NFR Forget Gun Posts? Nostalgic Cars You've Owned

#46
The more of these I read these posts and see the photos, the more I realize how lucky we were to grow up through the 50s and 60s when we could buy cars from money saved from a paper route and afford to drive them. Cars with engines you didn't have to tear apart to find the spark plugs. I guess we should be proud that so many cars we bought on the cheap now cost $50,000 and up. Turns out we were smart enough to recognize 'em.

Too bad we weren't smart enough to keep 'em. :p

Craig
 
#47
Current toys include an RX-7 drifter and a WTF is that? :) View attachment 22104 View attachment 22106
I'll take a guess. Maybe a nicely kitted Fiero?
The more of these I read these posts and see the photos, the more I realize how lucky we were to grow up through the 50s and 60s when we could buy cars from money saved from a paper route and afford to drive them. Cars with engines you didn't have to tear apart to find the spark plugs. I guess we should be proud that so many cars we bought on the cheap now cost $50,000 and up. Turns out we were smart enough to recognize 'em.

Too bad we weren't smart enough to keep 'em. :p

Craig
Young men are still buying cheap cars and making them fast. You can't throw a rock in this college town without hitting a highly modified GTI or WRX. RX-7s like Speyfisher's, but in stock form are even cheaper.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#48
All the young'ns here are into the "fast and furious" imports. This town is too "right on" for muscle cars or sports cars.

Our Chrysler store had a Stealth sitting on the showroom floor for about a year... they couldn't sell the thing and ended up dealer trading it. There's no point in ever ordering a Viper.

When Ford rebuilt the GT 40, which they had to rename the Ford GT because someone bought the rights to the name "GT 40", they only built 500 of the ultimate muscle cars and we managed to get one. We couldn't sell that either and ended up dealer trading the car. That was probably the coolest car our dealership has ever had on the property but wasn't exactly practical. Where do you drive a rear engine, two seater sports car that can move close to 200 miles per hour? There was no trunk so it certainly wouldn't work well for fetching groceries.

If I was rich I wouldn't care. I would have bought one. Just the sound of the thing was worth the price. Considering Ford only built 500 of the Ford GTs, I would imagine they'll be worth a pretty penny in the future.
 

Bradley Miller

Dances with fish
#49
All the young'ns here are into the "fast and furious" imports. This town is too "right on" for muscle cars or sports cars.

Our Chrysler store had a Stealth sitting on the showroom floor for about a year... they couldn't sell the thing and ended up dealer trading it. There's no point in ever ordering a Viper.

When Ford rebuilt the GT 40, which they had to rename the Ford GT because someone bought the rights to the name "GT 40", they only built 500 of the ultimate muscle cars and we managed to get one. We couldn't sell that either and ended up dealer trading the car. That was probably the coolest car our dealership has ever had on the property but wasn't exactly practical. Where do you drive a rear engine, two seater sports car that can move close to 200 miles per hour? There was no trunk so it certainly wouldn't work well for fetching groceries.

If I was rich I wouldn't care. I would have bought one. Just the sound of the thing was worth the price. Considering Ford only built 500 of the Ford GTs, I would imagine they'll be worth a pretty penny in the future.
Lots of cars in that category (fast, two seats).....and I actually saw a GT parked in front of someones house in Tacoma last year. How can you not love a car that has eight intake tubes visible through the back glass? Holy crap.
 
#50
If I was rich I wouldn't care. I would have bought one. Just the sound of the thing was worth the price. Considering Ford only built 500 of the Ford GTs, I would imagine they'll be worth a pretty penny in the future.
That is one incredible car, but they built a little over 4000, and they couldn't use the name GT40 because the new car was much taller than 40cm. Jeremy Clarkston's Top Gear review of the car in Detroit is a must watch.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#52
They made 4K? Well, I was told by one of my salesmen they only built 500 but that was from a salesman so I wouldn't doubt that he was incorrect.

The story we got from Detroit News in regards to the name was that a kit car company bought the name "GT 40". They would sell the name back to Ford for a simple 5 million plus one of the new cars.

