 1990. It had 90,000 original one owner miles on it.
I have had a 1973 Camaro, a 1967 Mustang convertible, various puddle jumpers to tool around in (Toyotas mostly). A 1966 mustang coupe, 1991 Ford Explorer (which was junk). Now I have a 1987 Acura Legend I tool around in and a 1990 Ford Aerostar van that is waiting for a transmission adjustment. And then I have this GT/CS Mustang I don`t know what to do with. It needs a complete restoration. It can`t be done now, but it has some rust. How long before its too late to restore a car that has rust? Anybody know? If I put it in a temperature controlled environment, would that stop it from rusting even worse? My husband said I would have to spray it down with WD-40 first. Is that right? Sorry, I`m just rambling again. Rhonda

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Old 04/12/2006, 09:35 AM   #15
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I completely agree a cool crack is better than a sweaty crack anyday.
We've got the kind of people here in Columbus who don't care what kind of crack they have, as long as they have crack. Ooops, wrong kind of crack.

I do have to say after driving my CS all last summer w/o A/C and vinyl interior, swamp ass is no fun espcially when your doing a lot of walking. Kind of amazing though that back in the 60's and out in the 100 + degree days in Palm Springs we never worried about A/C.

The car that stands out for me was a 68 Ford Custom my grandmother had. Neat car, it had a 390 and auto. Everytime she wanted to go some where I was right there to volunteer. She even let me borrow it every now then to go to school in. What a blast. She never could figure out why the tires wore out so quick on it.

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