Ford passed on the offer and went with Ford GT. I have to believe the story because Ford reuses model names on vehicles that look absolutely nothing like the original. Dimensions mean nothing. The Thunderbird, for example, changed styles many, many times over the years yet the name remained the same. We own a 1995 Thunderbird that looks nothing like the earlier models.

This is the model we had on our showroom floor:

 
#53
Yeah, the WTF is a nicely kit bodied Fiero. The only mass produced mid engine two seat sports car built in America. It is about a foot longer in the back than a std Fiero which gives it a decent carrying capacity. With the exception of drilled & slotted rotors, it is bone stock underneath, making it well suited for my purposes. Mid engine two seat sports cars were originally designed to transport me & thee (and little else) through the mountain passes of Europe for weekend trips to the gambling casino's. Try that here and you'll be damn lucky to make a 100 mile trip without whacking a deer.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#54
First car was converted into a truck, a '29 or '30 hand crank of some car that had the back sawed off and made into a flat bed pickup. The brakes didn't work, but that was OK. I was 14 and paid only $15. I just drove it around the farm and made a bumper post to stop it near the house. Lots of fun for the pre-driver's license period. Then I got a a road worthy '55 Chevy Bel Air 2-door hardtop, V-8 and converted the column 3-on-the-tree to a Hurst floor shift. I thought it was real cool until I found I was pouring all my part-time job earnings into it just to keep it running. Never missed for a second after I sold it.
 

Jerry Daschofsky

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Staff member
#55
Talking old 4x4's (Scoones) I did have my tow rig for my drift boat back in high school. A 1975 K5 Blazer (with locked diffs). Had the full convertible top, which was nice during the summers when we had some nice weather. It was a Department of Forestry rig I'm thinking. Had the 350 with 4 barrel and 4 speed (well, a 3 speed with granny gear). Could take that Blazer anywhere. Miss that rig. Wish I never had sold it (along with the Impala). Bought it off my Dad (who bought it in 76') so knew everything about the rig. Had a ton of rust, only because we used it beachcombing and those old chevy's were known to rust like crazy due to small drainholes in the bodypanels. Spent alot of time sleeping in the back of that rig on trips. I remember being an exchange student in Germany back in 87'. When they asked about me and I explained the boat, the Impala, and Blazer, they thought I was rich (think I spent like $1200 for all three lol). Had to explain how we did things differently taxwise on vehicles and that gas was a bit cheaper in the US.
 
#56
Series Two

The Series two was pretty much identical to the Series ones except the head lamp was now in a larger head set housing. This turned as you turned the steering, unlike the S1 which faced forwards which ever way the handle bars were.
The Li 125 & Li 150

Facts
Engine Sizes - 125 & 150cc
Power Output - 5.2hp 125 - 6.5hp 150
Dry Weight - 104Kg 125 - 105Kg 150
Production Dates - Oct 1959 to Nov 1961
Numbers Produced - 47,747 125 - 206,020 150
Colours Available 125 - Two-tone Grey
Colours Available 150 - Grey, Panel colours Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, and Coffee
Notes :-
4 Speed
Identify the 125 The 125 version had painted handle bar alloy housings, and alloy floor strips.
Identify the 150 The 150 version had polished alloy handle bar housings, alloy channels with rubber inserts on the top.
The TV 175

Facts
Engine Sizes - 175cc
Power Output - 8.6hp
Dry Weight - 110 Kg
Production Dates - Oct 1959 to Sep 1961
Numbers Produced - 34,928
Colours Available - Ivory and Pale Blue

Notes :-
All forks, hubs, dampers, etc were also painted in the same colour as the body.
Identify the TV Front dampers, 70mph speedo, different front hub back plate featuring a peg instead of a slot for location, dual seat fitted as standard. Two ranges of frame numbers were produced for the TV2. The first batch, Innocenti found a weakness in the main frame, they recalled all models and adapted machines on the production line. They did this by cutting the frame directly in half along three quarters of its lenght, and welded in a strenghening plate.


Year Model Frame Prefix Engine Prefix Frame number sequence
1959 Li 125 Ser. 2 125LI 125LI 700001 - 709839
1959 Li 150 Ser. 2 150LI 150LI 800001 - 825726
1959 TV 175 Ser. 2 175TV 175TV 100001 - 103261
1960 Li 125 Ser. 2 125LI 125LI 709840 - 769061
1960 Li 150 Ser. 2 150LI 150LI 825727 - 922166
1960 TV 175 Ser. 2 175TV 175TV 103262 - 107464
1961 Li 125 Ser. 2 125LI 125LI 769062 - 811087
1961 Li 150 Ser. 2 150LI 150LI 922167 - 962040
1960 TV 175 Ser. 2 175TV 175TV 200001 - 206005
1961 TV 175 Ser. 2 175TV 175TV 206006 - 234323




Li Series Three

The Series three and all subsequnet models were nick named the slim style. This is bacause compared to the S1, & 2, the Lambretta became slimmer and sleaker. The slim stlye covers all models, Li, TV, SX and GP.
The Li 125 & Li 150

Facts
Engine Sizes - 125 & 150cc
Power Output - 5.5hp 125 - 6.6hp 150
Dry Weight - 105Kg
Production Dates - Dec 1961 to Nov 1967 125 - Jan 1962 to May 1967
Numbers Produced - 146,734 125 - 143,091 150
Colours Available 125 - Light Green, Light Grey
Colours Available 150 - Light Green, Light Grey, Blue, Red & Grey Panel colours Red, Blue and Green
Notes :-
4 Speed
Identify the 125 The 125 version had painted handle bar alloy housings.
Identify the 150 The 150 version had polished alloy handle bar housings.


Year Model Frame Prefix Engine Prefix Frame number sequence
1961 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 001001 - 004126
1962 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 004127 - 052478
1962 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 600001 - 648718
1963 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 052479 - 102944
1963 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 648719 - 696740
1964 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 102945 - 128292
1964 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 696741 - 714020
1965 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 128293 - 144245
1965 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 714021 - 731136
1966 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 144246 - 146268
1966 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 731137 - 742068
1967 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 146269 - 149473
1967 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 742069 - 742982
 
#57
RX-7 (3).jpg

Young men are still buying cheap cars and making them fast. You can't throw a rock in this college town without hitting a highly modified GTI or WRX. RX-7s like Speyfisher's, but in stock form are even cheaper.
Yeah there was a time when we could buy 50's era fords & the like all day long for $100. I paid $25 for the last one I had.

I thought it would be cool to have a drifter to drive around town. But this RX-7 is too highly modded & too wild for an old guy like me......It's for sale.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#58
We owned one of the first RX-7s. It was Virginia's car. We had to sell it in favor of the T-bird because arthritis in her hands made it difficult for her to shift the standard transmission RX-7 and the T-bird is an automatic.

An interesting note about the RX-7 rotary engine. It came equipped with a tach... but it wasn't for the engine. The engine would spin as fast as you'd like without blowing it up but the other components of the power plant, like the alternator, would come apart if you exceeded the max RPM.
 

Bradley Miller

Dances with fish
#59
We owned one of the first RX-7s. It was Virginia's car. We had to sell it in favor of the T-bird because arthritis in her hands made it difficult for her to shift the standard transmission RX-7 and the T-bird is an automatic.

An interesting note about the RX-7 rotary engine. It came equipped with a tach... but it wasn't for the engine. The engine would spin as fast as you'd like without blowing it up but the other components of the power plant, like the alternator, would come apart if you exceeded the max RPM.
I had several rotary Mazdas: they were interesting.
I bought a new RX3 and it used oil. When I complained about that, they told me it was designed to use crankcase oil to lube the rotors. Hm.
I didn't care for that concept much, but that engine would WIND. Got it over a hundred.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#60
The original RX3 motor did use oil.. similar to a 2-stroke. The RX-7 was also supposed to use oil but Mazda changed something so the oil level never dropped between oil changes.

The biggest problem with the rotary engine is MPG... they get terrible mileage and I don't think they've been able to overcome that downside.